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Kyoto, Japan

What is there to do In Kyoto?

TIP: Not all temples are free to so be sure to bring some change along. Prices start from about ¥150-¥500

Teramachi Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade - Main shopping district

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Iwatayama Monkey Park- For more information scroll down to things to do with kids in Kyoto. Sake Cube- Have a tasting of traditional Japanese wine and liquor. Japan is famous for their magnificent rice wine called Sake.

Sanjusangen-do - Buddhist temple with an army of thousands armed statues.

• Nara- Its not in Kyoto but its famous for its palace grounds with deer you can feed. Its about an half an hour train ride away.

What language is spoken in Japan?

Japanese is the main language in Japan. Some, but not all speak English here. Japanese use characters instead of letters but all main street names, stores, and public transportation have English lettering under the Japanese characters.

(Fushuimi Inari-tasiha Shrine)


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(Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a 10 minute walk to Iwatayama monkey park)

Where to stay in Kyoto?

• Downtown Kyoto, Southern/Northern Higashiyama, and Kyoto station areas are desirable to stay in.

• Central Kyoto is a great location but you have to travel to see the main sight seeing districts and to restaurants and nightlife downtown.

• Arashiyama and Kibune is good for a night or two if you want to be close to nature.

Where I stayed?

Stay Inn Kyoto Gojo

6000-8378 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Kamichoufukujichp 229-1, Japan

Stay Inn Kyoto Gojo are newly modern hotel apartments. I never felt so comfortable at a hotel like this one! The front desk staff welcomes you warmly as if you are their family staying at their house. At the Stay Inn you’ll have a spacious room with two beds, a balcony, and a kitchen! No need to bring pots, pans, or dishes. It's all included for free. A washer and dryer is in your own room for your convenience. Having more space in this hotel finally allowed our daughter to run freely in the room, play with her toys, and stretch her little legs. This made us really feel at home! Best of all, the rooms come with portable wifi for our whole stay! It was such a wonderful surprise to have! We were finally able to get cellular service outside our hotel to find places to eat, sightseeing spots, and navigation!

A restaurant is not on site, but there are many restaurants close by to choose from, all within walking distance. Toiletries offered are toothbrushes, sponges, Q-tips ,shower caps, hair bands, brushes, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner - all free amenities. If you're renting a car, you won’t have to worry about parking since it's free here.

Bike rentals are available if you want to enjoy exploring the city on your own.

Stay Inn is a convenient location for catching a bus or train when getting around town.

Shijo-Omiya Station is 700 meters from the property and provides access to popular tourist attractions such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Yasaka Shrine. Just 10 minutes away you’ll find Tambaguchi Station. Convenience stores and grocery stores are also within walking distance.

Staff at the Stay Inn spoke English so there was no language barrier. We were given Kyoto city maps, and the staff assisted us with as much information as they could for us to get us around the city. After our stay, they allowed my daughter to pick out especially hand made origami to take home. We were also given a lucky coin for our safe travels back home and were told how grateful they were for our stay.

We never before felt so appreciated or welcomed staying in a hotel. By far we had the best experience in Kyoto because we were comfortable at Stay Inn Kyoto Gojo. We highly recommend staying there for families, or if you just want that home feel since you're a long way from home! It was truly an honor to stay at Stay Inn Kyoto Gojo and if we’re ever back in town, we will return our stay here!

(Luck coin From Stay Inn Kyoto Gojo)

(Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Train crossing)

How to get to your destination from the airport?

Kansai International Airport(KIX)- Closest airport by Kyoto. 75 minutes away by the express train. R Haruka Airport express reserved seat is ¥3370($30USD) or ¥2850($26USD) non reserved seat. Monday through Friday the trains run from 6:30 am to 10:16pm. On weekends the train runs 6:40am to 8:30pm.

Kansai International Airport Limousine Bus- 90 minute away and runs between Kyoto and KIK.

Taxi- Mk taxi SKY gate shuttle limousine van service travels to and from the airport for ¥2,400($22USD).

Tokyo Haneda(HND)- Closest airport to Tokyo. 30 minutes away. Trains and air shuttles are available.Trains do not run 24/7. Taxi cost about ¥7,000($62USD) - ¥10,000($89USD) depending on your destination in Tokyo.

Narita(NRT)- 1 hour away from Tokyo. Air bus shuttles are available. Taxi are about ¥16,000($142USD) to ¥20,000($177USD) depending on your destination in Tokyo.

Once in Tokyo from Haneda or Narita, take the train to Tokyo Station and then switch to Skinkansen(bullet train) tto Kyoto. The travel time if your already in Tokyo will take 2 hours but from the airport it will take about 3-4. The total cost of the trip will cost ¥13,490($122USD) to ¥15,860($143USD). Try buying bullet train tickets in advance online sometimes you'll find a discountes price.

Below is a table that shows you an express train and the air shuttle available for destinations.

(Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Train crossing)

How to Get around Kyoto?

Bus- Tickets are at a flat rate and you’ll be able to pay for a ticket on the bus when you get off at your stop. Buses in Kyoto are expensive but they were highly convenient when traveling around the city when the subway is not close by. This was our main transportation for our stay in Kyoto. An adult ticket one way is ¥220($2USD) and a Child ticket ¥110($1USD) Kids under 6 are free. An all day unlimited bus pass is ¥500($5USD) for and adult and ¥250($2USD) for a child.

Train - The cheapest and most main effective way to get around the city. Once you're at the metro station you will be able to purchase a preloaded card to use to get in the subway station. The machines enable you to select the language of your choosing with self-explanatory instructions on how to purchase the card and fare.

Surrutoo Kansai Miyako Card- This card can be used on the city bus and subway line, the Hankyu Line, the Keihan Line as well as other participating private companies.

The cost is ¥1,000($10USD), ¥2,000($18USD), ¥3,000($28USD), or ¥5,000($45USD)depending on the destination you are traveling to.

Traffica Kyoto Card- This card is valid on buses and subways.

¥1,000 ($10USD)or ¥3,000($28USD).

Trolley Train- This is one way to avoid the crowded subways and to get convenient transportation if you're closer to the trolly than the train. This is one transportation your kids will love if you decide to ride the trolley!

The Keifuku train has two lines: The Arashiyama line and the Kitano line. The main Arashiyama line runs between Shijo-Omiya Station and Arashiyama Station. The Kitano line starts from Kitano-Hakubaicho Station to joins the main line in the middle at Katabiranotsuji Station.

Round trip for an adult is ¥500($5USD) and ¥250($3USD) for kids. You’ll be able to purchase the tickets before getting on or off the trolley.

Bicycle - Rentals are all throughout the city. Bikes are the most common transportation for the Japanese to get around. If you're traveling with kids, there are bike rentals with a child seat on the back and/or front if needed. It's a great way to explore the city on your own without having to walk everywhere.

Japan Uber or taxis are reasponably priced in Kyoto.

(Toji Temple) When to travel to Japan?

• Japan has four seasons. Going