The subway is the quickest way for travelers to get around Kyoto quickly and effortlessly, and is also the most direct way to reach a number of sightseeing spots, including Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace. There are two lines. The Tozai line runs east west from Nijo to Higashiyama, while the Karasuma line runs north south, intersecting each other like a cross at Karasuma Oike. The Karasuma line connects Kyoto Station with the Imperial Palace and Kitayama. As there are fewer tourists on the subway, you are more likely to get a seat, particularly outside peak commuting hours.