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    • What to see - 5 days in Kyoto by bicycle?

      by Elinan Online Now Mar 14, 2015 at 1:28 AM

      Hi, me and my husband will be spending 5 days in the city of Kyoto (it will be our first time in Japan).
      Our BnB is in Minami-ku, Kyoto Prefecture. They offer us two bicycles to drive around.
      Are there any bike tours that we can plan ahead and which places can we reach in a day ride?
      Are there some rules that we have to consider when riding bicycles?
      What about finding repair stores and parking lots?
      Thanks for your advice...

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    • To Otsu from Koju Station, Kyoto

      by JosefadeMerlo Online Now Mar 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM

      Can I use the JR Pass to go from the Koju Station in Kyoto to Otsu Station?
      Thank you.

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    • airport to hotel

      by AngieD19 Online Now Mar 20, 2015 at 5:57 AM

      How far is it from airport kansai terminal 1 kix osaka to mitsui garden hotel sanjo and what is the best way to get there.

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    • To Otsu from Koju Station, Kyoto

      by JosefadeMerlo Online Now Mar 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM

      Can I use the JR Pass to go from the Koju Station in Kyoto to Otsu Station?
      Thank you.

      4 Answers 18 hours ago
    • airport to hotel

      by AngieD19 Online Now Mar 20, 2015 at 5:57 AM

      How far is it from airport kansai terminal 1 kix osaka to mitsui garden hotel sanjo and what is the best way to get there.

      7 Answers 12 hours ago
    • What to see - 5 days in Kyoto by bicycle?

      by Elinan Online Now Mar 14, 2015 at 1:28 AM

      Hi, me and my husband will be spending 5 days in the city of Kyoto (it will be our first time in Japan).
      Our BnB is in Minami-ku, Kyoto Prefecture. They offer us two bicycles to drive around.
      Are there any bike tours that we can plan ahead and which places can we reach in a day ride?
      Are there some rules that we have to consider when riding bicycles?
      What about finding repair stores and parking lots?
      Thanks for your advice...

      2 Answers Mar 15, 2015 at 6:38 PM
    • JR Kyoto to Brighton Hotel by Taxi

      by asitava Online Now Jan 24, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      Hi, can any one pls let me know how much does it cost by taxi from JR Kyoto station to Kyoto Brighton Hotel ? Also, if I stay in Brighton Hotel (travel partner of my travel agent), does the location of the hotel make local sightseeing very inconvenient given that it is not near the station ? Many thanks in advance.

      4 Answers Mar 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM
    • Haircut in Kyoto

      by Charlie9Plus Online Now Dec 25, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      Does anyone here know a place where I can get a good haircut?
      I'm going to my friends wedding on Sunday and I need a haircut ASAP. Thanks in advance

      1 Answer Dec 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM
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      from Osaka (Namba) to Kyoto

      by fridz Online Now Dec 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Hi guys!

      What's the easiest and fastest way to go from Osaka to Kyoto? and also, From Kyoto station, which is nearer to go to - Golden Pavilon or Nijo Castle? Can we visit that 2 in one day? How can we go there? Thanks much

      4 Answers Dec 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • 2 day trip around Kyoto

      by katiprohaszka Online Now Nov 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Hi,
      Where we should go -for 2 days- around Kyoto?
      (Not Nara or Osaka, cause they are already in my travel plan)
      Do you know another interesting village/city/interesting place 10-50 km around Kyoto?
      Thank you!

      8 Answers Dec 4, 2014 at 1:57 AM
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      Help in itinerary

      by doraem66 Online Now Nov 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      I will be taking flight to Osaka airport in End Jan.
      Planing to watch Shirakawa-go lights up. Have not been Japan for more than 10 years and never been to this part of Japan. Can the expert here please help? Thanks in advance!

      Day 1 Osaka > Takayama
      Day 2 Takayama > Shirakawa-go > Takayama
      Day 3 Kyoto
      Day 4 Kyoto > Nara (day trip)
      Day 5 Kyoto > Mt Koya (day trip)
      Day 6 Kyoto
      Day 7 Kyoto
      Day 8 Osaka
      Day 9 Back home

      Is it too much days for Kyoto?
      Any side trips i can go or any around takayama on the way?

