Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Advice on where to stay in Kyoto--and some other questions about May trip

Jump to last reply

Hello everyone, I've been perusing old threads and finding wonderful and incredibly helpful information here but have a question that doesn't seem to be addressed in other threads--specifically, whether it is reasonable to plan to stay in Arashiyama during the 5 or 6 days we will be in Kyoto. We are a couple who love to stay in independent apartments when we travel, and we have found some appealing candidates in Kyoto on VRBO--but we are torn about Arashiyama vs. Gion, or elsewhere. We don't want to spend a lot of extra time on trains/buses, but we do like to be out of the most touristy areas. The Arashiyama machiya looks lovely, but I don't want to doom us to lots of schlepping.

Some other info about our trip: this is our first time in Japan (so excited!!), and we will be there for 13 nights (May 6 through 19), flying in and out of Narita. We are planning to spend 4 or 5 nights in Tokyo and 5 or 6 in Kyoto, with maybe a few nights elsewhere (Takayama/Shirakawa-go or the Izu Peninsula?). We will probably stay in a hotel in Tokyo and are hoping for a ryokan experience for a night or two of our trip. We love good food, being active (would love to rent bikes in Kyoto), spending time in museums/historic sites, exploring markets (but not shopping per se), getting off the beaten track.

Given our interests, would it be insane to just plan to stay in Tokyo and Kyoto and not spend a few days elsewhere? Of course I hope that this will be the first of many trips to Japan, but you never know--we live in Maryland and it's a pretty long trip, and my fiance has a long list of many other countries he is hoping to visit! So I don't want to miss the chance to experience a different (and more rural/remote) part of Japan.

52 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Snow Monkeys in Japan
  2. 2 Buying Insurance for Motorcycle Tours in Vietnam???
  3. 3 Trip Report 4 wonderful solo weeks in South Korea
  4. 4 Clothing needs
  5. 5 Wedding anniversary in Bali
  6. 6 2 Weeks in Thailand - Looking for suggestions
  7. 7 Elephants in Northern Thailand
  8. 8 Adelphi Suites
  9. 9 possible trip for family of 4 to Japan over New Years. Is it worth trying?
  10. 10 Phuket Reniassaince/The Shore in November-swimmable beach?
  11. 11 Hakone - where to stay for two nights
  12. 12 Trip Report 3 weeks in Myanmar-What an adventure!
  13. 13 Trip Report Vietnam Trip Report: March 2014
  14. 14 Silver shops on New Road behind the Oriental Hotel. Bangkok
  15. 15 Nancy Chandler maps
  16. 16 Hong Kong, Thailand Skin products
  17. 17 Yikes! How to get a Visa to India??
  18. 18 Help re. Visa.
  19. 19 2-3 days to spend near Shanghai: Hangzhou or Monganshan?
  20. 20 swim after Christmas at Hoi An vietnam?
  21. 21 Medical/supplemental insurance for India
  22. 22 15 days in Japan in March/April
  23. 23 Jet Lagged in Mumbai
  24. 24 13 Hour layover in KL, never visited city before, ideas?
  25. 25 Free Sumo ticket in Fukuoka November 21
View next 25 » Back to the top