Cherry blossom petals caught on a breeze, the burble of a water fountain permeating the silence of a peaceful rock garden, a pair of elegantly dressed geisha flitting between wooden tea houses ... Kyoto is the Japan of the past, the Japan of your imagination. Standing as Japan's capital from A.D. 794 to 1868, Kyoto has thrived as a hub for Japanese culture, art and education. Given the city's respect for its history, it's not surprising that millions of people visit Kyoto each year for a snapshot of imperial Japan.But no matter where you point your lens, modern-day Japan is sure to make it into the frame. Centuries-old Shinto shrines and pagodas share the city with the headquarters of companies like Nintendo and electronics manufacturer Kyocera. Kyoto's blend of ancient and contemporary makes it a vibrant city that certainly isn't stuck in the past. But if it's the past you seek, Kyoto will bring your imaginings to life.
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As far as Shinto shrines go (there are about 400 in Kyoto), this one is pretty special. Perched on a wooded hillside in southern Kyoto, Fushimi Inari is a 1,300-year-old temple dedicated to Inari, the Shinto deity of rice and sake (Japanese rice wine). The shrine complex dates back to the 8th century, but it's not the star of the show. Most visitors come for the close to 10,000 red and orange lacquered torii gates that line the 2.5-mile-long path up Mount Inari, where the shrine sits. Sometimes in dense rows and other times more staggered, the gates are all engraved with the names of Shinto devotees who donated them.It takes about three hours to make the trek up the mountain, and some recent visitors say that the hike is mildly strenuous. But there are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. Peer at the dozens of stone and bronze foxes that line the paths along with the gates (foxes are thought to be Inari's sacred messengers). Or stop in to one of the tea houses or restaurants situated on the path, which serve udon noodle soup and sushi. Because crowds are drawn to their picturesque beauty, Fushimi Inari's trails can get quite congested during the day. To avoid the multitudes, opt for an evening stroll up the mountain — recent visitors say the pervading quiet coupled with the fading light filtering through the trees and torii gates makes for an eerie and spiritual experience.
Situated on Otowa Mountain in eastern Kyoto, Kiyomizu Temple wows travelers with its stunning natural scenery, which visitors say is best viewed from the verandah off the temple's main building. The "stage," as it's called, sits atop huge pillars more than 40 feet above the hillside and affords visitors panoramas of the surrounding forest. Those views are even more beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom or in the fall with the changing foliage. When you're done taking in the temple's surrounding beauty, you are invited to drink from the Otowa Waterfall, which gave the temple its name ("kiyomizu" means "pure water"). The waterfall is divided into three streams, each of which is said to bring longevity, academic success or love, respectively. But according to temple etiquette, drinking from all three streams is bad luck, so don't be greedy.
Also within in the complex is the Jishu Shrine, a red-lacquered temple dedicated to Okuninushi-no-mikoto, the Shinto god of love. Visitors who can successfully walk between two stones outside of the shrine with their eyes closed (the stones are about 20 feet apart) will supposedly have their love-related wishes granted. Along with toying with their fates, recent travelers also enjoy the souvenir shops found along the path to the temple. Many visitors insist that Kiyomizu Temple should be on every Kyoto traveler's to-do list, though one TripAdvisor user warns, "Go as early as possible in the morning because it becomes very crowded later in the day."Kiyomizu Temple opens at 6 a.m. every day of the year, and closes between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. daily, depending on the season. On certain holidays, the temple hosts special night hours. For ordinary visiting hours, admission is 300 JPY (about $3 USD) for adults and 200 JPY (about $2 USD) for students. Special night admission costs 400 JPY (about $4 USD) for adults and 300 JPY (about $3 USD) for students. To get there, take bus No. 100 or 206 from Kyoto Station to Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stops, which are both a ten-minute walk from the temple. For more information, visit Kiyomizu Temple's website.
Recent visitors to Gion are wowed by its quaintness (though some travelers note that hordes of camera-wielding tourists can detract from the scenery). This neighborhood is known for its charming historic features: historic tea houses, willow-lined roads, kaiseki (Japanese haute-cuisine) restaurants, wooden ryokan (Japanese guest houses) and shops selling local crafts and antiques. But all of those things are secondary to Gion's real source of fame — the geisha. Visitors to Gion may catch a glimpse of these extravagantly dressed women flitting between tea houses on wooden-sandaled feet.
