THE MANY DIFFERENT AREAS OF KYOTO
Kyoto is comprised of many different areas: Rakuhoku, Rakusai, Rakuchu, Rakuto, & Rakunan.
Rakuhoku-The northern part of Kyoto (Shugakuin, Ohara, Kibune/Kurama, Kamigamo, & Kitayama areas)
Rakusai-The western part of Kyoto (Omuro, Kinkakuji Temple area, Arashiyama, Sagano, & Uzumasa).
Rakuchu-The central area of Kyoto (Gion, the area around Kyoto Station, Kitano, Shimogamo, & Nishijin).
Rakuto-The eastern part of Kyoto (Higashiyama, Okazaki, Ginakakuji Temple area, Kiyomizu Temple area, & Nanzenji Temple area).
Rakunan-The southern part of Kyoto, connecting Shiga & Nara with Kyoto (Tofukuji Temple area, Sennyuji Temple area, Fushimi, Daigoji Temple area, & Kanshuji Temple area). The area most people will go to visit is Rakuchu, the central area of Kyoto. I have been fortunate enough to visit that area many times but also some of the others.
Most recently I went to Arashiyama in the western part of Kyoto. It`s very very beautiful there & much more peaceful & calm than the central area. I hope that if you ever visit Kyoto, don`t overlook the many other vast areas of Kyoto. Definitely visit Arashiyama!
Get amongst the locals at the market.
Nishiki-koji market is a 'wet market' on the covered street of the same name, west of Teramachi covered arcade. You can enter the market from Teramachi, about 100m north of where Teramachi joins Shijo-dori. Wander slowly through Nishiki-koji and enjoy samples of products offered by sellers. The smells and sights make for a great morning experience. My last visit here was on a Sunday morning in April 2006. It was the busiest I have seen the market and made the experience all the more enjoyable.
If you want to come from...
If you want to come from Europe, Australia or America the best way to get into Kyoto is to fly to Osaka Int'l Airport (Kansai). The Airport is located south of Osaka on a Island. Most International Airlines are flying into Kansai. JAL and ANA are operating also International Routes to many over sea destinations.
From Kansai Airport you get within 70-80 min. to Kyoto Main Station. After Immigration at Kansai you get into a big hall, take the elevator to the Railway level and there are counters to take a ticket for if you have pre ordered a Japan Railway Pass you can pick it uf here. Take the Haruka Express to Kyoto, it is leaving around every half hour and it stopes in Osaka, Shin-Osaka and from there it goes non-stop to Kyoto (on the picture a Shinkansen arriving at Kyoto Station).
The One-Way Ticket Kansai-Kyoto cost up to 45USD.
Enjoy your trip...
funky exterior/ cool name
It's a smoking bar. The ultimate in "manly" decadence... They stock 6 kinds of
cigars, the cheapest starting at 900Yen each and all the way to 4500Yen for one
cigar!! They also have cocktails of course, the classics: Gin and Tonic 800Yen,
Pina Collada 1000Yen etc. As well as a small traditional Japanese snack menu
around 750Yen each.
(details here- made available by j-san)
This is the very first temple we visited because it's located very near the ryokan we're staying. The temple's name refers to the 33 bays between the pillars of this long, narrow building that houses 1000-armed Kannon. It's very quiet inside the temple and no one is allowed to take pictures inside.
At the back of the hall are 28 guardian statues in a great variety of expressive poses. Each one of them would have an explanation both in Japanese and English. The gallery on the western side is famous for its annual achers competition and this ceremony dates back to the Edo period.