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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 12, 2016
cheapest way to travel and visit Tokyo and Kyoto from Los Angeles  (14 Answers)

I am thinking of flying into Kyoto from Los Angeles and then departing from Tokyo. Originally, I was going to fly into Tokyo, visit a few days (I have 10 visiting vacation days) and then go to Kyoto and then return to Tokyo for my flight home. I have since found out how expensive it is to travel by train. I am looking into the JR pass which is $269 for 7 days. That is a good deal I believe. So, If fly into Osaka, take the train for $30 to Kyoto, then stay a few days there, then start the 7 day pass while there and use it to go to Tokyo and use it there for five days and then use it to go to the airport too to leave, is that a good economical idea? I have checked plane prices and there is about $100 increase in the flight to Osaka vs. Tokyo.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 30, 2016
Transport to Kansai Airport  (3 Answers)

Hi!
I need to get to Osaka Kansai Airport from Kyoto (Sakyo-ku), unfortunately I cannot find any connection because of my early morning flight. I need to be on airport around 6 a.m. I would appreciate any advice.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2016
First place to visit when you arrived in the afternoon  (13 Answers)

We (me,wife and a toddler) are travelling to kyoto with a very limited time (3 Days 2 Nights). I want to know which part of kyoto is the best place to start our itinerary. We will arrive in the afternoon and I want to maximize that day. Is Kinkakuji + Arashiyama itinerary possible for a afternoon trip (half-day)?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2016
Kyoto - pls advise about planned itinerary!  (4 Answers)

Hello,

We are a group of 8, including 2 seniors and 4 young children.

This is our tentative itinerary for a long weekend in May. I would really appreciate some advice to firm up the details please.

THURS night arrive and stay at airport hotel.

FRI - go to Nara for half a day, then Kyoto. Check in at Gion accommodation. Visit Fushimu shrine.

SAT - Explore the Higashiyama area - Kiyomizu temple, Some of the Philosophers path, maybe some other temples. Gion district.

SUN - Arashiyama area in the morning. Nijojo in the afternoon

MON - go to Osaka (Namba) to eat street foods (Kuromon Ichiba market) and shop, fly out that night.

I am most concerned to work out transport arrangements first, so I can buy passes or book a vehicle.

1. I have read that the trains to Nara from KIX is not so easy and our luggage may be a problem. Would it be a good alternative to rent a car for the journey?

It looks like it is under 1.5hrs drive to Nara from KIX and then another 1hr to Kyoto, where we will return the car and use local transport.

2. If we do this, should we try to visit Arashiyama by car as well, given it is the furtherest attraction on our itinerary? Would there be parking available in the early afternoon on a Friday?

3. If the self drive is not a good idea, which would be the best pass to cover travel from KIX (via Nara) to Kyoto and back (via Osaka)?

4. Please suggest any changes that might work better - should we skip Nara to simplify the transport arrangements or to spend more time in Kyoto or Osaka? Any attractions we should add or skip?

5. I've heard traffic jams can be a problem in Kyoto. Are taxis or buses affected?

I will finetune the planning for these in the coming week, but appreciate any advice you have:

6. Suggestions of foods or places to eat, would be most welcome. Would I need to book ahead, since we are a large group?

7. I am just planning to see the bamboo grove in Arashiyama. I know there is a monkey park, but we're not so keen.

Would there be enough time afterwards to visit the Nijojo in the afternoon? I was thinking the nightingale floors would be interesting to see and the castle would be a good example of a different side of Japan to the temples.

Thanks very much in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2015
Luggage lockers in Gion Shijyo Station  (3 Answers)

Does anyone know if there is a luggage locker in Gion Shijyo Station where we can leave our luggage while we tour Kyoto?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2015
Kyoto experts please help  (12 Answers)

Do you know where exactly is City Tourist Association Visitor Information Center ? It is supossed to be located in front of Heian-jingu Shrine but I cannot locate it on Google maps and the area in fron of the shrine is enormous....


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2015
JR train to Inari and then to Nara  (2 Answers)

1)is there a JR train on JR Nara line at about 8.00am?
2)From there is there any JR train on the same line to Nara at about 10.00am?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2015
The Icoca prepaid card for Kyoto area and the all day ticket to Arashiyama  (7 Answers)

Hi Kyoto experts !

What are the benefits of the prepaid Icoca card if I use it while I am in kyoto. ?

Will it save money on trains going from kyoto to nearby cities? Is it limited in time ?
Also: What is the all day discounted ticket to Arashiyama ?

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2015
Anyone traveling to Kyoto in November?  (1 Answer)

Hello fellow travelers!
I am going to be traveling solo from USA to Kyoto from November 29th through December 5th (leaf peeping) and I wonder if somebody else is going to be traveling in the area to say hello and share some tea. I already have my hotel booked (that was many hours online, high season in Kyoto) and I am building my itinerary.

