Kyoto for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Kyoto

Great destination for:

🎨 culture | 🌳 nature | πŸ₯Ύ hiking&walking | 😌 wellness | πŸ™οΈ city break | πŸ” food & drink | 😎😎 great for couples | πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈsafe for solo travellers

Why workation in Kyoto:

  • βœ…Rich cultural experiences with temples, shrines, and traditional tea ceremonies
  • βœ…Peaceful working environments in serene gardens and alongside the Kamo River
  • βœ…Vibrant tech scene with access to innovative coworking spaces

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ”The cafes, restaurants and local store fronts/grocery stores were all beautiful.”


⌚ Time difference UTC +9 hours
πŸ“Ά Average internet speed Very Fast 72 Mb/s
πŸ’‰ Recommended travel vaccinations Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Tick-borne Encephalitis
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State) 🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

The local vibe in Kyoto

Kyoto feels like a serene escape where tradition meets tranquility. Picture narrow lanes lined with wooden houses, temples that have stood the test of time, and gardens where every leaf seems placed by design. It's a city that moves at a leisurely pace, inviting you to slow down and soak in the quiet beauty. Even with the buzz of tourists, there's a sense of reverence in the air. Kyoto doesn't just showcase Japan's past; it lets you live it, breathe it, and find peace within it.

Pros & Cons of Kyoto for digital nomads

Pros Cons
βœ… Safety ❌ Cost of living
βœ… Internet quality ❌ Smoking prevalence
βœ… Availability of recreational and cultural activities ❌ Language barriers
βœ… Healthcare quality ❌ Population density and urban crowding
βœ… Safety for diverse groups ❌ Seasonal weather variations
βœ… Road safety ❌ Freedom of speech and political climate
βœ… Air quality
βœ… Climate conditions
βœ… Community reception and ease of socializing
βœ… Business environment

Our favorite cafΓ©s with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafΓ©s recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Stumptown Coffee Roasters

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.4) – Google reviews

βœ… good WiFi

βœ… plenty of places to charge laptops

βœ… comfy seating

Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Kyoto

Nestled in the heart of Japan, Kyoto is a captivating city that effortlessly blends tradition with modernity. With its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality, Kyoto offers a unique workation experience that is sure to leave digital nomads spellbound. The city's most notable aspect is its preservation of traditional Japanese architecture, making it a living museum of ancient traditions.

Beyond its physical beauty, Kyoto's culture is deeply rooted in mindfulness and respect, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and harmony. This, combined with excellent infrastructure, including reliable internet connectivity and numerous coworking spaces, makes Kyoto an ideal place for a workation. The strong focus on sustainability and environmental conservation aligns well with the values of many remote workers, further enhancing its appeal as a green workation destination.

A glimpse of life in Kyoto

What fellow nomads say about Kyoto

"Kyoto is definitely one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever stayed in - my only regret was not staying longer and spending more time in Tokyo."

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"I loved Kyoto, but I feel like it would be much easier to nomad in Osaka. But if I had the choice of anywhere, it'd be in Kitakyushu or somewhere more southern where it's a lot more affordable."

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"Kyoto? I was there for over a month and I thought it was amazing. The care they put into local business was incredible. The cafes, restaurants and local store fronts/grocery stores were all beautiful. I have never seen that anywhere in the US personally and I've been all over. The Nishiki Market was awesome and I happened upon the video game arcade downtown and it was the coolest arcade I've ever seen (I love arcades). I agree that outside of downtown where I was living, it's pretty boring relatively. Besides the historic stuff of course. I also loved the people that I met."

