Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan and a major tourist destination. It is home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces, and gardens, many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Visitors will be greeted with a smile and given a warm reception everywhere they go.
In Japan, we pride ourselves on giving the best service to everyone.
Kyoto has been welcoming visitors for more than 1000 years.
Japan and especially Kyoto are noted for being very safe. Subways, stations, and bus terminals are clean and well lit.
You should have no major safety concerns when traveling here. Women generally feel comfortable traveling alone in the city at any hour of the day.
This friendly city of 1.5 million people offers endless opportunities for visitors to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Japanese culture through tea ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship, and more. Kyoto’s user-friendly qualities and compact layout make it a wonderful place for strolling and exploring during free time. From the moment of arrival at Kansai International Airport - just 75 min from the city center - the guests of Kyoto are pampered with clear multilingual signs and clean, efficient transport choices.
Current population : 1.5 million
Average April temperatures : Maximum, 19.9°C (67.8°F); Minimum, 9.0°C (48.2°F)
City center : Approx. 10 km (6 miles) north to south, 8 km (5 miles) east to west
Geography : Basin surrounded by low mountains on the west, north, and east
Topography : Gently slopes downward to the south; bisected by crystal clear rivers
Urban layout : Easy-to-navigate north/south, east/west grid of bustling streets
Transportation : Comprehensive and integrated urban transport network such as JR-West lines, private railways(Kintetsu, Hankyu, Keihan, Eizan, Keifuku, Sagano Scenic), subway lines, buses and taxis
Architecture : Modern buildings harmonized with ancient temples, shrines, workshops, and dwellings
Kyoto is home to the following: Nintendo, Kyocera, Omron, Shimadzu, and around 40 higher education and research institutions, as well as Kyoto University, which has produced a large proportion of Japanese Nobel laureates.
In Japan, the voltage is 100 V for electrical appliances. The frequency is 60 Hz in Kyoto, western Japan.The power plug and socket are Type A (parallel flat two-pin).
Credit cards of international brands (Visa, Master Card, JCB, American Express, and Diners Club) are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, and restaurants.
Tipping is not common in Japan. There is almost no need to tip.
In Japan, 10% consumption tax will be charged.