Contrary to western belief, geisha are not prostitutes. A geisha's primary role is entertainment; she is hired to provide diversions at dinner parties and banquets in the form of singing, dancing, games and conversation. But they are more than mere performers: Geisha are living, breathing gatekeepers of ancient Japanese culture. They train from an early age in traditional Japanese art, dance and music, and perform at exclusive dinners in ochaya (tea houses), usually only for locals. While tourists can arrange geisha dinners as well, it will put quite a dent in a travel budget. Hiring one geisha for the evening can cost about 50,000 JPY (around $500 USD), while the meal itself can cost 10,000 to 30,000 JPY (around $100 to $300 USD) per person. A less costly way to see Gion's geisha in action would be to check out the daily geisha performances at the Gion Corner theater, which cost 3,150 JPY (about $32 USD). Or, if you're visiting during April, you can catch the Miyako Odori dance festival — geisha dance performances, which are held four times daily during the festival at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater, cost between 2,000 and 4,500 JPY (about $20 to $45 USD) per person. You may also see geisha strolling through the neighborhood; keep a polite distance and refrain from photographing them without explicit permission.You can find Gion on the eastern bank of the Kamo River in central Kyoto. You can get there by taking the 100 or the 206 bus from Kyoto Station, or by taking the train to Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.
怀石料理(日式高级料理)餐厅，木制日式旅馆(日本宾馆)以及出售当地工艺品和古董的商店。但所有这些都是祗园真正的名声来源 - 艺妓。来到祗园的游客可以瞥见这些穿着木质凉鞋的茶馆之间穿着衣着华丽的妇女。与西方的观念相反，艺妓并不是妓女。艺伎的主要角色是娱乐; 通常聘请艺妓在晚宴和宴会上提供唱歌，跳舞，游戏和谈话等的演出项目。但他们不仅仅是表演者：艺妓是古代日本文化的活生生的呼吸守门人。他们从小在传统的日本艺术，舞蹈和音乐培训，并在奥恰亚独家晚餐(茶屋)，通常只为当地人。虽然游客也可以安排艺妓晚餐，但这会使旅游预算有所下降。晚上招一个艺妓可以花费约5万日元(约合500美元)，而这顿饭本身每人可以花费1万至3万日元(约合100至300美元)。只要花一分钟就可以看到祗园的艺伎正在行动，那就去看看祗园角剧场的日常艺妓演出，花费3150日元(约合32美元)。或者，如果你在四月份访问，你可以赶上宫古大通舞蹈节日 - 艺妓舞蹈表演，每逢祗园高桥Kaburenjo剧场每天举行四次，每人花费2,000到4,500日元(约20至45美元)。你也可以看到艺妓在附近散步; 保持一个礼貌的距离，并避免未经明确许可拍摄。
Arashiyama is a quaint neighborhood surrounded by trees and mountains on the western edge of Kyoto. The neighborhood's most iconic landmark is the wooden Togetsukyo Bridge, which has spanned the Katsura River since 1934. It makes a great spot for admiring cherry blossoms or changing fall foliage, depending on the season. Or you can rent a paddle boat to enjoy the scenery from the water. On either end of the bridge are a number of shops, restaurants, temples and gardens to explore. Some recent visitors enjoy walking around and taking in the sites, but others suggest renting a bike. You can get one for the day for around 1,000 JPY (about $10 USD) near train stations in Kyoto.A visit to Arashiyama can be overwhelming, as there is so much to do and see here. It's best to arrive with a plan of action, and to not try to fit too many activities into one day. For example, you won't want to miss a stroll through the area's lush, peaceful bamboo groves. Once you're through the bamboo, you'll find yourself at Okochi Sanso Villa, a beautifully landscaped former residence of Japanese actor Okochi Denjiro. You can tour Denjiro's mossy, manicured gardens daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and the admission price of 1,000 JPY (about $10 USD) includes matcha green tea and cake.Another must-see attraction in Arashiyama is the Monkey Park Iwatayama. A troupe of 130 wild Japanese macaques (or snow monkeys) calls the park home. You can visit them any day of the week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the spring and summer, or until 4 p.m. in the winter. Admission is 3,800 JPY (about $38 USD) for adults and 2,000 JPY (about $20 USD) for children ages 4 to 15. Children younger than 4 can monkey-watch for free. For more information about Monkey Park Iwatayama, visit the park's website.
