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London Kyoto

The city of Kyoto does not have an airport, so there are various airports close-by that you could arrive to from London. Many stopover flights are available to Osaka Kansai International Airport, which are operated by airlines including: Air China (through Beijing), Malaysia Airlines (Kuala Lumpur), Alitalia (Rome) and Emirates (Dubai). Alternatively, companies flying to Osaka Itami include: Japan Airlines (through Tokyo) and Aeroflot (also Tokyo). A direct flight to Tokyo is operated by ANA, Japan Airlines or British Airways. Transfer flights to both Osaka airports take between 15 and 30 hours, while a direct flight to Tokyo from London lasts 12 hours.Departure airports are either London Gatwick or Heathrow. Getting to these airports is easy; by taxi, bus or rail (and the London Underground for Heathrow). Upon arrival in Japan, Kyoto is 70 minutes by train or 2 hours by taxi or bus from Osaka Kansai; 55 minutes by bus or monorail from Osaka Itami; trains from Tokyo take over 2 hours.

Cheap London - Kyoto Flights

To travel between London and Kyoto at a low cost, Easyvoyage provides two major pieces of information: the calendar and the price history for London - Kyoto flights. These elements will allow you to analyse the cheapest London - Kyoto flights by departure date.

Sightseeing Kyoto 1 Ancient Kyoto

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this complex of seventeen buildings is a magnificent remnant of the city's imperial past. These include the To-ji temple, with a pagoda that is the tallest wooden structure in Japan, and Kiyomizu-dera, a temple off a mountain's slope.

2 Temples and Palaces

With over 2000 temples and shrines, this city is arguably the best-preserved city in Japan. Stunning sights include the Ginkaku-ji Silver Pavilion, the Imperial Palace, the Katsura Imperial Villa and the Ni-jo Castle.

3 Public Baths

Public baths are a very characteristic aspect of the Japanese culture, and Kyoto is full of them. Try out a sento or onsen bath to relax after a long day of sightseeing. There you will find both locals and tourists enjoying the hot springs.

4 Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom viewing, or hanami, is a tradition with a long history, and the city boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in the cherry blossom season, normally around early April. Popular spots in the city include the Philosopher's Path, Maruyama Park (with a large weeping cherry tree) and the Heian Shrine.

5 Japanese cuisine

Kyoto is well-known for its kaiseki, a type of Japanese dinner, consisting of a series of small, sophisticated dishes. These include a sashimi appetizer, miso soup, and three side dishes (a variety of simmered and grilled foods). Cheaper options than this traditional meal are Kyoto-style ramen, bento and other Japanese specialties, such as sushi.

Required travel documents for Japan

When travelling to Japan from London you should keep some useful information in mind. Japan is 8 hours ahead of the UK, so jet lag might be an issue for some, especially on short trips. Conveniently, Japan has visa exemption arrangements with various countries, including the UK, for which no visa is required prior to the trip, provided you stay for less than six months.