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Funaoka Onsen, Kyoto

by patsouthwood

Aparently this Onsen has an outdoors part that is open to Ladies and Gents on alternate days ?
Is this the case?
if so, which is which, because I really dont want to go on the wrong day.

Re: Funaoka Onsen, Kyoto

by Sakura_Kobe

Hi Pat,

I am supprise to know this kind of onsen is in Kyoto. It reminds me of Dogo onsen. I checked several web sites for you, but no information of the day for ladies or for gentlemen. As you said they offer the separate date. If you write me an email about your visit in advance, I will be glad to call them directly to know the day you should go, if you wish. (Funaoka onsen Tel:075-441-3735)

Thank you for letting me know the nice place.


Travel Tips for Kyoto

Gion-corner. This is the...

by Pavlik_NL

Gion-corner. This is the cultural centre in the traditional neighborhood Gion. Here you might meet Japanese wearing the old colourful cloths and they will respectfully bow to you if you greet them the same way. In the cultural centre there are shows around the hour showing the typical Japanese things like: Bunraku (puppets), Ikebana (flower-arrangment), teaceremony, Koto (harp-music), Gagaku (old court-music and dance), Comedy (comedy) and Kyo-Mai (dance). Some require the help of the audience and all expressions are very acurately performed. The lady making tea in the ceremonial way, being amazed by my exact doing according to the tradition. She smiled, which made her fall out of her role, after which she was completely ashamed about this failure. The lather was not so nice, but I was honoured by her smile.

An unexpected discovery.

by nickinosaka

While walking along the Tetsugagu no Michi (Philosopher's Walk) I followed a little side street with a sign which (along with some text in Japanese) had a couple mice on it. I walked up through a very expensive looking residential area and soon found a long path marked with a couple torii. The shrine itself isn't particularly remarkable if you're suffering from temple fatigue, but there is one interesting idiosyncracy. Instead of the normal foxes and dogs, one of the shrines has statues of mice! I've never seen this anywhere else, although I'll be keeping an eye out from now on.

When following the Philosopher's Walk south from Ginkaku-ji to Nanzen-ji, the sign will be on your left after you pass Honen-in (which is also worth a look).

Understanding Bus Day Passes

by walterwu

Buy the day pass at the Kyoto Station, near north exit and you would be provided with a map of the bus routes and the map has a broad white (not so obvious) ring band which indicates all bus stops within/on the ring band are free with the purchased day pass.

If you travel beyond the white band, extra fees may be incurred.
A pdf copy of the map is available for download on the below mentioned website.

Recommended to spend a whole day in Kyoto for sightseeing.

Japanese pancake

by Restless-in-kl about Roadside stall in Gion

For a wholesome snack, try the Japanese pancake. It's basically an egg and flour batter topped with vegetables, chicken/beef and sweet teriyaki plus oyster sauce.

This is a street vendor where you can pack to go or step into its tiny shop and eat there. It's amazing to watch them prepare this pancake for you. Japanese pancake

Kiyomizu Temple

by traveldream

You must go to this place when you are in Kyoto. From the upper part you can see a wide view. In autumn the view will be the colourful autumn foliage, in winter it will be the white snow, in spring it will be the pretty pink sakura blossoms......


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