岚山是京都西部边缘被树木和山脉包围的古色古香的街区。这个社区最具标志性的地标是自1934年以来横跨桂河的木制渡月桥。根据季节的不同，它成为欣赏樱花或改变秋天树叶的好地方。或者你可以租一个桨船从水中欣赏风景。在桥的两端是一些商店、餐馆、寺庙和花园探索。一些最近的游客喜欢四处走走，而且还有人建议租一辆自行车。在京都的火车站附近可以买到一天约1000日元(约合10美元)。岚山的访问可以是压倒性的，因为有很多事情要做，看看这里。最好有一个行动计划，不要试图在一天内完成太多的活动。例如，你不会想错过在该地区郁郁葱葱，宁静的竹林漫步。一旦穿过竹子，你会发现自己在Okochi Sanso别墅，一个美丽的风景日本演员大尾登次郎的故居。每天上午9点至下午5点，您可以参观Denjiro的苔藓修剪整齐的花园，1,000日元(约合10美元)的入场费包括抹茶绿茶和蛋糕。岚山的另一个必看的景点是猴园岩田山。一个由130只野生日本猕猴(或雪猴)组成的团体将这座公园称之为家园。您可以在春季和夏季的上午9点至下午5点的任何一天的任何一天参观，也可以在冬季下午4点之前参观。成人入场费为3,800日元(约合38美元)，4至15岁的儿童为2000日元(约合20美元).4岁以下的儿童可以免费观看。有关Monkey Park Iwatayama的更多信息，请访问公园网站。
Every day, hundreds of people visit Ryoanji Temple to see its Zen rock garden — which is probably the most famous of its kind in Japan. Located in Kyoto's northern outskirts, the temple was built in 1450, but details surrounding the rock garden's origins are hazy. Its white pebbles, which surround 15 larger rocks, were laid sometime during the Muromachi period (1392-1573), but beyond that, the garden's origins are unknown.From any vantage point, at least one of the garden's 15 rocks is obscured from view. But why? One TripAdvisor user posits, "[I]n Buddhism, the number 15 signifies completion, which is not thought to be possible in this world." However, visitors are invited to come to their own conclusions about the garden's deeper meaning. Along with viewing the rock garden, you can explore the temple's grounds, which include a 1,000-year-old pond fringed with lily pads and tree-lined walking trails. There is also a restaurant on site that serves Yudofu, a tofu dish that is a specialty in Kyoto.Ryoanji Temple is open daily between 8 a.m. and 5.p.m. from March through November, and between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from December through February. Entrance costs 500 JPY (about $5 USD) for adults and 300 JPY (about $3 USD) for children 15 and younger. To get to the temple, either take the No. 50 bus from Kyoto Station to Ritsumeikan daigaku-mae stop, or take the Keifuku Kitano subway line to Ryoanjimichi Station. For more information, visit Ryoanji Temple's website.
For those unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine, a trip to Nishiki Market can be an overwhelming experience. This bustling, five-block-long covered market is lined with 126 stalls, each one hawking Japanese foods and specialty items that are hard to come by in the United States. With barely any English signage for reference, it might be difficult to determine what to buy or where to start. But just because Nishiki Market is busy and confusing doesn't mean you should avoid it. In fact, recent visitors say that's exactly why you should go.The key here is to start small. Sample some authentic green tea or nosh on some nigiri (rice balls). After you've acclimated yourself to the flavors, you can work your way up to the unfamiliar: roe-stuffed squid, dried kelp or silky yuba (tofu-milk skin). Of course, connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine can feel free to jump right in, but Nishiki Market can also offer new eating experiences to old pros. Alongside the more traditional Japanese fare, you'll find some trendier shops like Konnamonja, which sells doughnuts and soft-serve ice cream that are both made from tofu (and reportedly delicious). According to one TripAdvisor user, no matter what you decide to taste at Nishiki Market, "you won't leave hungry."You can find Nishiki Market one block north of and parallel to Shijo Street in central Kyoto, within walking distance of the Shijo, Karasuma and Kawaramachi subway stations. Free to the public, most of the market is open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., though it varies by shop (some are closed on Wednesdays or Sundays, for example). For more information, visit Nishiki Market's website.
