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Kyoto public transport
Given the sheer size of Kyoto and the great number of tourist attraction scattered all around the city, the best way to get around is still the public transport system.

To maximize your travels, try to purchase either of these two cards:

•  Kyoto Sightseeing Card, which is good for one day (Adults: ¥1200/Children:¥600) or two days (Adults: ¥2000/Children: ¥1000) and allows for unlimited travel on subways and buses

•  Traffica Kyoto Card, sold for ¥1000 and ¥3000, and offers 10% bonus on its face value on subways and buses.

The city has two subway lines: the Karasuma Line, which travels from north to south, and the Tozai Line, which travels from west to east.

Meanwhile, buses are your only option if you want to visit the north-western part of Kyoto. You can take the bus at either the Kyoto station or the Sanjo-Kawabata station, which is located nearer the city center.

One of the best things about Kyoto 's buses is that the signs are also in English, unlike the buses in most Japanese cities.

Bicycle
You may also travel the way most locals do, which is by bicycle, especially given Kyoto 's grid layout which is ideal for bicycle navigation. Bicycles are especially popular during spring and fall since the roads are packed with cars and buses at that time of year. You can rent a bike virtually everywhere in the city.

You can ride your bicycle on the major roads as well as back alleys, which is the better option if your plan is to go sightseeing. Just remember that you're supposed to be on the left-hand side of the road. Now, if you're not used to riding a bicycle, a busy city like Kyoto is not a good place to learn or experiment.

Kyoto train
There are many train lines that criss-cross all over Kyoto , and their signs are in English.

If you're traveling to eastern Kyoto , the Keihan train line is your best choice, while the scenic Keifuku train lines are an enjoyable way to travel north. There's also the Eidan Eizan line, which travels to Mount Hei and Kurama, and the Hankyu Line, which heads to Arashiyama and all the way to Osaka and Kobe .

The JR lines have several trains traveling all across the city from the Kyoto station. There's the JR Sagano line, which travels to the northwest; the JR Kyoto line, which travels to the southwest; and the JR Nara line, which travels to the southeast.



 
 
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