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Top 10 day trips from Kyoto
They do not have to move continuously from one location to another to see new parts of Japan, so much can be reached within a sensible commuting distance from a major town. We have made these trips from Kyoto, but they are also appropriate if you are located in Osaka, Kobe or Nara.
During our years of travel to Japan, we have made tens of day trips from Kyoto. Much as I love walking through the Kyoto roads and plunging into the city's unparalleled ambience and river, it is also a very comfortable starting point for discovering the centre of Japan's major isle, Honshu.
Tokyo and Osaka have less of a metropolitan feeling, but it is still a heavily settled area and sometimes it is good to end it with a journey to a smaller town or even the country. These are 10 of our most popular day trips from Kyoto that can be taken as day trips.
If, like us, you are inclined to arrive with a modest amount of baggage and limit the number of movements you need, then slightly longer day trips are an ideal outing. When you stay in Tokyo, there are 10 more top day trips from Tokyo.
We' re a little experienced with day trips that usually start early and pick up a Starbucks and something from the local baker's just before boarding the bus for breakfasts and either return after supper, pick up a meal on the bus or dine at one of the (literally) 100 Kyoto Station precincts before we return to our hotels at nocturnal.
We can always sleep on the tram if we want, but we put the alarms on our tel. Japaneese railways have such a demanding schedule that we usually give ourselves a 5-minute stop to put things back in our pockets and be prepared because the stations are very brief.
Accommodation in Kyoto: The Granvia Hotel is perfect if we plan a few longer day trips outside Kyoto. It is very suitable for early sailings and delayed arrival directly at the train stations. There is an outstanding choice of local eateries and stores and you can reach all areas of the town comfortably by bus and metro, both coming from the railway area.
These are 10 of our most popular day trips from Kyoto: It is 2 1/4 hrs to Kanazawa with a special fastrain. When you want to hike through the Chaya Quarter at twilight, hoping to see a hostess or have a cozy dinner with regional sea food, it's easy because the locomotives back to Kyoto run late into the dark.
Kanazawa's high points are the Kenroku-en-Garten, one of the country's top 3 parks, and the adjoining palace. These are the closest and most vibrant areas after Kyoto, but some of the old teahouses have been transformed into live museum and teashops that I really enjoy.
They were not part of our plans, but we found them both as we walked the roads of the cityscape. Further information on the day trip from Kyoto to Kanazawa can be found in this article. Fewer than 40 min after you leave Kyoto train terminal, you will reach Nagahama, a small cosy and relaxed atmosphere.
Opposite the railway stations is Nagahama Palace, the garden, which is a favourite place for visiting Zakura in early summer, and the banks of Lake Biwa. You will find some interesting monuments around Kurokabe Place with ornamental glazing and dishes that are a speciality of the city.
You can also find some great places to eat and a beautifully adorned commemorative caravan of the cities. The Nagahama Bonbai and Nagahama Hikiyama Matsuri, a professional Nagahama Hikiyama Theater event attended by kids, are two of the city's activities that we have visited on various occasions.
Himeji high-speed rail takes about 55 min. each way. Himeji's great tourist attractions are, of course, the fortress, which is probably the most imposing of the few pristine fortresses dating from the time of the feudals. The drive through the open areas of the palace and the imposing garden takes several long hrs.
They are passing the information center just before you arrive, they are speaking English and can help you plan the day, but my choice would be Mt Shosha (Shoshazan Engyo-ji). It is possible to walk all the way, take the cable car, then an easy walk, or take a coach from the cable car to fit your physical condition and your available free moment.
It was used to film a sequence from the film The Last Samurai, but Tom Cruise's actor skills should not be used as a pretext for not exploring this area. It is a short way, only a 30-minute ride by rail to Sakamoto railway in the neighboring Shiga Prefecture.
Ropeway is great and the view of Biwa is fantastic and the walk between the churches on Mount Hiei is a real adventure far away from the hustle and bustle of town. If there is a place to eat, we suggest you take a 7-eleven or baker's buffet with you.
