Day 2 Japan – Kyoto

Definitely get the 1 day city bus ticket. In Japan, bus drivers don’t give you change for your fare.  Save the hassle and get a Day Pass and you save money and conscience. Enter the bus from the rear and exit in front while paying for your fare.

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Fountain with words

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Kyoto still has old charms. You still can spot ladies dressed in kimono along the streets.

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Kinkakuji


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At Gion


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Zen garden at Ryoanji


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Day 2 we went to Unesco site Kinkakuji – Golden Pavilion. Take bus 101 from Kyoto Station. There’s a Kyoto Tourist information centre there too. About one hour journey and you’ll know when to alight as every bus has the station information. By itself the pavilion is not outstanding but viewed together with the Park is a breathtaking view of Kyoto landscaping and changing colors of the season.

Take bus 59 opposite the Kinkakuji to Ryoanji – the rock garden.

On our return journey we stopped by the Kyoto museum of fine arts.
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Took bus 50 back to Kyoto Station. After a few stops, we realised that the bus passed by Nikko Palace and we got off to go to the Kyoto Manga museum. Unfortunately the museum closed at 6pm.

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This very efficient guy managing the noodle shop by himself.

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The Isetan food hall at the Kyoto Station. 2 levels at the basement of food.

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How do the Japanese sell so much food (I presume someone eats them.) Yet stay so slim?

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