Kyoto Backpackers House

25-17 Hinooka Ishizukacho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 607-8498, Japan
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How long roughly should I be spending here?

by Yathushan.Sivarajah

Hi, just wondering by looking at the following how many days should I spend here? Also, could anyone help me out on finding some cheap hostel accommadation?

Kyoto Station (on the way)
Kiyomizudera Temple
Zen gardens

Re: How long roughly should I be spending here?

by GrumpyDiver

Osaka and Kyoto are right next to each other. I would suggest you stay in Kyoto and day trip to Osaka and Himeji. Four or five days in Kyoto (including the two suggested day trips). Try to stay in a Ryokan - traditional Japanese hotel.

Re: How long roughly should I be spending here?

by GrumpyDiver

Same advice for Nara. It's close Kyoto too.

Re: How long roughly should I be spending here?

by muratkorman

You can take Kyoto as your base. You can cover the attractions here in 2 days and you can do daily trips to Osaka and Nara. I suggest you take a bicycle in Kyoto to go around. That worked for us when we were there. Check my Kyoto page for tips.

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Window Shopping

by konniemario

As most people know, things are very expensive in Japan and Kyoto is not an exception. But even if you don't plan to buy anything in particular, it's still a pleasure to gaze around the endless and endless of shops and stuffs. They are such eye candies because Japanese stuffs are so nice to look at! It's really a visual pleasure.

Sumo Baseball & Rickshaw Racing

by BorderHopper

Sporting enthusists will be happy to know that Japan is big on sports. Some of my favorite Japanese sporting events would have to be Sumo wrestling which can been seen in Osaka or Tokyo during certain limited times during the year. I believe September is a big month for sumo. Baseball also draws large crowds and most major Japanese cities have a team. Check the season schedule. The photo I've included in this tip has nothing to do with any of the sproting events I've mentioned but it does show what I'd consider to be a Japanese athlete. These rickshaw drivers are amazingly strong and were capable of pulling sveral passengers up a steep hill near Ginkaku-ji temple in Kyoto.

Kyoto City Bus

by bkoon

Getting around Kyoto is easy with the efficient bus network. It is even more convenient than the subway at times as buses stop you right in front of the places of interests whereas the subway station may be further away.

There are certain bus routes which are most convenient for tourists and visitors. The most convenient "tourist bus" being Bus 100.

A trip costs 220 Yen (kids pay 110 Yen) no matter where you board and alight. If you intend to use a lot of the bus, I would urge you to purchase a daily Bus Travel Pass which will cost only 500 Yen. For a travel pass which allow subway travel, it will cost 1000 Yen. You can purchase it from Kyoto Station where there is a Kyoto City Bus Information Counter and they will also give you a user friendly comprehensive bus map (NAVI Bus Map).

How to ride the bus
Enter at the rear,and put cash (or card) in the fare box next to the driver's seat as you leave. When you take the Numbered tickets car seiri-ken-sha),take a numbered ticket (seiri-ken) from the machine at the rear entrance and put it in the fare box with cash or bus ticket as you leave. Please ring the bell to indicate that you are alighting.

Where all the locals go

by VolsUT about don't know

I was the only non Asian person eating at this resturant. It is located in the main shopping area near the river. They only serve one item I don't know what it's called but it consisted of Rice, Squid, Green Onions, Krill, Runny Egg, things I haven't sen before then wraped in cooked egg! I didn't like it at all but everyone else did.

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

by sandrafiza

I think everybody who go to Kyoto should visit this place.

The Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine is dedicated to the God of rice and sake in the 8th century, behind the shrine you will see unending path of over 5000 vibrant orange torii gates and dozens of statues of foxes. The fox is considered the messenger of Inari, the god of grain foods and the stone foxes are often referred to as Inari. The key often seen in the fox's mouth is for the rice granary. On an incidental note, the Japanese traditionally see the fox as a sacred, somewhat mysterious figure capable of "possessing" humans the favored point of entry is under the fingernails.

A walk around the upper precincts is a pleasant day hike. It also makes for a delightfully eerie stroll in the late afternoon and early evening, when the various graveyards and miniature shrines along the path take on a mysterious air.


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