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Updated, Aug 2023


Japan’s cultural centre, Kyoto, is home to a wealth of customs and historical artefacts. Discover historic temples with centuries of spirituality and beauty, such Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore Arashiyama’s charming bamboo woods and Gion’s traditional tea houses to experience their peacefulness.

Experience the grace and beauty of Japanese culture by participating in tea ceremonies, enjoying delectable kaiseki dishes, and seeing the age-old craft of ikebana flower arrangement. With its breathtaking scenery, alluring architecture, and rich cultural legacy, Kyoto beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the spirit of Japan.

Getting In & Around

Getting in

Kyoto does not operate any airport. It is about 50 km north of Osaka and hence, served by Osaka international airport and Kansai international airport. Trains and bus connections are good and it takes about an hour to reach Kyoto from Osaka.

Kansai International Airport:
artificial island airport, about 100 km from Kyoto.  address: 1 Senshukukokita, Izumisano-shi, Osaka 549-0001, Japan, web:, phone: +81 7 2455 2500, Train: JR Express for about 1600 yen, Bus: about 2600 yen/1300 yen(child), Taxi: about 36000 yen to Kyoto, 16000 yen to Osaka. night charges extra. rideshare costs about 4000 yen.  

Osaka International Airport – ITAMI:
about 45 km from Kyoto, operates domestic flights only. web:, phone: +81 6 6856 6781,
Train: there are changes and options with monorail and buses, visit journey planner to find out best for you., Bus: fastest way is to use Airport Limousine Buses, takes about 50 to 55 minutes, costs about 1,340 yen, 670 yen(child) , Taxi: about 14,340 yen, shared taxi costs about 3500 yen

Kyoto Station:
visit website for more information about trains and booking. station has good facilities overall. it is a major transit hub of the city.

Getting around

Public Transport
Public transport is good in the city. trains, subway, buses and cycle are the choices to travel around. 
Tickets: please check the website for fare information as well as sightseeing and travel cards

Piazza Duomo

See & Do

Piazza Duomo