Because Kyoto does not have an airport, you must first fly to another city and then take land transportation to Kyoto.
We recommend flying to Osaka.
There are two airports in Osaka: Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Itami Airport (ITM).
Note: KIX is an international airport and therefore has a customs & passport control area.
ITM is a regional airport, therefore if it is your final destination, you will have a layover in another airport in Japan (likely in Tokyo) where you will have to go through customs and passport control. If you fly through Tokyo, be careful to make sure that your arrival and departure airports in Tokyo ARE THE SAME. We have seen some itineraries where people are expected to get to a second airport within Tokyo in order to make the connecting flight to Osaka. Do not book that kind of itinerary unless you are highly familiar with Tokyo and the transportation required to get from one airport to the other - as well as the time required to go through customs and passport control.
Once you book your itinerary, be sure to send us a copy at UNOJapan@uno.edu.
The last Haruka leaves the station at 22:16 (10:16 pm).
Note: military time is used OFTEN in Japan, especially for transportation schedules… get used to it!
The train ride is approximately 75 minutes.
GETTING TO KYOTO STATION FROM ITAMI (ITM)
By Bus: Direct airport buses connect Itami Airport with Kyoto Station. The one way journey takes about one hour and costs 1310 yen.
By monorail and Hankyu Railways: Take the Osaka Monorail from the airport (Osaka Airport Station) for just one station to Hotarugaike Station (2 minutes, 200 yen) and transfer to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line for Juso Station. At Juso Station, transfer to the Hankyu Kyoto Line for central Kyoto (55 minutes, 470 yen from Hotarugaike Station
By monorail and Japan Railways (JR): Take the Osaka Monorail from the airport (Osaka Airport Station) for just one station to Hotarugaike Station (2 minutes, 200 yen) and transfer to the Hankyu Takarazuka Line Railways for Umeda Station (15-20 minutes, 220 yen). From Umeda/Osaka Station, take the JR Kyoto Line to Kyoto (30 minutes, 560 yen).
GETTING TO THE STUDENT HOUSING FROM KYOTO STATION
From Kyoto Station, take the subway, called the Karasuma line towards Kokusaikaikan. Get off at K06, Imadegawa. Walk west on Imadegawadori. The street will fork, veering to the right. Stay to the left and continue straight. Then, turn left onto Shinmachidori. You will find the housing on the left side of the street.
This is a map of the route you should take from the train stop at Imadegawa to the housing facility. Note that on this map, the former name of the housing facility "Hotel Regina" is labeled on the Keishikan. Also note the highlighted purple box at the top right. This is the corner of Doshisha University's Imadegawa campus.
GETTING TO CAMPUS FROM THE HOUSING FACILITY
The Imadegawa campus of Doshisha University is just outside the train stop Imadegawa from which you will arrive (in the northeast corner of the little map above), so you just retrace your steps back to the subway stop and you're right there at the southwest corner of the campus.
Note: Getting around in Japan will be a unique experience for most of you, and it can be quite challenging to find things. They do not organize addresses like we do, so giving you a number and street name will not get you there. It is therefore important that you pay attention to our directions, look at the maps, and look at the pictures.
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