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Access

In order to reach Kyoto from Kansai International Airport (KIX), take the Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka, which brings you directly to Kyoto Station in about 80 minutes.

If you travel to Kyoto from Tokyo, take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station. The ride takes about two hours and 15 minutes.

Kyoto City has a highly developed transportation network that includes buses, subway lines, and private railways. If you plan to visit several places in one day, use a discount pass such as the convenient Kyoto Subway & Bus Pass. This pass can be purchased at the Kyoto Bus and Subway Information Center, located in front of Kyoto Station.

WEATHER & CLOTHING

Kyoto City is located in a valley surrounded by mountains like Mt. Hiei, Mt. Atago, and Mt. Arashiyama. Summers bring heavy rainfall, while winters are dry. There are large temperature differences between summer and winter or day and night. The summer heat in Kyoto is at its highest when it's cloudy with no wind and very humid. The cold in winter is so extreme that you may feel like the core of your body is freezing. Please be careful of heat-related illnesses in summer and of the cold in winter. In spring and fall, the mornings and evenings tend to be very cool, so bring a light jacket with you.

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