Unfortunately, this is not relevant for tourists who plan to come to Kyoto in a month or even a few years, but it’s still definitely great news for far future travelers, like in 15 – 30 years.
JR West, the company who in charge of running trains in the west part of Japan, seems to be seriously considering a route which stops by Kyoto before reaching the final destination, Osaka.
Currently Hokuriku Shinkansen’s terminal (at North Japan side) is Kanazawa. Now it takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Kyoto to Kanazawa by an express called Thunderbird. If the current consideration becomes reality, then it will be shorter, maybe much shorter.
As a big fan of both Kyoto and Kanazawa, this plan is welcome news for me. And this should also be welcomed by foreign visitors as well, because it will be easier to access Kanazawa, plus they will be able to experience a Shinkansen Ride.
As mentioned at the top of this article, it will not happen for a while. Now JR West is setting up a rail to Tsuruga in Fukui Prefecture, and this is said to be completed by 2022. Therefore, even if JR West can quickly construct this railroad in near future, the Tsuruga/Kyoto route won’t be completed for next 10 years at least.
Either way, this is a great situation, since Kanazawa is one of the best but unknown places to visit in Japan. Related to this news, Kanazawa e-Guidebook is still in the editing process. Hopefully it will be released by the end of September.