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How to travel between Nara and Kyoto

Two railway companies, JR and Kintetsu, provide train connections between Kyoto and Nara:

By Japan Railways (JR)
Direct, 45 minutes, 710 yen one way, two connections per hour
Miyakoji rapid trains operate every 30 minutes between Kyoto Station and JR Nara Station. The one way trip takes 45 minutes, costs 710 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. For the same fare, the trip could also be made by twice hourly local trains in 75 minutes.

By Kintetsu Railways
0-1 transfers, 35-45 minutes, 620-1130 yen one way, multiple connections per hour
Twice hourly limited express trains take about 35 minutes and cost 1,130 yen for the one way trip from Kyoto Station to Kintetsu Nara Station. Alternatively, there are hourly direct express trains that take 45 minutes and costs 620 yen one way. There are additional connections by express trains, if you do not mind transferring once at Yamato-Saidaiji Station. The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on Kintetsu trains.

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Orientation

Nara is served by two railway companies, Kintetsu Railways and JR West. The Kintetsu station is an underground station just a few steps from Kofukuji and Nara Park, while the JR station is a 15-20 minute walk west of Kofukuji and the park. A network of city buses connects the two stations with all sites of interest.

Many of Nara's main attractions are found in the centrally located Nara Park and can be visited on foot. The great temples Toshodaiji, Yakushiji and Horyuji, however, stand several kilometers outside of central Nara and are best accessed by bus or train.

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Hotels and Ryokan
Nara is commonly visited on a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, and only a few tourists overnight there. Indeed, the range of accommodation in Nara is rather limited, but there are a few options for those aiming to visit the city in more than a day trip. A location close to Nara Park is generally preferred.
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Hotel Nikko Nara
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English Links
JR West
Official English website.
Kintetsu
Official English website.

Japanese Links
JR West
Official website.
Kintetsu
Official website.
Nara Kotsu
Official website.

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