4-159 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0862, Japan
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View of the main hall and verandah
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Kyoto Itinery- is this OK?
i'll be in Kyoto at the beginning of April.
Will be there for 2 full days.
My hostel is very very near Heian Jingu and is the next street from Sanjo Street.
I will reach Kyoto as early as 6.30am in the morning cuz i'm taking a night bus there.
I plan to visit:
on the 2nd day, i plan to take a short trip to Nara Park for a while, then perhaps back to Kyoto to visit Fushimi Inari shrine.
I also want to walk around Kyoto Station and Shijo street for some very very light shopping and exploration.
Can someone advise if my plan is too rushed or not?
and is buying a bus pass worth the price, cuz i think i'm able to walk to some of the destinations from my hostel.
and which destination should i visit first and all?
RE: Kyoto Itinery- is this OK?
That's a good itinerary and should be able to do the Kyoto tour in one day, no problem.
The bus pass is 500yen (at least I think it still is) and worth it. The English bus map provided to you when you purchase the pass at the bus office outside JR Kyoto Station is excellent and will tell you which bus to take to/from each tourist destination.
Re: Kyoto Itinery- is this OK?
Have u visited Kyoto yet?
how was ur 2 days trip in Kyoto? I plan to go there for 3 days but seems like there are lots to see. and i wonder how u did yours in 2 days. mind to share? thanks.
Travel Tips for Kyoto
At Apr,you must go Kiyomizu...
At Apr,you must go Kiyomizu temple at night! Usually,you can't visit Kiyomizu temple at night.
But you can only visit Kiyomizu temple at Apr!
Apr,a lot of people visit there at night.
They go to Kiyomizu temple to see Sakura.
It's so beautiful! YOU MUST SEE!!
Kobe - City by the Coast
You will pass-by Kobe to and fro Kyoto and Kimeji. Kobe is a coastal city with a big port. I was there for merely half-a-day. I was at the Port of Kobe Harbourland where the Kobe Tower is.
Many remember this city as they recall the destructive earthquake which unfortunately happened there.
At 5.46 am on January 17, 1995, the Southern Hyogo Prefectural Earthquake (the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake), the first major quake to directly hit a Japanese urban area, inflicted unprecedented heavy damage on such cities and their surrounding areas in the Hanshin-Awaji region as Kobe, Awaji, Ashiya and Nishinomiya. The powerful jolt, which lasted barely 20 seconds, took 4,569 lives in Kobe city alone, practically reducing the elegant harbor city developed through many years of our ancestors' hard work to mere piles of debris and depriving many people of the very basis of their livelihood.
Some Main Highlights of Kobe :
- Kobe Chinatown
- Kobe Tower
- Kobe Maritime Museum
- Kobe Erathquake Museum (Highly Recommended as I read so much about this and I believe it is worth the visit although I did not have the time to pop by.)
Riksha's are available in some places but not that common, maybe more in the torist area's temples and small streets I saw those which can be somehow nice adventure for a short ride. However, it was over 30°c while we were there, two European size people and we felt pity for the "driver" if we would use it, so we skipped it ;-)
HEIAN JINJU SHRINE
Built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto as the capital of Japan.
This on is not a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Quite striking on a sunny day at 5:00 pm.
The site depicts the Imperial Palace in Kyoto in 795 AD.
Lots of bus tours stop here so its best to come at the end of the day or early morning.
This one is silver not gold
Ginkakuji is a Zen temple located at Higashiyama. The temple was known as Tozan Jishoji. Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa on grounds of today's temple in 1482. A few years later Silver Pavillion was constructed after modelling from Golden Pavillion. However plans of covering the pavillion in silver were never realized. After Yoshimasa's death in 1490, the villa was converted into a Zen temple. There was still reconstruction works on going at the time of our visit. The works will be completed by spring 2010. Admission fee is 500 JPY. It is open daily from 8:30 to 17:00.
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