Taxis vs Uber

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Don’t bother with Uber in Japan. Normal taxi should be easier, less expensive or the same, more reliable, and straightforward.
There are taxi ranks outside most train stations, bus terminals and some larger shops. You can also flag taxis on just about any street in the city.
The bus fare for four people is Y880 in central Kyoto. Meanwhile, it can cost less than Y1,000 to cover the same distance by taxi. Thus, it’s sometimes a better deal to take a taxi, especially when considering comfort and speed.
Most taxis cost Y640 for the first 2km. However, MK Taxis (721-2237) cost only Y580.
All taxis accept cash, and some taxis also accept credit cards.
Flagging a taxi is done like other places: just raise your hand at an oncoming taxi.
At night, it’s easy to spot an open taxi: the light on the roof will be illuminated.
Four people can fit into a kogata (small) taxi, while five people can fit into a chugata (medium) or ogata (large) taxi. Note, however, that some taxi drivers will refuse to allow five large foreigners into their taxi. In this case, you’ll have to take two different taxis.
For taxi you don’t need to pay tips.
More info: http://www.insidekyoto.com/kyoto-taxis