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Money & costs


Most of the major banks are near the Shijō-Karasuma intersection, two stops north of Kyoto station on the Karasuma line subway.

International transactions (like wire transfers) can be made at Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank (221-7161; 9am-3pm Mon-Fri), which is one block southwest of this intersection. Other international transactions can be made at Citibank (212-5387, office 9am-3pm Mon-Fri, ATM 24hr), just west of this intersection. Finally, you can change travellers cheques at most post offices around town, including the Kyoto Central Post Office next to Kyoto station.