Nisshokan Shoshintei

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57 Nichome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0001, Japan
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Help for December trip plz

by panda.s

Hi everyone,

I hope someone could help to decide or any suggestions are more than welcome. I was wondering if it's possible do the following in 2 and a half days, bus/train and where to start step by step? We will be staying at Kyoto Hotel Okura located in the city center, Kyoto for 3 nights.

Day 1: As we will be traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto, therefore we might be in Kyoto at around 2pm. After check in do you think we will have the time to explore Nijo castle and Kyoto Imperial palace as it is about 2km from the hotel? Is it faster to get a bus or a train to these two places? We will go to Goin district in the evening and hopefully to see geisha. Is there anywhere we could also fit in Philosopher's Walk on this same day? I have no idea where to start. What time does the Imperial palace close?

Day 2: Kinkakuji Temple (Golden pavillion)
Heian Jingu Shrine
Sanjusangendo Hall
Kiyomizudera Temple
Ryoanji Temple

Which is the best way to get to above places? I'd appreciate it if you could list them in order as we are totally lost where we should start from one point to the next.

Day 3: Nara and Arashiyama

Is it better to go to Nara in the morning then Arashiyama? We will use a JR pass. How to get Arashiyama from Nara using a JR pass?

Thank you

Re: Help for December trip plz

by unaS

In general for travel within Kyoto the buses are good but slow, the metro is usually faster, if there is a station near-by. Taxis within Kyoto are not expensive.

To visit the former Imperial Palace in Kyoto you have to have reservations in advance. This can be done online. I did it and there were no problems at all.
The fully guided tour took over an hour as I remember it.
http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/kyoto.html

The Philosopher's Walk and Gion that evening are a good idea imo. The Walk is in the Higashiyama district. It is about 2 km long, bgins near the Ginkakuji Temple, also worth visiting.

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For exact travel directions, I suggest you ask on the www.japan-guide.com forum.
See map: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3906.html

Re: Help for December trip plz

by panda.s

Thank you Unas,

Looks like we might have a change of plan a bit. We were going to go to Hakone from Narita airport and have our luggage deliver to the hotel for next day. We are thinking of spending the first 4 nights in Tokyo then go to Hakone for one night. From Hakone we will go to Kyoto. Do you know how many hours from Hakone to Kyoto, and how to get from Hakone to Kyoto? I will have a JR pass. I did a search for this information but couldn't find any information on traveling from Hakone to Kyoto.

Is it worth while getting a Hakone free pass when you already have a JR pass? Where can you buy a Hakone pass when staying in Shibuya or Ginza area in Tokyo?

Thank you

Re: Help for December trip plz

by GrumpyDiver

You haven't said when you are going. When we visited in June / July, Mt Fuji was totally hidden by clouds, so time of year is something you need to consider. We skipped Hakone due to weather. The beautiful pictures you see of Mt Fuji are certainly not taken in rainy season...

I think your proposed schedule in Kyoto is much too agressive, especially with public transport. You are trying to cram what I would consider a hectic 3 day schedule into 2 days. As noted, the subway system is good and easy to use. We used the subway and buses, but even then, some of the sites were some considerable walking distances. You might want to consider taxis to cut down travel time. Sorry, I can't comment on the order (we were there in 2006), and don't remember the order we did things in.

Re: Help for December trip plz

by unaS

After doing the classic Hakone loop course, you can go to Odawara or Mishima by bus for a JR connection to Kyoto.

For train schedule and cost, you can work it out here:
http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperWeb.cgi

It is also explained here:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5206.html?aFROM=2158_5200

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Kyoto Tower

by JohnnyGlobal

The Kyoto Tower above the train station is a great landmark. There are a couple bike rental shops attached to the train station. I found a bike was a great way to see the city's sites. Visiting Kyoto you can get a glimpse how Japan used to be before it got so modern. Absolutely Beautiful!

Packing List

by shenandoah

Kyoto is HOT and HUMID from June to August. Rainy season is about June 5 to July 15. Women usually don't go sleeveless or wear shorts, but short sleeves are OK. The local custom of carrying a parasol may seem quaint to you, but portable shade is great. Umbrellas run from super cheap (less than $3) to deluxe and compact, so you don't have to bring one. Fans (paper, silk, etc.) also make a nice souvenir. Winter (Dec. - Feb.) can be quite cold because many places won't have central heat...space heating is the rule. Bring warm socks for places like temples where you have to take off your shoes and wear slippers. Most of what you need is readily available in Japan. Tampons are high quality, but if you're environmentally minded, ones without plastic parts are hard to find. Tissues are handed out in the streets by advertisers and you need them for toilet paper in train station and public rest rooms. Also, be environmentally cool and follow local custom: carry a small hand towel for drying your hands as paper towels are usually not available in restrooms. This is photo heaven. You don't need to bring it from home.

Shinkansen aka. The Bullet Train

by huggy93

Best way to get to Kyoto from Tokyo station is by the Shinkansen and believe me this train is like a bullet. I have experiences of bullets and trains so I know! It's really funny because in England, it is a real feat to have a train moving at 125 mph. The bullet is faster and if you are coming from the UK buy a Japan Rail Pass before you travel. The cost is approx. 164 GBP. and you can use in on the JR Lines and the Shinkansen as much as you want from as soon as you activate the pass, it will be valid for a week from activation. It can take you to Kyoto and Osaka etc. The bullet train travelling time is approx. 3 hours 25 minutes from Tokyo Station.

Place for Noodles.

by A2002 about "King's Fine Noodles"

When we walked pass this noodle place looking for somewhere to eat, we saw a queue outside. So we decided to give it a try. We queued and went in when there's seats available. There are both cold and hot noodles. We tried the hot noodles. It was superb and not too expensive! It is a small and friendly place with less than 20 seats available at one time.

Slurrrrrrppppppp... Both cold and hot noodles are available. Taiwanese style dumpling is also avaible. We tried the hot noodles and the dumpling. Very tasty and economical meal indeed by Japanese standards.

SANJUSANGEN-DO TEMPLE

by RACCOON1

Buddhist Temple founded in 1164 with the present stucture from 1266. Over 100 meters long . Entry fee 600 yen , and open 8 am to 5 pm. Not exceptionally crowded .

Shoes off to entre. No photos inside.Length of temple makes for diifficult photography anyway.

What's inside see Photo # 3.
One large Kannon ( Goddess of Mercy ) flanked on either side by 500 times two smaller Kannons. In addition there are 24 Buddhist Dieties. All dating from the 12th or 13th century.

Thie is not a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

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Address: 57 Nichome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 605-0001, Japan