Address: Kyoto TERRSA Shimotonoda-cho Higashi-Kujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto
(15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station)
Map of the area
Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the closest international airport, which has scheduled direct flights to major airports worldwide.
Osaka-Itami International Airport (ITM) has regional scheduled flights to other parts of Japan and Asian cities.
Arriving from Kansai International Airport (KIX): You can take the Haruka express train or the airport coach (called "limousine bus" here) to Kyoto station. This takes approximately 75 minutes by the train, or 100 minutes by the coach.
Arriving from Osaka-Itami International Airport (ITM): You can take the airport coach to Kyoto station; this takes 55 minutes by coach.
Taking Taxi from these airports is prohibitively expensive and not recommended. Taxi from Kyoto station to any of the downtown hotels will usually cost JPY 2000.
If you are interested in taking bullet trains instead of arriving via regional jets, this can be an interesting option, although we would recommend you to study the railway system in advance, and Tokaido Shinkansen in particular. Arriving from Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT): take the Narita Express train from Narita-Airport station to the Shinagawa station – this takes approximately 1 hour. Then catch a Nozomi or Hikari superexpress train toward Kyoto. Arriving from Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND): take the Keikyu train from Haneda-Airport station to the Shinagawa station – this will be roughly 20 minutes. Then catch a Nozomi or Hikari superexpress train toward Kyoto.
Arriving by train: look for train connections to Kyoto either through Jorudan or HyperDia – these websites are essential to navigate through highly complex train systems. A stored value card (called "IC card" here) simplifies transit across different lines. Stored value cards bear variety of names such as Suica, Pasmo or ICOCA depending on your place of arrival, but they are interoperable, and simplify payments as long as you maintain enough deposit.
Kyoto has subway system as well as municipal bus for getting around.
The photos are provided by Kyoto Free Photo Materials .