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Answers to common questions

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What are the attractions I can visit?

Gion, donwtown, Nishiski Market. The bus stop in front, 2-min walk, has buses that takes you to Gion and the downtown area (3.4 km) where you find Nishiki market and restaurants, cafes, taverns, shopping.

Arashiyama, Bamboo Grove, Tenryu-ji Temple,  Iwayatayama, monkey park. If going towards western Kyoto, Arashiyama area for the bamboo grove and the Iwayatayama, monkey mountain (8.6km), you can take a bus or a train. The bus stop is 4 minutes away. To take a train, walk to Tambaguchi station, 7 minutes on foot.  The whole journey takes about 40 mins.

Kinkakuji, Golden Temple. If you want to go Kinkakuji (Golden Temple), there is another bus from the bus stop outside our Machiya that takes you there directly. Our guests normally visit Kinkakuji and Arashiyama on the same day as they are all found in the western part of Kyoto.

Around the machiya:
• 5 minutes walk to UNESCO World Heritage site, Nishihonganji Temple.
• Another 2 minutes walk to Costume Museum from Nishihonganji Temple.
• 5 minutes walk to Kyoto Aquarium.5 min to a Fish Market (think mini-Tsukiji). Opens mornings. Go there to get fish and local produce. There are also little stalls selling kitchenware. Along the way there, you will see little stalls selling fresh produce such as veggies and fruits, and nikuyas or butcher stalls.
• 4 minutes walk to Umekoji Park and the Locomotive Museum just opposite.
• 15 minute walk down toUNESCO World Heritage site, Toji Temple. On the 21st of every month, there is a huge flea market called the Kobo-san with over a 1,000 stalls held here. Food stalls, antuques, bric-a-brac. It makes for an interesting walk.

What is the best way of getting around Kyoto?

Buses. Kyoto is best explored cheaply using the bus network. If using trains, your costs adds up quite a bit. Also, Kyoto is a very old city, so the bus network is lot more comprehensive than the train routes. Simply purchase a one-day unlimited tourist travel pass at 500 yen from the bus driver when you board. The pass is valid for all areas within Kyoto City. Our machiya is surrounded by several bus stops with direct buses everywhere.

Bicycles. Quite a few of our guests also cycle around in Kyoto with rented bicycles. We also have one bicycle available at the Machiya which you can use.

How can I get from Kansai Airport (KIX) to Kyoto?

There are several options available. You can travel to Kyoto using the airport shuttles/buses or take the train.

Airport Shuttles / Limousine Bus Information

Yasaka Kanku Shuttle Counter
Travel directly to our address in Kyoto city via shuttle bus.
Shared-ride – ¥3,500 one way per person
It is possible for single passengers to book this service
It is necessary to book two days in advance.
Operated by: Yasaka Group
Bookings and inquiries: +81(0)75-803-4800
Kansai Airport: Terminal 1 Bldg. 1F(South)

MK Skygateshuttle Counter
Travel directly to our address in Kyoto city.
Shared-ride – Kyoto: ¥3,000 one way per person
It is possible for single passengers to book this service
It is necessary to book two days in advance.
Operated by: MK Co Ltd
Bookings and inquiries:
Kyoto: +81(0)75-778-5489
Counter opens: 07:00 – 21:00
Kansai Airport:Terminal 1 Bldg. 1F(South)

Via Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise
Drops you off at Hachoji Dori, Kyoto. Not door to door. So, you will need to walk or take a cab after drop off.
Kansai Airport⇔Kyoto Station, Hachijo-guchi exit/Kyoto city
2,550Yen (Adult), 1,280Yen (Child). One-way.


Via Trains

ICOCA & HARUKA’ discounted set
One Way set: ¥3,030, Round trip set: ¥4,060
There is a lot more details over at their website, please visit to get full information and to make your best decision.
English: http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/travel-information/pass/icoca-haruka/
Mandarin/Chinese: http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/sc/travel-information/pass/icoca-haruka/

How far is your Machiya from Kyoto Station?

Our Machiya is 1.5km from Kyoto Station. If you take a bus, it’s only 2 stops from Kyoto Station. By cab (taxi), it’s a 5 minute ride. The bus fare is ¥230 per person, cab fare is about ¥700 per cab. On foot, it’s about 17 minutes.

Can you arrange transport from Kansai Airport to your doorstep?

Yes, we can. It’s ¥25,000 ($217 USD) for a 7-seater Toyota Alphard from Kansai Airport (KIX) to our machiya in Kyoto. If you’re a small family group of adults and children, this might be a good option. This takes your entire group + mid-sized luggages in a private vehicle straight to our doorstep without having to get in line, or wait to a timetable, and in comfort. For more space due to bigger luggages, there’s a 10-seater Toyota Hiace van or equivalent model for ¥30,000.