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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2013
Unauthorised transaction by Montonago  (10 Answers)

This ryokan in Kyoto debited200 from our credit card in an unauthorised transaction. They have taken out800 already for the two nights we stayed there and an extra200 on a day when we weren't even staying at the ryokan. They are clearly dishonest and should be reported as conducting fraud. Is there any place we can report this ryokan to for stealing200 from our credit card account?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2012
Latest Update of Kyoto  (10 Answers)

Hi VT Friends, anyone know how is the situation in Kyoto? I plan to go Kyoto from 24 - 26 July...i have not book the train tickets and hotel yet because I saw the flood news...Is it advisible to visit there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2012
Need Advise  (3 Answers)

Hi...we are in a group of 8 visiting Kyoto for 3D2N in the middle of July...I was wondering whether there is package hotel+SHinkasen offer?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 06, 2012
Anyone else going to be In Kyoto?

I will be traveling to Japan from July 5th to August 4th and I am looking to hopefully meet people. I will be traveling alone so any company is nice. If you will be in Kyoto at some point during the month please tell me hopefully someone who can speak english I am learning Japanese but I am not all that great just good enough to get around and have a basic conversation.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2011
hotel area  (2 Answers)

Hi, I would like to know which is nicest or more convenient area to stay in Kyoto (I mean night life, transport, etc.), Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2010
Renting Bicycles?  (2 Answers)

I am planning a trip to go to Kyoto and would like to know if there are any places you can rent a bicycle, but I would like to rent it for an extended time and ride it around the countryside of Japan, exploring further than just Kyoto town itself? Also, about what is the cost of renting a bicycle per day?
Finally, are bicycles allowed to bring onto the train/railway/metro systems there?

Thanks for any advice/info you can give to me...
Best, Joe

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2010
June weather  (1 Answer)

Just how bad is the weather in June? I've got some time in June, about two weeks, and I still haven't been to Japan yet. Is it always cloudy and raining all day during June?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2010
Himeji castle closed?  (3 Answers)

I was planning to go to this castle, but it looks like it will be under renovation for a long period. I do not understand whether the whole castle will be closed or just part of it. It would have no sense go all the way to Himeji to take pictures of scaffoldings :( Anyone knows if the castle on the lake Biwa is a good alternative? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 16, 2010
Do I need or want a japan rail pass?  (8 Answers)

We'll be taking trains from Tokyo to Kyoto and Kyoto to Nara and then Nara to Tokyo (which I know passes through Kyoto again, or you change trains at Kyoto).

would the Japan rail pass save us money? I've read (I think) that you can't use the pass on this:


which we'd like to take from Tokyo to Kyoto and back. Is this true? I would appreciate details, because I'm finding it hard to sort out all the information I'm reading on all the websites. Thank you.

Also -- to take the above train in the morning (weekday) from Tokyo to Kyoto, and then from Kyoto back to Tokyo (after getting from Nara back to Kyoto) at about 7:30PM, do we buy tickets in advance? Do we need any sort of reservation? I'm seeing different fares and I'm assuming I want to pick NON-RESERVED for the seat, since that's the cheapest.

All info much appreciated! (there is also SOME chance that when we get back to Tokyo, the next day we'd go someplace an hour away or so for a day trip (if we're tired of Tokyo) so the pass would figure in there too, but we also might not do that).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2010
Obsessing about my one day in Kyoto  (4 Answers)

I need support in my decision that it will be better for us to spend our ONE day in Kyoto seeing a bunch of things such as:

Kyoto sta. → Kinkakuji temple (by Bus (205) (temple covered in gold)
Kinkakuji temple → Ginkakuji temple (by Bus (102) (right near Phil Path)
Ginkakuji temple → Philosopher's path (by walk)
***Philosopher's path → Kinrinshako-mae bus stop (by walk)
Kinrinshako-mae bus stop → Kiyomizu temple (by Bus (100)
**Kiyomizu temple → Gion (by walk)
***Gion → Kyoto sta. (by Bus (100 or 206)

As Opposed To going on the Johnnie Hillwalker walking tour which goes to:

Higashi-Honganji, the biggest Buddhist temple, not a tourist spot, but a place of worship. We have to take off our shoes to go inside.
3 Shinto shrines, Ayako Tenman-gu ,Ichihime shrine and Toyokuni shrine.
A former geisha area, Gojo rakuen.
A graveyard in Chokodo Temple, or Renkoji Temple.
4 workshops in private homes along back alleys where such things as Buddhist prayer beads, paper fans, tofu, paper lanterns, rope decorations, green tea containers, Japanese pastries and pottery are made.
- the tour ends around 3:00 near Kiyomizu temple

Whereas I would love to hear the stories etc., I feel that with only one day in Kyoto I would be missing most of the "sights" of Kyoto.

