If you want to visit a few places around Kyoto in one day, the Kyoto City Bus One Day Pass is 500 yen.You can buy it from information desks at train stations.
(more information about Kyoto Buses and Subways)
A single trip on the bus nomally costs 220 yen or the subway is 210-340 yen.
|On the back of this map is all the bus information in English|
|Bus 12, to Kinkakuji (and Nijojo)|
Osaka to Kyoto
(since it's so much cheaper to stay in Osaka)
Going to Kyoto from Osaka, I often take the Hankyu line. Hankyu is cheapest and the Hankyu Kawaramachi station is very central in town and close to the Gion district. In contrast, the JR line takes you to Kyoto Station, which doesn't have quite so many interesting things around
Umeda (Osaka) to Kawaramachi (Kyoto) takes 44 min and costs 390 yen
From our Hotel at Doubutsuen-mae (subway)/Shin-Imamiya (JR) Stations to Umeda (Osaka), it's 170 yen and 16 min on JR loop line (from Shin-Imamiya) or 230 yen/13min by subway (from Doubutsuen-mae)
(I recommend the subway, since it's easy to mistakenly go the long side of the JR loop line and then it takes 25min, and when you get to Umeda, it's easier to find the Hankyu station from the Subway)
The most common form of transport in Japan is by train. Trains run on time and are typically timetabled every 10 minutes.
It's easy to find your way around Japan by train if you know the names of the stations you're going to and from.
Jorudan is very simple and easy to use
Hyperpedia has a lot more options and detail
There are many train companies in Japan.
JR is the national train line, but it doesn't reach all local areas.
Each region has about three private train line companies, and large cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kyoto) have subway networks. The subways are also generally owned by more than one company.
Generally, non-JR train lines and subways work in co-operation, but JR is always separate. So if you're taking a route which uses JR and non-JR lines, you need to buy separate tickets (at the respective stations)
Google maps can be useful as it shows train stations in pink and Station names in Blue, with the name of the line written on the line.
|Baby Boy reading Kyoto Guide Map on the way back to Osaka|