Kyoto

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
124/263
Details
Large apartment$1138.39
Medium apartment$905.62
Rent index [score]0.71
Small apartment$672.86

Cost of Living

3
245/261
Details
5km taxi ride$12.00
A Cappuccino$4.10
A beer$3.20
A kilogram of Apples$6.60
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.28
Lunch$8.70
Monthly fitness club membership$110.00
Monthly public transport$99.00
Movie ticket$18.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$47.45

Startups

1
257/260
Details
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Meetups [score]0.14
Meetups groups15
Meetups members2629
Number of startup events in the last 12 months2
Number of upcoming meetup events3
Startup climate scene [score]0.28
Startups [score]0.21
Total number of startups12

Venture Capital

2
205/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.18

Travel Connectivity

7
21/260
Details
Airport hub71
Airport hub [score]0.36
Intercity train connectivity [score]1.00

Commute

5
130/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Japan/Kyoto
Traffic handling [score]0.54

Business Freedom

8
132/259
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]0.89

Safety

10
1/264
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
2/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.78
Healthcare quality [score]0.95
Life expectancy (years)83.68
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

6
31/230
Details
Best university in rankingKyoto University
Best university ranking91
PISA math ranking (high school)4
PISA ranking4
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)3
PISA science (high school)3
University quality [score]0.24

Environmental Quality

7
121/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.65
Cleanliness [score]0.72
Drinking water quality [score]0.62
Urban greenery [score]0.73

Economy

4
211/258
Details
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
61/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.75
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

2
235/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)16.06
Internet access (download) [score]0.38
Internet access (upload) [score]0.10
Upload speed (Mbps)2.55

Leisure & Culture

8
26/263
Details
Art galleries167
Art galleries [score]0.69
Cinemas25
Cinemas [score]0.45
Comedy clubs18
Comedy clubs [score]0.72
Concert venues70
Concerts [score]0.54
Historical sites186
Historical sites [score]1.00
Museums89
Museums [score]0.67
Performing art venues96
Performing arts [score]0.52
Sport venues34
Sports [score]0.47
Zoos9
Zoos [score]0.76

Tolerance

4
241/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.54
LGBT Equality Index53.62
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.54
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]0.23

Outdoors

2
231/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.26
Median peak in meters557.15
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Kyoto are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$517$828
$673
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$110
Movie ticket$18
Broadband internet connection$41
Monthly public transport$99
Lunch$9
-9%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Kyoto are above average. For this job type, Kyoto ranks 117th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Kyoto.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$47,028
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 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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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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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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