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We took public transport there (bus #5, fare 230 yen exact change) and walk back to Westin Miyako hotel. It's the best garden we have seen in Japan. You need to have a reservation (appointment made online -- reservation calendar opens a month in advance...More
This villa has the largest rock garden in Japan. There are over 200 rocks to find. The garden is very serene and tranquil (if you go at a quiet time). The villa has beautifully painted paper screened doors inside. Excellent example of Japanese art.
Kyoto has three Imperial garden/villa that can be visited free of charge. You just have to reserve the time slot. The guiding are offered in Japanese only. They provide brochures in different languages. English is one of them. The villa consists of three levels. The...More
Tickets are free. We pre-booked the tickets on the Imperial Household Agency website. The tours are in Japanese but they provide English language audio guides. The site has three villas each one higher up the mountain. The gardens are beautiful with my favorite one being...More
These are the imperial gardens that have lovely natural setting with amazing scenery with beautiful trees, brooks and mountains in the background.
A moderately strenuous walk uphill so wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as it can get warm as you climb. The climb...More
We booked our tour about a week before and were lucky to be accepted. The best way to get there is by taxi, as you have to walk uphill from the nearest train station for 10 minutes or so. It was a rainy day but...More
This villa and garden are out of town on the Eizan line, nestled against the slopes of the mountains. You must register to visit prior to the day and take your chances at getting in. We were the only Europeans in the group, but it...More
One of the better Imperial properties but you'll need to reserve it though it is free of charge. The garden itself is nothing to shout about, however, especially compared to Katsura Imperial Villa, the best of the best
This was one of our three top experiences in Kyoto. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes for going up paths and outdoor steps. Our hosts arranged for our reservations and the driver to take us there. After checking in and showing a passport, you...More
Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the
district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
Traveling to Kyoto with my in-laws, who have never been, plus our 5-year-old. Although I've been several times over the last 20 years, I'm unfamiliar with some of the sites my father-in-law wants to visit, and would love some advice from those of you more familiar with Kyoto than I am. We have only two days in Kyoto, so I'm a bit hesitant to miss sites like Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and other sites I know and love in order to see things he happened to read about on a Taiwanese website. So my...More
March 19, 2017|
1. Shinshogokuraku-ji 真正極楽寺 is the official name Shinnyo-do 真如堂. It is nice during autumn foliage and cherry blossoms. 2. I prefer Katsura Imperial Villa.
Ithaca, New York
First timer to Japan really need help planning (1 Replies)
I have a last minute trip to Japan and have so many questions. I have looked up recommended places to visit and selected the ones I was really interested in. I would like to know if it's possible to fit all of the following places in the time that I have. Unfortunately I only have four days in April and I have so many places I'd like to see. I have no time to travel to Tokyo so I decided to stay only in Kansai. Also, would it be wiser to station myself in Osaka or Kyoto? Hikone Castle ...More
March 25, 2014|
Early April? Just take whatever hotel you can find at this point. If it's late april, I'd give the edge to Kyoto, but either city will work.
New York City, New York
Kyoto with kids - ideas needed to handle heatwave (11 Replies)
I will be visiting Kyoto with my 10 and 12 year olds. Unfortunately we will be there during another heatwave and expect 98F plus humidity. I will need to adjust our itinerary to do less and accommodate for many breaks to cool off (ice cream, 100¥ store, anywhere with AC, or shade). I would much appreciate any recommendations on itinerary, what to add/skip, what time of day to go to avoid heat and crowds? Ideas for AC near the highlights. Highlights (afternoon; full day plus one...More
July 28, 2018|
Hiyashi-ame is a distinctively traditional and Kansai-local syrup-based drink that is sold at stalls in summer. People in the Kanto Region have never heard of it. :-)