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Too late to book accommodations 6-20- 7-7 Kyoto?

Too late to book accommodations 6-20- 7-7 Kyoto?

Old Jun 13th, 2003, 06:16 AM
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Too late to book accommodations 6-20- 7-7 Kyoto?

Anyone have any ideas on cheap last minute lodging? Florence are you out there? I am thinking about a last minute trip to Kyoto.
You were a great help in the past. Do you think I can still experience a great bit of Gion Matsuri with only 7 days of my trip falling in July. How expensive is Japan these days? Any new ideas on how to find the best fare from NYC? I know it?s a lot of questions just wagering if I should go or wait till another time. If you are able to help thanks!
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Old Jun 13th, 2003, 09:41 PM
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Even if you could not find a hotel in Kyoto, you can go to Kyoto from Osaka easily. Be there in the evening of 17th for Yoiyama and daytime of 18th for Junko.

Cheap airfare from NYC can be checked by contacting one of those Japanese travel agents such as JTB (www.jtbusa.com), Kintetsu (www.kintetsu.com), HIS (www.his-ny.com), or amnet.
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Old Jun 15th, 2003, 07:30 AM
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seahopper thanks so much for your help. I can't go away at the moment but it is so helpful to have the info you provided. I went to the websites and they do provide very affordable alternatives to over the counter airfares.
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Bonjour Sarah,

6-20 - 7-7 is not peak season yet, you should easily find rooms. Last time, I stayed at Station Ryokan Seiki ( http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~seikis/ ). Small rooms, but clean, friendly owners, and a very convenient location 2 minutes on foot from the south exit of the station, on the Shinkansen side, and 10 minutes from Toji temple for the antique market on the 1st of the month.

Good breakfasts and a large choice of reasonnably priced foods to be had at the food mall of the Avanti dept store (great bookstore on the 7th floor with an English section) just at the corner.
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I don't think it is too late at all to find a place to stay in Kyoto. High season won't really start for a couple more weeks. At this time last year, I made reservations for some friends at the Kyoto Hotel for $150.00 a night. I think I faxed them just a couple of days before my friends showed up there. There was no problem at all.
You will love Kyoto! Walk down the Philosopher's Path for fun. We enjoyed that, as well as touring some of the famous shrines and temples.
If you go by train, there is a wonderful Tourist Information Center in the station with people who speak excellent English and are so willing to help you.
Go see Nara too. Myszka
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