While there’s still over a month till we go back to Kyoto for the sakura season, I’d like to share this with you.
If you are new to Kyoto, you might find this useful. The Kyoto City has launched a Kyoto City Bus and Subway Guide. You may access this information via your smart phone. You may find tips on how to take the bus/subway, fare and ways to pay, free wifi, bus and subway time table, and how to search for nearby bus stop and subway stations.
Even though The Kyoto Bus and Subway network are considered simple when compared to those in Tokyo, you might still find this information handy.
One of the cons of staying at Airbnb is that, after checking out (usually around 10a or 11a), you need to figure out a place to store the luggage before you head to the airport. What we used to do were finding lockers at Kyoto Station. The small size lockers are 300 yen while the large one that fits a check-in luggage is 700 yen. Most of the time the lockers are taken. You may also goto level B1. There are baggage rooms that takes any size luggage for 500 yen each.
Baggage room in B1.
Recently we found a free luggage storage service in Kyoto Station. If you have a JCB credit card, you may goto the JCB Plaza. It is located on the ground floor inside the Kyoto Theater.
Kyoto Theater 京都劇場. JCB Plaza located inside to the right.
Hours are 10a – 6p. Besides free same day luggage storage service (up to 3 luggages per card), you get free drinks and free wifi. They can also help you book hotels/restaurants/tours. We just applied for the Mitsuwa JCB card. Hopefully we get the card before my next trip, so we can save couple thousand yen on luggage storage.
There are no overnight luggage storage service at Kyoto Station. Be sure to check the closing time of each facility!
There are many ways to access the Kansai Airport (KIX). As much as we love the convenience of the JR network, it was quite a hassle to drag the luggage around the crowded JR station. Even if you manage to get to Kyoto Station via JR, you would probably need to take a taxi to your final destination. Taking a taxi in Kyoto is a disaster. Taxi is small and its almost impossible to fit 2 luggages and 2 passengers. Kyoto taxi drivers are not familiar with places and they refuse to use the GPS (At first I thought it was our bad luck but even the locals say so too).
After learning our lessons the hard way, we tried the door to door shuttle and were completely satisfied with their service. You can choose from MK Taxi or Yasaka Taxi. We tried the Yasaka Taxi on our last trip. We booked the shuttle online and you get a discount if you book rountrip service. They have an English website and they accept credit card payment. It’s a shared shuttle service and they take up to 8 passengers at one time. I love the hassle free experience 🙂