Transportation in Kyoto

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Transportation in Kyoto

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  • cp_0010
    Manama, Bahrain1,456 contributions
    Eizan train is a nice experience which is run by the Eizan Electric Company in the northern Kyoto. There are two Eizan Lines that run north from Demachiyanagi Station: the Eizan Main Line and the Kurama Line. The whole journey takes about 25 minutes and runs through the upper hilly area in Kyoto and forests. It is a nice scenic journey and many tourists do this.
    Written September 29, 2017
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  • Bolansan
    Bathgate, UK302 contributions
    The train is a fixed fee and you pay when you get off. Nice trip through the residential part of kyoto with locals rather than tourists on the train.
    Written October 19, 2019
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  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, UK1,618 contributions
    The buses were easy to use and frequent. Board on the back, exit at the front. Fare is only 230 yen which you pay as you exit. If you don’t have the cash, there is a change machine by the driver. Or you can use your Suica card.
    Written November 13, 2018
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  • JugemJugem
    386 contributions
    I used this ropeway when I went to Mt. Hiei from Kyoto.
    Eizan Ropeway line is operated by Keifuku Electric Railroad Co.,Ltd.
    Rope Hiei station is just next to Cable Hiei Station.
    You can admire the view of Ohara from the square of the cable Hiei station.
    In addition, it seems that it will be canceled in winter.
    Written March 10, 2018
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  • Wingfield73
    Chiang Mai, Thailand845 contributions
    Although there are only two subway lines in Kyoto the day pass - at 600 yen - is well worth buying and saves the hassle of searching for the ticket machines and taking fresh tickets for each trip. The subway itself is easy to navigate with each line colour-coded. Trains are clean, well maintained and it is a very quick way to get around the city. For the handicapped and wheel-chair users there are lifts everwhere
    Written December 12, 2019
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  • Jonathan W
    Folsom, CA1 contribution
    Arranged a same-day hiring of a car/driver for a group of four in Kyoto. Our driver (Nobutaka) arrived well ahead of the scheduled pick-up time in a clean, late model van for my group. Nobutaka was professional, spoke good English, and served as an informative tour guide during our 6-hour booking. Nobutaka also suggested a delicious stop of Ramen for lunch, per our request. Superb driver and experience, overall. I would choose Nobutaka again without hesitation.
    Written March 12, 2020
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  • TaylorNY1
    New York City, NY19 contributions
    It was nice (especially in the heat) to have a car to take us to his recommended sites to see. Our drive, Naoki, was extremely friendly and let us know what we were about to see. We had the option for him to walk around each temple/site with us, but personally didn't do that. Maybe the highlight of the tour, and what makes him unique, is being able to go back to his home for tea with his wife (who also let my girlfriend try on a Kimono). Definitely not an experience we would get from any other tour in Japan, and was something that we will remember far more than one of the many temples you will see in Kyoto. Definitely would recommend.
    Written September 23, 2019
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  • JugemJugem
    386 contributions
    I used this cable line when I went to Mt. Hiei from Kyoto.
    Eizan Cable line is operated by Keifuku Electric Railroad Co.,Ltd.
    The cable line has a vertical spacing of 561 m, which is the largest in Japan.
    In addition, it seems that it will be canceled in winter.
    Written March 8, 2018
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  • Candice808
    1 contribution
    Mr. Kwon was so incredibly kind, helpful, & knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Kyoto as he treated us like VIPs! He not only showed us the highlights we requested but also shared secret spots and interesting information & history. We would never have seen and learned as much as we did on our own. We are so thankful we booked this tour.
    Written March 29, 2021
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  • Lekguan
    Singapore, Singapore19 contributions
    Went on a tour with Mr. Suzuki Yuuji on the jumbo hire, and he was very knowledgeable. English was fluent enough for general communication, only thing is that the website is all in Japanese, which would make booking difficult. Price is much lower than others. But overall it is a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended if you can handle the booking procedure (and remember to request for English-speaking driver).
    Written December 1, 2015
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  • Bell
    2 contributions
    We rode the Kyo-train from Kawaramachi to Umeda as our means of travelling from Kyoto to Osaka. Having only used JR trains until that point, the Hankyu service was a little confusing but staff at the info office were very helpful. I don't recommend taking luggage on the train as there is no storage available and not enough room to place them near seats. I had assumed a train designed for tourists would accommodate luggage, but realise now that the 'sightseeing train' really is intended for short sightseeing trips.
    The train was really hot on the day we rode it. There doesn't seem to be ai-rconditioning, which is a shame.
    Otherwise it's a lovely initiative and well worth riding, especially for day trips to places like Arashiyama. The fact that it uses standard fares is a bonus for tourists, but also means that it can get quite crowded as there's no disincentive for locals not to ride it.
    Written May 22, 2019
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  • VincentTham
    Singapore75 contributions
    Our driver-guide Matsubara driven us (7 adults) - 2 seniors, 5 adults and a wheelchair for a full day tour around Kyoto City.

    It was an excellent trip with Matsubara. I would also recommend Matsubara to you and you could liaise with him via whatapps. We managed to complete all the itinerary for the day.
    Written June 26, 2019
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  • enjoyingtime
    Sydney, Australia21 contributions
    Our family (two girls aged 6 and 10) wanted to see the main sites of Kyoto and booked 6 hours with Kimi. We visited the following sites and he provided us with an informative guide and ensured we were able to get some great photos, keeping in mind we have two kids.

    Tenryu-Ji temple
    Arashiyama bamboo Forest
    Fushimi inara taisha
    Otago nenbutsu-Ji
    Kinkakuji

    Helping everyone understand customs and other things including stopping for lunch too.

    Highly recommend, English was great, he was patient and the car was lovely and clean spacious and comfortable

    Thanks Kimi.
    Written May 16, 2019
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