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    Start early when going to the National Museum

    by joiwatani Written Mar 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Get up early so you can catch the bus if you wanted to get in to the National Museum. During the Spring time and Fall season, Kyoto is a famous destination for local tourists so make sure that you get to the National Museum before eight o'clock in the morning.

    Believe me, we were there early, but there were more local tourists earlier that us! The line was so long, it took us an hour to just buy a ticket to get in the musuem. There were four lines once we got to the ticket line! It was absolutely unbelievable!

    Visit the museum last. You don't like to waste your time falling in line. Make sure to visit the shrines and temples first. You do this when you don't have a lot of time spent in Kyoto!

    Fondest memory: The preservation of the papers and other art work is amazing. The government of Japan preserved a lot of their cultures and traditions.

    The line going to the Kyoto National Museum At the Kyoto National Museum

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    If you have three days in Kyoto, skip the Sansumo

    by joiwatani Written Nov 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: There are so many things to see in Kyoto, so why not explore them first. I specifically wanted to see all the temples. My biggest mistake on the first day was actually visiting the Sansum National Museum of Art. I wasted almost half of my day over there - basically falling in line with hundreds of local tourists! I should have done a better itirenary!

    Fondest memory: All the temples are extra-ordinary exquisite and beautiful. I would love to go back to Kyoto in Spring time when everything is blossoming especially the cherry blossoms. I was there in the Fall of 2007 and the change of season makes Kyoto different. Still beautiful, but different.

    Also, it was freezing cold when I was there. I wasn't prepared to be walking with light jacket on.

    The museum The bonsai trees The line of local tourists going to the museum The garden
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    Sign up for cellphone at Narita Airport

    by joiwatani Written Nov 11, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you are in Japan for business or for sightseeing tour and wanted to have a cellphone where you can get in touch with your family, friends or business partner, you can actually sign up for a cell phone at the Narita Airport Terminal 1, 1st Floor, Arrival Lobby.

    The cell phone booth is there close to where you can rent cars. There are sales representatives over there who could barely speak English. The ame of the cell phone company is GRP (Global Rent-A-Phone).

    When I signed up for a cell phone, they required me to show them my passport, driver's license where it shows my address and a credit car.

    Here's more information of the cell phone rental:

    Telephone Numer is 043-243-6662 (From Japan)
    +81-43-243-6662 (From Overseas)

    Fax Numer: 043-243-2241 (From Japan)
    +81-43-243-2241 (From Overseas)

    URL: http://www.tokyoay.co.jp/worldphone

    Narita Airport Termina 1 rth Floor:Garden Square - 17:30-19:30
    Narita Airport Terminal 2, 3rd Floor; Departure Loby -17:30-19:30
    Narita Airport Terminal 1, 1st Floor; Arrival Lobby- 17:30-19:30
    Kansai Airport 4th Floor, International Departure Lobby - 18:30-19:30
    GLOBAL Rent-A-Phone (GRP) - Kansai Airport 1st Floor; International Arrival Lobby- 17:00-22:00
    Central Japan Chubu Centrair Airport 3rd Floor: Arrival Lobby - 17:00-20:30

    Fondest memory: I love the temples, shrines and culture of the old Japan (Kyoto). I love the courteousness and politeness of the Japanese people.

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    Street view

    by xaver Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The best thing I could do in Tokyo was simply getting lost in its small streets around Gyon.
    In particular I can reccommend the street that goes from Kiyomizu temple to Gyon, to take this street, once you are out of the temple walk untill you find Shichimiya spices shop, then turn right and go down.

    Fondest memory: The street is definitly a fondest memory as it's the first chance I had to meet the old Kyoto, the best time of the day to enjoy this street is the sunset and after, when the lights start giving colours to the windows and to the old houses.

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    Heated tables in cold weather

    by SLLiew Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you think that seating on the tatami (straw floor) Japanese style is tough, you have not used the heated table or kotatsu yet.

    Usually sittng position is crossing your legs in lotus position, or sittng with both legs on one side or sitting on both your ankles.

    But during the colder weather, a heated table is used. You put your legs underneath this small table, electrically heated. Only thing is to make sure your legs do not battle with your host's,

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    Walking Tours in Kyoto

    by heywinks Written Dec 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There are two walking tours that I know of in Kyoto, for those pressed for time or who want more in-depth information when seeing the sites. This is also a good opportunity for those who have limited time in Kyoto.

    1. Johnny Hillwalker`s Johnnie Kyoto Walking
    This walking tour is suspended from Dec-Feb. 2000yen/adult, 1000yen/child (15 & under).
    http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/people/h-s-love/

    2. Sunrise Tours by JTB
    Prices vary depending on what tour you choose.
    http://www.jtb.co.jp/sunrisetour/kyoto/

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    Japanese carp (koi)

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In every Japanese garden, there is a pond. In every Japanese pond, there is more than 1 carp called "koi" in Japanese.

