Taxis are a convenient means of getting from one place to another within the city. You can catch a taxi almost anywhere around the city at any hour of the day. You will also find taxi stands throughout the city, outside many train/subway stations and large shopping centers.
Just be aware that some drivers may not speak English well, so explaining your destination may be difficult. Also, occasionally suitcases do not fit in the vehicle, and some taxis do not accept credit cards.
For simple and secure service, it is recommended that you use a Foreigner-Friendly Taxi or a Taxi dispatching application on your smart device.
Kyoto’s Foreigner-Friendly Taxi System tries to make taxis more accessible for visitors to the city, with larger vehicles to fit bigger luggage, foreign language speaking drivers (including English and Chinese), and vehicles that accept credit card payment. These taxis are clearly distinguished as “Foreigner-Friendly” and there are separate taxi stands in front of the JR Kyoto Station’s two major exits.
Japan offers a few options for taxi-dispatch applications for your smart devices. Using these apps, you can easily convey your destination, and use credit cards as well.
- Japan Taxi: (App Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Japanese)
- *You can designate type/size of vehicle using Japan Taxi.
- Uber: (multi-language)
- Didi: (App Languages:English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese)
Points to keep in mind when catching a taxi (Where to get on)
Catching taxis at intersections is prohibited. If at all possible, use taxis at stations and hotels, or catch one at an official taxi stand when available.