Pleasant trips and arigato!

Isabella


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2015
4 days in Kyoto - Any Free Onsen Experience, & Which onsen- Kinosaki, Kurama or Yunohana?  (1 Answer)

Hello,

I've be traveling in Sep 15 to Kyoto & Osaka For an 8-day trip, so i'm pretty confused about which onsen experience to do. Firstly, any free onsen outdoor experience? And should i stay 2 days Kyoto & doing an outward trip to Kinosaki for a 2 nights stay before going to Osaka? Or should i just base in Kyoto Kawaramachi area, then do half day travel to either Kurama or Yunohana? Any suggestions for anywhere else nearby in Kyoto perfecture?

Thank you! Appreciate your kind advice & tips as i am now planning the itinerary :P

Leafie


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2015
A day in Takao Japan  (4 Answers)

Hi Kyoto experts
I will be spending a month in Kyoto in November this year.
Would like to make a day trip to Takao and visit these 3 temples :
高山寺石水院 - Kozanji Sekisuiin
Jingoji Temple - 神護寺, じんごじ
and 京都 高雄)西明寺Saimyoji Temple
I saw on Google map that there is a walking distance between temples but I wonder about public transportation between them.It looks on the map like I will have to walk on the main road, not very comfortable.
Any ideas or tips for this day, where to start and how to make this trip easy

Thank you

Naomi.

I am not sure about the Japanese names - Can you correct them ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2015
best location  (6 Answers)

hi where is it better to stay? around central tokyo or around kyoto station?
thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2015
Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nara from Kyoto with JR pass?  (4 Answers)

1)can we combine Fushimi Inari Shrine with Nara as a daytrip from Kyoto?
2)we stay next to Kyoto station so what is the best train choice from considering we will have JR pass? (is it valid for this line?)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2015
Kyoto - Night time photo opportunities  (4 Answers)

Hi,
Will be visiting Kyoto soon for five days and would appreciate it if anyone could recommend some good buildings, temples or scenes that would be good subjects for some night time photo shots.
Many thanks
Tony


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2015
To Otsu from Koju Station, Kyoto  (4 Answers)

Can I use the JR Pass to go from the Koju Station in Kyoto to Otsu Station?
Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2015
airport to hotel  (6 Answers)

How far is it from airport kansai terminal 1 kix osaka to mitsui garden hotel sanjo and what is the best way to get there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 14, 2015
What to see - 5 days in Kyoto by bicycle?  (5 Answers)

Hi, me and my husband will be spending 5 days in the city of Kyoto (it will be our first time in Japan).
Our BnB is in Minami-ku, Kyoto Prefecture. They offer us two bicycles to drive around.
Are there any bike tours that we can plan ahead and which places can we reach in a day ride?
Are there some rules that we have to consider when riding bicycles?
What about finding repair stores and parking lots?
Thanks for your advice...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2015
JR Kyoto to Brighton Hotel by Taxi  (3 Answers)

Hi, can any one pls let me know how much does it cost by taxi from JR Kyoto station to Kyoto Brighton Hotel ? Also, if I stay in Brighton Hotel (travel partner of my travel agent), does the location of the hotel make local sightseeing very inconvenient given that it is not near the station ? Many thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 25, 2014
Haircut in Kyoto

Does anyone here know a place where I can get a good haircut?
I'm going to my friends wedding on Sunday and I need a haircut ASAP. Thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2014
from Osaka (Namba) to Kyoto  (4 Answers)

Hi guys!

What's the easiest and fastest way to go from Osaka to Kyoto? and also, From Kyoto station, which is nearer to go to - Golden Pavilon or Nijo Castle? Can we visit that 2 in one day? How can we go there? Thanks much


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2014
2 day trip around Kyoto  (8 Answers)

Hi,
Where we should go -for 2 days- around Kyoto?
(Not Nara or Osaka, cause they are already in my travel plan)
Do you know another interesting village/city/interesting place 10-50 km around Kyoto?
Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2014
Help in itinerary  (10 Answers)

I will be taking flight to Osaka airport in End Jan.
Planing to watch Shirakawa-go lights up. Have not been Japan for more than 10 years and never been to this part of Japan. Can the expert here please help? Thanks in advance!

Day 1 Osaka > Takayama
Day 2 Takayama > Shirakawa-go > Takayama
Day 3 Kyoto
Day 4 Kyoto > Nara (day trip)
Day 5 Kyoto > Mt Koya (day trip)
Day 6 Kyoto
Day 7 Kyoto
Day 8 Osaka
Day 9 Back home

Is it too much days for Kyoto?
Any side trips i can go or any around takayama on the way?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2014
kyoto by bike or scooter??  (3 Answers)

Hi, we will only be 1 day in kyoto and want to see al the main sites by bike or by motorcycle.

