Did you really think I was going to walk from Tokyo to Kyoto? That would be crazy.
In fact, according to Google Maps, it would take nearly 100 hours to walk there (not including rest).
To be honest, I wasn’t really planning to walk to Kyoto, I just wanted to have some fun using ili. I think some of the locals thought I was crazy. Nonetheless, everyone was nice, especially the Japanese guy on the bike who walked with me for a bit and gave me his email address in case I was lost, amazing.
If you do plan to go to Kyoto from Tokyo, take the Shinkansen. You can board them at the major stations such as Tokyo Station and Shinagawa Station. It will cost you around ¥15,000 for one-way and the ride takes 2 hours.
If you want, you can take the longer and more adventurous route by taking local trains. The benefit of doing this is that you’ll stop at several prefectures including Kanagawa, Shizuoka, and Nagoya. Here’s what you can get to see at each stop.
Kanagawa: Known for having some of the most famous onsen, the city of Hakone (located in the mountains of Kanagawa) is a popular destination amongst both locals and travelers. A great place to relax and take a good soak.
Shizuoka: Another prefecture that provides some of the best onsen resorts in the country. More specifically, the city of Izu is known for not only its hot springs but also there are gold mines and you can visit the Shuzenji temple.
Nagoya: Although Nagoya is one of the largest cities in Japan, it’s relatively quiet. You can visit the famous Nagoya Castle that was built in the 17th century.
If you plan to head to Kyoto, here are some helpful sentences that you can use while at the train stations:
- What’s the best way to get Kyoto?
- Which station should I get off?
- How long to take it to get to Kyoto by bus?
- What is the cheapest way to get to Kyoto?
- Where can I buy tickets?