according the map you will need to take another bus/train/subway from central station
the best is to ask hotel how to get there
Take Haruka Express from Kansai Airport to Kyoto Station. Use a 1-day JR West Pass (2,000 Yen vs 2,980 for the regular one-way unreserved seat fare). From Kyoto station, you can either 1) take a taxi direct; or 2) take the subway to Kitaoji station and take a taxi from there.
Transferring to a bus is not recommended. Kyoto buses don't have any room for large bags.
If your luggage is small enough for you to manage for a bus ride, one other option is ride one on Line5 from JR Kyoto and get off at the bus stop called "Ichijoji-Kinomoto-cho." But that involves either a bit of a walk or a short cab ride from that bus stop.
Another option is, if you can travel like a local, combine non-JR lines from KIX: Nankai and Keihan, plus a subway ride. You go like this: KIX→Namba (via Nankai)→Yodoyabashi (via Osaka Subway)→Demachiyanagi(via Keihan)→cab it to your accommodation(short ride).
Yes, the easiest/costliest is, as stated above, when you take a Haruka from KIX to Kyoto, then switch to Kyoto Subway to go to Kitaoji, and from here get a cab to your hotel.
FYI, there's a very nice Japanese garden that is walk-able from your hotel: Shisendo, an ultra-beautiful site for fall colors, if you're interested.Edited: 02 October 2011, 15:46
Sammyfloyd, Where in the Kansai Airport do you buy the tickets and where within the airport does the Haruka Express depart and how frequently? I saw a schedule a while back that showed 14 minutes after the hour but only once per hour? Is that true? Thank you for all your informative posts, they have been quite helpful.
Just follow the signs to JR trains and you can't miss it. You can buy Haruka Express ticket or the JR West 1-day Pass there.
Timetable (look for the red KT's)
Sammyfloyd or anyone, Once we have our passes what is the routine? Are the cars for non reserved seats well marked? and are the tracks for the direction Kansai to Kyoto Station well marked? Thank you.
Thank you for all your replies, I find them very helpful!
>>Are the cars for non reserved seats well marked?
Just follow the markings/signage at the platform. Where the train stops and which car will be reserved or non-reserved and where the doors will be is indicated and the train will stop exactly where they are supposed to. If you follow the signs you'll stand in front of the right door when the train arrives, unless of course the train is already at the platform.
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