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The how and Where for Sightseeing in Kyoto

2017/07/18 00:00 

    • Shuhei Nakamura
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Translated by Atsushi Ito

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Kyoto, my home town.

I will introduce how and where to get some sightseeing done in Kyoto because it is a really good place with good food, historical sites, and beautiful scenery.

This is only a throwaway image about the directions of places that I will introduce below around Kyoto station.

Wi-Fi

I think Wi-Fi in Kyoto will be quite bad. Places where you can use free Wi-Fi are limited to chain stores like Starbucks, Mcdonald's or a few random shops.

If you can afford it, I recommend a mobile wi-fi which you can rent on the 1st floor of Kansai Airport, which is about \500 to \1000 per day.

English

Please do not expect having too much of any English conversation with Japanese. In general, Japanese have a very limited ability for listening and speaking English, so you will have some trouble with it. If you do manage to find a Japanese person who can speak English in the city, it is kinda like pulling a Mythic rare.

Also it might be surprising, most Japanese can read and write English. So if you want to communicate by any means, it might just be better to use a paper or smartphone.

Purchase a smart card

What to purchase first in Japan is a smart card for public transportation at a train station.

For example, they usually require a \500 deposit and however much money you want to charge it with ex. \4500, not having to worry about exact fares for trains will help you so much when staying in Japan.

ISome of the merits as seen below.

A lot easier to move around and travel to your destination.

Public transportation in Japan is done mostly by train, and nearly every station uses a ticket gate system that will be hard to understand at first glance.

In that respect, if you have a smart card for public transportation, there is little need to worry about losing it and you can use any train, bus or taxi with it.

Can be used to pay with in stores & for vending machines

That's another reason why I recommend to purchase a smart card. You can usually pay with it in a lot of stores (Restaurants usually don't accept them though).

It's especially useful for convenience stores. In any Japanese city you will find convenience stores nearly everywhere, and they sell most of anything you could need. (How many stores? Common rarity).

Just charge in nice increments of ¥1,000

Because we all know how small change is bothersome right?

This is why I would recommend you to buy a smart card.

Around Kyoto Station

Gogoichihourai (Meat Buns)

Address
Near the central entrance of Kyoto station
Business Hours
9:00-21:00
Price
Less than \1,000
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Ginjouramenkubota (Ramen)

Address
563 Nishimatsuyacho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
11:00-14:30 / 18:00-22:30
Price
Less than \1,000
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Nara

Transport expenses
Less than \1,000 (for one‐way fare)
Official Nara Travel Guide

Nara is about an hour away from Kyoto station by train. It is takes a while to get there, so sightseeing after the Magic a event might be good idea.

Sagano

Price
Transport Expenses: about \300 from Kyoto to Arashiyama (for one‐way fare)
Romantic train: about \700 (for one‐way fare)
River Boat Ride: about \4000 (except that it can be cancelled if flooding)
Sagano Romantic train
Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride

Go by train, return by the River Boat Ride. Also there is a great hot spring there.

Fushimi

There is almost nothing around the GP Kyoto site so I recommend to go other places as soon as you are finished at the event venue.

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Cotelette (Tonkatsu - Pork cutlet)

Address
296-1 Kataharacho Fushimi-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
11:00-21:00 (closed every Thursday)
Price
Less than \1,500
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Shijou Kawaramachi

This is the center of Kyoto. You can look for some souvenirs while enjoying a tour of all the great food Kyoto has to offer in Nishikiichiba or Shinkyogoku Shotengai. Also you can find lots of Izakaya or Karaoke rooms there.

I like "Obanzai Viking" for lunch, which is a buffet with a focus on vegetables grown in and around Kyoto suburbs.

If you don't have a lot time and finish lunch quickly, you can go "Depachika" which is B1 floor in Daimaru department or Matsuzakaya department. It is like a specialized prepared food area of a grocery store......ah, it's difficult to explain [Think Delicatessen/Deli].