(we have one more day but I've decided to spend it in Nara instead of Kyoto, and take the train back to Tokyo from Nara in the evening)

Is this the right choice for my day(s)??

thank you if you have "free time" to think about this and give an opinion.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 13, 2009
geisha/maiko make up  (2 Answers)

Can i know where to find a budget priced geisha/maiko make up?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2008
B & B Juno formerly known as Casa Carinho B & B question  (3 Answers)

Hi all
Was wondering if anyone ever stayed at the B & B Juno formerly known as Casa Carinho B & B. Can you tell me anything about it, how comfortable it is, how the breakfast was, how the owners were like etc. Its suppose to be right near the Path of Philosophy over there so thats cool.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2008
weather/temp in april, and suitable cold weather wear?  (1 Answer)

hi hi,

would like to find out what is the average weather and temp of kyoto in end April? Also, how thick cold weather wear would i need? is it better to layer in case of frequent weather/temp changes? is a leather jacket, with a thin sweater inside enough, or a denim jacket with a thin sweater is more appropriate? or do i need woollen sweaters?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2007
Hiratsuka to Kyoto  (1 Answer)

I will be travelling to Japan for my first time next month Feb-March on business for 3 weeks. I will be staying in Takasaki for the first half of the trip and in Hiratsuka for the second half of the trip.

I will be working Monday-Friday and would like to visit Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto on the weekends. I have 2 weekends available. I am currently planning to visit Tokyo the first weekend from Takasaki. The second weekend I would like to visit Osaka and Kyoto.

Is Osaka/Kyoto "do-able" in one weekend travelling from Hiratsuka? This would be arriving Friday night and leaving Sunday night.

I need help with which route and train I should take to get me from:
Takasaki to Tokyo
Takasaki to Hiratuka
Hiratsuka to Kyoto
Kyoto to Osaka
Osaka to Hiratsuka

Can you also help me with costs and travel time associated with these train routes. Would I need to purchase individual tickets? or JR Pass?

I am also wondering if Kyoto/Osaka is too much for a weekend? Should I just do one city?

I appreciate any assistance you can provide. Thank you in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2006
Holiday Inn - Kyoto

Has any one stayed in the HOliday Inn Kyoto?

Which room has the better view: city or mountain?

Does the hotel have a shuttle to JR Kyoto station (or any other station)?

How easy is it to walk to main 'touristy' sites from the hotel?

Are all the non-smoking rooms on the non-smoking floor(s) or they are mixed with smoking rooms? For a nons-smoker, how strong a smoking room smells?

Thanks for any help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2005
RYOKAN in Kansai  (2 Answers)

I am looking for a ryokan in Kansai area (Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Kyoto). I want it to be trully Japanese - a house in a quiet place with meals and a garden.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2005
Ryokan Advice  (2 Answers)

Can anyone suggest good value, mid-price Ryokans in Kyoto for a budget-minded traveller who is planning on being in Kyoto in mid-november?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2005
Recommendation of a place to stay in Central Kyoto?  (4 Answers)

I am coming to Kyoto next week with a friend, and we are both students. We want to stay in an inexpensive place (if that's possible!) in Central Kyoto. Do you have anything to recommend? Do you recommend a ryokan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2005
Day trip to Kyoto

I have friends visiting Tokyo and they want to know whether it's possible for them to go Kyoto on a day trip. Would the bullet train schedule allow them to spend a whole day in Kyoto & return to Tokyo the same night? Comments from fellow Vter's will be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2004
Back from Kyoto  (1 Answer)

Hello everyone! Our trip to Japan was great! We spent 2 full days in Kyoto and 7 full days in Tokyo. We experienced an earthquake and the effects of a typhoon, this was the milder one that hit Oct 9. Regarding Kyoto- We stayed at the Tour Club which is located about a 15 minute walk from the Kyoto Train/bus stations. Our cost for a triple was93 US a nite. The room was small but acceptable. It came with a private bathroom. The knock was that the room was on the third floor and the steps were pretty steep- no elevator. But once you get your gear into the room it was fine. Because we had only two full days we tried to make the best of it. We used the public bus transportation which was only 500 yen for the whole day. (Sat & Sun special) It was very easy to get to most places and sites in Kyoto. We even took the bus to get to the Toei Samurai Village. Will be setting up a webpage with pics of our trip. Thank you to all of you who responded to my earlier questions. Thanks especially to Bkoon who has an excellent write up about Kyoto. Aloha, Rick

