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There are 10 ways to get from Kyoto to Sano by train, bus, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Tokyo
  2. Take the train from Tokyo to Oyama(Tochigi)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi to Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Basuta Shinjuku to Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal

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Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from 京都駅八条口 to 伊勢崎駅南口
  2. Take the train from Isesaki to Sano

Drive

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Sano

Fly Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda, train, bus

  1. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  2. Take the train from Hamamatsucho to Oji
  3. Take the bus from Ōji to Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal

Train to Kobe, fly to Tokyo Haneda, train, bus

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
  2. Fly from Kobe (UKB) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  3. Take the train from Hamamatsucho to Oji
  4. Take the bus from Ōji to Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal

Train to Chūbu Centrair, fly to Tokyo Haneda, train, bus

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Nagoya
  2. Fly from Chūbu Centrair (NGO) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)
  3. Take the train from Hamamatsucho to Oji
  4. Take the bus from Ōji to Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal

Train to Kobe, fly to Ibaraki, train

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
  2. Fly from Kobe (UKB) to Ibaraki (IBR)
  3. Take the train from Tomobe to Oyama(Tochigi)

Fly Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita, train

  1. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Tokyo Narita (NRT)
  2. Take the train from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station to Nippori
  3. Take the train from Kita-Senju to Tochigi

Fly Osaka Itami to Fukushima, train

  1. Fly from Osaka Itami (ITM) to Fukushima (FKS)
  2. Take the train from Kagamiishi to Shin-Shirakawa
  3. Take the train from Shin-Shirakawa to Oyama(Tochigi)
  4. Take the train from Oyama(Tochigi) to Sano
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The cost-effective way to get from Kyoto to Sano is to drive, which costs ¥7000 - ¥11000 and takes 5h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Sano is to train which costs ¥12000 - ¥22000 and takes 4h 7m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kyoto station to Sano. However, there are services departing from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi and arriving at Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal via Basuta Shinjuku. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 7m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kyoto to Sano. However, there are services departing from Marutamachi and arriving at Sano via Kyoto, Tokyo and Oyama(Tochigi). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 7m.

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The distance between Kyoto and Sano is 375 km. The road distance is 537.5 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Sano without a car is to train which takes 4h 7m and costs ¥12000 - ¥22000.

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It takes approximately 4h 7m to get from Kyoto to Sano, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Sano bus services, operated by JR Bus Kanto, depart from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi.

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Kyoto to Sano train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, depart from Kyoto station.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Sano is to train which takes 4h 7m and costs ¥12000 - ¥22000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥4800 - ¥10000 and takes 9h 7m.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Sano.
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  • Distance: 374.7 km
  • Duration: 4h 7m

What companies run services between Kyoto, Japan and Sano, Japan?

You can take a train from Kyoto to Sano via Kyoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Oyama(Tochigi) in around 4h 7m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kyoto to Sano via Basuta Shinjuku in around 9h 7m.

Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Website
ana.co.jp
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥10000 - ¥31000
Flights from Kobe to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥10000 - ¥28000
Flights from Chūbu Centrair to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥9500 - ¥24000
Flights from Osaka Itami to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥13000 - ¥33000
Japan Airlines
Website
jal.com
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥10000 - ¥29000
Flights from Kobe to Tokyo Haneda via Kochi
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥13000 - ¥55000
Flights from Chūbu Centrair to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥9500 - ¥85000
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥12000 - ¥32000
Flights from Osaka Itami to Tokyo Narita via Matsuyama
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥4500 - ¥38000
Skymark Airlines
Website
skymark.co.jp
Flights from Kobe to Tokyo Haneda
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥10000 - ¥25000
Flights from Kobe to Ibaraki
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥11000 - ¥24000
Ibex Airlines
Website
ibexair.co.jp
Flights from Osaka Itami to Fukushima
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
¥13000 - ¥31000
Train operators
Japan Railways Shinkansen

