Prepare for your arrival in Kyoto

 
Avions

 Arrival by plane

From Kansai International airport, you basically have 3 options for getting to your house.

  • Option 1: Train to Kyoto Station, then taxi or bus to your house
    • Find the timetables for the Haruka train that will take you from the airport to Kyoto Station, on the website www.hyperdia.com 
      => Cost: 3,370 yen per person - Duration: 1 hour and 16 minutes
    • To take a taxi from Kyoto station
      => Cost: between 1 500 and 2 300 yen (depending on your house) - Duration: about 20 minutes
    • To take a bus from Kyoto station
      => Cost: 230 yen per person - Duration: about 20 to 40 minutes (depending on your house)
  • Option 2: Shared taxi to your house
    • Book your shuttle on the website of the company Yasaka Taxi
      => Cost: 3 500 yen per person (Free wifi) - Duration: about 2 hours
  • Option 3: Bus to Kyoto station, then taxi or bus to your house
    • Find the timetables for the Kate bus that will take you to Kyoto Station.
      => Cost: 2 550 yen per person - Duration: about 1 hour and 30 minutes
    • To take a taxi from Kyoto station
      => Cost: between 1 500 and 2 300 yen (depending on your house) - Duration: about 20 minutes 
    • To take a bus from Kyoto station
      => Cost: 230 yen per person - Duration: about 20 to 40 minutes (depending on your house)
From Itami Airport, you also have three options for getting to your house.
  • Option 1: Train to Kyoto, then taxi or bus to your house
    • Itami Airport is only connected by the Osaka Monorail, so the train involves several transfers: Take the monorail from Osaka Airport Station one stop to Hotarugaike Station. Transfer to the Hankyu Railways Takarazuka Line, and take this until Juso Station. At Juso, transfer to the Kyoto line and take this until the end, Kawaramachi Station.
      => Cost: 670 yen per person - Duration: 1 hour
    • To take a taxi from Kawaramachi station
      => Cost: between 1 500 and 2 300 yen (depending on your house) - Duration: about 15 minutes
    • To take a bus from Kawaramachi station
      => Cost: 230 yen per person - Duration: about 20 to 40 minutes (depending on your house). Please ask your travel angel for the correct bus number.
  • Option 2: Shared taxi to your house
    • Book your taxi on the website of the company MK
      => Cost: 2 400 yen per person - Duration: about 1 hour
  • Option 3: Bus to Kyoto station, then taxi or bus to your house
    • Find the timetables for the OKK bus that will take you to Kyoto Station.
      => Cost: 1 310 yen per person - Duration: about 1 hour
    • To take a taxi from Kyoto station
      => Cost: between 1 500 and 2 300 yen (depending on your house) - Duration: about 20 minutes 
    • To take a bus from Kyoto station
      => Cost: 230 yen per person - Duration: about 20 to 40 minutes (depending on your house)
Train

 Arrival by train

From Kyoto Station, you have 2 options for getting to your home.
  • Option 1: To take a taxi from Kyoto station
    • Cost: between 1 500 and 2 300 yen (depending on your house)
    • Duration: about 20 minutes
  • Option 2: To take a bus from Kyoto station
    • Cost: 230 yen per person
    • Duration: about 20 to 40 minutes (depending on your house)   

 Arrival by car

If you arrive by car, you may have a SAT-NAV. In this case, you just have to enter the address of the house provided on the information sheet.
Your Travel Angel can also give you a telephone number of a company near the house enabling you to easily programme in the destination.
Finally, do not hesitate to call your Travel Angel as you approach Kyoto if you need to alter your appointment.
 

 Make an appointment with your Travel Angel

As our houses are all located at different addresses (in Kyoto or Tokyo), an appointment with your Travel Angel is important to make sure your arrival at the house goes smoothly. One month before your arrival, Vivre le Japon will send you an email which confirms your stay, and asks you to send us the details of your arrival (plane, train, car...).

Our welcome schedules are generally between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.; arrivals at a different times are possible depending on the availability of our Travel Angels.

Depending on your estimated time of arrival, one of our Travel Angels will contact you a few days before and send you their details (email, mobile phone number) in order to finalise the exact appointment time.   

 

 Preparing to stay at your house

To help you prepare for your stay in one of our houses, here we have listed the most useful information, according to our thousands of travelers.

What is included in the rental of your house:

  • The free availability of appliances, and the Internet connection.
  • Slippers and umbrellas.
  • Consumable products for the kitchen (salt, pepper, oil, soya sauce…), the bathroom (shower gel, shampoo), as well as household cleaning products (washing powder, washing-up liquid).

 
Items not to be forgotten

  • Have sufficient cash prior to arrival in Japan so as not be limited by the withdrawal limit imposed by Japanese ATMs.
  • 'A' type socket adapters.
  • Comfortable and easily to remove shoes because you will have to take your shoes off several times throughout your stay at our houses and during your visits. Clean socks are a sign of courtesy.
  • A pharmacy kit, to avoid mimicking your ailments in the pharmacy.
  • A small sponge handkerchief for drying your hands after each purification when entering sanctuaries and temples.
  • Please note that only 3G and newer 4G mobile phones are compatible with Japanese telecommunications networks. Any models not equipped with this technology will not work. Also, depending on your phone's contract, you will have to contact your provider in order to have Japan's network enabled. This setting is sometimes automatically turned off in order to prevent high roaming bills.   
 

 To be paid for upon arrival

  • The Travel Angel's welcome upon your arrival, assistance during your stay, and the handover of the keys on your departure day.
  • The laundry costs (bedlinen and bathroom towels) are not included in the price and will be requested by your Travel Angel upon arrival.
  • The costs of activities which you have signed up for.
  • Holidaymakers not wishing to do the end of stay cleaning may choose the "cleaning service" option ranging from 2 000 yen to 5 000 yen depending on the size of the house.