Getting Around Kyoto

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    Bamboo Groves cart

    by hebaemam Written Apr 20, 2011

    a 3000 en for 20 mins ride .... a healthy young man wearing speciall clothes pulling a car along the bamboo grooves road......... well when i just think of it 3000en or 30 dollars are agood price for that honerable man doing this job. if you are ready to pay, i think its fun...
    for me i just asked him for a photo and he didnt mind

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    Kyoto by foot

    by Gili_S Written Feb 9, 2010

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    By no means I do not mean that you can go everywhere and see all this city only by foot. But being more of a traditional city and not such industrial center Kyoto is very nice city to see by foot. Just have you good sandals with you as we had and no problems :)

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    Traffica Kyo Card

    by muratkorman Written Sep 27, 2009

    If bicycle is not a good option for you, then you need to use metro and bus combinations to reach your destination in Kyoto. Traffica Kyo Card is available from Kyoto City Transport vendors and subway & bus vending machines in either 1000 JPY or 3000 JPY denominations. A 1000 JPY card provides 1100 JPY worth of travel and a 3000 JPY card 3300 JPY on and Kyoto Subway and Kyoto City Bus route. When you make transfers from metro to bus or vice versa, you get fare reductions. Ticket prices are deducted as you pass the ticket through the station entrance gates and bus card readers. Remaining credit is printed on the back of the card.

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    Buy the Kyoto Sightseeing Card

    by joiwatani Written Dec 7, 2008

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    If you use the city bus or the subway several times in Kyoto City, it is best to buy the Sightseeing Card because it is cheaper.

    The Sightseeing card is 1,200 Yen (one day card) and 2,000 yen for the two-days card. You can use this card either in the bus or in the sub-way.

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    Kyoto Sightseeing Card

    by Gryphon25 Written Oct 6, 2007

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    The Sightseeing card allows you to use the Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus and Kyoto subway line as many times as you want. It is very usefully and I recommend you purchase one. You will need it to see all the sights in Kyoto.
    The card cost Y1 200 for one day and Y 2 000 for two days. You can purchase the card outside the main entrance of Kyoto Train Station by the bus stop.

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    Purchase bus-subway pass

    by SLLiew Written Sep 11, 2006

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    To avoid the hassle of trying to predetermine your fare, correct change and waiting in line, you can purchase a one day or two day unlimited tourist pass for use of Kyoto bus and Kyoto subway system. Of course, the use of bus line is limited to certain city areas only.

    Worth considering if you are using both systems often and rather not worry too much trying to read the Japanese sign boards

    1,200 yen (adult), 600 yen (children) - 1 day pass
    2,000 yen (adult), 1,000 yen *(children) - 2 days pass

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    JR Kyoto Station

    by Restless-in-kl Written Dec 11, 2005

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    At JR Kyoto station, you can find almost everything. Hope this list is helpful.

    1. Kyoto Tourist Information
    - go to Level 9 of Isetan Departmental Store for information and maps.
    - get a Walking Guide map here for lovely walks aound shrines and Philosopher's Walk

    2.Train tickets
    - make all arrangements for onward journeys as soon as you arrive and book your seats
    - this is especially true for non-smoking section of train which is always full

    3. Food
    - Lots of cafes and restaurants around the station and in Isetan (Level 10)

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    I'm here

    by huggy93 Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    Already shared a few of my insights of getting to Kyoto... so all that's left to show you in this transportation tip, is this photo was taken at the point that I arrived. When I took the photo I was a bit apprehensive as I was really missing the 'friend' that I had left in Tokyo and at this point all I wanted to do was get on the next train back.... I'm pleased that I stuck it out and remained here for at least a little bit.

    Smiling ;-)

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    getting kyoto

    by quime Written Oct 23, 2004

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    From Tokyo more than 100 super express shinkansen trains (we called the Bullet Train) leave daily, (3 to 4 hrs) for about 135 USD one way
    there are buses and subway line.
    taxis around the city starts from 6 USD

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    Fly to Osaka and catch a bus

    by Skibbe Updated Aug 12, 2004

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    Fly to Osaka and catch a bus from the airport. Clean, quiet 30 minute ride.
    It's a good city to bicycle. You can rent bicycles at a place at the southern exit of Kyoto Station--the information desk can give you a map to the place. Although it is crowded, the people don't seem to be bothered by having bicycles on their heels. It is also an easy city to navigate by yourself. It is the only city in Japan that is laid out in grids. That is because it was a planned city built specifically for the Emperor.

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    Kyoto no densha Eki

    by LeDragon Written Jul 19, 2004

    The Kyoto train station is a spectacular exemple of modern architecture. It's a pretty strange huge building, a feast of steal and glass, with a huge hall, about 8 stories high. SO, if you come to Kyoto by JR train, take some time to walk around this wonderful structure, altough quite different of the classical temple for which Kyoto is known.

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    JR Kyoto Station

    by heywinks Written Jan 28, 2004

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    The easiest way for travellers to get to Kyoto is by train. Japan Railways is the fastest. JR Kyoto Station was rebuilt in 1997 by Japanese architect Hiroshi Hara. It is a huge complex boasting a department store, restaurants, a theater, & more on its levels. JR Kyoto Station is not just a station but a monument; definitely a must-see for all visitors to Kyoto.

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    Train Station

    by davidlop Written Nov 9, 2003

    Kyoto, as any other big city in Japan, is very well connected by an efficient railway network. When you arrive, you just wonder what will you find outside: the station is a massive building packed with shops, restaurants, and whatever you may need, like a buble of futuristic Japan into this old city... but fortunately, the old traditions are just waiting you after crossing the exit doors. Anyway, the station is a worth visit by itself, to see the way people lives and develops; don't miss the roof view points!

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    Kyoto Station

    by stmlnyc Updated Oct 14, 2003

    Kyoto is so much more relaxed and quaint than Tokyo. Getting there isn't too difficult albeit a bit pricey.

    It takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours via the JR Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto for $220-260 round trip depending on the seating...whether reserved or not.

    The bus takes about 8 hours but at half the cost. Nara is 1 hour away by train from Kyoto. Kyoto Station is ultra modern and impressive in scale and offers wireless web connectivity for those traveling with laptops.

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    Kyoto station

    by tompt Updated Aug 7, 2003

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    When you are already in Japan it is easy to reach Kyoto by train. If you arrive at the JR Kyoto station you will see a nice piece of modern architecture. It was finished in 1997 the architect is Hara Koji.

    If you are coming from abroad you can fly to Kansai International Airport, near Osaka and take a train (75 min)

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