Kyoto (京都) is an incredible city which is located in the Kansai region, Japan . Kyoto’s traditional culture, Palaces, Temples connect you to the real Japanese culture. That’s the reason it attracts most foreign visitors. By the way, before Tokyo, Kyoto was the capital of Japan. Here is all the tips how to travel Kyoto and what to do in Kyoto.
How to get in : Public Transportation
Kyoto doesn’t have it own airport but still it is very easy to access almost all the parts of Japan due to Osaka, it’s very close to Kyoto. So, if you want to go there by flight, you need to take flight for Osaka and then go by road. Thus, most visitors prefer to take Shinkansen (bullet train) for Kyoto station.
Shinkansen (Bullet Train):
- From Shin-Osaka, around 15 minutes
- From Tokyo, around 2.30 hours
- From Kumamoto, around 4 hours (no direct bullet train, need to change from Shin-Osaka or Hakata Station)
The cheapest way to travel Kyoto from Kumamoto is “Sunrise-go / Asokuma-go Night Bus”. This express night bus runs on everyday from Kumamoto City to Kyoto via Osaka. You can ride the bus from Kumamoto Sta., Kumamoto Kotsu Center. The one way trip between Kumamoto to Kyoto, it takes around 12 hours. The fare is 6000 Yen～11500 Yen (depends up-on days and bus type)
Both the night express buses Sunrise-go and Asokuma-go Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center. Here is a list of Bus-stop & Time-table.
⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Station
⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center
Kyoto has many Buddhist temples, Shrines, Imperial palaces, traditional market. With thousand years of history and traditional Japanese culture, is gaining popularity for a tourist spot not only in Japan but also from Overseas. There are many but most visited hot sports are:-
Kinkakuji (金閣寺) & Ginkakuji (銀閣寺):
Kinkakuji Temple is a Golden Pavilion while Ginkakuji Temple is a Silver Pavilion. Both are the symbol of Kyoto. Both incredible temples are close to each other and can be access by bus (just 8 km).
Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺):
Kiyomizudera mean “A Pure Water Temple”. This is UNESCO world heritage and one of most illustrious temples of Japan. You can see the picture, how the veranda of the temple out of the side of the mountain and supported by the wooden blocks.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社):
Fushimi Inari is the most high-powered Shinto Shrine. This shrine was dedicated to the god of rice and sake. The magical, vibrant orange gates (know for Tori-gate) are the main attraction of this shrine. more info click..
Sanjusangendo is the longest wooden architectural structure in the world. It has around 1000 statues of the goddess. I noted that a statue has 42 arms (20-20 in each side) further it is said that there are 25 salvation works in each hand. Subtract the 2 regular arms and multiply by the 25 planes of existence to get exact 1000 (40 x 25 = 1000) incredible!
Light & Music Show:
There are also some popular places that you can visit like; Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple, Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, Kyoto imperial palace and more..
Don’t forget to watch evening blue lighting show at Kyoto Sta.
Kyoto is known Japanese Green Tean (Macha マッチャ). There are many things which made by this like, Noodles, Ice-cream, Cookies. So, I personally recommend you to test Macha. The taste is just WOW!
If you are in Japan, then Kyoto is must visited place. Kyoto doesn’t have it own airport so, Bullet Train is an ideal option to visit Kyoto. If you are in Kumamoto then, a night bus is a cheapest way to do visit Kyoto sightseeing. Take a night bus, arrived in morning, do full-day sightseeing and comeback in night. You can also stay overnight if you wish.
If you don’t know how to do city sightseeing? Then I would recommend you to take a 1 day pass. This is best way to experience Kyoto… Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Kyoto and vice-versa and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!
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