      10 Answers Nov 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM
    • kyoto by bike or scooter??

      by marenl Online Now Aug 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Hi, we will only be 1 day in kyoto and want to see al the main sites by bike or by motorcycle.

      Is it,possible and is it better to use the bike or the scooter?
      We will be in kyoto on september 19th.

      Thank you

      3 Answers Aug 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM
    • Need help to plan a trip to Osaka and Kyoto

      by JoseG03 Online Now Aug 17, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Hi! Me and my wife are planning a trip to Osaka and Kyoto for about 5-6 days late November or early December. We would like to visit a lot of tourist spots in our short time there.

      - Any recommended hotel we could stay at? If possible, near the stations for JR pass or Kansai Thru Pass. (I was told that getting travel passes would really make it easy for us to go around)

      - We are planning to go to Kyoto first for half our stay and the rest in Osaka.

      - We would also like to stay at least a day in a Ryokan.

      - We also love Japanese food.

      I would really appreciate your suggestions and recommendations. THANKS!

      5 Answers Aug 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM
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      Gion Shijo bus terminal near the APA Hotel

      by tenluk Online Now Aug 13, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Hi, need help
      I read that we can reach the APA hotel from kyoto train station by bus number 100 or 206 with 230 yen per person.
      I will take shinkansen Hikari 509 from tokyo station to kyoto as I read in Hyperdia
      1. is the bus number 100 and 206 located just next to the kyoto train station?
      2. how could we told the driver the APA Hotel, do they understand english or we have to find out the Japanese language character to show him.
      3. as I know this bus stop is just near by the hotel but I cannot find the route of this bus number 100 and 206, can somebody help.
      Thanks

      5 Answers Aug 17, 2014 at 10:36 PM
    • Kyoto accomodation

      by Sjay Online Now Jul 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Reccomend accomodation near kyoto JR station

      2 Answers Jul 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM
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      Hiroshima Day Trip options?

      by ClayF Online Now Jun 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Sunday, July 13. Use "green" JR Pass.
      OPTION 1. Hiroshima 3 hours to see Peace Memorial, Himeji 3 hours to see castle under reconstruction.
      OPTION 2. Hiroshima 2.5 hours to see Peace Memorial, Miyajima 2 hours to see Itsukushima Shrine.
      OPTION 3. Hiroshima 8 hours

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      Use "green" JR Pass.
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      OPTION 1. Hiroshima 3 hours to see Peace Memorial, Himeji 3 hours to see castle under reconstruction.
      Kyoto-Hiroshima (Hikari) (119 minutes), depart Kyoto 8:02, arrive Hiroshima 10:01.
      Hiroshima-Himeji (Sakura) (55 minutes), depart 13:58, arrive 14:53
      Himeji-Kyoto (Hikari) (54 minutes), depart 19:01, arrive 19:55
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      OPTION 2. Hiroshima 2.5 hours to see Peace Memorial, Miyajima 2 hours to see Itsukushima Shrine.
      Kyoto-Hiroshima (Hikari) (119 minutes), depart Kyoto 8:02, arrive Hiroshima 10:01.
      Hiroshima-Miyajimaguchi (Sanyo) (26 minutes), depart 13:18, arrive 13:45. Walk 300 meters to ferry Miyajimaguchi-Miyajima. Ferry to Miyajima, arrive about 14:45.
      Miyajima- Miyajimaguchi. Depart Miyajima 17:00 to take ferry back to Miyajimaguchi.
      Miyajimaguchi-Kyoto, depart 18:34, arrive Kyoto 21:20 to Hiroshima, Sakura to Shin-Osaka, Kodama to Kyoto
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      OPTION 3. Hiroshima 8 hours
      Kyoto-Hiroshima (Hikari) (119 minutes), depart Kyoto 8:02, arrive Hiroshima 10:01.
      Hiroshima-Kyoto (115 minutes), depart Hiroshima 18:56, arrive Kyoto 20:51 to Shin-Osaka, Hikari to Kyoto

      3 Answers Jun 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM
    • The real deal and what to expect related to safety in Kyoto for a young woman at University

      by barrybruder Online Now Jun 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      My daughter intends to go to university in Kyoto. She made the mistake of reading the US Dept of State site re Tokyo and young women being drugged and worse. We all know that this can happen anywhere and one must stay clear and conscious and aware. I would be extremely grateful for insights from a woman or man (or both) regarding the your perspective on such matters. Anything you can say to illuminate this issue and to help my daughter to determine the true safety level. Also, how you perceive the prevailing attitude toward Americans and women in particular...you may write me directly: barrybruder@aol.com

      Thank you in advance for taking your time to respond...I am most grateful!

