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How to Get Around Kyoto City

  • The City of Kyoto has a well-developed public transportation system, with municipal subways and buses available, as well as JR trains, and privately-operated railways and bus lines. There are many routes for the municipal bus system in particular.
  • There are many taxis operating in the city, and they can be used without reservations. Tipping is unnecessary.
  • There are various money-saving passes and IC cards for tourists using public transportation.
  • Kyoto’s major sightseeing spots are concentrated in a compact area of about 10 square km that is easy to navigate by taxi; rental cycles are also popular.
  • As the name “Kyoto, the Walkable City” suggests, walking around the city’s various areas is also a great way to enjoy the city.


Getting to Major Spots from Kyoto Station

The route example where is recommended for the person who wants to go early.
(To Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Yasakajinja Shrine and Gion, Arashiyama, Ginkakuji Temple)

To search travel routes, click here

Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner  (Language: English)

Getting to Kyoto