Purchase bus-subway pass
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
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)
JR Kyoto Station
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
- 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
- Lots of cafes and restaurants around the station and in Isetan (Level 10)Related to:
Buy the Kyoto Sightseeing Card
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.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Kyoto Sightseeing Card
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.
Kyoto by foot
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 :)
JR Kyoto Station
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.Related to:
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 USDRelated to:
- Business Travel
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.
KYOTO STATION: If you arrive by the JR (JAPAN RAIL) this is your first contact with Kyoto. Kyoto City TIC is located on the 2nd floor main concourse (Tel: 075-343 6655). Also, check out the station's shopping area called THE CUBE which has shops specialising in local food products & Kyoto crafts.
JAPAN SHINKANSEN MAP: Jin.JCIC.or.jp.
SHINKANSEN ROUTE MAP: Neweb. e.jp.
MAP OF SUBWAY OF KYOTO: Kippo.or.jp.
KYOTO CITY BUS & SUBWAY GUIDE: City.Kyoto.jp
Fly to Osaka and catch a bus
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.
Dream bus, or Bullet train. I...
Dream bus, or Bullet train. I was blown away by the main Kyoto train station. It was the coolest modern building I had ever seen. It is gigantic and offers all sort of amenities and is extremely clean. Lock up your bags at the station until you can check into your hotel.
I would recommend purchasing a one day pass or a sightseeing pass. This allows you to hop on and off of buses all day as well as free use of the subway system. Make sure you get a map from the transit station, map out your destinations, and then ask questions BEFORE you set out. You can see many things in one day if you have a strategy. The one day pass cost 1200 Yen; $12 CAD; $7 USD.
From Going from Osaka ~ Kyoto...
From Going from Osaka ~ Kyoto we took the bus which took about 1 hr 30.
We took the shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Kyoto ~ Tokyo which takes about 2 hours. You can go almost all over Japan on the shinkansen. It is quite and comfortable and fast.
You can hire taxi's with english speaking drivers who will take you to sightseeing places and can explain about that particular attraction. I found this very helpful as I couldn't speak or read Japanese.
It is also possible to go around Kyoto by train but I haven't tried this so I can't comment on it.
Travelling by foot would be a good option to travel around the alleyways in Kyoto city.
If you are coming in from...
If you are coming in from Kansai International Airport (KIX), and you know where you are going AND have a map and contact number, the best way to get to Kyoto is to take the MK taxi mini-bus service 'from Kansai International Airport to your door'. Cheaper and easier than the train or bus, especially when you are carrying luggage. You should book before, but you can walk to the far left-hand exit of the departure lounge and pay your fare there. If you haven't booked, you may have to wait.
If you are planning on travelling in Japan, get a Japan rail pass. Don't ask any questions. Get one now. You'll see why when you get here and it pays for itself in a single return trip somewhere.
Use the buses and trains. Kyoto Tourist Information Center (in front of Kyoto Station), International Community House (near Keage Station and the Miyako Hotel), and Kyoto Handicraft Center (on Marutamachi, near Heian Shrine) all have free maps. There are discount tickets, too. These places will be able to fill you in on the details.
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