About Kyoto


Japan is an island nation, situated in the east of the Asian continent and consists of hundreds of large and small islands. Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School is located in Kyoto, one of the most well-known historical cities.
With a population of around 1.5 million, Kyoto boasts a long history that dates back to more than 1200 years, making Kyoto one of the oldest cities that have existed since the most ancient times of Japan.
Students at Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School can learn Japanese in this excellent study environment.

Kyoto City overview

Around 1.5 million, the 8th largest population in Japan (as of 2020)
90 minutes from Kansai International Airport by airport bus
Access between other cities
40 minutes to Osaka by train
2 hours and 30 minutes to Tokyo by Shinkansen

Temperature and precipitation of Kyoto city

Graph of annual temperature and rainfall in Kyoto city

Precipitation varies greatly depending on temperature and season. Each season is distinct from one another.

The attractions of studying in Kyoto

Experience the history and traditions of Japan
in the country’s one of the most prominent historical city

Kyoto has a history of over one 1200 years and many old buildings still exist there.
The city is a popular tourist destination for both Japanese people and foreigners as the number of shrines and temples is one of the largest among Japanese cities.
Using trains, it takes only 30 to 40 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School to visit most of famous sightseeing spots.
In extracurricular activities, students may visit those spots to learn Japanese culture.

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha

    40 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School by train

  • Kinkaku-ji

    35 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School by train

  • Arashiyama

    15 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School by train

Enjoy shopping in the downtown

With a population of 1.5 million, there are plenty of stores and restaurants in the downtown of Kyoto city.
It is possible to not only buy daily necessities, but also find products that represent Japanese culture, such as books, fashion items and hobby goods.
In restaurants, local dishes are served for customers to enjoy the taste of Kyoto.

  • Kawaramachi station’s surrounding area

    It is Kyoto’s central area, where a variety of department stores is gathered. There is also a street where many Ryotei (Japanese traditional restaurants) are in a row.

    10 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School by train

  • Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Arcade

    An area where manga, game and hobby goods stores are gathered.

    10 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanse Language School by train

  • Kyoto station’s surrounding area

    This area is the gateway to Kyoto, where there are large electronics retail stores and shopping malls.

    10 minutes from Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School by train

Explore the scenery of four seasons that spectacularly transitions

Spring, Sakura・Japanese cherry blossoms

In Kyoto, there are traditional festivals and events.
You can also see that, depending on season, landscape differs dramatically from one another.
At school, we prepare opportunities to experience traditional events of each season.

  • Summer, Gion Matsuri

    The light of paper lanterns illuminates surroundings and the tinkle of bells reverberates. This is the largest festival in Kyoto.

  • Autumn, autumn leaves

    Autumn, when leaves turn yellow and red, is the season the scenery of shrines and temples becomes the most beautiful.

  • Winter, snowfall

    In winter, Kyoto is cold and occationally has snowfall.