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Accomodation help

by Popoff

Myself and two friends are attending the martial arts festival at the Butokukai in April 2006. I would appreciate any help anyone could offer with a place to stay near to the butokukai. We are looking for a good ryokan that is cheap but also clean and friendly. We want to experience the more traditional everyday style of living in kyoto rather than the western side. We are attending kyoto following a week long stay in Naha, Okinawa an will only be staying in kyoto for two nights unfortunately so we would like to experience as much of the old town as possible. Any assistance is gratefully received. I can be emailed direct at or simply post your replys here.

Domo arigato.

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by clayuk

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by Popoff

Thanks for that I'll check it out.

Any further help appreciated

RE: Accomodation help

by juncojunco

Hi! Please check out There are lots of useful informations about Kyoto and Ryokan. If you need any help on anything in Kyoto, please email ! I hope you have a wonderful time in Kyoto. Kyoto is really a great place!

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Bring a wash cloth with you all the time!

by joiwatani

Most of the bathrooms in Japan (just the local ones not those in luxury hotels and upclass shopping malls), are not equipped with papertowels to wipe hands. By having a wash cloth in your pocket will save you a lot of inconvenience! I noticed this from Japanese women. They have wash cloths with them all the time...You can buy this wash cloth at local stores...

Shijo Dori

by ChuckG about Takashimaya, Hankyu, Fujii, Daimaru

All these department stores are very big and offer everything you could think of. If after a day of walking through the old town and temples, you want to relax a bit by shopping around, it's a good alternative... Clothes, souvenirs, cosmetics

Matcha Cappuchino and art

by ketaru about Cafe Rollot

The cafe has a very nice interior and style. In the cafe (or should you say next door?), there is an art gallery. As a tourist, I had the chance to be there only once, on a warm November day in 2002. I experienced my first matcha cappuchino, which is like a regular cappuchino, but with green matcha tea instead of espresso coffee. I was a bit hesitant, how it may taste like: I couldn't imagine to mix milk with green tea... But it was really very delicious!

I also had a piece of cheese cake, which came with fresh fruit. Also a very good idea and very refreshing.

The secrets of the Shoguns - don't fix the floor.

by traveltrish

The Nijo-jo Castle was an absolute must see and one of the highlights of the trip for us. Took me back to old Japanese movies and series like the Samuri and on a funnier note Monkey. The famous "nightingale" floors were really exciting to walk on. Some of the rooms have been renovated to their former glory and are truly magnificent. One room depicts the handing over the last Shogun to the Imperial family. DON'T visit on a public holiday or even the day after like we tried, it's not open. The surrounding grounds are worth spending some time in too. Watch out for the slippers my husband walked around the castle like a Giesha perplexed by how hard the slippers were to walk in until we saw he'd put two pairs on each foot instead of one.

Kinkakuji - Golden Pavilion

by naruto

This is a must-visit for any first-timers to Kyoto. Kinkakuji is noteworthy for its rather magnificent Kinkaku or Golden Pavilion in its golden splendor, and the pond on which it sits surrounds it in a very tranquil setting.

Kinkakuji's official name is actually Rokuonji. But the Golden Pavilion has given the temple the more popular name of Kinkaku-ji. It was constructed in the 12th century as a new residence for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu upon retirement. When he passed away, it was converted into a Zen temple.

The Golden Pavilion houses several sacred relics of the Buddha and is covered in real gold. The present building dates from 1955, because a fire, set by a crazy monk, destroyed the original building in 1950.

Kinkakuji is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

NOTE: You can't exactly get close enough to examine the gold on the architecture as it is cordoned off. But the Japanese being the way they are - detailed and covering all grounds - had created various points at which you will have a great photo-op with the pavilion in the background.

Visit my Kinkakuji & Ginkakuji Travelogue

Hours: 9am- 5pm. Open year round.

Entrance fees:
400 yen for general public
300 yen for primary and middle school students


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