Touring Kyoto by Bicycle. Kyoto Cycling Tour Project

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Advice about Kyoto Cycling
How to Get Around Kyoto

The ups and downs of Kyoto's street

Rent-a-cycle photoKyoto is a basin. As you go north it goes up a hill and as you go south it goes down.
However, the slope are not so hilly that you need to worry about it.
If you use KCTP bicycle ,your trip should be more comfortable.

 Types of bicycle available to rent

Where am I now? ~North? South? East? West?~ No problem in Kyoto!

Kyoto overview mapIt's easy to get lost in an unfamiliar town. However, since Kyoto is laid out in a simple grid pattern,you can easy to judge whether you are going north or south. And in those areas without high buildings you can always see mountains of the north and of the east.
So if you are advancing on the north ,you can see mountains on your right . And if you are facing the north ,the east will be on your right.
By this way you can easily tell the directions and have no worry in getting lost.

The fastest most comfortable route between North and South is the Kamo River footpath

For a comfortable ride, the footpath along the Kamo River is the best. That is a wonderful route not just for walking but also for cycling. There are some locations where you may need to carry your bicycle down some stairs, but there are no stop signs, you can really enjoy a bracing ride.
However, please pay attention to your speed so as not to bother pedestrians by going too fast.

From Kinkakuji to Arashiyama A historical route in the North-western part of the old capital

Hirosawa pond photoYou may have visited both Kinkakuji and then Ryoanji and went back home without stopping by Ninnaji. What a big mistake! The road between Kinkakuji and Ryoanji leads to Rengeji Temple, Ninnaji Temple, Hirosawa Pond and goes on to Arashiyama. This is the historical route called Kinukake Road.
Hirosawa Pond, however, you should be aware that this road is sometimes quite narrow and the traffic is heavy. So please be careful when you go along here.

Distance and Time

Distance(km)/Time(min)
JR
Kyoto st.

Kiyomizu
dera

Nanzenji Ginkakuji Imperial Palace Nijo
Castle
Arashi
yama
Kinkakuji Kami
gamo
Shrine
JR
Kyoto st.
  3.0 6.0 8.0 3.5 4.0 11.0 8.5 9.0
  15 30 40 20 20 60 45 45
Kiyomizu
dera
3.0   3.0 5.5 4.0 5.0 11.5 9.0 9.0
15   15 30 20 25 60 45 45
Nanzenji 6.0 3.0   2.5 5.5 4 11.5 9.0 11.0
30 15   12 30 20 60 45 60
Ginkakuji 8.0 5.5 2.5   3.0 4.5 11.0 8.0 8.5
40 30 12   15 25 60 40 45
Imperial Palace 3.5 4.0 5.5 3.0   1.5 8.0 5.0 5.5
20 20 30 15   8 40 25 30
Nijo
Castle
4.0 5.0 4.0 4.5 1.5   7.5 5.0 7.0
20 25 20 25 8   40 25 35
Arashi
yama
11.0 11.5 11.5 11.0 8.0 7.5   7.0 12.0
60 60 60 60 40 40   35 60
Kinkakuji 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.0 5.0 5.0 7.0   5.0
45 45 45 40 25 25 35   25
Kamigamo
Shrine
9.0 9.0 11.0 8.5 5.5 7.0 12.0 5.0  
45 45 60 45 30 35 60 25  

Kyoto Cycling map

Allows us to introduce some of the range of bicycle related products we have here at KCTP. We have goods that are useful for those who regularly use a bicycle to get around Kyoto and souvenirs to remember your trip by. These goods are also available by mail order.

Kyoto Cycling map
Kyoto cycling map

This easy to follow map introduces recommended tourist spots, suggested routes, plus information on parking areas, public conveniences, and even public baths. For cycling round Kyoto it is extremely convenient.

100yen

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