Is it,possible and is it better to use the bike or the scooter?
We will be in kyoto on september 19th.

Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2014
Need help to plan a trip to Osaka and Kyoto  (5 Answers)

Hi! Me and my wife are planning a trip to Osaka and Kyoto for about 5-6 days late November or early December. We would like to visit a lot of tourist spots in our short time there.

- Any recommended hotel we could stay at? If possible, near the stations for JR pass or Kansai Thru Pass. (I was told that getting travel passes would really make it easy for us to go around)

- We are planning to go to Kyoto first for half our stay and the rest in Osaka.

- We would also like to stay at least a day in a Ryokan.

- We also love Japanese food.

I would really appreciate your suggestions and recommendations. THANKS!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2014
Gion Shijo bus terminal near the APA Hotel  (5 Answers)

Hi, need help
I read that we can reach the APA hotel from kyoto train station by bus number 100 or 206 with 230 yen per person.
I will take shinkansen Hikari 509 from tokyo station to kyoto as I read in Hyperdia
1. is the bus number 100 and 206 located just next to the kyoto train station?
2. how could we told the driver the APA Hotel, do they understand english or we have to find out the Japanese language character to show him.
3. as I know this bus stop is just near by the hotel but I cannot find the route of this bus number 100 and 206, can somebody help.
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2014
Kyoto accomodation  (2 Answers)

Reccomend accomodation near kyoto JR station


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2014
Hiroshima Day Trip options?  (3 Answers)

Sunday, July 13. Use "green" JR Pass.
OPTION 1. Hiroshima 3 hours to see Peace Memorial, Himeji 3 hours to see castle under reconstruction.
OPTION 2. Hiroshima 2.5 hours to see Peace Memorial, Miyajima 2 hours to see Itsukushima Shrine.
OPTION 3. Hiroshima 8 hours

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Use "green" JR Pass.
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OPTION 1. Hiroshima 3 hours to see Peace Memorial, Himeji 3 hours to see castle under reconstruction.
Kyoto-Hiroshima (Hikari) (119 minutes), depart Kyoto 8:02, arrive Hiroshima 10:01.
Hiroshima-Himeji (Sakura) (55 minutes), depart 13:58, arrive 14:53
Himeji-Kyoto (Hikari) (54 minutes), depart 19:01, arrive 19:55
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OPTION 2. Hiroshima 2.5 hours to see Peace Memorial, Miyajima 2 hours to see Itsukushima Shrine.
Kyoto-Hiroshima (Hikari) (119 minutes), depart Kyoto 8:02, arrive Hiroshima 10:01.
Hiroshima-Miyajimaguchi (Sanyo) (26 minutes), depart 13:18, arrive 13:45. Walk 300 meters to ferry Miyajimaguchi-Miyajima. Ferry to Miyajima, arrive about 14:45.
Miyajima- Miyajimaguchi. Depart Miyajima 17:00 to take ferry back to Miyajimaguchi.
Miyajimaguchi-Kyoto, depart 18:34, arrive Kyoto 21:20
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OPTION 3. Hiroshima 8 hours
Kyoto-Hiroshima (Hikari) (119 minutes), depart Kyoto 8:02, arrive Hiroshima 10:01.
Hiroshima-Kyoto (115 minutes), depart Hiroshima 18:56, arrive Kyoto 20:51


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2014
The real deal and what to expect related to safety in Kyoto for a young woman at University  (5 Answers)

My daughter intends to go to university in Kyoto. She made the mistake of reading the US Dept of State site re Tokyo and young women being drugged and worse. We all know that this can happen anywhere and one must stay clear and conscious and aware. I would be extremely grateful for insights from a woman or man (or both) regarding the your perspective on such matters. Anything you can say to illuminate this issue and to help my daughter to determine the true safety level. Also, how you perceive the prevailing attitude toward Americans and women in particular...you may write me directly: [email]

Thank you in advance for taking your time to respond...I am most grateful!

Barry Bruder


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2014
One day in Kyoto must sees  (7 Answers)

Hi, we will be in Kyoto for one day and we'd like to know what the possible musts sees would be there. Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2014
My one day in Kyoto  (9 Answers)

Hello there. I will be arriving in Kyoto from Osaka this May. I plan to spend my first day in Kyoto before heading to Takayama the next day. I would like to see Kinkakuji (North), Arashiyama (West) and the Fushimi Inari Shrine (South) ALL IN ONE DAY. I think it's possible if I start early and leave Kyoto by 7:30 am and go to Kinkakuji then Fushimi Inari Shrine. In the afternoon, I plan to go to Arashiyama and witness the lighting of the bamboo forest path (if there's any during the month of May). At night, I would also want to see (if I still have enough energy) Gion district and have dinner there. Should you have a better route or any suggestions, let me know, pleaseeeeee. Salamat! Thank you! Arigato!

Haydee



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