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kyoto to hirosaki

Kyoto to Hirosaki

Is this possible in a day and which lines do I take?

Thanks.

HA!
HA!

It's certainly possible, if you leave early enough. From Kyoto to Tokyo it is about 2½ hours, and from Tokyo to Hirosaki it is about 3¾ hours.
You can go to Hyperdia and just plug in your starting point and end point, plus date/time that you like. But be sure under "More Options" to deselect "Nozomi..." since you can't ride that on the Pass to Tokyo. You can ride the Hayabusa though, so you need to do the above twice, once to Tokyo, and once from Tokyo.

Best of luck.

Toraneko
Toraneko

The Hyperdia website is really helpful, thank you!

HA!
HA!

You're most welcome - enjoy your trip.

In Kyoto you could spend weeks there and not see everything. The three best sights though are the Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi is the most time consuming; you could spend a couple of hours to over half a day if you want to romp over all the trails. And the Otagi Nenbutsuji is one of the most humorous and whimsical places you could visit in Japan - well worth visiting, even for kids.

Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha in Nara is like going to India and skipping the Taj Mahal. Nara Park has a lot of great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and feeding the many deer in the area.
A few other great places missed out even by those who go to Nara though are the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens. They are gorgeous and not crowded at all.

If you can, try to find a little time to see the Japanese themselves. Go visit a Japanese supermarket and see what people typically eat. Look through a park and watch the Japanese kids play. Learn about the history of some of the places you visit before your departure - it will give your trip so much more meaning.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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