You can find the general instruction about how to come to the Yukawa
Instutite for Theoretical Physics at;
(from the YITP homepage).
KIX (Kansai-Osaka) is the nearest international airport and it is recommended
to look for a flight to KIX as a first choice. Itami airport is nearer
but this is mostly for domestic flights. If you choose a flight with
transit at Narita airport, then Itami could be a reasonable candidate.
Because Narita (Tokyo) has more flights, you might think of a possibility
to take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto, which will take aporox. 3 hours
(1 hour from Narita to the train station for Shinkansen (fastest express
train) and 2 hours to Kyoto by Shinkansen). The total train cost will
be approx. 150 euros for one-way trip. For more detailed information,
you can look up at
and find useful links to get the latest time table, price list, etc.
To Kyoto Station
From KIX there are several reasonable ways to come to Kyoto station.
- Train -- JR (Haruka)
One and a half hours to Kyoto, available every 15mins.
The cost is 2,980JPY (for non-reserved seat) and 3,490JPY (for reserved
seat). Most recommendable.
Please do not be confused with local trains. Haruka is a limited
express bound for Kyoto. (Note that Kyoto station is usually the
end of this line, but there are rare exceptions.)
- Limousine Bus
Less than two hours, available every 30mins.
The cost is 2,300JPY. Fairly recommendable.
Reservation is not necessary. Finding the bus stop at the airport and
buying the bus ticket is a bit easier than taking Haruka.
- Shutttle Taxi
Two hours. Reservation is necessary.
The cost is 3,500JPY.
This is a shared taxi.
The reservation through the internet is not difficult:
Visit either the website of
to make a reservation. You will be taken to your hotel directly, or
if your arrival time is too early, to the Institute.
For more detailed information with pictures you can consult
websites that provide with Kyoto travel guide. For example,
to visit an instruction.
If you use the shuttle taxi, no need to worry about finding your
hotel. Below is how to reach your hotel (or accommodation).
To Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP)
- Shirankaikan Annex
From Kyoto station, take city bus 206 (bound for "Kitaoji-Bus Terminal
Higashiyama St.") from bus terminal D2. Get off at "Kyodai Seimon
Mae" and Shirankaikan Annex is 2min walk from the bus stop (see the
map below, which is taken from the website of Shirankaikan Annex).
If you take a taxi from Kyoto station, it will cost 2,000--3,000JPY.
- Via Inn Kyoto Shijomuromachi
From Kyoto station, take subway Karasuma line and get off at Shijo
station (only two stops from Kyoto station; see the subway route map
below). The hotel is located a few minutes from Exit 22 of Shijo station
(follow the sign leading to Exit 22).
- Hotel Gimmond Kyoto
From Kyoto station, take subway Karasuma line and get off at
Karasuma Oike station (next to Shijo station, see the subway route map
above). The hotel is located a few minutes from Karasuma Oike
- Kyoto Royal Hotel & SPA
From Kyoto station, take city bus 17 (bound for "Kinrin-Syako-mae")
from bus terminal A2 (or 205, 4, 5 are OK too).
Get off at "Kawaramachi Sanjyo" and the hotel
is just in front of the bus stop.
- Kitashirakawa Gakusya
This is a university guest house located 5mins from the Institute.
The best way would be to come to the Institute first and then
move there. Below is the map.
From the hotels in the downtown district you need take a bus. One
ride for 220JPY and you can pay by cash when you get off. You can
also buy a book of 10 tickets for 2,000JPY (10% discount) at the Kyoto
university (or at Kyoto station).
If you prefer to take a taxi from the Kyoto station or from your hotel
to come to YITP, please note that the taxi driver may
not recognize the Yukawa Institute by its English name. The Janapese
name is "Kyoto daigaku -- Kiso Butsurigaku Kenkyujo", which is more
known to the taxi driver.
- From Kyoto Royal Hotel & SPA
Just in front of the hotel you can find a bus stop (opposite side
over the street). Take city bus 17 and get off at "Kitashirakawa"
and YITP is only 5min walk from this stop. Below is the map (taken
from the YITP homepage) around
the Kyoto Univ. including the bus stop (lower center) and YITP.
When you arrive at the Institute first, please head for not Memorial
Hall but the secretariat office at the Institute.
- From Hotel Gimmond Kyoto
There are several paths. To minimize your walking distance, you can
use subway Tozai line from Karasuma Oike station to go to Kyoto
Shiyakusyo-mae station, where you can take city bus 17 in front of
Kyoto Royal Hotel & SPA. You can also walk to this bus stop from
the hotel, which will take 10mins.
- From Via Inn Kyoto Shijomuromachi
This hotel is located a bit farer in the south from Gimmond.
Subway is not recommendable (you must change the line).
If you do not mind walking, the simplest route is to
walk 20mins to a bus stop "Shijo-Kawaramachi" and take city bus 17
to get off at "Kitashirakawa".
Below is the map to the bus stop. There are some different options
from Shijo-Karasuma station. You can try other routes once you get
familiar with Kyoto city.