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Kyoto transportation

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We are going to Kyoto in October. Here is our plan for one of our days:

Kinkaku-ji (first thing when it opens)

Nijo-jo

Arashiyama

We are staying near Kyoto station and need to know the best way to get to each place. I have been on japan-guide.com, but can't figure out the best way to get from Kinkaku-ji to Nijo-jo.

I found this to get us from Kyoto Station to Kinkaku-ji. : Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 220 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes, 250 yen) and take a taxi (10 minutes, around 900 yen) or bus (10 minutes, 220 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji.


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    Interesting you would ask. We were in Kyoto a few years ago and stayed at the Hotel Granvia at Kyoto Station. You can find my trip report by clicking on my name and going near the bottom, where the trip reports are posted.

    As I note in it, the subways are easy and excellent, but the busses are not so easy. I recall we took the bus to Kinkakuji (and like you are planning, we probably started the trip by train). I remember it was very hard to find the right bus as there was very little English signage. It was also hard to find someone waiting for the bus with enough English to help us, but we finally managed. We even were not sure the bus driver understood us, but he did and let us off at the right place.

    I highly recommend the Johnny Hillwalker tours, if he's still doing it. They start at Kyoto station and he takes you behind what you see from the streets, into the back alleys where life really begins. Japan is fascinating, but pretty hard to figure if you don't speak Japanese.

    We're returning to Japan in October and I am just beginning to plan....Where to go, what to see....

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