Public Transport

Kyoto

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Public Transport

Kyōto has an efficient public transport system of trains, buses, and subways. Kyōto’s train system comprises the national JR Line and several local private lines. While the train represents the fastest way to get to and from Arashiyama, Uji, Tsukuji-ji, they aren't the best modes of transport within the city. If you're planning to visit the iconic sites, the best way to reach them is by bus or subway. A variety of tickets and passes are on offer to make it easier than buying individual tickets for every trip. Consider also buying a prepaid Suica Travel pass that can be used on trains, buses, and subways. Tickets and prepaid cards can be purchased at any vending machine. JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line connects Kyōto with Tōkyō, Ōsaka, Nara, Nagoya, Kobe, and Hiroshima. Nozomi trains require about 140 minutes to get from Kyōto to Tōkyō, and the bullet train (shinkansen) requires 12 minutes from Kyōtō to Ōsaka. To travel on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, you will need the JR Rail Pass that can be valid for one, two, or three weeks. Cycling is also a good way to explore the city. Bicycle Rental services are usually located nearby Kyōto's landmarks. Here are some bicycle rental companies: www.kctp.net www.j-cycle.com

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