Access to Kyoto
There are many overseas flights for visiting Kyoto. Access from the Tokyo Metropolitan area and airports in Kyushu is also convenient. Please enjoy riding the trains and buses as a part of your trip also in addition to your flight.
About the flight times and time differences between major overseas airports and Kansai International Airport/Narita International Airport (KIX/NRT), please check Kyoto Transportation Guide and Kyoto City Guide.
From the Airport
Getting Around Kyoto
Kyoto is a compact city, and transportation between hotels, meeting facilities, etc. is fast and easy. For ease of communication in Japanese, it is important to ask your hotel concierge to write in Japanese the name and address of the hotel and the conference venue (Miyako Messe).
One of the most convenient transportation is taxi. It takes 1000 to 3000 yen usually and you don't need to give tips to taxi drivers.
Kyoto has a network of buses that cover the city, including Kyoto City Buses for central Kyoto at a flat rate. Please check “ Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner 'Bus and Train Veteran'” for a bus transfer search and route map.
Several trains run in Kyoto, starting with the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma line which runs North/South from Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan (Kyoto International Conference Center) Station. There is also a charming old-fashioned train that runs between Kameoka and Saga.
For timetables and station maps for the different lines, please check here.
The streets of Kyoto City are arranged in a North South East West grid making it easy to determine direction, and the ground is relatively flat across most of the city, making bicycle tourism very easy and enjoyable.
You can feel the wind and the atmosphere. There are bountiful options for renting bicycles.
Online Guide for Exploring Kyoto on Bicycle
Kyoto is promoting itself as an fun city to walk around with the phrase “arukumachi KYOTO”.
One of the measures Kyoto City has taken to promote walking in Kyoto is the carry service available at Kyoto Station, which frees tourists from having to carry around bulky luggage.
You can have luggage delivered from the service counter at Kyoto Station to your hotel, or from your hotel to the Kyoto Station service counter. Please check the below links for information about fees, hours, delivery times and hotels delivered to.