Japan’s famous bullet trains, operated by Japan Rail, are known for their comfort, punctuality and efficiency. They run at speeds of up to 320km/h and connect most of the country’s major cities. Most shinkansen trains offer two classes – Ordinary and Green Car – although some also offer Gran Class (comparable to first class). Seat reservations can be made on all trains for a small fee, although it’s not mandatory apart from on a handful of routes.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Tokyo
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
¥11000 - ¥16000
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥11000 - ¥15000
Reserved seat
¥12000 - ¥16000
Green seat
¥16000 - ¥22000
Train from Tokyo to Oyama(Tochigi)
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥3300 - ¥5000
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥3300 - ¥4400
Reserved seat
¥4100 - ¥5000
Green seat
¥5000 - ¥6500
Train from Kyoto to Shin-Kobe
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
¥3000 - ¥4800
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥3000 - ¥4100
Reserved seat
¥3900 - ¥4800
Green seat
¥4600 - ¥6500
Train from Kyoto to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
¥4400 - ¥6500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥4400 - ¥6000
Reserved seat
¥5000 - ¥6500
Green seat
¥6500 - ¥9000
Train from Shin-Shirakawa to Oyama(Tochigi)
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥3600 - ¥5500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥3600 - ¥4900
Reserved seat
¥4500 - ¥5500
Green seat
¥5500 - ¥7500
JR-East
Website
jreast.co.jp
Train from Tokyo to Oyama
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥1200 - ¥1600
Website
https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/
Train from Hamamatsucho to Oji
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
¥270 - ¥400
Website
https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/
Japan Railways (JR)

Japan Railways operates a large proportion of Japan's main intercity routes, including the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) service and commuter rail service. Covering 1665 stations across 7458km, Japan Railways carries an average of 17 million passengers per day. Trains are clean, comfortable and punctual. There are several rail passes on offer for customers, such as the extremely popular national JR Pass and regional Hokkaido Pass, JR Kyushu Pass and JR West Pass, among others.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Tokyo to Oyama(Tochigi)
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥1200 - ¥1800
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Isesaki to Sano
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥700 - ¥1000
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Hamamatsucho to Oji(Tokyo)
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥260 - ¥380
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Tomobe to Oyama(Tochigi)
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥800 - ¥1200
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Kagamiishi to Shin-Shirakawa
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥410 - ¥600
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Oyama(Tochigi) to Sano
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥460 - ¥700
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Keisei Skyliner
Website
keisei.co.jp
Train from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 Station to Nippori
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥2520 - ¥2570
Website
https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/
Book at
https://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/skyliner/e-ticket/en/
Keisei Railways
Website
keisei.co.jp
Train from Narita Airport Terminal 2-3 to Nippori
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
¥850 - ¥1200
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Bus operators
JR Bus Kanto
Phone
03-3844-0489
Website
jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com
Bus from Kyoto Station Karasumaguchi to Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
7h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
¥3300 - ¥8000
Schedules at
time.jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com
Bus from Basuta Shinjuku to Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥1550
Schedules at
time.jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com
Bus from Ōji to Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
¥1550
Schedules at
time.jrbuskanto.co.jp.e.wn.hp.transer.com
Nippon Chuo Bus Co
Phone
+81 27-287-4000
Website
ncb.jp
Bus from 京都駅八条口 to 伊勢崎駅南口
Ave. Duration
11h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
¥8000 - ¥13000
Schedules at
ncb.jp

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The quickest flight from Osaka Itami Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Kyoto to Sano bus services, operated by JR Bus Kanto, arrive at Sano Shintoshi Bus Terminal station.

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Kyoto to Sano train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, arrive at Oyama(Tochigi) station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Sano is 538 km. It takes approximately 5h 51m to drive from Kyoto to Sano.

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All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines offer flights from Osaka Itami Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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There are 23+ hotels available in Sano. Prices start at ¥12500 per night.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Osaka Itami Airport is to bus which takes 55 min and costs ¥1200 - ¥1400.

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