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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: ¥3000
  • Two simple restaurant meals: ¥2200
  • Train/bus transport: ¥1200
  • One temple/museum admission: ¥500
  • Snacks, drinks, sundries: ¥1000
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: ¥12,000
  • Two midrange restaurant meals: ¥5000
  • Train/bus transport: ¥1200
  • Two temple/museum admissions: ¥1000
  • Snacks, drinks, sundries: ¥2000
Top end (more than)
  • Five-star hotel/ryokan accommodation: ¥30,000
  • Kaiseki restaurant meal: ¥10,000
  • Train/bus transport: ¥1200
  • Two taxi rides: ¥3500
  • Two temple/museum admissions: ¥1000


Visas are issued on arrival for most nationalities for stays of up to 90 days.

When to go and weather


Getting to Kyoto

Travel between Kyoto and other parts of Japan is a breeze. Kansai is served by the Tōkaidō and San-yō shinkansen lines, several JR main lines and a few private rail lines. It is also possible to travel to/from Kyoto and other parts of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū by long-distance highway buses. Kyoto is served by two airports (Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport), and is relatively close to Nagoya, in case you can only get a flight to Centrair airport.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Kyoto

The best price found from United States to Kyoto is on October 1st, 2019, travelling with Alaska Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

Boston Logan International
from $499.00
Osaka Kansai International

Getting around Kyoto

Kyoto is a compact city with an excellent public transport system.

Subway Gets you quickly between north and south (the Karasuma subway line stops at Kyoto Station) or east and west (the Tōzai subway line runs between Higashiyama and the west side of the city).

Bus For destinations not well served by the subway lines (including sights in the northwest of the city, like Kinkaku-ji).

Bicycle A brilliant way to explore Kyoto (the city is mostly flat).

Walking Kyoto is a walker’s paradise.

Taxi For short trips, late at night, or if you've got heavy luggage, a taxi is your best bet.

Car There’s no need to hire a car; in fact, it’s far more trouble than it’s worth. Perhaps only handy for excursions out of the city.

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