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Shinkansen from Kyoto to Fukuoka?

over 5 years ago
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Hi everyone,

I have been looking around similar posts regarding this itinerary. I am planning a 1 day trip from Kyoto to Fukuoka in order to visit my former Japanese language sensei. However, although some pages say you can take Hikari from Kyoto to Fukuoka, hyperdia keeps displaying routes on which I am supposed to change trains. Is that correct?

Don't the shinkansen (Hikari or Kodama) have a direct (without changing trains, that is) service from Kyoto to Osaka.

Btw, the JR-Pass exchange orders arrived in perfect state and in perfect time! Thank you very much.


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over 5 years ago
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Hi there!

Good to hear you have your rail passes! Here are some answers for you:

Getting to Fukuoka from Kyoto

The bullet train terminal in Fukuoka is called 'Hakata' so you'll need to use this to search for correct routes. In order to get to Hakata from Kyoto you'll need to make 1 change (generally at shin-osaka) to change from the Hikari bullet service that runs on the Tokaido Shinkansen route (Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo) to the Sakura bullet service that runs on the Sanyo and Kyushu shinkansen route (Osaka-Hakata-Kagoshima). The hop between Kyoto and Shin-Osaka is very quick and normally there are very quick connections. Here is a sample itinerary for you with the change at Shin-Osaka listed.

Direct from Kyoto to Osaka

There are many direct bullet services between Kyoto and Shin-Osaka (the bullet train terminal in Osaka). Osaka station in town is only serviced by normal express trains and so will require a change at Shin-Osaka to get there. If you are going to Osaka from Kyoto, I recommend you use normal express trains rather than the bullet train, which have direct trains (and are quicker!). Here is a sample direct itinerary from Kyoto to Osaka for you taking around 27mins.

I hope this helps, but if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask!

1318 posts
over 2 years ago

You should be able to go straight to Hakata Station.

For Fukuoka, there are many open parks, shopping, seaside historical areas, and urban neon. See this site as a good guide.

For Fukuoka, don't miss the Nanzoin Temple which is one of Japan's finest yet almost totally unknown to the outside world and completely FREE!

Look into a Fukuoka Tourist City Pass also.

You can also see a lot of previews on the best there is to see here.

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