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6-1 Shimohanadacho, Saiin, Ukyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 615-0004, Japan
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Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto...

by ibestefyo

i'm going to tokyo for three weeks in september and i am planning on spending a few days in kyoto. i've been researching trains and buses between tokyo and kyoto but i was wondering if anyone had any tips (ie the cheapest method). it looks like the night bus might be my best bet... has anyone taken it??


RE: Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto...

by sakikot

Hi, Stefanie!
To get to Kyoto, the cheapest way is of course using buses.
You can leave Shinjuku or Tokyo at night and arrive Kyoto in the morning.
It costs about 4.000 jpy(35 usd).
The bus company has no English site. If you use buses, email me or write here.
Or, you can get the tickets and information directly by calling the bus company, 81-3-3987-4577(Japan:Country code 81)"SEESLY TRAVEL".
---Sakiko, from Tokyo

RE: Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto...

by heywinks

I've taken the night bus to Osaka, Kobe, and Himeji (from Tokyo, diff trips). The night bus I found was the cheapest way to travel. I think it's like 8 hrs or so. The bus itself is a little smaller than a greyhound bus but the seats inside are positioned so that you have a bit more leg room, and the seats fold down more so you are more horizontal. You are given a pair of slippers too for your comfort and I think a small blanket if I remember correctly. The only thing you have to worry about are other passengers snoring!

RE: RE: Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto...

by ibestefyo

thanks for your help! now i just have to decide when in my trip i'm going to make it down there. :)

does anyone know if it's better (or even possible) to buy the tickets before i leave, or just get them in japan?

RE: RE: Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto...

by sakikot

Since you're coming on September, you'll be able to take it after you arrive. But it's a little bit difficult to get tickets for Friday to Sunday.
There are many bus companies that have the buses from Tokyo to Kyoto.
September is off season here, so I suppose you can get one at any of the bus companies. Just be careful the time you call.
Kintetsu Bus/4.800jpy:06-6772-1631
Sunshine Tour/4.200jpy:06-6344-3077
Seesly Travel/3.900jpy:03-3987-4577
Willer Travel/4.200jpy:06-6342-7051...and others

But you may get tickets at bus-tickets office of Tokyo station. Many foreign travelers must be using this way, I think.

RE: RE: Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto...

by chery08

i'll be going to Tokyo in end of march on a Sat... and plan to take a night coach from tokyo to Osaka... would it be easy for me to get tickets when i reach Tokyo or should i call to reserve them now?
Should i go to Osaka 1st or Kyoto 1st?

Travel Tips for Kyoto


by Sharrie

Strolling around Kiyomizu & discover these 2 ladies dressed in Kimono. Incredibly interesting, don't you think? The Japanese still dresses up on special occasions in their traditional kimono which may cost as much as US$1000!

Any souvenir at any price

by Ines28 about Kyoto Handicraft Center

The Kyoto Handicraft Center is a five or six storey souvenir shop selling anything you can imagine. Here you probably have all possible smaller souvenir shops combined in a huge one! From calligraphies and paintings to wood carvings, plates, dolls, kimonos, Samurai swords and books - you name it, they have it! That's the problem about it - it's expensive! If you got loads of money to spend, then you'll find your perfect souvenir, expect to pay something between € 100 and € 500!
A small painting without frame costs around € 15, that was the cheapest but still beautiful item we could find here.

Kyoto station

by tompt

When you are already in Japan it is easy to reach Kyoto by train. If you arrive at the JR Kyoto station you will see a nice piece of modern architecture. It was finished in 1997 the architect is Hara Koji.

If you are coming from abroad you can fly to Kansai International Airport, near Osaka and take a train (75 min)

World Treasure Tour of Kyoto

by Gaijin_sama

This is a recommended 3 day mostly walking tour to some of the most magnificent cultural treasures in the world, in Kyoto.
Consider getting a 2 day pass (unlimited buses and subways).

1st day stops: Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion), Ryoanji (Zen Garden), Ninnaji; then bus to Arashiyama, visit Tenryuji, walk through the bamboo forest, visit Adashino-Nembutsuji (Tombs of the Unknown Dead)
2nd day stops: Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyomizu-dera Temple, walk through Sannenzaka and Maruyama Park, Kenninji Temppe, Yasaka Shrine, Chio-in Temple, Shoren-in Temple (Awata Palace)
3rd day stops: Shimogamo Shrine, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Eikan-do Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine

Nightime - view a potpourri of Japanese traditional arts at Gion Kobu Kaburenju Theater (Gion Corner)

Significance: Many of these places are UNESCSO World Heritage Sites; difficult to find so much culture compressed in a mid-sized city anywhere.

The Tokugawa Shoguns' place

by Zirpsis

This castle is a fine example of Momoyama architecture with some great paintings and wood carvings inside. Near the entrance, the paintings were scary with fierce figures watching the visitors but the closer to the inner quarters, the more pleasing the pictures. Beautiful floral and animal motifs in over 950 paintings. However, photography was forbidden inside, so you must go and see for yourself! The famous nightingale floor of the Ninomaru Palace was really amazing. Nobody could sneak in unnoticed!

There was a time in Japan when the Shogun was more powerful than the Emperor. So this was the real center of government where shogun lived and ruled until the last shogun decided to return sovereignty to the Emperor in 1867. Don't miss this one. It's really impressive!

Total site area is 275000 sq meters, buildings 7300 sq meters


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