After years of bitter strife, the aging samurai lord Tokugawa Ieyasu finally wrested power from Japan's many warring clans and unified them at the turn of the 17th century. Upon being proclaimed Shogun (feudal military dictator) of Japan in 1603, Ieyasu constructed a palace that would reflect his supreme power. Nijo Castle in central Kyoto was certainly ostentatious enough to fit the bill. Unlike other noble homes of the day, Tokugawa's gleaming white structure — decorated with ornate wood carvings — was built for show, not for defense. Even the palace's moat and inner wall stood not as defensive structures, but rather as examples of the shogun's exclusivity; only Japan's highest-ranking officials were allowed into the castle's inner sanctum.That is not to say that Nijo lacked in protective properties entirely. Decades of war had instilled in Tokugawa Ieyasu a deep-seated paranoia, so he had "nightingale floors" installed in his palace. Designed to creak under even the lightest footstep, these floors prohibited anyone from walking through the Nijo Castle unnoticed. Travelers today can tread upon these fabled floorboards as they tour the inside of the castle, but recent visitors suggest wearing socks, as you'll have to remove your shoes to enter the building. Outside the palace is the lovely Ninomaru Palace Garden designed by famed landscaper and tea master Kobori Enshu.
经过多年的苦战，老龄武士德川家康最终从日本的许多交战部落夺取了权力，并在十七世纪之交统一了他们。在1603年被宣布为日本的将军(封建军事独裁者)后，家康修建了一座反映他最高权力的宫殿。京都市中心的二条城当然有足够的空间来满足这个法案。与其他贵族家园不同的是，德川的闪亮的白色结构, 装饰华丽的木雕 是为展示而建造的，而不是为了防御。即使宫殿的护城河和内墙也不是防御性的结构，而是作为幕府的排他性的例子。只有日本最高级的官员被允许进入城堡的内部圣地。这并不是说二条完全没有保护性。在德川家康中，数十年的战争使深深的妄想深深地渗透到他的宫殿里。即使是最轻的脚步，也能吱吱嘎嘎作响，这些地板禁止任何人不经过二条城的漫步。今天的旅客可以踏上这些传说中的地板，因为他们在城堡内游览，但最近的游客建议穿袜子，因为你必须删除你的鞋子进入大楼。宫殿外面是可爱的Ninomaru皇宫花园，由著名园艺师和茶叶大师小暮湖设计。
At nearly 400 feet, Sanjusangendo Hall is the longest wooden structure in Japan (there are archery contests held along the length of the hall every January). And lining its lengthy walls is a rare full set of 1,001 wooden statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. The human-sized statues were carved from Japanese cypress in the 12th and 13th centuries.Recent travelers are consistently blown away by Sanjusangendo and its statues. "There were so many of them. It is too bad that photos are not allowed. Absolutely mesmerizing," says one TripAdvisor user.Sanjusangendo Hall is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from April through mid-November, and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from mid-November through March. Visitors suggest arriving at Sanjusangendo early, as the hall is not well ventilated and only gets hotter and more crowded as the day goes on. Admission costs 600 JPY (about $6 USD) per person. To get to Sanjusangendo Hall, take bus No. 100, 206 or 208 from Kyoto Station to the Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangendo-mae stop. Alternatively, you can take the Keihan subway line to Shichijo Station (Sanjusangendo is about a five-minute walk from there).
