Transportation Guide: How to Travel between OSAKA and KYOTO

You can travel around Osaka and Kyoto smoothly!

You can travel around Osaka and Kyoto smoothly!

For travelers to western Japan, it is unavoidable to move from and to Kyoto and Osaka. Kyoto has must-visit historic temples and shrines while there are mouthwatering food and top popular landmarks such as Universal Studio Japan and Osaka Castle in Osaka. Check the transportation tips in advance to move smoothly.

You can move to each other by train. Shinkansen is also an option but it’s over 2 times more expensive than normal trains. Train is enough. It will take just 30 mins and cost JPY560 to get to each other.


Quick Look

JR Kyoto Line

Time: 30 mins

Fare: JPY560

If you have JR Pass, you don’t need to pay anymore even if you use Shinkansen. By Shinkansen, you can move to each other for less than 15 mins. JR Pass covers the following types of Shinkansen: Hikari and Kodama (it doesn’t cover Nozomi.)


From Shin-osaka Station to Kyoto Station

First Train: 5:00

Last Train: 24: 25

Platform No.13 and 14

From Kyoto Station to Shin-osaka Station

First Train: 5:04

Last Train: 24:14

Platform No.4 and 5

If you head to Umeda Station, another biggest station in Osaka, take Hankyu Line from Kawaracho Station in Kyoto


Good Deal on Passes

There are lots of reasonable rail passes for tourists traveling in Kansai area. What I recommend here is Kansai Area Pass by Japan Railway West (JR West). You can get unlimited rides on local trains in Kansai including rapid trains and the Kansai-Airport Express HARUKA. Bus run by the JR West is available with the pass.

Model Route in Osaka&Kyoto

Make your original plan in Kansai area. In the following article, the ideal itinerary including essential things to do in Osaka&Kyoto is suggested. Please refer to this!!

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