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Reasonably Priced Hotels

by CBBluesman

Hi I,m planning a Trip to Japan from Canada in April for 3 weeks!I would like to know if anybody knows of any reasonably priced Hotels in Kyoto and things to do?I would also like to know the benefits of a Rented Apartment vs a Hotel in a central location in Tokyo?Tokyo will be the Home Base so I,m looking for accomadations that are central yet reasonable in price.Can anybody make any suggestions please?

Re: Reasonably Priced Hotels

by KevinMichael

Muromachidori-demizuagaru, Jyokyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, kyoto 602-8019
Tel : 81-75-431-0351
Fax : 81-75-431-0352
e-mail : kyoto@ywca.or.jp
URL : http://www.ywca.or.jp/kyoto/

This is a good place for a much cheaper price. I stayed there for 2 days back in August of 1992. It's located about 1 to 2 blocks from Kyoto's old Imperial Palace. Keep in mind they have a curfew, breakfast is served as part of the room charge in a very cozy and Japanese way. The staff are flexible toward foreigners sensitivities as to try to provide a more western breakfast if desired. There are also train stations located nearby. The palace looks to be the center of the city so I think this is about as central as you can get. The staff may speak very little English but, I didn't have any trouble at all at the time (I couldn't speak Japanese at all back in 1992).

Re: Reasonably Priced Hotels

by KevinMichael

I don't know if you can rent an apartment for such a short time. Generally, in Japan people have to go through a lot of trouble to rent. And in addition, they have to pay key money, a management fee, a deposit, and first months rent. Which basically means you'll pay for 4 months rent for your first month (and deposits in this case don't mean deposit as in I'll get my money back (they use the 'deposit' for getting the place all cleaned up when you vacate it)).

There may be some places that you can find for rent but, it will likely be hard. Then there is the additional problem that you won't have a sponsor and well, it sounds like much more trouble than it is worth.

One big suggestion is that you can find some cheaper hotels located closer to the universities. My wife found a great one located near Japan's Keio University called Kawasaki Green Plaza hotel. It's cheap, nice enough, and not to hard to get to. You'll need a map though. Take it with you and show it to people and they'll point you in the right direction. http://www.greenplazahotel.co.jp/ Check out their map under the misspelled "transportation". It goes for about 6,800 yen a night.

Re: Reasonably Priced Hotels

by SandiM

Hi fellow Canuck! When I went to Kyoto in November, I was also looking for reasonably priced hotels. I found this website www.japanhotelsonline.net to be MOST helpful! I was able to find 2 hotels in an otherwise sold-out Kyoto for Nov 6-13 and stayed 2 nights at one then 2 nights at the other and a final 2 nights at the first one. The price was good and I found a cheap hotel right beside theKyoto JR station! But, your version of 'reasonable' and mine might be different, but check it out. They don't charge you up front, you pay when you check out. I will use the site again! Have fun! Wish I was going too!!!

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Don't miss the desserts!

by konniemario

Kyoto is quite known for its desserts. They can be found in a whole floor of a department store, or lines of shops near a temple. Most famous ones are the Otabe. Usually, small samples are available for free tasting. Don't miss it and I'm sure you'll end up buying! :-)

Make a Japanese doll in Kyoto

by ClareyD

You come to Japan for a different experience so why not make your very own Japanese handicraft to take back as a present or as your very own memento of your trip in Japan. The Kyoto handicraft center located behind the Heian Shrine (on Marutamachi) is not particularly off the beaten track as such and is in fact located in a tourist haven containing various shops where the tour buses come in their droves however for 1500 yen (including tax) between 1.00-4.00pm you can participate in your very own handicraft class where you can make either a Japanese doll, Cloisonne, an incense bag, do woodblock printing or paint a dorei doll. They advertise that classes as taking about one hour per class although the Japanese doll classes take usually 1 hour 10 mins on average. And when i mean a class even one person can participate - there was just my boyfriend and myself in ours. We tried our hand in Japanese doll making. See if you can spot the difference between our amateur efforts and the experts. Note that it isn't really advertised in the center so you will need to ask at reception.

JR Kyoto Station

by heywinks

The easiest way for travellers to get to Kyoto is by train. Japan Railways is the fastest. JR Kyoto Station was rebuilt in 1997 by Japanese architect Hiroshi Hara. It is a huge complex boasting a department store, restaurants, a theater, & more on its levels. JR Kyoto Station is not just a station but a monument; definitely a must-see for all visitors to Kyoto.

another rotating sushi place!

by j-san about rotating sushi

It's a great new super modern and organized roating sushi place in the heart of Kyoto! When you walk in you write your name on the list and how many people. it's all very well organised and within a minute or two you are called to a seat either along the counter or at a table. Either way just grab whatever takes your fancy as it moves along the converyor belt. EVERY PLATE IS JUST 100 YEN!!!!! The green tea you make yourself and is free, as much as you like. Don't forget to have some wasabi and of course shoyu with your sushi. I went through 6 plates and was full. I think the average for men is about 8 plates. hmm... ikura(those big pink eggs), creamed corn with squid, anything with squid, sweet prawn, prawn and mayo roll.... mmm....

A great place to watch the sunset

by kooka3

I strongly recommend checking out this place! Regardless of your religious beliefs (or lack of beliefs), I think this is an amazingly peaceful and spiritual place if you open yourself up to it.

The temple is over 1000 years old. Many parts have obviously been rebuilt, fixed, updated, whatever -- but standing in a place that has been used for a millenium is awe-inpiring, and rare for people coming from the "New World" where old usually means it was built a couple hundred years ago.

Make sure you check out the sacred springs which are supposed to have healing powers. The name of the temple means "pure water."

Take some time to get a birds-eye-view of the city.

Also, make sure you wander over all the grounds - there are little temples tucked into out of the way spots.

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