Kyoto has the longest history as a national capital for more than 1000
years. Many years of placing Emperor at the center of ruling system
nurture a courtly culture, and they influence the culture among people in
the city accordingly. What we now think of Japanese-style are more or
less born, developed and refined in the era. Kyoto is the city where
today during your visit you can delve into Japanese history as well as
experience the way of living that keeps Kyoto at the forefront of
developing emerging technologies.
Kyoto is located in a valley, part of the Kyoto Basin, in the eastern
part of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands. It is
surrounded on three sides by mountains of Higashiyama, Kitayama and
Nishiyama, with a height just above 1,000 meters (3,281 ft) above sea
level. This interior positioning brings Kyoto hot summers and cold
winters. There are three rivers in the basin, the Ujigawa to the south,
the Katsuragawa to the west, and the Kamogawa to the east.
The original city was arranged in accordance with traditional Chinese
feng shui following the model of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an
(present-day Xi'an). Some of the streets in the modern-day still follow a
Kyoto sits atop a large natural water table that provides the city with
ample freshwater wells. Due to large scale urbanization, the amount of
rain draining into the table is dwindling and wells across the area are
drying at an increasing rate.
Kyoto has a humid subtropical climate((Köppen
Cfa), featuring a marked seasonal variation in temperature and
precipitation. Summers are hot and humid while contrarily winters are
relatively cold with snow. The rain season in Kyoto begins around the
middle of June and lasts until summer comes in July. The climate of city
area around that time is getting hot and humid. Conference venue, Hotels,
and most of public transportations are air-conditioned. Kyoto, along with
most of the Pacific coast and central areas of Japan is prone to typhoons
during September and October.
Way to get
From Kansai International Airport:
Approximately 75 minutes to Kyoto Station by JR express Haruka.
From Narita International Airport:
Approximately 70 minutes form Narita Airport to Tokyo by Narita Express
and 2 hours from Tokyo to Kyoto Station by Nozomi Bullet Train.
You are recommended to use international flights to Osaka.
There are direct flights to Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) from a number of
airports in the world.
Public Transport in Kyoto
Details of Bus and Subway
Route Map of Bus
Map 1 : http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/img/basunabieigo-omote.pdf
Map 2 : http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/img/basunabieigo-rosenn.pdf
There are several shops of Bicycle Rentals in Kyoto.
Bicycle is one of the most convenient way to get
around Kyoto in which there are many narrow alleys.
World Heritage sites in Kyoto
There are seventeen World Heritage sites in Kyoto
1) Kamigamo shrine
2) Shimogamo shrine
9) Ujigami shrine 10) Kozanji-temple
11) Saihoji (Kokedera)-temple
17) Nijo Castle
Kyoto is famous for its historical architecture and preserved culture.
You will have a variety of opportunities to get exposed to Kyoto
traditional culture through Tea Ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing,
swordsmanship, and more during your visit. The easiest way to get such an
experience is to participate in one-day or half-day tour provided by
travel agencies and bus companies. Otherwise, you may make your own
original plan by visiting the following website.
• Kyoto Convention Bureau: http://hellokcb.or.jp/
• Kyoto Official Travel Guide: http://www.kyoto.travel/
Kyoto is compact in size, and it enables you to get from one place to
another easily on foot. If you go for a stroll around the street, it will
reveal many of its delightful secrets to you that are normally hidden as
people pass by.
Rent-a-cycle is another way for traveling within and outside the part of
the city. The Cycling terminals are located in major tourist areas, and
the rental fee is one day from about $10. With the help of multilingual
tourist information maps and signposts located everywhere,
you will have a pleasant bike-ride of a different kind of experience in
Buses and trains are the chief means of public transport in the city.
Taxis are also very convenient. They are not so expensive (no tip is
needed), and are easy to catch on any street in the city.