How to get around when sightseeing in Kyoto… There are trains, buses, and taxis. If you make good use of the different modes of transportation, you will be able to travel efficiently and without stress. Each type of transport is described in detail below.
If you come to Kyoto from another city, such as Tokyo or Osaka, or move from Kyoto to another city, you will definitely use Kyoto Station to get on and off the bullet train. Also, when sightseeing in Kyoto city, trains, which are almost always on time, will be convenient. If you ride well, you can travel a wide range without getting caught in traffic. It is possible to ride with a stroller, but you need to be careful during crowded times like rush hours on weekday mornings and evenings. Also, be aware that the elevator is all the way at the end of the platform at some stations and at smaller stations there may not be an elevator or escalator.
Buses run all over Kyoto city. There is a bus stop near most sightseeing spots. There are many routes on the main roads, so if you transfer well you can go anywhere by bus, but the routes through tourist attractions are always crowded with citizens and tourists. As the buses are cheap and easily accessible, many Kyoto citizens use them to get around on a daily basis. As this is so, you should avoid carrying large suitcases and backpacks. If you are traveling with a baby, we recommend using a baby strap instead of a stroller.
Of course taking a taxi will cost more than taking a train or bus. However, when getting around with children, taxis can be so much easier than the other options as they will take you to your destination in the shortest distance. You want to use taxis when going to a place where transportation is a little inconvenient, or when the children are tired after a day of sightseeing. In the city center, there are many taxis looking for customers, and they will stop when you raise your hand. In addition, if you are staying for a short time and want to enjoy sightseeing efficiently in one day, it is possible to reserve a taxi for one day. Some drivers can provide tourist guides in English, so please check with your taxi company.
If you want to move around the city freely we recommend rental bikes. Riding bicycles is stress free and there is no traffic congestion! There are also children’s seats and electric bicycles, so they can be used easily by parents with children. It is also attractive to be able to stop anywhere when you see something interesting on the roadside. Why don’t you ride through Kyoto in all directions as if you live here? As a rule you should ride in the bicycle lane on the road. However, there are places where there is no bicycle lane on the road, but on the sidewalk instead. In crowded areas you may need to get off and walk while pushing your bicycle.