Minamimonmae Yasakajinja Gion Higashiyajma-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0086, Japan
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Cost & time to Himeji

by noheader

Hi. We are planning to go to Himeji from Kyoto, stay a night there and go to Osaka the next day. How much is the travelling time and cost? Is buy 2-days Kansai Thru pass worth it?

Many thks in advannce

Re: Cost & time to Himeji

by nexusangel

Kyoto to Himeji :
1) Take JR shin-kaisoku train directly from JR kyoto station to Himeji. 90mins. 2210yen
2) Take shinkansen from JR kyoto station to Himeji. 45mins on nozomi and 55mins on kodama or hikari. 4620yen non-reserved seats and 5400yen reserved seats
3) The non-JR route is really long, but if you are taking the kansai-thru pass this would be the route to take.
Take a Hankyu Ltd Express train to Hankyu Umeda from any Hankyu stations in Kyoto ( Take a short walk to Hanshin Umeda Stn. transfer to a Ltd express train headed for Sanyo Himeji Stn. 1650yen. 145mins

Himeji to Osaka :
Cheapest way... From Sanyo Himeji Station take the ltd express train to Hanshin Umeda Station. 90mins. 1250yen
Cheaper JR way... Take the JR shin-kaisoku train from Himeji to Osaka stn. 60min. 1450yen
Fastest way... take the shinkansen to shin-osaka stn. 30mins. 3130yen non-reserved seats and 3700yen reserved.

can check out (choose the english option) for more options.

The kansai thru pass is worth it if you take the slightly longer route of skipping JR trains (and shinkansen).
Or else you might want to consider the JR west pass. 1 day is 2000yen, 2 days is 4000yen.

Re: Cost & time to Himeji

by noheader

thks nexusangel! Ur info is v useful!

I think I will just use the JR west pass to Himeji. From Himeji to Osaka, I just buy the ticket on the sport. Kansai Thru pass seems to be not v useful since I am going only to Kyoto, Himeji and Osaka. From KIX to Kyoto, I will also be using JR west pass.

Re: Cost & time to Himeji

by yukisanto

I used the JR west pass with 2 days availability and I found it of value.

From the airport, we took the JR limited Haruka to Kyoto. The next day, we took a JR rapid train from Kyoto to Himeji (which passes by osaka and Kobe as well) which took about 3hrs? I think. After himeji, we took JR train to Kobe, walked around, then up the line again to Osaka before heading back to Kyoto. All these were under the pass.

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Start early when going to the National Museum

by joiwatani

Get up early so you can catch the bus if you wanted to get in to the National Museum. During the Spring time and Fall season, Kyoto is a famous destination for local tourists so make sure that you get to the National Museum before eight o'clock in the morning.

Believe me, we were there early, but there were more local tourists earlier that us! The line was so long, it took us an hour to just buy a ticket to get in the musuem. There were four lines once we got to the ticket line! It was absolutely unbelievable!

Visit the museum last. You don't like to waste your time falling in line. Make sure to visit the shrines and temples first. You do this when you don't have a lot of time spent in Kyoto! The preservation of the papers and other art work is amazing. The government of Japan preserved a lot of their cultures and traditions.

Farmhouses at Kameoka

by akikonomu

From Kyoto train station, take the train bound for Arashiyama and alight at Kameoka. Or If you had taken the "romantic train" (or something like that) from Arashiyama, you'll alight at Kameoka.

Walk around the area and see farmhouses with small plots of rice fields, vegetable plots, chrysanthemums or persimmon trees.

Kudos to the warm, friendly shopkeepers who offered me directions and recommendations for lunch (free coffee offered, alas I don't drink coffe). There's also a pastry shop with pretty confectionery.

JR Railway

by Rabbityama

JR Railways is the most convenient way to get into Kyoto, as Kyoto Station is on the JR Line and a Shinkansen stop.

But depending on where you want to go, it may also be a convenient way to get around!

From Kyoto Station, JR trains travel through Kyoto southward and through the west. Some of the stops and sites they are near are as follows:
Traveling West:
- Kyoto Station (Kyoto Tower, Toji Temple, Higashi Honganji Temple, Nishi Honganji Temple, Shosei-en Garden)
- Nijo Station (Nijo Castle)
- Hanazono Station (Toei Movie Village, Myoshinji Temple)
- JR Saga Arashiyama Station (takes you to the Arashiyama area, where you can walk to many of the sites, like Tenryuji Temple and the bamboo grove)

Traveling Southeast:
- Tofukuji Station (Tofukuji Temple and all of its subtemples)
- Inari Station (Fushimi Inari Shrine)
- Momoyama Station (Fushimi Momoyama Castle, Gokonomiya Shrine, Gekkeikan Sake Museum, Sake Breweries, Teradaya)

Traveling Southwest:
- Mukomachi Station (will take you as close to Oharano Shrine, Shoboji, Shojiji, Konzonji, Yoshimine-dera, Sankoji, and Jurinji as it can get, but they are still far enough that it is best to take a bus from here)
- Nagaoka-kyo Station (Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine)

why is it so blue?

by j-san about Soware

The reason why Soware is blue is because it is dedicated to the artist Seiji Tog. "Sei" can mean "blue"... his works potraying idealized images of women decorate the walls and cups... The coffee and atmosphere! (warning - seats and tables are tiny, clientelle mostly female 20'-30's!)

Jishoji Temple (Ginkakuji Temple/Silver Pavilion)

by crazyguitar

A standard of the Higashiyama Culture. Originally founded by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate, as his villa in 1482.
Originally it had to be covered with silver.

Between the two buildings, there is a white sand garden, symbolizing "West Lake" in China with a sand cone, which reflects the moonlight toward the Silver Pavilion.
It's really relaxing to look at this sand garden!!


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