Make a little effort and learn...
Make a little effort and learn some Japanese. Most college educated people have studied English for 10 years but very few people speak it or want to be bothered. If you use some Japanese in asking for help even the most stubborn people will be more open to helping you. Sumimasen – excuse me/I’m sorry, Arigato – thanks, * doko desu ka – where is…. Still, be prepared for people to tell you “no English” in English of course!
General Travel in Kyoto
During my experience in Kyoto, the simplest way to get around is by taxi, though busses are good as well. Obviously, being a city with many famous sights, you will want to see everything possible... and as long as you know the names of where you want to go, cab drivers can and will take you to your desired spot. Also, in some areas you can walk from site to site, which can save a good amount of yen. Busses are nice, but knowing which one(s) to take can be a hassle... Especially if you don't know Japanese. I recommend taxis.
Chinese restaurant Minmin, the...
Chinese restaurant Minmin, the photo is one of Minmin chain restaurants in Osaka, sorry, but the food, atmosphere, and price are the same as the one in Osaka.
A wide variety of tasty chinese cusine. My typical order is gyoza, fried rice, salted fried shrimp and, of course, beer, but I am sorry no Suntory is available. Gyoza, or dampling
Monkey Park Iwatayama
very nice place to visit specially with kids, for 500 en per person you can have and access to a practically free roaming monkey mountain. The park is a steep 15-20 minute walk up the mountain from Togetsukyo Bridge (little tough) and, besides the monkeys, offers very nice views over Kyoto. monkey just go around you like this as if they are cute pets..... pics will describe more
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