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2004
Toei Samurai Village  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know about something called the Toei Samurai village which is suppose to stuff on how samurai movies are made? Suppose to be in Kyoto. Any critiques of this place whether it is worth going to? Thanks! Rick

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2004
Kyoto style sushi  (2 Answers)

I understand Kyoto is noted for a regional type of sushi. Is there a special name for this type of sushi and does anyone have recommendations for favorite sushi places in Kyoto. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2004
Kyoto Stay  (1 Answer)

Looking to stay at the Tour Club Kyoto. The price is right, the location looks good. We plan to stay in a triple private room. Anybody have experiences with this place? Any good eating places in the area? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2004
Kyoto to Tokyo  (3 Answers)

Hi all- We will be arriving in Osaka on October 2 and will leave Japan via Tokyo on October 11. We are planning to bypass Osaka and spend time in Kyoto and then travel on to Tokyo. Our questions are: 1) Is two nights/three days adequate for a stay in Kyoto? Will this be enough time to visit enough places to get a flavor of Kyoto? 2) Any recommendations regarding Ryokans? 3) Is it possible to take a bullet train to Tokyo from Kyoto? Or is there an easier way of getting to Tolyo? Thank you! Rick

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2004
Recommendations for Temple Stay near or around Gion District

My boyfriend and I will be traveling to Kyoto on September 6th and staying overnight, but leaving quite early in the morning on September 7th (must be at Kyoto Station at 6:30AM). We had reserved accommodations at the Ninnaji Temple, but we realized that this is quite far North of Kyoto Station. We, unfortunately, have only one day and we figured that it would be better to stay near or around the Gion District. We do not really want to stay in a contemporary setting, but someplace that has some character and old world culture to it. We would LOVE to stay in a Temple if possible or anything that is aesthetically pleasing. We also wouldn't mind the outskirts (lots of foliage) as long as it didn't take too long to get back to Kyoto Station in the morning. We do not wish to spend more than 7000 yen per person, so we are willing to spend 14000 yen on a room(a little more if the place is a Gem). We won't be needing breakfast since we are leaving in the wee hours of the morning. Sharing bathrooms is not a problem. Also, please advise me if there is a curfew, I notice that many do have early turn in hours. I really would like to make the most of my day in Kyoto and stay out as late as possible, but if the accommodations are something that are quite spectacular I wouldn't mind returning earlier. Any other comments about Kyoto recommendations (food, sights, etc.) would be appreciated as well. Thank you much! I've learned much from previous posts on this forum!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2004
Kansai Thru Pass and Kansai Passport  (2 Answers)

What is the difference between the 2 and which is more value for money?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2004
Kyoto personal guide  (1 Answer)

I'll be visiting Kyoto for business meeting in May. I'd like to engage a personal English speaking guide to help me see the city. Any suggestions on how to find? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2004
study culture

I am an Indian lady Professor from the Kutchi (Gujarat) Jain family and coming to Kyoto Japan from 1st august to 7th august 2004 to attend a International conference. Would like to stay with a Indian family. Would like to pay for lodging and boarding. My purpose is to feel at home and understand the Japanese culture through the family. My email is [email]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2004
Budget lodging in Kyoto  (1 Answer)

Hello, My husband and I would like to stay in Kyoto (May 21-23 2004). We would like to stay at ryokan, minshuku or any other traditional lodging (preferably with private toilet) Our budget is150 per room per night with service charge, taxes and meals if possible. Since we will be departing for Narita from Kyoto, we would like to stay close to Kyoto rail station, however, if we would consider a charming place farther within Kyoto. thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2004
One day only for sightseeing in Kyoto!  (4 Answers)

I hope to have one day to do a bit of sightseeing in Kyoto on an upcoming business trip in April. Apart from the castle and the gardens of the old imperial palace, can anyone recommend some really picturesque Japanese gardens/parks to see... hopefully with a temple and lots of cherry blossom trees! Any other must see short in-out things? Arigato!

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