      Barry Bruder

      5 Answers Jun 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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      One day in Kyoto must sees

      by mamores Online Now May 29, 2014 at 7:39 AM

      Hi, we will be in Kyoto for one day and we'd like to know what the possible musts sees would be there. Thank you!

      7 Answers Jun 17, 2014 at 5:15 AM
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      My one day in Kyoto

      by heydelin Online Now Apr 18, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Hello there. I will be arriving in Kyoto from Osaka this May. I plan to spend my first day in Kyoto before heading to Takayama the next day. I would like to see Kinkakuji (North), Arashiyama (West) and the Fushimi Inari Shrine (South) ALL IN ONE DAY. I think it's possible if I start early and leave Kyoto by 7:30 am and go to Kinkakuji then Fushimi Inari Shrine. In the afternoon, I plan to go to Arashiyama and witness the lighting of the bamboo forest path (if there's any during the month of May). At night, I would also want to see (if I still have enough energy) Gion district and have dinner there. Should you have a better route or any suggestions, let me know, pleaseeeeee. Salamat! Thank you! Arigato!

      Haydee

      9 Answers Jun 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM
    • Best month for Japan

      by pvohra Online Now Apr 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Is June a good month to travel to Japan? Which are the best months?

      6 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 1:32 AM
    • Are 2 days good enough, in Kyoto

      by pvohra Online Now Apr 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Are 2 days good enough, in Kyoto

      6 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 1:14 AM
    • Onsen and interesting places in Japan

      by AlanGoh Online Now Apr 9, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Hi all, my name is Alan Goh. Have a few questions, your suggestions are much appreciated :

      1. ONSEN We plan a trip to Japan in Dec 2014. My wife always want to soak in "open air" onsen while snowing (well, to be honest, I don't know why so, but she felt is romantic.....). Is there any value for money open air onsen (including accommodation, we can stay there 1 -2 days as long is not too remote else nothing much to do, cannot be soaking in onsen for 8 hours, right !!).

      We will be traveling with 3 kids, therefore cost is a big concern especially Japan is not a cheap place to be.

      2. TAKAYAMA In our last trip, we stay at "ryokan" in Takayama, Gifu, Japan. They have onsen but is more of indoor hot bath. Love the HIDA beef, juicy !!! 1 of the best beef steak ever !

      Is there any places you may suggest that is similar to Takayama ? we love Takayama, it is quiet, relax, friendly,

      3. Our "draft" plan goes like this : OSAKA - enter Japan via OSK, stay 2 nights KYOTO - 3 nights, day trip to NARA (not sure worth the trip or not to Nara?),
      TAKAYAMA - 3 nights, my sons want to ski, there are some ski resort within 60 mins bus trip.
      TOKYO - 5 nights, exit Japan via TOKYO.

      Appreciate any comment or suggestion regarding above plan, We are on our own, may be will join a few local tour. The objective of the trip to travel at relax pace, at time, we didn't do much but having cup of coffee watching people walk by. Based on our last short trip to Japan, most attractions are shrine, temples, castles.

      Thanks for input.

       

      6 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 1:08 AM
    • Transportation from Kyoto to Kawaguchiko

      by rosma2203 Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      How can I go to Kawaguchiko via kyoto at night?

      3 Answers Apr 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM
    • How long to finish this itinerary?

      by dorisbaby1115 Online Now Apr 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      How long in terms of hours if me and my boyfriend walk in decent pace, taking pictures and seldom resting? http://imgur.com/c3OHAVt

      Here is a map of my planned itinerary. It says 2 hours walk but does that include walking through the temples inside out? Or does it only arrive to each temple and head to the next location? If we count the time stayed in each temple/place, what would my total trip time for the day be? (I'm not sure how long to stay for each place) Thank you.

