Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is known for its rich history and significance in the development of Japanese culture. This beautiful city is home to many historic temples and breath-taking scenery. Kyoto, naturally, is popular with both domestic and foreign tourists; it is a regular destination for Japanese school trips. Beyond its profound, historical significance, Kyoto is also the global headquarters of a number of major Japanese corporations. This combination of world-class tourism and world-class corporations ensures that Kyoto attracts both domestic and international business along with leisure travelers.
Kyoto does not have its own airport and relies on neighboring Osaka Prefecture for air access. As a result, a disproportionate number of international visitors arrive by train. Kyoto Station is the primary entry point for most visitors to Kyoto since it houses both the Shinkansen station and various local and express trains. Kyoto Station is approximately 15 minutes by Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station. Furthermore, the area surrounding Kyoto Station contains many restaurants, hotels and retail stores that are a magnet for travelers. This fact compounds the heavy foot traffic resulting from the transport links.