Taxis in Kyoto
Though you might think of taxis as expensive, they may actually save you time and money if you are traveling with a group of friends or family. There are several types of taxis available in Kyoto, some offering special package deals. MK Taxi and Yasaka Taxi, for example, provide city tours with English speaking drivers.
GPS systems are usually equipped inside the taxi cars, so no matter where you are going the driver will be able to locate your destination as long as you have the name, address, or phone number.
HOW TO TAKE A TAXI
Raise your hand when you see an oncoming taxi.
Please notice the light in the lower corner of the windshield. 空車 means "Available", 回送 means "Out of Service", and no light means "Occupied".
Out of Service
Please enter the taxi on the left side. Normally the door opens automatically, so you don't need to open it by yourself.
After you enter the taxi and tell the driver your destination, the driver will turn on the meter. You can watch the fare on the meter as you go.
Most taxi fares start from around ¥600 for the first 2 km. The fare will increase incrementally after 2 km. Rates are raised by 20 percent between 22:00 and 5:00 (as of October 2019).
As with most things in Japan, cash is the standard form of payment. Please understand that some taxis are not able to accept credit cards, and if you’d like to use one please ask your driver if they can accept cards before you go anywhere.
Please do not tip the driver when getting out of the car. Tipping is not standard practice in Japan and may be considered rude.
Please wait for the driver to open the door for you, and you may disembark.