       

      3 Answers Apr 20, 2014 at 11:42 AM
    • Need help with a Kyoto - Nara - Osaka 5 day itinerary

      by dorisbaby1115 Online Now Mar 31, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      What would be a good itinerary to plan if I'm planning to go to Kyoto from KIX first, then move onto Nara (probably for a day in the park), and 2 days in Osaka? Thanks. (P.S. I arrive in Osaka first at midnight and staying at the lounge until the morning when I go to Kyoto, also on my last day, my plane leaves at around 1 am)

       

      3 Answers Jun 17, 2014 at 5:24 AM
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      Can buy Kyoto's ¥500 Bus Pass at Convenience Stores?

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Mar 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Hi!

      Where can I buy the ¥500 City Bus Pass using ICOCA Card? All convenience stores sell the bus pass? I want to use ICOCA to pay for the pass to finish off the credit...

      Thanks,
      Mel

      5 Answers Apr 3, 2014 at 7:41 AM
    • Do they sell Charms/Omamori in Arashiyama?

      by dorisbaby1115 Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Do they sell Charms/Omamori in Arashiyama? Will I be able to get a right one if I only spoke English to them? Thanks.

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      Hanami in Kyoto 2014

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Mar 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      I saw latest reporting March 5th stating first bloom on March 28 and full bloom, April 5.. I am really praying for earlier bloom since I'll be in Kyoto March 30 till April 5.. Thus, slightly earlier bloom would be better, no?

      Any feedback from the locals, please?

      Mel

      11 Answers Mar 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM
    • The MOST convenient Kyoto Hotel around all must see attractions? (New Traveller here)

      by dorisbaby1115 Online Now Mar 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Hi all! My boyfriend and I want to be able to visit most if not all of the "must see" attractions around Kyoto within 2 days, in which area should I be looking to book my hotel in? I also want to be able to get to Osaka fairly quickly from my hotel on the day I check out. There are cheap hotel deals going on online and the following are the ones I'm considering to stay in.

      Kyoto Century Hotel
      Hotel Villa Fontaine VILLAGE KYOTO
      Hotel Keihan Kyoto Hotel
      KYOTO TOKYU HOTEL
      Kyoto Kokusai Hotel

      The "must see" attractions would be such as:
      Kinkaku-ji
      Ginkaku-ji
      Monkey Park Iwatayama
      Shijo-Dori?

      P.S. If possible, I don't want to take JR as they're relatively expensive without pass, I'm going to Osaka after 2 days.

      2 Answers Mar 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM
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      Commercial Tour of Kyoto

      by jwpotter Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      My wife and I will be in Kyoto, and for various reasons, we want to take a commercial tour of the highlights of Kyoto rather then doing it ourselves. I have maps, rail pass, and know it would be easy, but circumstances don't permit that. I have seen a couple of tours for about $120 each for 9 hours including lunch. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good tour company? Do I need to make reservations in advance, or can I make them the day we arrive for the next day?

      Thanks in advance!

      2 Answers Mar 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM
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      Kyoto resorts

      by jacob586 Online Now Feb 25, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Any recommendation for travelling to Kyoto?

      3 Answers Feb 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM
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      Path to Kiyomizudera

      by Melanie_Putra Online Now Feb 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Everytime I went to Kiyomizudera I walked up Gojozaka. I am wondering whether it is better to go along Matsubara Dori instead? Which is steeper? Does Matsubara Dori has shops like Gojozaka?

      Thanks!
      Mel

      1 Answer Feb 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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      One Day in Kyoto

      by fernanda849 Online Now Feb 24, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Hi Guys!

      I will be going to Kyoto for a day and a half in early March. Th to see the Golden Pavilion, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama, Ginkaku- ji Temple, Royoan- ji Temple, Gion District, and Kiyomizu- dera Temple.

      I know there is no way I can see all of these, but I was wondering if anyone could help map out an itinerary with some of these places that may be near to each other. I would like to get in as many as possible.

      Thanks for all of your help!

      5 Answers Feb 25, 2014 at 6:33 AM