Population : 1,474,735 (2016 census)
Time zone : Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Weather : Average temperature in February; High 10°C - Low 1°C
How to Get There
Kyoto is accessible on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, Shin-Osaka (Osaka), Nagoya and beyond. Frequent JR trains and buses also serve Kyoto. The nearest airports are Itami International Airport and Kansai International Airport. Both are in Osaka, and located between an hour and an hour and 20 minutes away.
Kyoto City is a prime destination for most travelers, and is linked to many other major cities in Japan. To reach other towns in Kyoto Prefecture and the Tango Peninsula, you'll need to take local trains and buses.
The compact modern city of Kyoto is a delight to stroll because it adheres to the ancient grid pattern street layout. In addition the excellent subway, rail and bus services make Kyoto the “30-minute city;” you can generally arrive at your next destination within half an hour.
- Grand temple and shrine complexes, castles and palaces in Kyoto City and its environs
- Sumptuous multicourse cuisine and refined traditional ryokan accommodations
- White-sand beaches and mineral-rich hot springs on the Tango Peninsula
- Local festivals, farmhouse stays and craft traditions in rural mountain hamlets