Kyoto Municipal Subway

Kyoto Municipal Subway Information

As the name suggests the Kyoto Municipal Subway operates in the city of Kyoto, Japan. It began operations in the year 1981 and has been an important means of public transportation since then. Operating on 2 lines, the green and vermilion, the subway system serves a total of 31 stations. The 31.2 km long rapid transit is operated by the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau.

Kyoto Municipal Subway Timings and Timetable

The trains along both the lines begin operations at 05:00 am in the morning, with the last train being at 23:00 pm in the night.

For information regarding the timetable, with respect to each stations and line, you can visit the following link:

Kyoto Municipal Subway Fares and Tickets

Tickets for the subway need to be bought from automatic ticket machines. The fares for the journey varies though. For an adult the fare varies from 210 yen to 350 yen. Children have to pay much lesser for their tickets, although the minimum ticket costs 110 yen, whereas the maximum ticket costs 180 yen.

The Kyoto City Subway One-day pass, which allows for unlimited travel on the metro system for one day costs 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children.

Kyoto Municipal Subway Map

Map of Kyoto Municipal Subway showing its lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or download Kyoto Municipal Subway Map in PDF.

Kyoto Municipal Subway Lines

The Karasuma Line was the first route that came up on this Metro system in the year 1981. At present, it operates between the southern district of Takeda and the northern suburbs of Kokusaikaikan via the Kyoto Station. It has a point of connection in the suburban area of Nara with the Kintetsu Line.

The Tozai Line commenced services in the year of 1997 and operates between the Rokujizo suburb in south-east Kyoto and the western district of Uzumasa-Tenjingawa and passes through the Nijo Station along the way.

Color Line Stations
Karasuma Line 15
Kintetsu Kyōto Line 22
Kintetsu Nara Line 3
Tōzai Line

All stations along the two lines have various unique codes. While stations along the Karasuma Line have a “K” coding followed by a number, the ones on the Tozai Line bear a code that begins with a “T” and is followed by a number. Thus T01 represents Rokujizo Station and K01 stands for the station at Kokusaikaikan.

Kyoto Municipal Subway Places of Interest

The subway or Metro service in Kyoto is extremely useful for the commuters who wish to visit places such as the Daigoji Temple (near Daigo Station), Nijo Castle (Nijo Station), Daitokuji Temple (from the Kitaoji Station), Toji Temple (close to the Kujo Station), and the Gosho Imperial Palace accessible from the Marutamachi Station. However, in order to access further areas in the city, visitors will be required to rely upon the other means of public transportation as well in Kyoto.

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