About Kyoto

Situated on the Honshu island of the Kansai region, Kyoto is a magical city where the past and present come together as harmoniously as its natural and human environment. It has a rich historical and cultural heritage as seen in its ancient Buddhist and Shinto shrines and imperial palaces in the same space as it has beautiful gardens and thick forests. This interplay of human and natural elements gives Kyoto its unique landscape of temple roofs popping blending with treetops.

 

Kyoto is also known for entertainment. Kaiseki dining, often called the world's finest meal, is a comprehensive dinner of many courses that is still very popular here. Gion district is where you'd find Geishas -- or, since you're in Kyoto, Geikos -- women trained in the traditional arts. The city is associated with a lot of special dishes, each of which you can enjoy in its traditional teahouses and restaurants, all set amidst a sea of flowers and spectacular gardens.

 

Public Transport System

Trains, subways, buses, taxis

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

Train: 5070 from Kyoto to Nagoya for a non-reserved seat

Subways: 1200 Yen one day card, unlimited use one day

Buses: 500 Yen One day card, unlimited use one day

Taxis: 276.81 for 1 mile

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.05
Cup of Coffee USD 4.31
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.78
Rice/Kg USD 3.70
White Bread USD 2.16
Eggs (12) USD 2.26
Combo Meal USD 6.52
Fine Dining USD 38.35
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.29
Domestic Beer USD 3.83
Imported Beer USD 4.79
Bottle of Wine USD 13.12
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 4.79
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 4.46
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 2.20
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 718.98
  • Greet everyone with a smile. The Japanese are a very friendly and polite people.
  • Exchange business cards.
  • Bow politely to say thank you.
  • Be polite and courteous at restaurants.
  • Maintain appropriate discipline at shrines.
  • Clean your hands before entering a shrine.
  • Wear respectful clothing.

Don’t(s)

  • Do not wear shoes or slippers while entering a place of worship.
  • Do not cut in or break a queue.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not be loud or abrasive when moving around in crowds.
  • Do not be respectful to their culture.

Night Life

Just like the day, Kyoto at night is a unique combination of tradition and modernity. The result is a nightlife that is ecstatic and euphoric, which happens in restaurants and bars. You can find traditional entertainment in some parts of the city and in others, western. True to form, every bar serves both local and foreign drinks. All of that set against a dark city with special brightlights at places like Shinto shrines.

Must See

  • The Arashiyama mountains across the Oi river are a "Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty."
  • Walk or cycle through the bamboo forest in Arashiyama.
  • Visit the Kiyomizu Dera, a historic Buddhist temple on the UNESCO heritage list.
  • Kyoto has many other Shinto and Buddhist shrines, each one more beautiful than the last.
  • Go see a performance at a Samurai Kembu theatre.
  • Get on a rickshaw ride around the city.

Experiences

  • Walk in Kyoto's deep forests and reconnect with mother nature.
  • Cycle the riverside and breathe in Kyoto's scenic beauty.
  • Watch a Maiko performance while enjoying a Kaiseki meal.
  • Take a bike tour to the Todaiji temple and Kasuga shrine.
  • Take a tour of Fushimi Inari. 
  • Walk around Himeji castle and Akashi Kaiyo bridge.

Activities

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  • Kiyomizu pottery 
  • Handicrafts: Bangasa Kyoto doll (oil paper umbrella).
  • Japanese-patterned smartphone cases
  • Tsugekushi combs are wooden combs made from Japanese boxwood.
  • Traditional Japanese wagashi sweets 
  • Kit-kat Sake (Japanese rice liquor)
  • Koma: spinning tops and folding fans.
  • Gate charm provided by Foursquare
  • Kyoto aquarium souvenirs
  • Arashiyama's bamboo products
  • Paper ( Washi goods),
  • Green tea matcha goods
  • Traditional Japanese garments kimono and yukata.
  • Kyoto imperial palace souvenirs
  • Kyoto Starbucks tumbler and mugs
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Aritsegu's knives
  • Kokeshi dolls
  • Yojiya's oil blotting sheet: Cosmetic products, developed for people with oily skin 

Official Language

Japanese, English

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Currency

Yen (JPY)

Population

1.5 (Millions)

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Weather

Clear Sky 14.53°C

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TimeZone

16:59 PM (GMT +09:00)

 

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Ambulance

119

 

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Police

110

 

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Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Osaka International Airport 50 Km - ITM

Airport Name / IATA Code

NRT - Narita Airport

Best time to visit

The spring and fall months of March, April, May, October, and November are temperate and warm in Kyoto, making them the best months to visit the city.

Moderate time to visit

In September, Kyoto transitions from the heat of the summer to the calm, warm weather of fall, making it a good time to visit the city.

Worst time to visit

The winter months of December, January and February are cold with heavy snowfall. And the summer months of June, July and August are hot and humid. Try to visit the city at another time.

Taxi

Start Tariff: JPY 590.00

1 Km. Tariff: JPY 172.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: JPY 2000.00

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