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Taxis are readily available in Kyoto. Fares for smaller-size cabs start at ¥640 for the first 2 km (1 mile), then add ¥100 for each additional 500 meters. Many taxi companies provide guided tours of the city, priced per hour or per route. MK Taxi runs tours starting at ¥18,000 for three hours. There are fixed fares for some sightseeing services that start and end at Kyoto Station. A 7½-hour tour of the city's major sights will cost in the region of ¥26,000 with any of the 17 taxi companies, including MK Taxi and Yasaka Taxi.

Contacts

Keihan Taxi. 075/622–4000.

MK Taxi (075/778–4141. www.mk-group.co.jp/kyoto.)

Yasaka Taxi (075/842–1214. www.yasaka.jp/english.)