Planning document & Itinerary for Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo – May 2015

For those interested in my planning document and transport taken to go to places, here it is. There is a need to tidy it up to reflect the actual itinerary (because of weather consideration, etc)

11 May (Monday) – Tokyo

Arrive Tokyo for one night stay at “Toyoko Inn Shinagawa-eki Takanawa-guchi”
Buy Shinkansen Rail tickets for Kyoto (at Shinagawa Station)

12 May (Tuesday) – Kyoto

Leave for Kyoto Station via Shinkansen Rail

Stay in Capsule Ryokan Kyoto (till 16 May)
(Typhoon Noul and rain on arrival at Kyoto; change of initial plan as it rained throughout the day and night.)

Visit Downtown Kyoto
(At Kyoto Station and take bus (#5, 26, 101) to Shijo Karasuma bus station

  • Nishiki Market (closes at 5 pm)
  • Ponto-cho (geisha) comes alive at night, see nearby Kamo-gawa (Kamo River)

13 May (Wednesday) – Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple (World Heritage Site)
Bus (#206) from Kyoto Station and drop at Gojo-zaka bus stop

Yasaka Shrine & Kodai-ji Temple

Return journey to Kyoto Station, take same bus (#206) from bus stations nearby (either Gion or Higashiyama Sanjo) to Kyoto Station

Fushimi Inari Shrine (4 km up the mountain for main shrine)
Kyoto Station – Take JR Nara Line drop at Inari Station

14 May (Thursday) – Day trip in Nara (World Heritage Site)

Kyoto to Nara from Kyoto Station via Kintetsu (Limited Express) – Limited Express also called Tokkyu (Yen 1,130 for 33 minutes ride). Drop at Kintetsu Nara Station.

Todai-ji Temple

Naramachi Koshi-no-Ie Lattice House –closes at 5 pm.
Take bus from near Todai-ji Temple (Bus 2 runs clockwise to come down, Flat rate Yen 210)

15 May (Friday) – Kyoto

Arashiyama Area
(Bus 28 from Kyoto Station to Arashimaya Tenryu-ji mae (45 minutes)

Tenryu-ji (Zen Temple, World Heritage Site) closing time 5.30 pm Yen 600 per person

  • North gate of temple = Bamboo grove
  • Walk 5 minutes for Torokko Arashimaya Station
  • Take Sagano Romantic Train (Yen 1200 per person), ends at Torokko Kameoka Station for return trip back to Torokko Saga Station)
  • Walk to adjacent block to JR Saga Station and take JR Sagano Line back to Kyoto Station

Chion-ji Temple Hyakumanben Craft Markets (from 8am to 4 pm) – Artisan fair on the 15th of each month (Bus 206 from Kyoto Station to Hyakumanben)

16 May (Saturday) – Tokyo

Leave Kyoto for Tokyo
Hotel for 2 nights : Toyoko Inn Shinagawa-eki Konan-guchi Tennozu

-Tomato (10am to 6pm) closed on Sundays
-Tsukiyosu Hiroshi Shouten (10am to 6pm) closed on Sundays
– Mihama Cloth / Mihama Kurosu (10am to 5pm) closed on Sundays

Fujimizaka is located a 5 minute walk from Nippori Station. On a sunny day, you can get a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji from the top of the slope. The best times are in mid-November and January-end at dusk when the views are breathtaking.

Yanaka Ginza

17 May (Sunday) – Tokyo

. At Harajuku Station, visit Yoyogi Park

. Fabric shopping in Shinjuku
If you still have time to shop, head back down on the JR Yamanote Line to Shinkuku Station, the largest station in the world.

Takashimaya Times Square – Tokyu Hands and Yuzawaya, Kinokuniya
(JR Shinjuku station – new South Gate)

. Design fiesta (11am to 7pm) yen 1000/pax

At Tokyo Big Sight
Rinkai Line Approx. 7 minutes’ walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo Station (Yen 270/pax) 6 min

. Evening stroll at Tennozu Ise (near Hotel)
At the foot of Tennozu Isle Station is Seafort Square. People arriving are greeted by a wooden walkway that stretches along the river, lined with popular shops, cafes.

18 May (Monday) – Tokyo

Take Tokyo Monorail at Tennozu Isle to Haneda Airport International Terminal

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