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Kyoto Guide 京都
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Being the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is a paradise full of marvellous remnants of its former glory. Ancient temples, exquisite gardens and shrines are just a few of the many attractions that the city has to offer. What you will find in our Kyoto travel guide would be of immense value to the traveller who seeks to have a memorable time in fascinating Kyoto. Our Kyoto guide will offer you upto date and useful information on all that is relevant in the city of Kyoto.
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Searching for the best restaurants in Kyoto? How about a guided tour with an actual Kyoto guide? Or maybe you are just looking for the best hotels and other accommodation options in the city. All this information is accessible in our Kyoto travel guide that is fully stocked with all the important information that will come in handy for your trip to this historic city. From comprehensive maps and Japanese phrase books all the way to money information as well as public transportation schedules we are fully equipped to make sure that you have a fabulous time in the great city of Kyoto.
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For a night you will always remember, Yoiyama Festival is magic.
The impressive Miho Museum designed by I.M. Pei is within an hour's travel of Kyoto in nearby Shiga prefecture.
An easy day-trip from Kyoto is Omi Hachiman, which is also in Shiga prefecture. It is a lovely canal town that can be reached in an hour.
The Lake Biwa Aqueduct Museum is a fascinating look at Kyoto's more recent historical heritage.
Tourist information centres: Kyoto City Tourist Information Office, 2F Kyoto Station Bldg. 8.30am-7pm daily; (Tel: 075 343 6655); Kyoto Prefecture Tourist Office, 9F Kyoto Station Bldg. 9.30am-6pm daily; (Tel: 075 371 2226).
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-Kyoto Tower Building (basement), opposite Kyoto Station Central Exit.
Orientation in Kyoto
Kyoto is the one major Japanese city laid out on a grid. This makes for easy navigating, even though street signs are often only in Japanese--or non-existent. Kyotoites describe the downtown area of the city as being a "go-ban" (a go board, "go" being the highly popular game that uses a square board). The city borrowed its design from the ancient Chinese capital, Xian. The ward names reflect this orientation, too: Sakyo-ku means "Left Capital, and is in the east; Ukyo-ku means "Right Capital," and is in the west of the city.
Enkoji Temple & Garden, Kyoto, John Lander
Kinkakuji Temple & Lake Garden, Kyoto, John Lander
City Centre (Shijo-Kawaramachi) and Gion lies 2km north of Kyoto Station.
Higashiyama - the area to the east of the city center contains the majority of Kyoto's main tourist sites. The #5 bus or Raku bus are convenient for many of them but are invariably crowded.
North Western Kyoto including Arashiyama can be reached by bus and train from Kyoto station.
Northern Kyotois best served by the north-south Karasuma Line subway.
North Kyoto includes the pretty villages of Kibune and Kurama best reached by Eiden train from Demachiyanagi Station.
Okazaki district has many of Kyoto's museums, Heian Shrine and Kyoto's zoo.
South Kyoto is not really on the tourist trail but does include Toji Temple a short walk from Kyoto Station.
Kyoto Moss Garden Guillaume Marcotte
Traditional Kyoto bridge and rickshaw Guillaume Marcotte
Domestic flights to Osaka's Itami airport and international connections from Kansai International Airport (KIX). For Itami there are regular limousine bus services from the south (Hachijoguchi) side of Kyoto station. To Kansai International Airport the Haruka airport express train takes 75 minutes or JR shinkaisoku to Osaka and then kanku kaisoku to the airport. (Travel time is around 90 minutes). There are also limousine bus services to Kansai International Airport from the south (Hachijoguchi) side of Kyoto station.
Buses in Kyoto
There are overnight long-distance buses to Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki and day buses to Nagoya and Kanazawa. Highway buses leave from Kyoto Station.
Bamboo Grove, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
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