67 Higashihangicho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 606-0824, Japan
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Holy Grounds at Yoshida Shrine
he Chiri-min Crafts Museumc*
Can anyone suggest good value, mid-price Ryokans in Kyoto for a budget-minded traveller who is planning on being in Kyoto in mid-november?
RE: RE: Ryokan Advice
Hi! Welcome to Kyoto :-)
I'm living in Osaka... I haven't stayed at a ryokan in Kyoto myself
(Becaurse Kyoto is near Osaka, so I don't have to stay at a hotel)
So here I write some ryokan which I found on the internet and which seems good.
Hope this helps.
Oh, mid-November is the best season for viewing the yellow and red maple leaves :-)
So, there will be a lot of tourists in Kyoto.
I recommend you to make reservation in advance.
This ryokan seems really Japanese style.
The price is not that high.
You can enjoy open air hot spring bath,too.
But the location is not so convenient. (Far from central Kyoto)
My VT friend "bkoon" stayed there and she says it is recommendable.
Japanese style. The price is not that high.
For guesthouses, please have a look (My Kyoto accommodation tips)
VT member "bkoon" has Kyoto accommodation tips.
They will help you :-)
Have a good time!
RE: Ryokan Advice
I just had a nice stay at the Ryokan Rakucho in June. It doesn't serve food, but the hosts were very friendly and helpful. You can read my little Tripadvisor blurb about it:
And here are the pics on the Japanese Guest Houses website:
I think it came out to around $40 US per person per night.
Travel Tips for Kyoto
If you speak no japanese, it would really help to have someone around who does...
The signs in the busses and trains and elsewhere, rarely would you find stuff in english.
Infact, i noticed sometimes that the average person on the streets sometimes gets a bit intimidated when confronted with a question/ querry in english...
Fortunately for me, i Jitka was there to help out with things...
The Juhachi Kippu: Better than the Japan Rail Pass
On my most recent trip to Kyoto, I landed in Fukuoka and then travelled up to Kyoto by train using a Seishun Juhachi Kippu. The Juhachi Kippu is the funnest thing to happen to trains since the invention of the whistle.
For 11500 yen (around $110 CDN) it gets you five days of unlimited travel on any JR line. The best part is that, unlike the Japan Rail Pass, which must be used on consecutive days, the Juhachi Kippu can be used on any five days within the given 30 day period. And it can be used by any person, or multiple people can use the same ticket. It's a far better deal than the Japan Rail Pass, not only because it's cheaper, but it's much more flexible.
The draw back is that the ticket is only available three times of the year: during the winter, spring and summer school holidays. Check online at http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2362.html for the specific dates as they change each year. You can't use the ticket for reservable trains but generally you can pay a small extra fee to get on.
Check www.hyperdia.com for train schedules. This site is also useful for arranging a long train trip with the least number of train changes possible.
Rows of Restaurant at Kyoto Station.
There are many restaurants for you to choose from here. A few Italian restaurant too. It seems to me that Japanese love Italian food. Or is it I am just "too lucky" to find Italian restaurant everywhere.
A notable restaurant here is a "ice-cream" restaurant. I think they serve the world's largest ice-cream. You can see the huge plastic display in the windows. It seems like that they offer photo taking service too.
Toei Movie Land
A film-culture hall with a western-style, academic appearance is a genuine museum of Japanese cinema. Here you can review the careers of the great actors, actresses and directors of Japanese cinema, and trace the history of Japanese film through clips and photos.
Nanzenji was first built as an imperial villa in 1264, and became a temple in 1291. Its main building, the Seiryo-den, is famous for a beautiful rock garden and sliding doors (fusuma), which are decorated by paintings of the Kano School.
The temple's large entrance gate, completed in 1628, is called Sanmon. Several subtemples and a water aqueduct, which is part of the Lake Biwa Canal dating from 1890, can be found in the vicinity of Nanzenji's main buildings.
You should really take some time for this temple, the grounds are very expansive and the aqueduct, Zen garden and sliding doors make it a diverse sight.
Open 8.40 am - 17 pm
Entry: free (Yen 500 for the Hojo&Sanmon, Yen 300 for the Nanzen-in)
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Address: 67 Higashihangicho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 606-0824, Japan