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An August 2005 trip to Kyoto by titleisttraveler

Quote: A two-and-a-half hour trip by the Shinkansen, away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, to the Japanese roots. You can find temples in trees, leafed in gold; it is the perfect place for family.
Although the Westin Miyako Hotel is know for its Heavenly Beds, they provide another room which I think that no one should miss. You can have a Japanese-style hotel room, complete with futons, rice paper walls, a wood tub (there still is a shower, and a nice one), toliet (complete with all technological advances), desk (knee-height), table and chairs (knee height, basically sitting on the floors). The beds are still heavenly, despite that they are folded up each night. Remember to take shoes off in there. It is an experience not to be missed. Their website address is

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Westin Miyako
Keage, Sanjo, Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto, Japan

Nijo Castle

Attraction | "Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo)"

Wonderful, but remember, it's highly touristy, so watch your pockets. When you arrive, you walk through gates into the castle courtyard. Going into the temple is like walking back in time to shoguns. The castle is preserved, with the paintings of famous artists on the large spacious rooms. Remember, no shoes. A cool feature of the castle is the squeaky floors that sound like a nightingale. You are able to distinctly hear it without shoes. Once back outside, you walk into zen gardens. A sight not to be missed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2005

Nijo Castle
Nishi Nijojo Nijohorikawa Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan 604-8235
+81 075 841 0096