Hello TripAdvisors! We are planning a trip next week to Tokyo & Kyoto from Okinawa. My in-laws will be in Japan for the first time from the US (Colorado). They are in their early 60's but very fit/no mobility issues. I, on the other hand, am 6 months pregnant. :) I have never been to Kyoto. Please take a look at my plan and let me know if you'd make changes or if we are trying to do too much:
Tues, 17 Sept continuing on from Tokyo...
Shinkansen from Shinagawa to Kyoto - 13:17 dep/15:28 arr
15:30 arrive in Kyoto - 16:00 check in at Iori Machiya (we chose Izumiya-cho)
Walk to Yasaka Shrine; quickly explore Higashiyama district up to Kiyomizudera (closes at 1800). Possible Inoda coffee shop stop. Return to Machiya (walk).
1930 pm Dinner at Issian Ponchoto (walk)
After dinner explore Gion (? is there much to see this late?)
Wed, 18 Sept:
08:30 Breakfast at Machiya(delivery)
Philosopher's Path 1/2 day walk from Japan-Guide.com (japan-guide.com/e/e3950_philosophers_half.ht…). This plan leads along the Philosopher's Path and makes stops at Ginkakuji, Nanzenji Temple and Heian Shrine. Start at Ginkaku-ji (take bus #32 from Kawaramachi to Ginkakuji-Mae stop). End at Heian Shrine. Walk to Shogoin Sannocho. Bus #204 to Kinkaku-ju. (<<<is this the best routing?) Return to Machiya.
Can anyone make a recommendation for relatively cheap (~3000 pp) lunch somewhere before we head to Kinkaku-ji?
7:30pm Dinner at Hafuu (take a taxi)
Thurs, 19 Sept:
09:00ish Breakfast at Kano Cafe (walk)
1100ish Check-out & move bags to Shiraume Ryokan (taxi)
NLT 1200 metro to Umahori (45 mins)
1300 Fast Lunch? (Recommendation where to fit this in????)
1400 - 25 min scenic Sagano train to Arashiyama
1430 Tenryuji Temple, the bamboo groves and Monkey Park (NLT 1600 to Monkey Park)
1730ish Train back to Shiraume Ryokan
1930 kaiseki dinner at Ryokan
Fri, 20 Sep:
0830 Breakfast at Ryokan
Walk to Nishiki Market & explore
1130 check out
1210 Yasaka taxi pickup for Kansai flight to Okinawa
I know this is a lot of walking and I'm just really hoping that my feet will carry me through it with the extra pregnancy weight. Also praying for reasonable weather (anything is better than Okinawa heat/humidity!!!). I'm willing to cut out parts if need be, just need suggestions. We aren't HUGELY into museums or art, really love picturesque scenery, food, people watching.
Thank you so much!