JAPAN Trip 2010 - Part 6: Last Stop Kyoto!





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Published on May 8, 2011

This one covers the final few days of our trip, during which we took the bullet train to Kyoto and joined a one day tour care of JTB Sunrise. We had to take our luggage with us during morning rush hour, which made it a huge pain to get to the JR Tokaido Shinkansen, but once we got on it was a pretty smooth ride.

After checking into the Rihga Royal Hotel we caught the subway to downtown Kyoto (or to what we thought was downtown) to walk around and check out the scene. We ate our way up and down Nishiki-koji food market, did some shopping around Shijo dori, which was a long street with many department stores, then wandered over to Yasaka shrine.

At the shrine we found some flyers for a special two week event they were having at Chion-in temple. They opened up Chion-in at night and dressed it up with lights, which was pretty stunning Tickets were about $20.

The next day we joned up with JTB Sunrise Tours and did their Kyoto full day package. We went to Nijo Castle (no photography inside), Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto Imperial Palace (no photography some areas), Kyoto Handicraft Center (lunch and souveneirs), Heian Jingu Shrine, Sanjusangendo Hall (no photography) and Kiyomizudera Temple (series of temples on the top of a hill with, amazing views overlooking Kyoto). Since we only had a day in Kyoto this seemed like the best option to see as much as we could, and JTB is highly recommended by a lot of people.

The next day we headed back to Tokyo for our last day in Japan. We spent the day shopping and eating, eventually ending up in this awesome seafood place around Shinjuku. It was one of the coolest places we ate at - we even had a grilled tuna head, which was one of their specialities and they only server a couple a day. It was a great way to finish off the trip.

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