Honoring Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro who used to stroll here on his commute to Kyoto University in the early 20th century, the Philosopher's Walk is a roughly mile-long pathway along the Lake Biwa Canal in the Higashiyama district of northern Kyoto. In the springtime, the cherry trees overhanging the canal blossom, emitting a flurry of petals onto the path every time the wind blows. But recent visitors say that Philosopher's Walk is gorgeous no matter the season, and that the peaceful atmosphere really does promote thought. However, visitors note that the walk takes about an hour, so you'll have to consciously carve out a portion of your day to enjoy it. And there are no public restrooms along the way, so plan accordingly.Begin your leisurely amble down Philosopher's Walk at Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion), and proceed south along the canal until the path's end in the Nanzenji neighborhood. Along the way, you'll find cafes and shops, as well as numerous vending machines.You'll find Philosopher's Walk in the Higashiyama district of northern Kyoto, and you can walk it at any time of day. To get to the starting point at Ginkaku-ji, take the No. 5, 17 or 100 bus from Kyoto Station.
在日本京都大学的通勤纪念日本哲学家Nishida Kitaro，在二十世纪初到京都大学的漫步中，哲学家之旅是京都北部东山地区沿着琵琶湖运河的一条大约一英里长的道路。在春天，樱花树悬挂在运河上，每当风吹时，都会在路上散发一阵花瓣。但是最近的游客们说，无论季节，Philosopher's Walk都是华丽的，和平的气氛真的会促进思想。然而，游客注意到步行需要一个小时左右，所以你必须有意识地划出一天的一部分来享受它。而且沿途没有公共卫生间，所以要相应地进行规划。在银阁寺开始悠闲漫步哲学之旅，沿着运河南下直到南禅寺附近的小路尽头。一路上，你会发现咖啡馆和商店，以及众多的自动售货机。在京都北部的东山地区，你会发现哲学家的步行道，你可以随时随地走路。在银阁寺的出发点，从京都站乘坐5,17或100路公交车。
Its top two floors swathed in gold leaf, the Golden Pavilion sits pretty in Kyoto's northern reaches, overlooking the glassy surface of Mirror Lake. Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu lived in the gilded structure in the late 14th and early 15th centuries after he passed political power down to his son, Ashikaga Yoshimochi. When his father died, Yoshimochi had the pavilion converted into a Buddhist temple. However, in 1950, an extremist monk set the golden temple aflame, reducing it to smoldering ashes. What now stands is a replica of Kinkaku-ji that was built in 1955.Many recent travelers note the gorgeous natural scenery surrounding Kinkaku-ji; the golden temple reflecting in the smooth lake makes for a great photo, no matter the season. Unfortunately, some visitors say that throngs of tourists mar the temple's tranquil atmosphere. "I recommend that you visit at opening or just before closing time to try and see the place without the crowds," one TripAdvisor user suggests.To get to Kinkaku-ji, take Kyoto City Bus No. 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station (about 40 minutes) or bus No. 101, 102, 204 or 205 from Kitaoji Station (about 15 minutes). The temple is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day, and entry costs 400 JPY (about $4 USD) for adults and 300 JPY (about $3 USD) for first- through ninth-graders. Children younger than that can enter for free. For more information about Kinkaku-ji, visit the temple's website (in Japanese).
Unlike the very literally named Golden Pavilion, the Silver Pavilion is not actually silver — though it was intended to be. Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who built Ginkaku-ji in 1482 as his retirement villa, died before he could swath the structure in silver leaf. But even without the bling, Ginkakuji and its grounds are stunningly beautiful.The main pavilion, which was converted into a Zen shrine, sits overlooking a glassy pond surrounded by trees. Unfortunately, you can't go in — none of the buildings are open to the public. But visitors come here to enjoy the outdoors. As you stroll around the grounds, you'll come across a lush garden filled with mossy groves, as well as a Zen garden called "The Sea of Silver Sand." Many recent visitors say that a stroll around the garden at any time of day is gorgeous. "If you can disregard the crowd, this is a great place for walking meditation," says one TripAdvisor user.Ginkaku-ji sits in Kyoto's northeastern reaches; you can get there via buses 5, 17 and 100 from Kyoto Station. It's open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. from March to November, and from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from December to February. Admission is 500 JPY (about $5 USD) per person.
