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    • Kyoto accomodation

      Kyoto Jul 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Reccomend accomodation near kyoto JR station

      2 Answers 2 hours ago
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      Hiroshima Day Trip options?

      Kyoto 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

      Use "green" JR Pass.
      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
      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
      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

      Kyoto 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 may write me directly:

      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

      Kyoto 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!

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

      Kyoto 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!


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

      Kyoto Apr 12, 2014 at 11:06 PM

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

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

      Kyoto Apr 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Are 2 days good enough, in Kyoto

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

      Kyoto 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

      Kyoto 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?

      Kyoto 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?

      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

      Kyoto 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?

      Kyoto Mar 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM


      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...


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

      Kyoto 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

      Kyoto 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?


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

      Kyoto 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 Kokusai Hotel

      The "must see" attractions would be such as:
      Monkey Park Iwatayama

      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

      Kyoto 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

      Kyoto 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

      Kyoto 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?


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

      Kyoto 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
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      Direction to Eiraku Ochazuke Bar, Kyoto

      Kyoto Feb 13, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      Hi Guys!

      I read about this all nighter Ochazuke bar "EIRAKU", which is at 365 Kamiya-chō, Shijō-agaru. However, I can't find any map to its location. Would anyone be able to assist, please?


      2 Answers Feb 13, 2014 at 6:29 AM
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      Direction to Renkon-Ya, Kiyamachi, Kyoto

      Kyoto Feb 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Hi Guys,

      I read about this restaurant along Kiyamachi Dori, RENKON-YA (236 Sanjō-sagaru, Nishi-Kiyamachi; 075-221-1061). Direction: Left hand side of the Takase River along Kiyamachi Dori.

      Would anyone be able to supply me with a map, please? Is it nearer to Sanjo Dori than Shijo and the direction above stating it being on the left hand side of the Takase River, is that the direction walking from Sanjo or Shijo?


      2 Answers Feb 13, 2014 at 3:25 AM
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      Sanjo-Kai Shotengai

      Kyoto Feb 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      I want to visit Sanjo-Kai Shotengai. How do I get there and back by bus from my hotel, Toyoko Inn Shijo Karasuma? I read that it runs between Senbon Dori and Horikawa Dori. So can I take buses 46 or 201 from Shijo Takakura bus stop to Senbon Sanjo Suzakuritsumeikan mae bus stop then upon returning to hotel, take bus 12 from Horikawa Sanjo bus stop to Shijo Takakura bus stop?

      Upon getting off the bus at Senbon Sanjo Suzakuritsumeikan mae bus stop, how do I find the entrance to the arcade?

      I've been to Teramachi. Is it worth it to visit this arcade?


      3 Answers Mar 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM
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      2 days in Kyoto

      Kyoto Feb 8, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      We are traveling to Japan in April and will return to the US by ship from Yokohama. My plan it to fly directly to Kyoto and spend 3 nights before going onto Hakone and the Tokyo.

      That will give us 2 full days in Kyoto. I know this isn't much, but it is about all we can afford. I thought one day we may take a 1 day tour of Kyoto and on day go to Nara.

      What are your thoughts?

      Thanks, Jim Potter

      7 Answers Feb 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM
    • Incense Shop

      Kyoto Feb 6, 2014 at 3:05 AM

      Hi I am looking for an incense shop near Kiyomizu-dera. It is on top of Sannen Zaka and I now it has a weeping Cherry Blossom out the front.
      Long shot I know.

      1 Answer Feb 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM
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      Kyoto Feb 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      What is the best way to get here from Kyoto station? I searched the train maps and got slightly confused as there are a few variant of Arashimaya stations. There are also some mention about Sagano Scenic Railway.

      3 Answers Feb 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM
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      Direction b/w Heian Shrine and Keage Incline

      Kyoto Feb 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Hi guys!

      I am visiting Kyoto end of March for 6 nights and planning to do a walk which includes Heian Shrine, Okazaki Canal, Keage Incline and Nanzenji Temple to see the aquaduct. Preferring to take a bus to and fro from my hotel (Toyoko Inn Shijo Karasuma). Would really appreciate any directional advice... What is the best sequence to take and how to get to/from the Incline and Nanzenji? The direction between Heian Shrine and Okazaki Canal looks simple enough.. But I can't seem to find clear direction to the Incline and Nanzenji...


      5 Answers Feb 5, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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      Only 2 1/2 days in Kyoto

      Kyoto Jan 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      I am departing day after tomorrow, need some quick pointers:

      1. 2 day pass for subway and busses - can I use this for all busses and subway regardless which company?

      2. I arrive about 5 pm and thought to head to Gion. Is it easy to spot a geisha and are we allowed to take photos?

      3. My interest is temples and shrines, not so much on museum or shopping. What is the best route for full 2 days? Would like to see Inari, Ginkakuji, Kinkakuji, kiyomuu, Heian. Let me know if possible or If I should cut down any, which are priority to see?


      5 Answers Feb 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM
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      Lunch in Gion district

      Kyoto Jan 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Planning a tour of Kyoto April 25. Is there a typical Japanese restaurant we 4 should go to?

      2 Answers Jan 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM
    • 4 days in Kyoto?

      Kyoto Jan 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Hi, We are a group of 6 adults and 2 children travelling to Japan in April. We are planning on staying 4 full days in Kyoto, 1 day in Nara and a half day in Osaka. We will than go to Tokyo and spend 3 days / 4 nights.

      Can anyone give me their opinion if the days that we are allocating to Kyoto is enough? How about the rest of the cities? I'm having a hard time deciding how many days we should spend in each location... especially between Kyoto and Tokyo.


      5 Answers Jan 14, 2014 at 4:48 PM
    • after sam and dave's?

      Kyoto Jan 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM

      After Sam & Dave's Kyoto closed is there any other similar club in Kyoto that filled the void?

      p.s. for who doesn't know, it was a lively  club popular club for an age range 25-30, where there was a great mix of japanese and foreigners. it has another club, still open, in osaka


      1 Answer Jan 15, 2014 at 3:47 PM