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Passport/Visa

Passport/Visa

Japan may be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of all European Union member states, Australia, Canada, the USA, as well as several other world countries. The up-to-date list of visa exemptions by country may be found at: https://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html Citizens of countries listed as requiring visas will need to apply in advance via a Japanese mission or consulate closest to them. Special visa requirements apply to citizens of China and the Philippines, and travellers visiting Japan as part of a cruise journey.
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Airport

Airport

The closest airport to Kyōto is Ōsaka International Airport, also known as Itami Airport, about 36 km away from Kyōto. Despite its "international" name, the airport only handles domestic flights; international flights land at Kansai International Airport on an artificial island. The fastest, most convenient way between Kansai International Airport and Kyōto is the special JR Haruka Airport Express, which takes about 75 minutes. On this train, you'll need the JR Rail Pass. Other ways but less convenient are limousine buses, run by Ōsaka Airport Transport. The journey takes about 90 minutes and costs around 2500 yen. Shared taxi vans are also a good way to reach Kyōto. The fare is around 3500 yen.
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Best Time to Visit Kyoto

Best Time to Visit Kyoto

Though you can visit the picturesque city of Kyōto any time of the year thanks to its mild weather, the best months to enjoy it to its fullest are October to November and March, April, and May. In spring, the cherry blossoms (sakura), make the city the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, while in autumn, the "maple hunting" (momijigari) makes it a true delight to explore. If you're travelling during Golden Week (end of April/beginning of May) be aware that the city is jam-packed with tourists and hotel rates are doubled. Summer is the rainy season in Japan; The moisture in the air makes it a soggy, sweaty visit.
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Public Transport

Public Transport

Kyōto has an efficient public transport system of trains, buses, and subways. Kyōto’s train system comprises the national JR Line and several local private lines. While the train represents the fastest way to get to and from Arashiyama, Uji, Tsukuji-ji, they aren't the best modes of transport within the city. If you're planning to visit the iconic sites, the best way to reach them is by bus or subway. A variety of tickets and passes are on offer to make it easier than buying individual tickets for every trip. Consider also buying a prepaid Suica Travel pass that can be used on trains, buses, and subways. Tickets and prepaid cards can be purchased at any vending machine. JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line connects Kyōto with Tōkyō, Ōsaka, Nara, Nagoya, Kobe, and Hiroshima. Nozomi trains require about 140 minutes to get from Kyōto to Tōkyō, and the bullet train (shinkansen) requires 12 minutes from Kyōtō to Ōsaka. To travel on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, you will need the JR Rail Pass that can be valid for one, two, or three weeks. Cycling is also a good way to explore the city. Bicycle Rental services are usually located nearby Kyōto's landmarks. Here are some bicycle rental companies: www.kctp.net www.j-cycle.com
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