Day 0: Arrive Kyoto approximately 6:00pm, and check-in to hotel
- Eat! Head to Gion district to have dinner and soak up the atmosphere of imperial Japan
- From Kyoto JR Station, take bus 100, 206 or 206 and get off at Gion Bus Stop (220 Yen)
- Have dinner at Gion area
|Kyot's Gion distrct. Photo credit: http://www.syasin.biz|
- Start at Nishi-Honganji Temple (Free admission, 500yen for Shoseien Garden)
- Higashi-Honganji Temple (Free admission)
- Sanjusangendo (See 1001 statues of Kannon. 600yen)
- Kiyomizu Temple (300yen. 400yen from 6.30pm-9.30pm)
- Kodaiji (Beautiful zen garden & bamboo grove, 600yen)
- Walk down fr Kiyomizu Temple along Kiyomizu-zaka for cool souvenirs.
- Yasaka Shrine
- Then head west to Gion district
- Subway to Higashiyama
- Walk to Shoren-in Temple (500yen)
- Walk up the road to the huge gates leading into Chion-in Temple
- Chion-In Temple (Free, Gardens: 500yen)
- Head opposite to Maruyama Park for Sakura & Lunch
a) Walk all the way up to Ginkakuji Temple, or
b) Head back to Kyoto Station for train to Arashiyama, famous spot for cherry blossoms and bamboo groves (great night photos). Train to Saga-arashiyama station takes 15mins and costs 230yen.
- Take bus 101/205 from Kyoto Station to the Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji (40mins, 220yen). Entrance: 400yen.
- Wander around the Golden Pavilion area, with many small temples to visit.
Day 4: Depart for Nara
Planning For: Japan 2012
Planning For: Japan 2012 - New Itinerary
Planning for Japan 2012: What to buy?
Planning for Japan 2012: Speaking Japanese
After actual visit to Japan:
Japan2012: Top 5 Favourite Restaurants in Kyoto - Part 1
Japan2012: Top 5 Favourite Restaurants in Kyoto - Part 2
Review: Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara, Japan
Japan2012: What Did I Buy Back?
Review: Hana Hostel, Kyoto
Japan2012: Kyoto 5D/4N Itinerary - Day 1
Japan2012: Kyoto 5D/4N Itinerary - Day 2
Japan2012: Kyoto 5D/4N Itinerary - Day 3
Japan2012: Kyoto 5D/4N Itinerary - Day 4
Japan2012: Kyoto 5D/4N Itinerary - Day 5
Japan2012: Nara 3D/2N Itinerary - Day 5,6,7
Japan 2012: Osaka 4D/3N Itinerary - Day 7
Japan 2012: Osaka 4D/3N Itinerary - Day 8
Japan 2012: Kobe Day Trip - Day 9 & 10 (Final)