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Planning Tips


Most tourists only have a few days in Kyoto and try to see everything. This is not relaxing or wise. Don't try to do too much, too quickly: if you do, you will remember very little of your trip. Kyoto is perfect for taking breaks. Try to plan your day loosely and to limit yourself to one main zone (the east side, north side or west side of Kyoto) and one minor zone (Gion, downtown,Imperial Palace,Nijo Castle) each day.



Major Access to Each Area



Arashiyama & Kinkaku-ji Temple Area
To Arashiyama, Kyoto City Bus #28 from Kyoto Station, get off at Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae; JR Sagano line, get off at Saga Arashiyama Stn.; To Kinugasa (Kinkaku-ji & Ryoan-ji Temple), take Kyoto City Bus #50, 101 or 205 from Kyoto Stn.


Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Area
JR Nara line from Kyoto Stn., get off at Inari Stn.; Keihan train from downtown Kyoto to Fushimi Inari Stn.


Fushimi & Chushojima Area
JR Nara line from Kyoto Stn., get off at Momoyama Stn.; Keihan train from downtown Kyoto, get off at Fushimi Momoyama or Chushojima Stn.


Uji Area
JR Nara line from Kyoto Stn., get off at Uji Stn.; Keihan train from downtown Kyoto, and go to Chushojima Stn. first and change the train, then, get off at Uji Stn. (last station).


North Kyoto Area
Kamigamo Shrine, Shimogamo Shrine, Daitoku-ji Temple, Shugakuin Imperial Villa


Kurama & Kibune Area
Go to Demachiyanagi by Kyoto Bus #17 or #18 from Kyoto Stn. or by Keihan trains from downtown; Then, take the Eizan train Kurama line from Demachiyanagi Stn., and get off at Kibune-guchi or Kurama Stn.


Ohara Area
Kyoto Bus #17 or #18 from Kyoto Station or Keihan Sanjo Station; It takes about 1 hour from Kyoto Station (550 yen).


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