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S1 Apr 7th, 2005 09:14 AM

Daytrip from Tokyo to Kyoto
We have a 3-day stopover in Tokyo in early September.This is our first time in Japan and we are wondering whether it is worth taking a shinkansen to Kyoto for the day?

emd Apr 7th, 2005 12:38 PM

Have you checked the shin train times on to get an idea of the earliest they run to Kyoto and the latest they run back to Tokyo? It would be a very long day, but depending on how early/late they run it can probably be done. The only way I would do it is if I had one area in mind (like Hagishiyama, the couple of very nice temples there and the lovely walking streets and the shopping would be a great day, give you a flavor of the old, and in a nicely confined area), or a tour set up that would take me right to places. Kyoto sites are spread out (w/ exception of a few areas like Harishiyama where you can walk btwn temples, and the path of philosophy area), and if you do not limit yourself to a confined area w/lots of sights and things to do, you will spend time getting from one to the other, even if it is by cab. And you may have a hard time gauging how long each thing will take or how far apart they are, etc., at least I did at first when I got there.

emd Apr 7th, 2005 12:40 PM

geez, it is Higashiyama. long day, too much typing.

mrwunrfl Apr 7th, 2005 04:08 PM

It will cost you 6 hours and about $250. You decide.

emd Apr 7th, 2005 05:24 PM

Oops, good point. I forgot about the cost since you are only in the country 3 days (we had JR passes so cost was not was an issue)
It certainly isn't optimal. An alternative to consider might be Kamakura as day trip from Tokyo, for temples, etc. I was going to go there but decided we'd get that in Kyoto. It isn't Kyoto but it has some flavor.

someotherguy Apr 7th, 2005 06:19 PM

I'd save Kyoto for another time when you can do it properly. If you want to take a day trip from Tokyo, Kamakura, as already suggested, is good. Other popular destinations are the Hakone circuit, and Nikko. These are further than Kamakura, and Hakone is a more complex journey (Shinkansen, then local train, funicular, gondola, boat and, finally, bus back to the Shinkansen).

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