There is a conbini between the centre and the funicular if you want to collect beverages or canapés. In this article you can find all the information you need to plan a day excursion to Enrukuji from Kyoto. It is a longer distance for a day excursion of 2 1/2 hrs with the high-speed trains in each way, but as you can lean back and enjoy the trains relatively comfortably, it is possible.
And I know a lot of folks who made the day out of Tokyo, although I don't suggest it. You have two possibilities you would probably do here, one is Miyajima Island and the other is to discover Hiroshima City with a main emphasis on the Peace Park and key theattractions.
From Miyajima Island take the 30 -minute rail to Miyajimaguchi and then take the small road right in front of the school. One can see the banks of offshoots from the boat on the way in, I had on two trips with no negative impression. The Peace Park, the Musée and the A-dome are on the town' s most visited area.
Also of interest are the palace and its grounds, the ballpark, the shukkeien gardens and the mall. The Hiroshima City sightseeing tours take you to most of the sights and if you want to make it a little faster, take the streetcar in one direction or take the streetcar directly to Peace Parc, which departs from outside the railway terminal and pulls off comfortably opposite the A-dome.
It is only 30 min to Osaka and we have collected the Osaka Amazing Pass (formerly known as Osaka Free Pass) from the information center in front of the central school. The Y2300 will cover all your rail (or bus) transports with free admission to 28 rides with reductions on some others.
On the 60-minutes Suijyo Aqualiner-Kreuzfahrt we visited the town from the canal. Then we went to Osaka to visit the Nishinomaru Garden, where we were at the time of the prune bloom, we stayed for a while with a free guided tour that could tell us a lot about the palace and the flower in English.
Osaka Historical Centre is located in the immediate vicinity of the palace with some life-size cityscape restorations, if you are interested. There is pride in Osaka's tasty cuisine and it is well justifiable to devote part of the day to choosing what to dine and have. Later in the afternoons we drove up the Umeda Sky Building Reserve, a great place to admire the view as it changes from natural light to twilight and turns on the citysights.
When you are on the road for a day or a sojourn in Osaka, you will find here our extensive travel guidebook to the activities in Osaka. It' full of hints on where to dine, spend the night and gamble in Osaka. A further day excursion less than an hours from Kyoto is the town of Kobe.
The town was ravaged by the great Hanshin quake in 1995, but apart from the unfamiliar monuments and monuments. There' s much more in Kobe, of course, as it has long been a flourishing harbour, it has a sturdy Chinese town and is one of the best places in Japan to have the Chinese New Year, which marked the date of our first time there.
There is also a sturdy historical saké neighborhood open for tastings and many folks would only be traveling to the famous Kobe veal in their hometown. One hour's drive from Kyoto could take you to the historical Hikone fortress. It is home to one of 4 of Japan's pristine palaces, which have been declared national treasures.
It is situated on the shore of the Biwa and on a clear day you have a wonderful view over the city and the sea from the top level of the Lázn? Chalet. Walking along the ditch, you will find a reconstructed road that provides good dining opportunities, among them one of our best dishes of native Japanese cattle.
There is a good palace history centre here, separated from the palace itself, which prevents overcrowding. Alternatively, if you are a quicker traveler, you should combine Hikone and Nagahama for a day trip, as the railway goes right past Nagahama railway terminal on the way to Hikone.
JR to Nara is a 45-minute commute. Enchanting stags running around the parks, in front of the shrines and even in the stores. You will be at Okayama railway terminal one and a half hours westward of Kyoto. It is home to another of Japan's three best known as Koraku-en-groves.
Okayama Palace is part of the "borrowed landscape", a shared part of Japan's landscape architecture and is well into it. Once you have explored the palace and Gardens, an interesting alternative in this part of the countryside is to go to the Kibi Plain and rent a bike to discover the trails between the paddy fields, sanctuaries, carpentry and historical tombs along the way.
Take the 30-minute Ichinomiya Soy or Bizen to rent a bike, it is usually on its own bike lanes and the bike can be taken back at the opposite stop. While this is not an exhausting schedule of day trips from Kyoto, they are a few of those we have made, and they are all targets we have really enjoys for a wide range of reason, and they are easily done with Japan's effective urban transportation system.