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by Laerke

Hi All,

I have about 30 hours in Osaka. Therefore I thought the best way to use the time 100% would be visiting Kyoto.
What do you recommend I do on such a short visit?
Im leaving on the 23rd of July....

ANY tips are welcomed!



by Kaz57

Here's my recomendation.

Going to the city centre of Kyoto (around san-jo and shi-jo) would be nice.
There's Gion Festival , which is one of the most famous festivals in Kyoto, going on there today.

If you get bored with it ,you can visit Kiyomizu Temple. It's not too far from where the festival is going on, probably 20 or 30 mim by bus, or you can even walk having a look at nice old fashioned streets (a bit complecated around but if you're with a map, It's ok. )

It's already 11:30 ,so maybe I'm too late..
Anyway , have a good day!


by bkoon

Visit the temples. Kiyomizudera is a must-see. Catch a cultural performance at Gion. A little pricey but you get to see most of the cultural performance in 2 hours.


by heywinks

Wow, if you are going during the Gion Festival, you will be in for a treat. You had better be careful on the streets as well since the streets will be jammed packed & it will be hard to move around.
If I were you, I would start in Gion & visit Yasaka Shrine & Maruyama Park. It's all about a minute from each other. From there you can walk or take a bus to Kiyomizu Temple or Kinkakuji Temple (The Silver Pavilion). I think Kiyomizu Temple is a must-see for whoever goes to Kyoto.
If you like rock gardens, besides going to Kinkakuji Temple, you can go to Ryoanji Temple. Ryoanji Temple is close to Ginkakuji Temple (The Golden Pavilion).
There's alot of temple hopping if you are in Kyoto. If you get tired of that though, you can visit Nijo Castle or Sanjusangendo.
There is some info on my Kyoto pages.
Enjoy your time in Japan!!


by a5am1

If you're a history buff, I'd recommend Nijo-jo Castle (awesome castle where the Shogun would stay when he was in Kyoto, i.e. high security facility!!!), and the old Imperial Palace (where the imperial family lived until the fall of the shogunate, when they moved to their current home of Tokyo). I think I did both of those in one day. If you want something a little more spiritual, I'd recommend Kiyomizu definitely, Ryoan-ji for the rock garden, Kinkakuji (a gold temple) or Ginkakuji (the most beautiful garden and walking path! especially after a light rain - gorgeous) Kiyomizu is a must...the walk up to the top where the temple is located is a whole street full of souvenir shops! It's really fun to shop there! If I were you, and only had 30 hours, I would probably pick one of the castles to go to, and one of the temples.

Travel Tips for Kyoto


by Pixiekatten

Cherry blossoms (sakura) are called the symbol of Japanese culture, and have been composed in many tankas (Japanese poems) from old times. From March to April, when the news of cherry blossoms flowering is received from south, people travel from all over Japan to see cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are in bloom in a short period, only 5 days. Kyoto has many good sights for sakura viewing, for example:

- Kyoto Imperial Palace Park -
Kyoto Imperial Palace can be reached in about 10 minutes from Kyoto Station by the Karasuma Subway Line. Get off at Marutamachi or Imadegawa Station.

- Kiyomizu-dera Temple -
Kiyomizudera can be reached from Kyoto Station in about 15 minutes by bus. Take bus number 100 or 206 and get off at Kiyomizu-michi or Gojo-zaka, from where it is a 10-15 minute uphill walk to the temple.

- Heian-jingu Shrine -
From JR Kyoto Station take City Bus 5 to "Kyoto Kaikan Bijitusu-kan Mae".
10 min walk from "Higashi-yama" Tozai line subway stop.

- Maruyama Park -
Maruyama Park can be reached by bus from Kyoto Station in about 20 minutes. Take number 100 and 206 and get off at Gion bus stop. The park is just behind Yasaka Shrine.

- Along Kamogawa -

Gion Corner Traditional...

by Andrei222

Gion Corner Traditional Japanese Arts Theatre is a bit expensive at 2800 yen ($27) but worth the price if you are interested in the culture of this country.
Included in the performances are tea ceremony, women playing the koto (Japanese 'harp'), geisha moving with rhythms of Kyomai (Kyoto style dance). Flash photos are allowed. As in most public places, being dressed up is preferred.

The best fried chicken in Japan

by exitnotebook about Hasegawa Grill

The ambiance at the takeout window is pleasant enough. Initially I thought the food looked overpriced, but it's actually a great deal considering the abnormally huge portions. I love からあげ (karaage - Japanese fried chicken) so I always have some wherever I go and this is by far the best. They sliced and fried the chicken right after I ordered it and piled so much in the plastic container that it wouldn't close. The fried chicken lunch box costs 750 and is actually two boxes, one for the rice, and one for the chicken. Salad is also included.

"First temple on the left"

by PartyRambo

Higashi-HonJi temple is the first one I came across as I walked through Kyoto, just a couple of blocks north from the station.
Only its 2 main halls are open to the public (but it is free entrance), but they count among the nation's largest wooden buildings.
For the main hall, ordinary ropes proved too weak to hoist the roof beams. Female subjects sent in enough hair to put together 53 large ropes, some of which sit encased for show inside.



KYOTO PALACE was teh Imperial Palace of Japan in eth EDO Period 1603- 1868.

It is still used for Imperial functions.

Access is restricted and there specific rules for tourists ( ie. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm) . Check before you go or take a tour which will have obtained proper clearances.

Access to buildings is not permitted so a tour is a walk around the central core of buildings.

Interseting but , at say 12:30 , on a hot and humid August day the blazing sun tests your endurance.


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