Half-day visit in Kyoto (and I regret having so little time)

map Traveling Kansai Region in Japan won’t be complete without Kyoto. This ancient capital is renowned worldwide because 17 UNESCO’s World Heritage/ Cultural Sites are found here.

When I went to Tokyo, I did not have the luxury of a long stay. I stayed there for less than 10 hours and I would like to share to you the awesome places that I have visited.

How to go to Kyoto The most common way of reaching Kyoto is through Osaka. Ride a train bound to Yasu, then transfer to Karasuma Line 各停 towards Kokusaikaikan. Once you reach Karasumaoike Station, ride Tozai Line bound to Rokujizo. You can get off at Kyoto Shiyakushomae Station in Kyoto City. Travel time: 1 hour Fee: JP¥820 (approx. P300) Once you reach your final station, go to the Tourism Office and avail of the unlimited bus AND train, or bus OR train pass around Kyoto. We availed of the bus pass for ¥500/person because the bus and train pass was sold out at that time (13:00). Buying unlimited pass is highly advisable because minimum train and bus fares are ¥150 and ¥220 respectively.

Starting your Brief Day Tour

1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple(清水寺(06:00-18:00/18:30)

Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan

Entrance Fee Adult/ High school: ¥300 Junior high school and below: ¥200

Kiyomizu-dera (literally, Pure Water Temple) is the 16th of the Western Japan 33 Kan’non pilgrimage sites and is the most popular place in Kyoto. The Kita-Hosso-Shu sect temple has more than four million visitors annually. The best attraction of the temple is the main hall (Hondo) on a steep slope that has a famous veranda.(http://kyoto.asanoxn.com/places/higashiyama_mid/kiyomizudera.htm)

Kyoto has smaller streets than other Japanese cities. This street heads to Kiyozumi-dera Temple.
Chinese tourists on their way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
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Kyoto has smaller streets than other Japanese cities. This street heads to Kiyozumi-dera Temple.

DSC03374 Unfortunately, we were not able to take a picture of the main hall because it started to rain. 😥 I grabbed this photo on the internet. Haha. Thank you Jeff Moeller!

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http://www.jeffmoeller.com/kiyomizudera-temple/

 Standing from this hall, these are the views you can see.

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2. Kinkaku-ji Temple (9:00-17:00)

Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan

Entrance Fee Adult/High school: ¥400 Junior high school and below: ¥300

Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu’s former retirement complex. (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3908.html)

DSC03559DSC03623DSC03534DSC036163. Ryoan-ji Temple

Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001, Japan

Entrance Fee Adult/ High school: ¥500 Junior high school and below: ¥300

This temple is a place for meditation for Buddhists.

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Kyoto is the city for the old and young alike. I’ve seen a few Pinoy families in my short stay and I can see from the faces of each member excitement and awe. 🙂

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