Day trip by car from Kyoto?

Sep 12th, 2014, 03:39 AM
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They're actually not bad as museum-goers. They've had plenty of practice! But you may be right that we may have to skip it - and save their quiet behaviour for temple visits.
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Sep 16th, 2014, 11:13 PM
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Driving only really makes sense if you're going somewhere that public transport doesn't go. Which is very few places - except the mountains. And there are many nice places you might want to go see, if he is itching to get behind the wheel.
But is he ready to drive on the left side? Will he have his international permit ready before he leaves for Japan (he cannot drive on his own home country license in Japan, nor can he get the international permit once in Japan). Can he read Japanese street signs?
And NO, gasoline is NOT $9 a gallon - it is about 160 yen per liter now - that is about US$6 per gallon.
A couple of possibilities - he might like to drive up Lake Biwa. Some good scenery there. Or look through the Kyoto Prefecture Tourism site at:
and find a place not so far away.
If in the end you are still stumped, there is always Miyama. See:
You don't need a car to get there, but it is rather convenient.
Good luck!
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Oct 1st, 2014, 06:49 AM
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we became big fans of a visit to Miho..unique is the key word...beautiful surroundings. Can be done by short train ride to Ishiyama, connect to Miho bus. Whole trip is about one hour. Driving? Fugeddabout it! I drove a jeep and 3/4 ton truck...but that was 68 years traffic, actually few private cars of any kind. Railroads were run by the US Army. Country was flattened, but Kyoto had been declared a non-target. I was fortunate to spend three days there at the time...and without a single tourist, what a delight, even for a young kid. Non-English speaking Guides were everywhere, abject poverty was prevalent everywhere.
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