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Kyoto to Nagoya by Train

Kyoto and Nagoya are two of the most important and well-known destinations in the Kansai region of Japan. The cities are around 40 km (25 miles) apart by train. By road, the distance between the two is approximately 50 km (30 miles).

Kyoto is a peaceful city while Nagoya, being Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area after Tokyo, is relatively busy. If Nagoya is on your itinerary, you could consider making a day trip to Kyoto, or vice versa. Once you are done with your sightseeing, shopping, and local food sampling in Nagoya, maybe you can consider a relaxing tour of the historic sites and structures in Kyoto.

How to Get There by Bus and Train

Considering the short distance between Nagoya and Kyoto, we highly recommend you travel by train or bus. It takes approximately 2 hours by bus and costs around JPY 900.

There are four central train lines between Nagoya and Kyoto. If you have a Japan Railway Pass (JR Pass), we recommend you take the high-speed JR Shinkansen, which is also called the bullet train. However, you can also choose from three other private lines based on the location of your hotel.

Nagoya to Kyoto by Train


Duration (on the Train)

Lowest Price


JR Shinkansen

15 minutes

JPY 860

JR Pass holders can only use it for taking the Hikari and Kodama trains.

The JR Shin-Nagoya Station is a little far away from the downtown area. So, visitors will have to take a taxi (about JPY 560) or some other mode of transportation from the downtown area to reach the station.

JR Kyoto Line

30 minutes

JPY 560

JR Kyoto Station is quite close to the Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Railway Museum.

Hankyu Railways

45 minutes

JPY 400

Both Kawaramachi Station and Hankyu Umeda Station are situated in excellent locations, with easy access to prominent tourist attractions.

Keihan Railways

55 minutes

JPY 410

Both Sanjo Station and Keihan Yodoyabashi Station are close to many sightseeing locations.

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