Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most ancient Japanese cities. Under the name Heian from 794 to 1869, Kyoto was the capital of Japan. It is located in the central part of Honshu Island and is the main city of Kyoto Prefecture, as well as one of the leading cities of the Kansai region and the urban district of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto. The city is in the Kyoto basin and is surrounded on all sides by the mountain ranges of Hiei, Higashiyama, Daigo, Chinam and Nishiyama. The former capital of Japan is considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations not only among foreign tourists but also for the Japanese themselves. In the city, there is an atmosphere of ancient Japan, as it has many ancient temples, former imperial palaces, and castles. SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advices in order not to let anything spoil such a wonderful journey to the mysterious and wonderful Japan.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Kyoto is the safest city in Japan with a rating of 88.8, it is ranked 9th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

A Large flow of tourists makes pickpocketing common. Simple precautions will almost eliminate chances of being robbed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kyoto is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are no reported scams.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport. There are no risks in taxis in Kyoto.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

There are some risks of earthquakes in Kyoto. SafeAround advises to check the following website before planning your trip: The Japan National Tourism Organisation. It provides disaster preparedness safety tips for visitors and other useful information.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There are some risks of earthquakes in Kyoto. SafeAround advises to check the following website before planning your trip: The Japan National Tourism Organisation. It provides disaster preparedness safety tips for visitors and other useful information.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Kyoto is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Around Kyoto Station

It’s a very touristic spot, because of its cluster of hotels, shops, restaurants and department store. Very safe neighborhood. We advise exercising normal safety precautions.

Central Kyoto

The heart of the city with main shopping and nightlife districts. Numerous restaurants and most popular bars are here. Central Tokyo is also a home for Nijo Castle, which is UNESCO World Heritage site. In this area, there is a chance to observe the amazing neighborhood of ancient Kyoto. Safe neighborhood both during the day and night. When it’s crowded, pickpockets roam the area. SafeAround advises to use common sense and keep an eye on your belongings.

Pontocho

It is the most known street for nightlife. A young generation of Kyoto prefers to hang out in a vicinity. Endless bars and restaurants extending along the embankment of the Kamo River during summer time. Despite the vibrant nightlife activity, the area is extremely safe.

Eastern Kyoto

This place is full of most famous Kyoto’s temples and places serve local cuisine. Gion is located in the Eastern Kyoto, extremely known, as a geisha district. This spot is an ideal place for enchanting promenade. Generally a safe place for both male and female tourists.

Northern Kyoto

This area contains a number of Kyoto’s top sights, such as Kyoto Imperial Palace and Zen rock garden. Based on the information SafeAround possesses, this area is safe. Minor pickpocket’s activity is only possible.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. Although, If you are the visitor from one of the following countries: China, Russia, CIS countries, Georgia, and the Philippines you are required to have a visa. If you have a citizenship of any other nationality, please check the following website for additional information: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/other_visa.html Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return.
Japan is quite expensive as a country. In order to obtain the best currency exchange possible, try to exchange your money in banks, post offices or in some large hotels. The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports in Japan. There is a risk of not accepting the card issued abroad by some trade and financial establishments. JP Post Bank ATM machines usually accept foreign cards. However, we recommend having a limited amount of cash with you all the time.
The weather in Japan is generally mild. The temperature decreases when you move to the north, with possible snowfalls during winter time. Read information for travelers about the severe weatherso that you can prepare in the event of a typhoon.
There are 98 airports in Japan. They are modern, respond to the international quality standards and safety regulations.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page