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Remote Year Koya

Take a break from the office for a month and live in a new inspiring city alongside a community of other professionals. On program you'll shake up your routine and immerse yourself in a new culture.

About the Program

Looking to immerse yourself in one of the most interesting cultures of the world? Look no further than Japan! From the temples, castles, festivals, authentic restaurants, experiencing Japanese culture is the number 1 reason to visit Japan. Japan is perfect for nature lovers with iconic staples such as Mount Fiji, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and so much more.

Base City
Program Start & End Dates
August 30, 2020
September 26, 2020
Open — Accepting Participants
Down Payment
Monthly Payment

About Your Home Base

Neighborhood & Accommodations

The majority of our platform is located in the center of Kyoto, in the Downtown neighborhood. This location is ideal due to its ease and proximity to the workspace, shopping centers, food, nightlife, and transportation. We have a mix of 1 bedroom studios, 2-bedroom apartments, and 9 bedroom house. If you’re lucky, you might get the bedroom that is a converted tea ceremony room!


We are currently working a the coworking space andwork, a stylish coworking space at the top of a cool capsule hotel. Because it’s a shared space with hotel guests + locals, there’s tons of opportunities to meet some very cool people. The workspace is available to Remote Year guests 24/7.

Program Costs & What's Included

Down Payment:

Paid when you officially sign up for a Remote Year program to secure your spot. This first payment shows us your serious commitment to a program and affords us the confidence to begin booking all of your arrangements on your behalf through our travel and city teams.

Fee Per Month:

Paid 30 days after your downpayment is submitted. The fee covers everything included in that city and can be thought of as "paying rent" except instead of just covering your accommodations, you're also getting on-site support, experiences, programming, events, and much much more.

Onboarding Support

Our team will answer your questions provide you with the resources to prepare for your adventure.

Airport Pickup

Our team will be at the airport to pick you up and welcome you with open arms.


A private, furnished room in each city, usually in an apartment with fellow participants and option to upgrade.

24/7 Workspace

A coworking space in a popular part of the city within walking distance of your accommodations.

Program and Local City Staff

A Remote Year program leader dedicated to each group as well as local staff on the ground in each city.

Social and Professional Events

We plan events to socialize with your group and locals from the city you're staying in to meet new people.

Local Experiences

We curate cultural experiences available in our Marketplace to customize your experience.

Access to our Global Network

Engage and connect with our entire community of other participants and members via Slack

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Why Kyoto in September?

With summer ending, Kyoto begins the fall season which is a favorite among locals. The leaves begin to change beautiful colors and many different festivals take place during this time period. Kyoto weather is amazing in September with the summer heat cooling down and temperatures that are perfect to be outside exploring the green nature all around. A popular tradition during this month is moon viewing, where you can leisurely behold the beauty of the moon with friends and locals.

Featured Experiences & Side Trips

Just a few of the experiences and adventures you can look forward to having on your program.
Forest Bathing

In Japan we have known for a long time that spending time in the forest and nature is beneficial to the body and soul. Spend a relaxing day visiting some of Kyoto's hidden temples, eating in a traditional countryside restaurant, and dip your feet into the footbath while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. By the end of the day, you are guaranteed to feel spiritually and mentally cleansed, a must after being in the city for so long.

Walking with Geisha

Discover the mystery behind the world famous Geisha with an exclusive private audience. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors? How they do their elaborate makeup, where they live, their daily routine, or what skills they have? You can ask all of these in a Q&A session, after which you will enjoy a tour of the local Geisha District and Shrine and experience a traditional Tea Ceremony.

Hike & Heal Pilgrimage

Witness the beautiful mountain scenery and temples as you hike from Kibune to Kurama. We’ll conclude the hike with a traditional meal and a healing bath at the best onsen in Kyoto. Japan is known as having the best hot springs in the world and this is the best place to experience a Japanese bath ritual that’s older than 1000 years. This outdoor spring surrounded by mountain forests is a perfect conclusion to a perfect day.

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About Remote Year

Remote Year is a platform for professionals who want to live and work in different cities around the world. The company curates work and travel programs, providing participants with unique cultural experiences, travel logistics and support, and ongoing access to a global community. In joining a program, you’ll travel to a new city each month on a set itinerary with a group of fellow professionals from various industries and nationalities. Remote Year currently offers various programs that run between 1 and 12 months long along with exclusive membership benefits upon program completion. Since 2015, nearly 2,000 people from around the world have participated in a Remote Year work and travel program, pursuing professional development and personal growth opportunities.