I am headed to Osaka and Kyoto in October for business and I'll have a weekend to do some sightseeing? What are the must sees and must eats? Any insights on Geishas would be great as well.
In Kyoto, definitely check out the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. I highly recommend buying a bus pass and taking public transit around Kyoto to get to the different temples. The main train station has a visitors area that can provide transit maps and help you navigate the city.
I can recommend a really cool restaurant for you mate. Have you heard of Yakiniku Rokko Shinsaibashi? It is basically a Japanese table BBQ. They bring a heap of raw meats to your table and you cook it yourself. Lots of fun and tasty. This place is family owned with the parents having lived in New York for years so their English is excellent. Here is a link. http://www.yakiniku-rokko.jp/ · Like (0 likes)
the most famous temple to see in kyoto is Kinkaku-ji the golden temple,
but the best experience would be Fushimi Inari Taisha climb the hill through the arches its an out of this world experience and well worth it.
Gion is where you can spot the geishas usually in the evening fully dressed up and going to the tea houses. As a foreigner you are not usually allowed into these houses, it is strictly japanese.
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There are tons of things to do and see in Osaka, you shouldn't miss these things:
Kuromon Ichiba is 580 meters long, and is easily accessed by a 2-minute walk from the subway Nippombashi Station. It is a very lively market with lots of human interaction.
NaMinami (南, "South") is one of Osaka's two major city centers. It is the city's most famous entertainment district and offers abundant dining and shopping choices.mba is known as “Minami"
Dotonbori is a large scale downtown along the south bank of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. Osaka is known as the gastronomists' town.
Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri.
Osaka Mint Bureau is a very special place for cherry blossom viewing as its 'cherry blossom passage' is open to public for one week only every year. The viewing period is in mid-April, but the exact period is announced only in early or mid-March.
Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園 Osaka-Jō-Kōen?) is a public urban park and historical site situated at Osaka-Jō in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan.
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