    These colorful fishes are also called "Nishikigoi" or Living Jewels. You can have a lot of fun feeding them. You can create a feeding frenzy where the carps are literally jumping on top of each other in a giant lump of fish.

    If no one is around, just try clapping and a school of carp will congregrate.

    Have seen many carps in Chinese temples and Korean temples. Perhaps the origin of having carp is from China.

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    Buy prepaid Cards

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 7, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Kyoto City Bus One Day Card
    The price for this bus card is 500 Yen for adults and 250 Yen for children. It can be used on all the Kyoto City Bus lines withing the central city for one day.

    Kyoto Sightseeing Card (one day or two days card) The price for this car is 1,200 Yen (one day card); or 2,000 Yen (two days card). The price for children is half. This can be used on all the Kyoto City buses, subways and main lines of Kyoto-Bus run by the private company.

    Fondest memory: Where to get the card

    This bus card is available at any automatic subway ticket machines (except for Kyoto City Bus One Day Card), at Kyoto City bus an dsubway information centers, transportation ticket dealers, and some automatic ticket vending machines.

    The Information Center in Kyoto
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    Walk on the green side.

    by tompt Updated Aug 7, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you have enough of all the temples and other buildings you can always unwind in a park. The Maruyama park for instance. It is very populair with the locals too.

    An other green idea is walking in the hills around Kyoto. See our travelogues for more.

    Maruyama park

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    Cute Little Japanese Masks

    by SLLiew Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: I have been told by some that Japanese in public may not show their true feelings so as not to damage relationships or rock the boat. Guess it is a matter of degree. But what better than to wear a mask.

    In Japan, found that there many colorful mask from Japanese animation favorites that are world famous like Doraemon, Ultraman. They are relatively inexpensive and light to carry and so great souvenir for kids.

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    Japanese school trips

    by SLLiew Written Oct 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: When visiting popular tourist destinations, you cannot miss Japanese students in their uniforms in their school trips.

    There will be a mandatory group photograph before the students quickly go on their own to buy souvenirs, take their own personal shots and buy icecreams or a drinks.

    So it may be wise not to stand in their ways and stop at a souvenir shop or take a tea break to wait for peace to return before you resume your leisurely exploration.

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    MARUYAMA PARK

    by Adeline_Foo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visit MARUYAMA PARK during the Cherry Blossoms period. It is located just a little east of YASAKA SHRINE. It is well known for its beautifully landscaped garden and its magnificient cherry blossoms in Spring

    Fondest memory: We went to the park at night and right at the middle of the park, there is a very BIG cherry blossoms tree! It was really very very beautiful. It is the oldest & biggest cherry blossoms tree in Kyoto. Every Spring, thousands of people, both locals & tourists, will visit the park and look at the tree. Here's a postcard of the tree!

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    KYOTO, beautiful

    by jlvillalba Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Center of Kyoto is very commercial and the streets very straight, the 90º corners everywhere make me imagine that the concept of the city Center in very European. All the bog departments stores, Takashimaya, Hankyu, Hanshin or Mitsukoshi are based here. And the pedestrian lane is protected from the rain with a modern cover to make the customer’s pleasure.
    The entire city is very safe, even the darkness of the geisha’s streets is so quiet and silent that it is impossible to be nervous. Sometimes groups of students can be walking and screaming but are not dangerous with the locals and visitors.

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    Kyoto Tourist Guidebook

    by Ines28 Written Jul 31, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This is a general tip about tourist information material in Kyoto. When arriving at the station, for example, you should get yourself as much material as possible, a bus map, city map and, very important, the Kyoto Tourist Guidebook.
    It's just the perfect brochure, all the major sights per area are listed with a picture and a short description. Several maps, transportation information, museums, craft centers and events can be found here as well. And, last but not least, around 7 or 8 Area Walking Courses with the highlights of each course and the time the walk will take.

    Guidebook
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    Walk down the small street of...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Walk down the small street of Pontocho. It is on the west side of the Kamogawa river in East Kyoto and the closest station is Shijo on the Keihan line.

    Fondest memory: This little street comes alive at sundown(most places don't open till then) and with it's narrowness, it's traditional restaurants and bars with their lanterns, which surprisingly look good mixed with the neon signs, the street has a lovely atmosphere and is like a hidden street as it is placed between a busy street and the river and it is only for pedestrians. We sat and had a beer in a bay window over looking the river as the sun set and then walked further down and ate in a cheap Okonomiyaki restaurant.

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