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tokyo to kyoto bullet train information

Tokyo to Kyoto bullet train information

  1. What times are trains from Tokyo to Kyoto?
  2. What station does the train go from?
  3. Do I have to reserve a seat and/or book tickets in advance?

Thank you.


Hi there,

Here are some answers:

1 & 2. Hikari bullet trains leave Tokyo station 2 times per hour during the day. Here's a list of the bullets from Tokyo to Kyoto. Note that you should use the Hikari class bullets in this list if you have a JR Pass.

  1. You do not have to book seats in advance - there is ample non-reserved seating. However seat reservations are free for JR Pass holders and can be made on the day just before travel. To make a seat reservation visit the JR ticket office just before you get on the train.

Hope this helps!

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