Hotel Kyoto Garden Palace

605 Tatsumae-Cho, Kamigyo-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 602-0912, Japan
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Kyoto distances

by SandiM

I am going to Kyoto in November and I have a half-healed broken foot (I like to walk a lot but I try to take it easy on the foot). I am staying in a hotel near the Kyoto Station. I want to visit the Adashino-Nembutsu shrine and then SOMEHOW get to Kinkaku-ji. I was planning on a taxi to the first spot, then try to walk back to Kinkaku-ji. Is this feasible with a wounded paw? Or is there an easier way? would a taxi wait for me while I visit the first spot? I have looked at the bus route but the map I have doesn't really show accurate distances. Any help or suggestions? I'd like to get the visits done in 1/2 day.

Re: Kyoto distances

by piano_007

there is a good tourist office at the Kyoto railway station that gives you good information about buses numbers and shedules/with map.

Re: Kyoto distances

by virtualolga

You can buy a sort of tourist bus card in the tourist office of kyoto station and the bus will take you to all the sites including is the easiest way.

Re: Kyoto distances

by JohnMcCabe

I spent 9 hours cycling around Kyoto last week. It was very enjoyable. You can rent a bike at Tour Club. It's near the station.

Re: Kyoto distances

by JohnMcCabe

Ok, I just got back from Japan last week. I've still got my bus map so I've had a look!

If you walk to from Adashino Nenbutsuji past Daikakuji Temple to what looks like a big square on my map you should be able to catch bus number 59 from there to Kinkaku-ji. You can also take bus number 28 from Kyoto station to Daikakuji Temple which is quite close to Adashino. A bus pass for the day only costs 500 yen.

Re: Kyoto distances

by joiwatani

If you wanted to enjoy the scenery of Kinkaku-ji Temple, you needed to walk. Since you can't, I am not sure how you are going to get to the temple! I can't really remember if it is wheelchair accessible! You will miss the landscape, the scenery walking on edges of bonsai trees and japanese maple trees if you don't try walking! Just walk slowly and just keep a pace. You will make it!

Just hop into a bus instead of a taxi. Your day bus pass is just Y500 or five bucks. You can use it the whole day!


Travel Tips for Kyoto

Kyoto for Free

by Rabbityama

You can spend a lot of money in Kyoto visiting all of the various temples, but there are also many great places you can go for free! Here are some tips for touring Kyoto on a budget!

Firstly, visit shrines! Temples usually charge money, while shrines are typically free. This is true throughout Japan, but Kyoto has many of the nation's most famous shrines! Fushimi Inari Shrine is always very popular. Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Shrine both have a lot of history and are quite unique and beautiful. Kitano Tenmangu is beautiful when the plum blossoms are in bloom and Hirano Shrine is a great place to see the cherry blossoms. There are a lot of great shrines, but these are the most famous and popular.

Another good option is to visit the Imperial Palaces and Villas. In order to do that, you need a reservation however, it is completely free! You can apply online or stop by the imperial office on the morning of the day you wish to tour to see if there are openings. There are four: Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sento Palace, Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and Katsura Imperial Villa.

Some other places: In Higashiyama, Maruyama Park and many surrounding attractions are free! You can visit Yasaka Shrine, Gion, Pontocho, and Chion-in Temple (except the "seven wonders") for free! In Arashiyama, you can see the famous bamboo forest, Nonomiya Shrine, the Togetsukyo Bridge, and walk along the river for free, as well! Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji Temples are both free, and you can reach them on foot from Kyoto Station.

Kyoto is actually a great place to visit for a budget traveler. Most people will still want to see some temples, museums, etc. that do cost money, but knowing that there are equally great free options is a great way to save money and still have an amazing time!

Graveyard Shopping!

by phoebelosophy

I found this quaint little graveyard in the middle of a large shopping arcade in Gion, Kyoto. I can't remember exactly where it's located because I was lost at the time. But I do know there are a lot of graveyards built in unusual places in Kyoto.

Since space is a bit of an issue in Japan, the architects of the shopping arcade simply built around the graveyard. It was quite weird, but Japanese people don't seem to think twice about it!

Tokyo to Kyoto

by Francesco-C

The best way to get Kyoto from Tokyo, if you're travelling on the cheap, is a mid-night bus, departs from Tokyo around 10.00 pm and arrives at Kyoto Station in the morning. 14,000 yen return, comfortable seats with earings, blanket and toilet.
Use the bus network, 500 yen dayly pass, easy to use also if you don't speak and read japanese at all. Main stops are announced also in English.

Stunning views amid an old-style ambience

by j-san about Moan Cafe

You can have views of Diamonji, sitting by the window surrounded in greenery and the peaceful trill of birds! All in a lovely traditional setting. The coffee is more expensive than average 530Yen, cappuccino 630Yen. But the ambience makes it worth it. You can also have lunch about 1200Yen, between 11:30 and 2pm. Closed Mondays.

Nishi Hongan-ji Temple II

by dabuwan

The temple complex is quite large. There are five main buildings plus some other smaller ones. There is plenty of space in between and it is a very pleasant place to spend a couple of hours. There are often school classes visiting the temple.


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Address: 605 Tatsumae-Cho, Kamigyo-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 602-0912, Japan