As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is a treasure trove of cultural heritage, stunning temples, and serene landscapes. From the mesmerizing Kiyomizu-dera to the bamboo groves of Arashiyama, Kyoto's allure is timeless. Whether you're journeying for its history or its picturesque streets, a car rental from Rhinocarhire can elevate your Kyoto experience.
Benefits of Hiring a Car in Kyoto:
**1. Proximity to Airports:
While Kyoto doesn't have its own airport, it's conveniently situated between two major ones: Osaka's Kansai International Airport (100 km away) and Itami Airport (50 km away). A rental car offers direct connectivity from these airports to Kyoto via expressways.
Expressways in Japan usually have tolls. ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) cards are commonly used for easy payment, and many rental cars from Rhinocarhire come equipped with ETC systems.
**3. Road Conditions:
Kyoto, like most of Japan, boasts immaculate road conditions. Roads are well-maintained, signposted, and efficient, offering a pleasant driving experience.
**4. Traffic Insights:
Kyoto's city center can be bustling, particularly during tourist seasons. However, once you move away from the central zones, driving becomes more relaxed.
**5. Weather-Based Vehicle Choice:
Kyoto experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. Depending on the season of your visit, Rhinocarhire can suggest vehicles with optimal air conditioning or heated features.
**6. Exploring Beyond the City:
With your own transport, distant attractions like the Kibune Shrine or the mountainside temples become easily accessible.
Top Attractions and Recommended Routes:
Fushimi Inari-Taisha: Located in the south of Kyoto, this iconic shrine with its thousands of red torii gates is just a short drive from the city center. Ample parking is available nearby.
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion): Nestled in the northern part of the city, this Zen Buddhist temple is easily accessible by car, with parking spaces in the vicinity.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove: Situated in the western outskirts of Kyoto, this tranquil spot is a 20-minute drive from the city center. The area also provides parking lots.
Gion District: The heart of Kyoto's geisha culture, while it's best explored on foot, parking areas nearby make it convenient for those driving.
Nijo Castle: Centrally located, this historic castle is surrounded by splendid gardens. Parking spaces are available for visitors.
The Value of Booking Early:
Kyoto, a gem in Japan's tourist crown, often welcomes a sea of travelers, especially during cherry blossom season or autumn foliage. To guarantee the availability of your desired vehicle and benefit from competitive rates, it's essential to reserve your Rhinocarhire vehicle in advance.
Cruising through Kyoto's serene landscapes and historical landmarks with Rhinocarhire promises an enriched, hassle-free experience. With flexibility in your itinerary and the ability to delve deeper into the city's outskirts, Kyoto awaits your exploration.