Kyoto (京都)

Best way to travel Kumamoto-Kyoto (Traditional Japan)

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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 are all the tips how to travel Kyoto and what to do in Kyoto.

How to get in : Public Transportation

Kumamoto-Kyoto Bus

Kyoto doesn’t have its own airport but still it is very easy to access it from almost all the parts of Japan due to Osaka as it’s very close to Kyoto. So, if you want to go there by flight, you need to take a 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, you need to change from Shin-Osaka or Hakata Station)

Express Bus: Time-table (Night Bus)

The cheapest way to travel Kyoto from Kumamoto is “Sunrise-go / Asokuma-go Night Bus”. This express night bus runs everyday from Kumamoto City to Kyoto via Osaka.  You can use the bus from Kumamoto Sta, Kumamoto Kotsu Center. The one-way trip between Kumamoto to Kyoto takes around 12 hours. The fare is 6000 Yen~11500 Yen (depends on days and bus type).

Bus Route-Stops :

Kumamoto-Osaka-Kyoto Route and Stops

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 Sta.

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center

Bus Depart from Kumamoto Kutsu Center (熊本交通センター) #25

Bus Depart from Kumamoto Kutsu Center (熊本交通センター)

Bus Fare:

Talking about fares, it is different for each day. The fare is based on calendar. Asokuma-go Fare-table and Sunrise-go Fare-table

Sightseeing Spots:

Kyoto has many Buddhist temples, Shrines, Imperial palaces, traditional market. With thousand years of history and traditional Japanese culture, Kyoto is gaining popularity as a tourist spot not only in Japan but also from Overseas. There are many but most visited hot spots are:-

Kinkakuji (金閣寺) & Ginkakuji (銀閣寺):

Ginkakuji (銀閣寺) & Kinkakuji (金閣寺)

Ginkakuji (銀閣寺) & Kinkakuji (金閣寺)

Kinkakuji Temple is a Golden Pavilion while Ginkakuji Temple is a Silver Pavilion. Both are the symbol of Kyoto. Both the incredible temples are close to each other and can be accessed by bus (just 8 km).

Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺):

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Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺)

Kiyomizudera mean “A Pure Water Temple”. This is a world heritage according to UNESCO and one of most illustrious temples of Japan. You can see the picture, how the veranda of the temple out side the mountain and supported by the wooden blocks.

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社):

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (伏見稲荷大社)

Fushimi Inari is the most highly powered Shinto Shrine. This shrine was dedicated to the god of rice and sake. The magical, vibrant orange gates (known for Tori-gate) are the main attraction of this shrine. More info click..

Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂)

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 the evening blue lighting show at Kyoto Sta.

Music and Light Show @ Kyoto Sta.

Light & Music Light Show @ Kyoto Sta.

Eat:

Kyoto is known for Japanese Green Tea (Macha マッチャ). There are many things which are made by this like, Noodles, Ice-cream and Cookies.  So, I personally recommend you to taste Macha once. The taste is just WOW!

Summary:

If you are in Japan, then Kyoto is a must to visit place. Kyoto doesn’t have its own airport so, Bullet Train is an ideal option to visit Kyoto. If you are in Kumamoto then, a night bus is the cheapest way to do visit Kyoto sightseeing. Take a night bus which arrives 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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