After passing through immigration and exchanging currency it's now time to head for Kyoto!
Here are the easiest and most time efficient means of reaching central Kyoto city from the airport. It will also help save time and money to become familiar with the public transportation systems and to know how to use them efficiently.

There are two subway lines in the city in the north, south, east and west direction. Trains bound for Osaka, Arashiyama and Uji/Nara depart from JR Kyoto Station. Hankyu Railways and Keihan Railways also connect Kyoto and Osaka. Kintetsu Railways provides train services to Nara. Keifuku Railways runs between major tourist spots in the city by tram cars. Eizan Railways also provides convenient train service in the northern part of the city.
Most of the city area is covered with the city's bus lines but transfer and connection is complicated a little. However many tourist spots in the city can be accessible only by buses, so use both trains and buses effectively to enjoy your trip in Kyoto.

Traffic map in Kyoto

Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites Circulation Bus (K'LOOP)
This is a new type of sightseeing express circulation bus which connects major sightseeing spots in Kyoto. You can step off the bus where you feel like and are able to hop on to the next bus, making you able to tour around Kyoto in an efficient manner. You are also able to have fun with a narration which introduces Kyoto's history and interesting stories in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Sat., Sun., national holidays (not operated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4)

Main Circulation Points
[UNESCO World Heritage Sites]
Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, Shimogamo Shrine, Toji Temple, Nishi-Honganji Temple
[National Treasures, Important Cultural Properties, Power Spots]
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Heian Jingu Shrine, Chionji Temple, Chion-in Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Daitoku-ji Temple, Seimei Shrine
[Museum, National Museum]
Kyoto National Museum, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Nishijin Textile Center
[Shopping, Kyoto's down town]
Shijo Kawaramachi, Nishiki-koji, Shin-kyogoku, Teramachi, Pontocho, Gion
[Nature & Culture]
Kamo River, Kyoto Botanical Garden, Tadasu-no-mori, Kyoto University

(with audio guide/one-day unlimited)
Adults: 2,500yen / person (tax incl.)
Children: 1,500yen / person (tax incl.)

How to ride
You are able to ride from any of the bus stops without reservations.
Please purchase a "one-day-ticket" after getting on the bus (there will be no one-time ticket).
At all bus stops, you are able to take the next bus freely after you have finished sightseeing at the place.
*Only the ride form the Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit has fixed seating and reservations available (from 2 weeks before - the day before).
[Reservation: →]

For details, please refer to the "Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Site Circulation Bus (K' LOOP)" website:

Kyoto Night Cruise Bus Tour

Enjoy a Tour of Kyoto's Enchanting Night Scenery with English Narration.
The bus tour will take you around UNESCO World Heritage sites including To-ji Temple, Nishi-Honganji Temple and Nijo Catsle, as well as Heian Jingu Shrine and Yasaka Shrine. The bus also visit Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion district, at the heart of this ancient city.
A very surprising special lighting up event at Heian Jingu Shrine and Chion-in Temple.
Tour Days : Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Before Holidays

Timetable search system for tourism and shopping
"Enjoy the Kyoto more"