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