不像真正命名的金阁，银阁实际上不是银尽管它的目的是。在1482年建造银阁寺作为他的退休别墅的Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa，在他能够银叶结构之前死了。但即使没有金光闪闪，银阁寺和它的理由是惊人的美丽。主馆被改造成禅寺，俯瞰着被树木包围的玻璃池塘。不幸的是，你不能进去 - 这些建筑都不对公众开放。但游客来这里享受户外活动。当你漫步在庭院周围，你会看到一个郁郁葱葱的花园，还有一个叫做“银沙之海”的禅宗花园。许多最近的游客说，在任何时间在花园里漫步是非常漂亮的。一位TripAdvisor用户表示：“如果你能不顾人群，这是一个走静心的好地方。银阁寺坐落在京都的东北部，您可以从京都站乘坐5,17和100路公交车到达那里。每天从3月到11月的上午8:30到下午5:00，以及从12月到2月的上午9点到下午4:30。入场费为每人500日元(约合5美元)。
Many of Kyoto's top attractions pay homage to a Japan of the past, but the Kyoto International Manga Museum focuses on a very current form of Japanese art. Manga is a style of comics that originated during the post-World War II period and has steadily been gaining popularity in the past 60 years. The International Manga Museum, which opened in 2006, showcases a massive collection of Manga, from famous works like Astro Boy to more obscure comics by non-Japanese artists.Recent visitors marvel at the museum's extensive collection, but some express disappointment that many of the books and exhibits are not necessarily tourist-friendly as many of the books are only in Japanese. "If you read Japanese then you could get lost for days in the pages on one shelf," one TripAdvisor user says. "There is also one wall dedicated to manga with English text for those, like me, who can't read Japanese."The Kyoto International Manga Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day except Wednesday. Admission costs 800 JPY (about $8 USD) for adults, 300 JPY (about $3 USD) for high school and junior high school students and 100 JPY (about $1 USD) for elementary school students. The museum is a two-minute walk from the Karasuma-Oike subway station in central Kyoto. For more information, visit the Kyoto International Manga Museum's website.
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Travel in the winter You may miss out on spring's cherry blossoms and autumn's changing foliage, but a decline in hotel and flight rates might make up for it.
Spring for a kaiseki lunch Kyoto's signature haute-cuisine, kaiseki, is a must-try, but it can cost a small fortune at night. Instead, follow the locals to a kaiseki restaurant at lunchtime for a set menu at a more manageable price.
Walk! Public transportation costs in Kyoto can add up quickly, so bring a pair of comfortable shoes and plan to amble. (Philosopher's Walk in Higashiyama is especially pleasant for strolling.)
Being the epicenter of Japan's cultural heritage, Kyoto is certainly geared toward tourists. However, that doesn't mean that the city is an amusement park — Kyotoites are still deeply rooted in customary Japanese etiquette and visitors should respect the rules. For example, you may be asked to remove your shoes or stow your umbrella upon entering a house, temple or shrine. Photography, eating and drinking are often prohibited within these structures, and it is polite to be silent while in a temple's vicinity. Photography is also a touchy subject when it comes to geisha in Gion.
The best way to get around Kyoto is by bus and on foot. The abundance of English-language signs and announcements make Kyoto's bus systems easy for visitors to navigate. But all those bus fares can add up, so put on some comfortable shoes and get ready to do some strolling as well. The city's subway can also come in handy, but its two lines don't have the breadth and scope of the bus system. Taxis are also a viable transportation option, especially at night.Most travelers fly into Kansai International Airport (KIX), which is just 60 miles southwest of Kyoto. The fastest and most direct way to get from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto is to take the JR West Airport Express HARUKA train. The trip takes about 75 minutes and costs 2,770 JPY (about $29 USD). You can also take the JR Airport Line and JR Kyoto Line trains to Kyoto, but you'll have to transfer in Osaka. Those trips take about 2 hours and cost 1,830 JPY (about $19 USD). Alternatively, you can take MK Taxi's Skygate Shuttle service from the airport to Kyoto for 3,500 JPY (about $36 USD) per person (just remember to book your shuttle at least two days in advance).