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Questions tagged [kyoto]

The former capital and most traditional city of Japan, full of historic buildings and monuments. Kyoto is located in the Kansai region, near Osaka and Kobe.

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Bike parking in Kyoto

If I rent a bike for sightseeing, is there any parking space to leave it near temples, shrines, markets, etc. (Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari, Nishiki, Gion...)? Is it safe?
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Is a European driving license valid in Japan?

I have a European driving license. Would it be valid in Japan for a car or kart rental?
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Cheapest option to exchange money in Japan [duplicate]

I will be travelling from Europe to Japan and considering what's the best way to get Japanese yen: Bring EUR from home country and exchange in Japan - airport or other place? Use ATM in Japan - how ...
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Google Maps location of Large Bell (Ōgane + Daishōrō) of Chion-in temple in Kyoto

I'd like to know if I have the Google Maps location of the Large Bell in Chion-in temple in Kyoto wrong, or if it's temporarily closed as of this writing (April 2018). I visited this bell before by ...
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US bank ATM and credit cards in Kyoto [duplicate]

How to ensure that the credit and ATM cards will work prior to travel?
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Does Toei Eigamura offer discounts for dressing up in kimono?

Does Toei Eigamura offer discounts on the admission price for dressing up in a kimono? It was stated in some English-language tourist guide, along with pages such as here and here and asked about ...
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Where in Kyoto can I rent a road/touring bicycle?

I plan to go on a 2+ weeks cycling trip in Japan. Coming by plane with my own bike will cost me 200€, plus the inconveniences and the risk of my bike being damaged. So I wonder if it's not easier to ...
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Male alternatives to dressing up as a geisha in Kyoto

In Kyoto, there are plenty of maiko henshin (or maiko makeover) studios where (presumably) female tourists can pay to be made up and dressed to look like a maiko (apprentice geisha). What options are ...
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What differences are there between Minshukus or Doyas and youth hostels in Kyoto?

I'm attending a conference in Kyoto at the Kyoto International Conference Center. I'm looking for accommodation that has quick public transport to the ICC, is inexpensive (but probably not a monastery,...
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Where in Kyoto can I visit a traditional wood workshop?

I'm taking my dad (an avid hobby wood worker) for a few days to Japan, specifically the Tokyo and Kyoto region. Would anyone have some recommendations or know of a traditional Japanese wood workshop ...
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Culture Day in Osaka/Kyoto

Culture Day is a Japanese national holiday held on November 3. Are there some special events related to this day in Osaka or Kyoto? Is it also suggested to avoid main attractions like the Osaka ...
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Christmas time in the Kansai area

Are there any festivals/events/traffic jams that I have to be aware of during the last week of December in Osaka/Kyoto? My family's planning to go to Japan for this year's holidays, and I'm assigned ...
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Buying a second hand Fujinon lens in Osaka

I am Going back for the third time in Japan next summer. I am looking for shops recommendation to buy another lens for my Fujifilm digital camera. Are there shops to buy reliable second hand ...
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Is there a place to store luggage in/around the Golden Palace (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto?

For annoying reasons, it would make sense to visit the Golden Palace between checking out of one Kyoto hotel and checking into another. However both hotels are pretty far away from Kinkaku-ji. Is ...
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Where is the Bamboo restaurant located in Kyoto?

The Trip Advisor review of Bamboo Restaurant mentions "Higashiyamasanjo Higashiiru Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto" but Google Maps is totally failing to find that location. Where can you find it ...
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Roads in Japan during Golden Week

We are going to Japan during Golden Week. We were planning to buy a Bus Pass and travel by night. Our first destination is Tokyo (arriving by plane) we will take the bus from Tokyo to Osaka hopefully. ...
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Cheapest way to travel from Osaka Kansai airport to Kyoto and back?

I will be travelling to Kyoto for one week and would like to know the cheapest method of travelling from Osaka Kansai to Kyoto and back. I have looked into the JR east pass which costs ¥2060 for one ...
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Where to buy zafu (can be secondhand) in Tokyo or Kyoto

Tomorrow I will be travelling to Tokyo, and later to Kyoto. I am interested in buying a new or secondhand zafu, which is a special cushion for zazen meditation. I already asked a similar question (...
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How are the weather and vegetation in Kyoto in November-December?

I am deciding if I will travel to Kyoto in late November, early December. How cold is the weather? Is there still a chance to appreciate the fall's splendid colors or will trees have lost all their ...
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Cheap way to get around Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka - alternatives to the JR Pass?

Me and my friends are going to Japan 2 weeks from now. We'll stay for 4 days in Tokyo, overnight in Hakone, 3 days in Kyoto (with a side visit to Nara) and 2 days in Osaka (Summer Sonic!!). So my ...
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Zen meditation in Kyoto, Japan

A while ago I've read that in the Engaku-ji or in the Kencho-ji in Kamakura everyone is welcome to try zazen (seated zen meditation) and that the zazen session is really noob-friendly. Since I'm a ...
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Dressing up as a Geisha/Maiko in Japan

While visiting Kyoto and Tokyo, I would like to dress up as a Geisha/Maiko and have professional photographs taken (I will be a solo traveler). So far I have found two studios in Kyoto (one and two) ...
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Where can I photograph fake geisha in Kyoto?

I've read about tourists who go to Kyoto to get made up to look like geisha or maiko. Over half a million a year according to Foreign correspondent, and mostly Japanese, based on some makeover houses ...
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Best connection Tokyo - Kyoto

I'll travel to Tokyo during the first 2 weeks of November. What's the fastest and not too much expensive way to reach Kyoto from Tokyo? As reported here: a Shinkansen ticket form Tokyo to Kyoto is ...
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Health retreats in Japan

I am looking for health retreats in Japan. Specifically places that offer meditation (not necessarily zen), healthy food, a relaxing environment and beautiful scenery. I would like to stay somewhere ...
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Accommodation in Tokyo for a party of four

We are going to Japan in the beginning of April and we are looking for good accommodation in Tokyo and Kyoto for two adults and two teenagers. We would like interesting options that take us into the ...