Traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto is easy and not to be missed when visiting Japan. Kyoto, the historical capital of Japan, is full of vibrant color, ancient temples, and charming streets lined with traditional architecture.
JR Rail Pass
Depending on the rail you use, the ride averages about 2 hours one way. Along the way you will see Mt Fuji and get a glimpse into other parts of Japan's unique landscape. Not a bad journey if you ask me! JR Rail Pass is a great option if you plan on traveling around Japan frequently via train. It offers unlimited train travel within the time frame you choose (1 week, 2 weeks, etc). It is a bit costly (roughly USD $350 per person for 2 weeks) but the individual trains can really add up as they are not cheap.
If you take the train from Tokyo airport into Tokyo city and back - as well as to Kyoto and back - the 2 week pass becomes worth it. Quite a deal given the expensive costs of taxis. Japan's efficient rail systems are so clean and speedy that it is hard to pass up. It is so nice not having to deal with a security line or the hassle of an airport - you just show up right before your train with luggage and all. The only thing lacking is Wifi! Guess you just have to enjoy the sights ;)
Piece of advice on Tokyo airport transportation:
Unless you are aware of the cost - do not take a taxi from the airport to downtown Tokyo. The average cost will be a shocking ~$300 USD. Get a train pass instead! It is easy and clean. There are escalators so carrying luggage up and down stairs shouldn't be an issue.
Kyoto is the old capital of Japan with a more traditional flare than Tokyo. If you are looking for more of the old style homes with lanterns hanging in front this is where you want to go. The streets are adorable with sushi houses and tea rooms.
Kyoto is most famously known for it's ancient temples and gardens dating back hundreds of years ago. This city has so much history and culture it is truly a gem. Don't miss out! See more on Kyoto's endless attractions here :)