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Helpful information about Kyoto

Transit and transportation
With its abundance of temples, shrines, and uniquely Japanese streets, Kyoto offers a glimpse of traditional Japan that appeals to many international visitors. Although Kyoto has no airport of its own, many still visit the area by using the Shinkansen (bullet train) and other conventional lines (Tokaido Line, San’in Line, Nara Line, Kyoto Line, etc.) that serve the prefecture. The city’s streets are marked by their systematic grid design. The straightforward layout makes it easy to navigate around Kyoto, even for first-time drivers, minimizing the chances of getting lost.
Sightseeing and activities
Kyoto is traditionally divided into five distinct areas: Rakuchu (central city), Rakuto (eastern suburbs), Rakusai (western suburbs), Rakunan (southern suburbs), and Rakuhoku (northern suburbs). Given that popular tourist spots are spread across each area, it’s best to focus your attention on one or two areas a day. The Rakuto area, known for Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion, is the most popular destination among tourists. It is only about a 15-minute drive from Kyoto Station. Other must-see attractions include Nijo Castle in the Rakuchu area and Kinkaku-ji Temple and Arashiyama in the Rakusai area. It’s about a 15-minute drive from Kyoto Station to Nijo Castle and about a half-hour drive to Kinkaku-ji Temple. Arashiyama might be a bit far from the city center, but it’s a manageable 30-minute drive from Kyoto Station. Most sightseeing spots have their own parking facilities or nearby coin-operated parking, so sightseeing by car is easily manageable.
Local events
The Gion Festival, which takes place every July, is considered one of Japan’s three biggest festivals. This event is a traditional festival that has continued for 1,000 years, and the sight of the gorgeous Yamahoko floats parading through the city is a sight to behold. The springtime cherry blossoms and autumn leaves are popular reasons for visiting Kyoto. The nighttime illuminations are breathtaking, offering visitors the chance to appreciate the blend of seasonal foliage with temples and shrines. Given the potential for traffic restrictions and road congestion during events and holiday seasons, it’s best to review traffic updates before your start your trip.