Like this.

Source of photo: News Walker Plus

I think it is a taste unique to Japan so I recommend you to drop in.

Gion Matsuri festival

July in Kyoto means Gion Matsuri festival season but to put it simply it is similar to hell for anyone who dislikes big crowds.

A ot of people will come for the festival and the humidity is terrible... If you got a hotel near Shijoukawaramachi during the GP week, you should check the schedule of the festival and be prepared for the heat and crowds.

PATISSERIE AU GRENIER D'OR (Cake, Sweets)

Business Hours
11:00-19:00
Price
Less than \1,000
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Kafekarirenge (Shaved Ice)

Business Hours
11:00-17:00 (closed every Thursday and Friday)
Price
Less than \1,500
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Rufu (Omurice)

Business Hours
11:30-15:00 / 17:00-22:00 (closed every Tuesday)
Price
Less than \2,000
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Wajouryoumensugari (Ramen)

Address
471-1 Kannoudocho Nakagyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
11:30~15:00 / 18:00-22:00
Price
Less than \1,000
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Aje (Horumon (BBQ Offel), Yakiniku (BBQ Beef))

Business Hours (Weekday)
18:00-23:00(closed every Thursday)
Business Hours (Holiday)
17:00-23:00
Price
Less than \5,000
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Higashiyama

Shijoukawaramachi, Gion, Maruyamakouen Park, Kodaiji temple, Sannenzaka, and Kiyomizudera temple is the classic course for sightseeing in Kyoto.

Just In case, the entry fee for temples or shrines in Kyoto ranges from free to about \700 and has to be paid in cash.

% ARABICA Kyoto Higashiyama (Coffee)

Address
87-5 Hoshinocho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
8:00-18:00 (closed irregularly)
Price
About \500
Shop website
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Kagizenyoshifusa (Japanese sweets)

Address
264 Gionmachi Kitagawa Higashiyama-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
9:00-17:45 (closed every Monday)
Price
Less than \1,000
Shop website
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Giwonkomori (Japanese sweets, Parfait)

Business Hours
11:00-19:30 (closed every Wednesday)
Price
Less than \2,000
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Demachiyanagi

Demachifutaba (Japanese sweets, Daifuku)

Business Hours
8:30-17:30 (closed every Tuesday and fourth Wednesday)
Price
Less than \1,000
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Heianjingu Shrine

This is next to the PT site. If you want to take a stroll around the area, I recommend taking a walk from Nanzenji temple to the Lake Biwa canal.

Yamamotomenzo (Udon)

Address
34 Okazaki Minamigoshocho Sakyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
11:00-17:30 (closed every Thursday and fourth Wednesday)
Price
About from \1,000 to \2,000
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This place has some of the best Udon in Japan, but it usually has a nightmarishly long line and during summer that is something I can't recommend standing in.

If you still want to brave the queue to enjoy the best Udon, you should get in line from about 9:30 a.m. which is about one and a half hour before opening.

Marushinhanten (Chinese)

Business Hours
11:00-Next morning (closed every Tuesday)
Price
Less than \1,000
More about

Reasonable price and decent sized servings. If you can't read the menu, it will be a good idea to take a photo of the item you want in the display window in front of outlet by smartphone and show them it.

Kitayama and Saiin

This is northwest of Kyoto. Kinkakuji temple is so popular but I would recommend the two temples below.

Ryuanji temple

Business Hours
8:00-17:00
Entrance fee
\500 (cash only)
Official website

This is the most famous traditional rock garden in Japan.

Genkouan temple

Business Hours
9:00-17:00
Entrance fee
\500 (cash only)
Official website

Shikura (Ramen)

Address
14 Hirano Miyakitacho Kita-ku Kyoto Kyoto
Business Hours
11:00-15:00 / 18:00-22:00
Price
Less than \1,000
More about

That's it for today. I hope you will all enjoy your trip to Kyoto and Japan!

Shuhei Nakamura

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