For whatever reason, this info is hard to find online so I thought I’d make this quick post to help fellow travelers.

If you have a tourist JR Pass and want to take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto:

  1. Start at Tōkyō Station
  2. Follow the signs to the Shinkansen trains
  3. Once in Shinkansen area, follow blue signs to JR Pass eligible trains
  4. For fastest travel to Kyoto, board a Hikari train, they run every 30 minutes
  5. If you do not have a reserved seat, board cars 1–5

Taking a taxi to your hotel or apartment?

If you have the specific address and don’t need an English speaking driver, head straight to the MUCH shorter taxi line that is 30m past the long “foreign friendly” line.

Enjoy your trip!