JTB Western Japan, Corp. and Keihan Electric Railway Co., Ltd. jointly opened Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto (KTIC Kyoto) on June 1, on the third floor of Kyoto Tower. KTIC Kyoto will cater exclusively to overseas visitors to Japan.
JTB Western Japan has been expanding a network of tourist information centers for inbound tourists in the Kansairegion and KTIC Kyoto will be the third of its kind after previous openings at Shinsaibashi in Osaka and KansaiInternational Airport.
The widely diversified Keihan group based in Kyoto is pouring resources into “tourism creation” and aiming to attract more overseas visitors through the establishment of KTIC Kyoto at Kyoto Tower, one of its group companies.
JR Kyoto Station is the gateway for visitors to Kyoto, one of the world’s most popular sightseeing destinations, and is expected to attract many more overseas visitors in the future. Kyoto Tower is a landmark located at the north entrance of JR Kyoto Station. KTIC Kyoto will provide a wide variety of services including offering tourist information about Kyoto and other spots in Japan, handling reservations for JTB’s package tours aimed at overseas visitors like “Sunrise Tours” and “Experience Kansai,” selling transportation passes and making arrangements for luggage delivery.
About Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto (KTIC Kyoto)
Location: 3F, Kyoto Tower, 721-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shichijo-sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo Ward, KyotoCity 600-8216
Floor space: About 198 square meters
Staff: 6 people speaking Japanese, English and Chinese
Holidays: Open throughout the year except from Dec. 30 to Jan. 3
Business Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1. Tourist information
Information on sightseeing spots and transportation in the Kansai region and other parts of Japan.
2. Travel desk
Reservations and sales of optional tours, accommodations and tourist passes for overseas visitors.
3. Foreign exchange
4. Other services
Same-day luggage delivery to major hotels in Kyoto City (for a fee), luggage storage room (for a fee), free Wi-Fi connection, free Internet connection (free printing), remote interpretation, prayer room, and vending machines.