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Getting Around Kyoto

Kyoto is a compact city, which makes transportation between hotels, meeting facilities, and other locations fast and easy.


Kyoto has a network of buses that cover the city, including Kyoto City Bus, which provides service around central Kyoto at a flat rate. Please use the “Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner (Bus and Train Veteran)” to search for route maps and bus transfers.


Several train companies provide service in Kyoto, including the Kyoto City Subway, whose Karasuma line runs north-south from Kyoto Station to Kokusaikaikan (Kyoto International Conference Center) Station, and the Sagano Scenic Railway, whose charming wagon-style sightseeing train connects the Saga-Arashiyama area in Kyoto City to nearby Kameoka City.
For timetables and station maps for each company/line, please check here.
To search for train transfers, please check here.


It is possible to make arrangements for drivers who speak foreign languages. Yasaka Taxi provides English-speaking support, while MK Taxi offers service in multiple languages including English. Arrangements for taxis that accommodate wheelchairs can be made through the Kyoto City Welfare Taxi Dispatch Center.


The streets of Kyoto City are arranged in a north-south, east-west grid that makes it easy to navigate. The ground is also relatively flat across most of the city, making it easy and enjoyable to tour the city by bicycle. A variety of options are available for bicycle rental.


Kyoto offers several luggage delivery services, which make it fun and easy to walk around the city without the stress of carrying luggage. Luggage can be delivered straight to your hotel from Kyoto Station or vice versa. Please see the links below for information about fees, hours, delivery times, and eligible hotels.