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Daily Budget for Kyoto

Hostel: Β₯2000-Β₯4000 per night
Ryokan/Guesthouse: Β₯6000-Β₯12000 per night
Hotel: Β₯8000-Β₯25000 per night
Food and Drinks
Local Eats (Ramen, Donburi): Β₯700-Β₯1500
Traditional Kaiseki: Β₯5000-Β₯15000
Sake at a Bar: Β₯500-Β₯1000
Matcha and Sweets: Β₯400-Β₯800
Public Transport (Bus/Subway): Β₯230-Β₯350 per trip
Taxi (short distance): Β₯1000-Β₯3000
Bike Rental (daily): Β₯800-Β₯1500
Coworking Spaces
Day Pass: Β₯1500-Β₯3000
Cafe (with Wi-Fi): Β₯500-Β₯1000 (minimum spend)
Entertainment and Activities
Temple Entrance: Β₯300-Β₯1000
Cultural Experience (Tea Ceremony): Β₯2000-Β₯5000
Souvenirs: Β₯1000-Β₯5000
SIM Card with Data: Β₯2500-Β₯5000
Total daily budget: Β₯10000-Β₯30000

Travel tips for exploring Kyoto

How to get there

To reach Kyoto from the nearest airport, Kansai International Airport (KIX), you have several convenient options. The most direct way is to take the JR Haruka Express train, which will get you to Kyoto Station in about 75 minutes. For a smoother journey, consider purchasing an ICOCA card, a rechargeable smart card for public transport, which you can use on trains, buses, and subways throughout the Kansai region.

Greeting phrases

  • Good morning: γŠγ―γ‚ˆγ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™ (Ohayou gozaimasu)
  • Good afternoon: こんにけは (Konnichiwa)
  • Good evening: こんばんは (Konbanwa)
  • Hello: こんにけは (Konnichiwa)
  • Thank you: γ‚γ‚ŠγŒγ¨γ†γ”γ–γ„γΎγ™ (Arigatou gozaimasu)

FAQ Kyoto

How crowded is Kyoto?

Kyoto can be quite crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons such as cherry blossom in spring and koyo (autumn leaves) in fall. Popular districts like Gion, Arashiyama, and temples like Kinkaku-ji often see a high number of visitors.

What is the nightlife like in Kyoto?

The nightlife in Kyoto is more subdued compared to Tokyo, but it still offers a variety of experiences, from traditional tea houses and bars in Gion to modern clubs and bars in areas like Pontocho and Kiyamachi.

What kinds of people can I expect to see in Kyoto?

In Kyoto, you'll encounter a mix of locals, students (due to the city's universities), and tourists from around the world. It's also common to see geishas in traditional districts like Gion.

Are there healthy eating options available in Kyoto?

Yes, Kyoto is well-known for its cuisine that emphasizes fresh, seasonal ingredients. There are numerous vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and traditional Japanese dishes that focus on plant-based ingredients and fish.

Is Kyoto pedestrian-friendly?

Kyoto is very pedestrian-friendly, especially in districts like Gion, Higashiyama, and downtown. Many attractions are within walking distance of each other, and the streets are well-maintained and easy to navigate.

Does Kyoto experience frequent power outages? How long do they last?

Power outages in Kyoto are rare and usually quickly resolved. The infrastructure is robust, and any outages due to natural disasters are addressed with high priority.

What is the natural environment like in Kyoto?

Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and is renowned for its beautiful natural scenery. The city has many parks, gardens, and walking paths, especially along the Kamo River and in areas like Arashiyama. The changing seasons dramatically transform the city's landscape, making it a year-round destination for nature lovers.

Is it easy to access other destinations from Kyoto?

Yes, Kyoto is well-connected by train and bus to other major destinations in Japan. It's just a short train ride away from Osaka and Nara, and the Shinkansen (bullet train) makes it easy to reach Tokyo and Hiroshima.

Map of Kyoto

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βœ… Local emergency number 110 (Police), 119 (Fire and Ambulance)
βœ… Best hospital Kyoto University Hospital | 54 Shogoin Kawahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto | +81 75-751-3111
βœ… U.S. embassy 2-11-5, Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083 | +81 3-3224-5000

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