One of the best regions in Japan.
Arashiyama and Sagano
One of the most visited places in Kyoto. (To get the best shot of bamboo groves and post on Instagram)
Arashiyama has quite a number of tourists attractions to visit such as shrines, streets, restaurants and taking their Hozugawa River Cruises or Sagano Romantic Train for a scenic view. You can spend half a day here without any regrets.
Directions : Short walk from Saga – Arashiyama Station
Sagano Romantic Train
If you are planning to board this train, do buy the tickets in advance to ensure your seats during the peak season. It is not a first-come, first-served basis. And seats are numbered so I recommend buying the tickets early.
We planned to buy the afternoon time slots but it was fully sold out and the only available slot left was 12.07pm departure slot. In addition, the seats were not placed together. After purchase, we headed straight to Arashiyama and did a bit of sightseeing first.
You can purchase the tickets at Torokko Saga Station or any JR Ticket office in the Kansai Region. (I bought mine at JR Kyoto Station which allowed me the time to decide where to go next)
Duration : 25 minute
Where to board : At Torokko Saga Station (beside Saga Arashiyama Station) or at their terminal station, Torokko Kameoka Station (heading back to Arashiyama)
Fees : 620 Yen (One way)
Website : Sagano Romantic Train
If you plan to buy a one-way trip ticket to Torokko Kameoka, that’s alright too. From the train station, take a 5 min walk to Umahori Station from where you can catch a JR train back to Arashiyama or Kyoto.
There are plenty of great views along the way.
Hozugawa River Cruises
Alternatively, you can take a boat ride for a scenic view.
Fees : 4100 yen (no reservations)
Duration : 2 hour
Website : Hozugawa River Cruises
To add a bit of excitement into your sightseeing trip, do rent a bicycle or take a rickshaw tour around.
Kyoto Imperial Palace/Garden
It’s a pity that we didn’t get to tour the inner grounds without a tour. Thus, we were able to look the Imperial Park only. This applies to Tokyo Imperial Palace.
Direction : Short walk from Marutamachi or Imadegawa Station
Fees : Free
Website : Imperial Household Agency
- Alighting at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop via bus number 100 or 206 and walk uphill for 10 minutes
- 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
Fee: 400 yen
Website : Kiyomizudera
After touring Kiyomizudera Temple, there is a long street downhill. You may grab a bite or do a bit of shopping before heading off to the next temple or shrine. Some shrines/temples are located nearby too.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Direction : Located outside JR Inari Station
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)
Direction : Taking a Direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen
Fees : 400 yen
To be honest, I did not visit Kyoto Tower because I would rather spend 1000 yen on Umeda Sky Building.
Direction : North side of Kyoto Station
Fees : 770 yen
- Kansai Thru Pass 2-day/3-day
Best tourist pass for those who are intending in Kansai Area for 2 to 3 days. Kansai Area includes Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama and Koyasan.
2-day Pass: Adult 4,000yen, Child 2,000yen
3-day Pass: Adult 5,200yen, Child 2,600yen
Kansai Thru Pass : Link
- Kyoto Sightseeing 1-day/2-day Pass
All-day passes for travel within an allocated block by City Bus, Municipal Subway Line or Kyoto Bus. Highly recommend because a bus ride in Kyoto would cost around 230 yen so this pass saves a lot of money.
1-day Pass: Adults: 1,200yen Children: 600yen
2-day Pass: Adults: 2,000yen Children: 1,000yen
- Kyoto City Bus 1-day pass
Good for one whole day on City Buses within a designated area of Kyoto City.
Adults: 500yen Children: 250yen
For more information on Kyoto and its tour tickets, refer here.
I shall end my post here.
Part 1 : Trip to Japan – Here
Part 2 : Trip to Japan – Osaka – Here
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