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An August 2008 trip to Kyoto by jenae567

Hotel Granvia Kyoto Photo, Kyoto, Japan More Photos
Quote: Our 5-day trip to Kyoto allowed us to see temples, shrines, and Geisha!

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

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Hotel | "Art, Fashion, and Convenience in One!"

Hotel Granvia Kyoto Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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As our train rolled in to Kyoto Station, our jaws dropped. The amazing structure we had just pulled into was a massive steel beehive buzzing with trains, busses, taxis, and all their passengers. The energy was phenomenal.Little did we realize that part of this huge Kyoto icon was our hotel. We were very pleased that it would be so easy to get anywhere in Kyoto - our ride would pull up in front of our building!When we finally decided to check in, we were warmly welcomed inside the glamorous lobby. Full of artwork, it also gave guests a bird's eye view of the hustle and bustle of Kyoto's denizens from a safe distance. Service was prompt, and employees quickly pulled out chairs fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2008

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi
Kyoto, Japan 600-8216
81 753448888

Pronto Cafe

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Restaurant | "Kyoto Station's Best!"

Eat, Drink, & Save Money Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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Buried deep within the endless underground hallways of Kyoto Station is Pronto Cafe.Definately worth the extensive search it may entail, Pronto Cafe offers international dishes at reasonable prices. As soon as you are seated, the relaxed atmosphere puts a smile on your face. You don't need to work in Kyoto to realize this is probably where the people who keep Kyoto Station ticking and buzzing come after a busy day's work to unwind with friends and coworkers. After a long day of sightseeing, my husband and I were famished. Not wanting to scour the station's underground again for the burger joint we previously ate at, we decided to end our journey at Pronto Cafe. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2008

Sanjusangendo

Attraction | "Peace & Reverance"

Sanjusangendo Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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"Breathless" - That's what every visitor will be when entering the main hall of Sanjusangendo Temple.Serving as a Buddhist temple, Sanjusangendo will inspire awe in each person that enters. A simple rock path leads to the main hall, misleading visitors into thinking that perhaps it is just another old temple. But once they remove their shoes and turn the corner, they realize just how wrong they were to even think such thoughts.Once inside (where photography is regrettably prohibited), the serene yet profound hall will echo your gasps as 1,001 gold-plated statues of the Buddhist icon Kannon greet you. Rows upon rows upon rows of this figure stand stoic; perpetually l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2008

Sanjusangendo
657 Mawari-cho Sanjusangendo
Kyoto, Japan 605-0941
+81 (0)75 525 0033

Gion District

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Dancing Maiko Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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A trip to Kyoto wouldn't be complete without visiting the Gion District - famous for its nightlife and Geisha!Only a short bus ride away, Gion is best seen at night. Mystery shrouds the area as you walk past guarded clubs and windowless homes. For the younger, caffeinated generation, nightclubs are almost literally stacked inside multiple-story buildings. The only indicator as to what's inside the building is a large board divided into many small lit signs bearing the name of the inside club or venue. Young twenty-something girls teeter in and out in high heels and prom-ready hair. Mysterious men in suits guard the entrance to the buildings. Passerbys are only allowed a q...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 4, 2008

Ryoanji (Ryōan-ji Temple)

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Attraction | "Ryoanji Temple"

Ryoanji (Ryōan-ji Temple) Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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When the word "Zen" is used, a handful of typical images come to mind. Perhaps it is a simple image of a stone Buddha statue. Perhaps it is a peaceful Koi pond. Quite often, it is a rock garden.Ryoanji-Mai temple possesses Japan's most famous and largest rock garden. People from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this temple to sit and contemplate, or just gaze upon the famous scenery.A lowly gravel path leads visitors to Ryoanji-Mai through a pristine forest, passing small picturesque statues and ponds along the way. A peaceful Buddha statue blesses passerby's if they notice him tucked away amidst the surrounding foliage. Small shrines stand quietly in the backgro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2008

Ryoanji (Ryōan-ji Temple)
13 Goryonoshita-cho Ryoanji Ukyo-ku
Kyoto, Japan 616-8001
+81 075 463 2216

Packed In Like Sardines Photo, Kyoto, Japan
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If you plan on visiting Kyoto during your first trip to Japan (or if you're unfamiliar with the Japanese bus systems), the thought of just hopping on a bus could send anyone panicking. Here, I'll explain the very easy process of getting to all the sightseeing destinations, without going broke paying for taxis.The best place to start from is Kyoto Station. It is the largest bus stop in Kyoto. The buses pull in right in front of the main building. You can't miss it! Hundreds of people, both Japanese and tourists, will be forming multiple lines beneath signs that may be a bit confusing.The first step: DON'T BE INTIMIDATED. It's very easy to get the hang of!! And to make th...Read More