Posted September 14th, 2017, 02:26 PM
Last edited by ricki; September 14th, 2017 at 02:34 PM
We left the ship in Fukuoka last year and took the Shinkansen to Kyoto, and spent the night there. The next day, we took the Shinkansen to Tokyo and picked up the ship.
This is a good guide for understanding the trains and purchasing tickets. We bought Green Car tickets and were very comfortable. The trains leave precisely on the second, and are spotless. It was a great experience.
For the first leg, we purchased our ticket at the counter, but the kiosks are easy to navigate and we used it for the Kyoto to Tokyo leg.
I highly recommend going to Kyoto, it was not bombed during WWII and much of the original architecture is still there. In Kyoto, we used buses and subways and found it very easy to navigate. If you are interested, I am happy to share the name of the small hotel where we stayed, it was lovely.
This is a helpful site for understanding the trains: