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Visiting Kyoto

The former capital of Japan, Kyoto remains the historic jewel of Japan, a charming city of palaces, gardens and over 2,000 shrines and temples like the famous Golden Pavilion, and the rock Zen Gardens at Ryoan-ji Temple. The massive wooden temple Kiyomizu-dera provides panoramic views from its massive veranda, while the Thousand Armed Kannon statues at Sanjusangendo are sure to impress. Don't miss a tour of the historic Nijo Castle, or the beautifully restored Kyoto Imperial Palace and Grounds, before tucking into a bento-style lunch at one of Kyoto's many charming restaurants.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a... Read More
The former capital of Japan, Kyoto remains the historic jewel of Japan, a charming city of palaces, gardens and over 2,000 shrines and temples like the famous Golden Pavilion, and the rock Zen Gardens at Ryoan-ji Temple. The massive wooden temple Kiyomizu-dera provides panoramic views from its massive veranda, while the Thousand Armed Kannon statues at Sanjusangendo are sure to impress. Don't miss a tour of the historic Nijo Castle, or the beautifully restored Kyoto Imperial Palace and Grounds, before tucking into a bento-style lunch at one of Kyoto's many charming restaurants.

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Stories and Tips Kyoto

The Kyoto Subway Experience!

Written by jenae567 on 24 Mar, 2010

In my last Kyoto Journal, I covered how to get around the city using the buses. This time around, I figured out how to navigate the subway system, and it's not as scary as I had initially thought it to be! Here, I'll…Read More


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Shuon-an (Ikkyu-ji Temple)

Written by Sakura on 31 Mar, 2009

I took JR from Sumiyoshi station to Kyotanabe St. (Tosai Line) then walked to the temple. It was almost 15 minute walk. You can also take Keihan Kotsu Bus from Kyotanabe to the Ikkyuji-do stop. It takes only 5 min. though. If you use Kintetsu…Read More


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The Kyoto Bus Experience: How to Use the Busses

Written by jenae567 on 04 Sep, 2008

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…Read More


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Fushimi Inari -- Spring rain

Written by Idler on 11 Jul, 2007

Little shrine with rice cakes, of course... spring rain Kobayashi Issa, 1818In the Shinto religion, powerful spirits or kami abide in a multitude of natural objects such as mountains, waterfalls, and even exceptional people. There are innumerable kami, but the most important have shrines devoted…Read More


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Gio-ji

Written by Idler on 05 Jul, 2007

Often when I return from a journey, it’s not the well-known places or famous sights that I recall most vividly, but some little-known spot that I came across quite by chance. And so it is with Gio-ji. I hadn’t planned to go there, but perhaps,…Read More


I have a shellfish allergy! What can I do?

Written by Foxboro Marmot on 05 Apr, 2004

Dipping into the Marmot's Mailbag we have this plaintive missive: Dear Marmot, I'm looking forward to my trip to Japan but am starting to worry. My problem... I'm allergic to shellfish. I guess I'll live on rice and noodles. But how to explain my problem?…Read More


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Templed Out in Kyoto

Written by gwenamon on 24 Nov, 2005

Kyoto has piles of temples and shrines, making it really difficult to decide where to start. We went to four. Two of them ended up being my favourites.Sanjusangen-do was incredible. We had to round a couple of corners of the enormously long, dark, dusty, 700-year-old…Read More


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Adashino Nembutsu-ji -

Written by Idler on 10 Jul, 2007

Late one afternoon I make my away to Adashino Nembutsu-ji, the famous temple and cemetery on the outskirts of Kyoto. Along the way I ponder just what draws me to these places beyond mere historical and architectural interest. Is it the sheer novelty…Read More


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Kyoto Trip Over the Weekend

Written by Clovery on 19 Apr, 2005

The trip was a short one--two days and one night over the weekend. It was enough to cover the main attractions in Kyoto. My start-off point was in Tokyo. I purchased the Shinkansen ticket three days in advance, and it cost me a bomb! Round-trip…Read More


Making a Domestic Flight Connection at Tokyo Narita Airport

Written by douglasrwong on 05 Apr, 2005

I flew from San Jose, CA, to Tokyo's Narita Airport and took a connecting flight from Narita to Osaka International Airport (also known as Itami). Itami is closer to Kyoto, the first destination of my Japan trip, than Kansai (the new international airport). Finally, I…Read More


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