Kyoto

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

4
229/265
Details
Large apartment$1100.00
Medium apartment$860.00
Small apartment$620.00

Cost of Living

N/A
Details
5km taxi ride$13.00
A Cappuccino$3.90
A beer$3.20
A kilogram of Apples$8.20
Bread$1.60
Lunch$6.80
Monthly fitness club membership$100.00
Monthly public transport$90.00
Movie ticket$17.00

Startups

1
260/264
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.41
Meetups [score]0.15
Meetups groups23
Meetups members3728
Number of startup events in the last 12 months7
Startup climate scene [score]0.33
Startup events1
Startup events [score]0.10
Startups [score]0.16
Total number of startups10

Venture Capital

3
161/223
Details
Venture capital [score]0.27

Travel Connectivity

7
23/265
Details
Airport hub71
Airport hub [score]0.36
Intercity train connectivity [score]1.00

Commute

3
220/255
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Japan/Kyoto
Traffic handling [score]1.00

Business Freedom

8
134/263
Details
Business freedom82.50
Business freedom [score]0.82
Freedom from corruption76.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.82
Lack of labor restrictions83.90
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.87
Time to open a business11.20
Time to open a business [score]0.88

Safety

10
1/265
Details
Crime rate [score]1.00
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents1
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]1.00

Healthcare

9
5/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.87
Healthcare quality [score]0.95
Life expectancy (years)83.68
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

6
29/239
Details
Best university in rankingKyoto University
Best university ranking91
PISA math ranking (high school)4
PISA ranking3
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)7
PISA science (high school)2
University quality [score]0.25

Environmental Quality

7
124/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.65
Cleanliness [score]0.76
Drinking water quality [score]0.62
Urban greenery [score]0.69

Economy

4
215/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area110.38
Currency for urban areaJPY
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$37389.79
GDP per capita [score]0.60

Taxation

6
58/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.74
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

3
233/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)17.54
Internet access (download) [score]0.42
Internet access (upload) [score]0.13
Upload speed (Mbps)3.27

Leisure & Culture

8
31/264
Details
Art galleries166
Art galleries [score]0.66
Cinemas24
Cinemas [score]0.46
Comedy clubs16
Comedy clubs [score]0.72
Concert venues90
Concerts [score]0.54
Historical sites179
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums93
Museums [score]0.63
Performing art venues97
Performing arts [score]0.53
Sport venues32
Sports [score]0.48
Zoos9
Zoos [score]0.77

Tolerance

7
117/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.54
LGBT Equality Index53.62
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.53
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (6-month deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.93

Outdoors

2
238/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.24
Median peak in meters533.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)48.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

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Housing costs (USD)

$910$1,300
$1100
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Movie ticket$17
Monthly fitness club membership$100
Monthly public transport$90
Lunch$7
-23%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$35,074
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

0.60
Guns per 100 people
0.06
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Kyoto in position 5 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo, Japan

2-2-1 Azabudai, Minato ward, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan

Phone: +81-3-5574-7611

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People in Kyoto

Population of Kyoto

2,234,100
1,514 /km²
89/264
Density (people per unit of area)
-2%
Growth in 2015-2020
Kyoto

Demographics of Japan

Median age
47
Elderly people
27%
Life expectancy at birth
85
GDP per capita (in USD)
$37,390
149/262
Unemployment
3%
21/263

Languages

English proficiency score
52
189/228
Common spoken languages
Japanese

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Founder
26.32%
Software Engineer
15.79%
Chef
10.53%
Mobile Developer
5.26%
UX Designer
5.26%
Marketing Manager
5.26%
QA Engineer
5.26%
Other
26.32%

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On living in Kyoto

Kyōto (京都) was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city. However, visitors may be surprised by how much work they will have to do to see Kyoto's beautiful side. Most first impressions of the city will be of the urban sprawl of central Kyoto, around the ultra-modern glass-and-steel train station, which is itself an example of a city steeped in tradition colliding with the modern world.

Nonetheless, the persistent visitor will soon discover Kyoto's hidden beauty in the temples and parks which ring the city center, and find that the city has much more to offer than immediately meets the eye.

Though dwarfed in size by other major Japanese cities, Kyoto is vast in terms of its rich cultural heritage - the material endowment of over a thousand years as the country's imperial capital. The city's numerous palaces, shrines, temples and other landmarks are spread out over the following districts:

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Japan
22nd from a total of 163 countries

World Order

38th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

22nd

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

18th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

60th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

40th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

50th

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

16th

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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