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HEY HEY HEY!! This Is Paul ALi here. I haven't blogged yet and I have so much to say!!!!!!! Today We visited a Volcano site which was awsome. I thought we would be visiting the One that looked like Mt St Helen but hey It was still awsome. Today We spent most of the day on the bus but it was better than being on that plane. Looking forward for tomorrow. Viijay wants his computer back LOL. Sionara!
IMH: Kyoto is well known as centre for traditional Japanese culture and boasts 17 Unesco World Heritage sites and more than 1600 Buddhist temples. Even though it is classified as a city it was far less intimidating that Tokyo or some of the other cities we have visited and had a refreshing lack of high-rise buildings. Kyoto is centred along two …
... it's very easy to navigate the bus network. A one-day pass costs ~$5.00, and we became regulars on the #5 bus into the city.
Although it would take weeks to see all of the temples and sites on offer in Kyoto, we did a decent job of getting around. These are our highlights:
Arashiyama - we walked the famed Bamboo Grove (it made us feel like ants walking through tall grass) and visited ...
... from the mundane.
We left the temple and it's beautiful Zen gardens to go to a Kimono show. Models displayed gorgeous kimonos and we saw the looms where the intricate fabric is created. Of course there was a shopping opportunity as well.
Our next stop was the Golden Temple. We were not allowed inside the temple but we could view its gold leaf roof. It was reflected in a pond and the gardens surrounding it were ...
... just outside Kyoto and was researching the town for things to do for her American friend who was coming over. When we were done eating a truly amazing lunch, which I really needed despite my waking up terribly nauseous each day due to jet lag I think, Chiaki invited me to come along to the nearby shrine to pay respect to her ancestors.
I had already been to this shrine but not quite 'in action' as it were. Chaki was wonderful. We first entered the temple ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Avanshell Kyoto
We were in Japan for 2 weeks earlier this month and spent 5 days in Kyoto. We stayed at the Holiday Inn - it is no doubt, as other reviewers here said, kind of far from the train station. By taxi or hotel shuttle, you can reach the hotel in 20 mins. though. With a bit of planning, you can actually leave early in the morning using the shuttle and return at night likewise. The earliest shuttle leaves at 8 a.m. and the next one 9:20 a.m. The last shuttle from the Kyoto station (to the hotel) leaves at close to 9 p.m. We were able to make use of the shuttle service daily except when we first arrived cause we didn't have the shuttle schedule with us then. The taxi ride costed us some 2,000 yen.
Save your money! Stay out of downtown Kyoto. The reason one goes to Kyoto is because of the temples and shrines. These for the most part are not located in down town Kyoto. They are much closer to the Holiday Inn, much within walking distance. Better yet rent one of the bikes they have available and see as much of Kyoto as you like, which is what we did. Kyoto is buy far the best city we visted in Japan. I can't see wasting money on a more expensive hotel in down town Kyoto. I would rather spend my money on things to remember my trip by and eating out. The hotel is clean with comfortable beds and a free internet room to keep in touch with the ones not fortunate enough to come along. Make sure to visit the Gion district to get a sense of old Japan
We booked this hotel because it was inexpensive. Previous reviews have mentioned that this hotel is far away from the city center which is absolutely true. It takes approximately 30min to get to the center of Kyoto by city bus (which was our method of transportation although the hotel did offer a free shuttle several times a day). It was okay though because we were out sightseeing pretty much all day and thus did not make more than one trip back and forth per day. The bathroom in the rooms was really tiny and kind of had a weird smell (kind of like rubber? ). Otherwise the rooms were very nice and comfortable. The buffet breakfast from the hotel is subpar and there are plently of better things to eat around Kyoto. All and all would recommend for the price (we paid around $80 US per night).
Good for family
Our two families, one of three, and one of four stayed in the Holiday Inn in Kyoto in January. The rooms were standard western hotel rooms: I had requested non smoking rooms in my internet booking, and was given rooms on the non smoking 9th floor.
We found the hotel shuttle to the Kyoto station very useful- just be aware it leaves across the road from the station, not right outside as the other hotel buses do. Look for the MK taxis office and the shuttle stop is right outside. The shuttle will drop you off along the way to the station for sightseeing days.
The room rate was very good: including a trundle bed, it was around $100 per night. The sushi restaurant on the ground floor was excellent and shouldn't be missed.
Easily the best value in Kyoto. Don't let the location (far from Kyoto station which is in the south of the city) bother you. Kyoto station is only really of value if you are traveling a long distance (Shinkansen). Other train stations in central Kyoto are more easily reached from the hotel.
This hotel was our first experience with hotels in Japan. It is quite a distance from Kyoto Station (20-30 min by the hotel shuttle) or 30-60 min by city bus. We found the hotel a good fit for our needs. We stayed for 5 nights and the hotel is closer to some sightseeing areas from the station. Once we got familiar with some bus routes, it was easier than expected to get around. The hotel is only a 3 block walk from a main bus line (which is nothing once you've been walking around Kyoto for days).
First, let me say that this hotel is older. Not in bad shape just expect a comfort inn level not a Holiday Inn level. It is connected to a shopping mall with a grocery store in the basement level and a food court with various japanese style restaurants. Although there is a McDonalds here, don't expect the same type of menu. The hotel restaurant doesn't open until 7 am and the starbucks connected in the mall doesn't open until 9 am. Be forewarned that they are not early risers in Japan. The hotel itself has elevators that sound like godzilla when you ride in them but they got you there. There is a laundry on the 5th floor but note - it is a stackable that is very very small, only a few things will fit in them at once. You can obtain an all day bus pass from the front desk and they can arrange airport pickup for you too. We took a van/taxi to Kansai Airport from here for only $30 per person. They even have Dominoes Pizza that will deliver to your room which is a good thing after a week trying to eat their food. This hotel was conveninetly located to two bus stops which made for a very easy time to get around to sightsee. There is a tremendous amount to do in Kyoto. Plan on at least two days here. The front desk staff did speak a limited amount of English - enough to get by and were friendly when asked a question. Overall, I would probably stay here again for the location and price.
Just returned from Japan spent 6 nights in the Holiday Inn Kyoto
Rooms: While the building looks a little apalling from outside, it's got decent, if small, western-style rooms with 2 beds. Basic HI class, with no problems. Also bigger, superior rooms available. They seemed to be in better condition also.