427-1 Shinmasuyacho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 602-8293, Japan
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Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo

by thelittlevoice

Train seems to cost a lot and I won't get around that much enough to buy a pass. Is there a bus that runs between two cities? How much does it cost?


Re: Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo

by mdchachi

Yes. Cost depends on the two cities.

I think bus is generally similar in price to the (non-bullet) train. For long distances, though, there are night buses where you can travel during the night hours. They are a commonly used economical (but uncomfortable) option.

Re: Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo

by goshawk301

There are quite a few bus options for the Tokyo-Kyoto run. There are more overnighters - including women only coaches - than daytime runs. JR operated buses leave from Tokyo train station; you can also leave from Shinjuku, Ueno etc. Current one-way fare for the JR bus Tokyo - Kyoto is 8,180 yen.

Re: Re: Getting to Kyoto from Tokyo

by thelittlevoice

I guess I should stick to Tokyo then :) It's only a short trip(4 days max) to see my friend's gig. She will have 4 gigs in 4 different cities but I don't have enough time to see all otherwise I would stay longer and buy a JR pass.

Thanks though!

Travel Tips for Kyoto

Ringing bells to wake the gods

by BorderHopper

At Shinto shrines you can place a small donation in a box that sits below a long rope which leads to a bell. You should pul on the rope to ring the bell which is supposed to wake the gods. Bow twice, clap loudly twice, bow again twice, then step back.....and ther eyou have it. As you can see below my little son got it all wrong. He didn't quite like the tolling of the bell and instead of waking the gods it got McKinley all worked up.

The bars

by devmicha about Kiyamachi

This street is the center of kyoto nightlife. You can see a pic of Kiyamachi on my homepage.
This is a pic of a small street off kiyamachi... This streethas one of Kyotos ,ost popular bars... A Bar.
Kiyamachi also claims home to ING, Africa, Hub, Rub-A-Dub, Haamid Kabaab and countless other bars and restaurants... What to do on a bored evening when you have money to burn??? Whatever you want. The Skys the limit.
Are you lookinging for grunge and smoke, fancy shmancy or hostess type bars?
They are all here.


by heywinks about Errrrrr......

Kaitensushi for those that don`t know is sushi that is on small plates & they are placed on a conveyor like belt in front of you. The sushi goes around and around & you choose what you want to eat & you can order sushi as well if you don`t see it going around.
Everything at this kaitensushi restaurant is 100 yen/per plate. The sushi at this place stays fresh as the seat turnover rate is high.
You can`t see the sushi chefs from your seat but you can speak to them through an intercom if you want to order something that you don`t see on the belt. I love the unagi (eel) and sake (salmon). The unagi at this kaitensushi place is not dry like some places.

Architectual Beauty

by Jabberjenn

The Golden Pavilion is a must see when visitng Kyoto. This stunning structure is covered in layers of gold leaf and sealed with Japanese lacquer. It sits in the Kyoko-chi, which means "mirror pond". The Golden Pavilion represents the architectural beauty that is found throughout Japan, and its pristine location demonstrates the dedication Japan has for preserving its forests and traditional gardens. This building, without a doubt, is the most beautiful structure I have ever seen. I truly hope others experience the Golden Pavilion, and all of the breathtaking architecture that is so prevalent in Japan.


by drolkar

RYOANJI TEMPLE... Its wondrously simple 15th-century Zen rock garden (or 'karesansui'), which consists only of white sand and fifteen rocks, is designed to inspire philosophical meditation. From any given perspective at least one of the rocks cannot be seen -- that is, until one has attained spiritual enlightenment, at which point the last invisible stone appears to the mind's eye... (Photo coming soon!)


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