Using the subway in Kyoto   京都メトロ

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Save time by exploring Kyoto from north to south and east to west, using the two subway lines in the city.

The Kyoto subway system is made up of of two perpendicular lines that you can use to explore the city following the north-south and east-west axes.

Like everywhere in Japan, you must buy subway tickets from ticket machines at the stations  (English instructions are available).


This is the line most used by tourists, because it stops at Kyoto station, an easy transfer from the Shinkansen.

The Karasuma line runs north-south and connects the Kokusaikaikan Conference Hall in the suburb of Fushimi, to Takeda in southern Kyoto. From here, as from Kyoto station, it's possible to continue on to Nara using the Kintetsu Kyoto line. 

Convenient for getting to: Kyoto Station, the city center (Shijo-Karasuma), and the Imperial Palace (Marutamachi).


Crossing the Karasuma Line at Karasuma-Oike Station, this line runs east-west and can quickly take you to several major sights in Kyoto.

Convenient for getting to: Daigo-ji Temple, Nijo-jo castle, Arashiyama and Tenryu-ji temple.

Kyoto Sightseeing Pass

Available in a choice of one or two days, this card allows you unlimited bus and subway use in the city of Kyoto.

* One-day Pass: ¥1,200 ($10.50)

* Two-day Pass: ¥1,500 ($13.20)

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