DIY Travel Guide Series to Kyoto, Japan The best way to get to Kyoto is through Shinkansen or what mostly know as the bullet train. You can buy a 7-day pass prior to your arrival in Japan from any local travel agency in your country. It is a few hours train ride from Tokyo or Osaka. Once in Kyoto, get a bus pass from Kyoto Station that is valid for 48 hours. This is the most practical way to reach the must-visit sites in the city.