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How to Use Time Wisely on Kyoto Sightseeing

How to Use Time Wisely on Kyoto Sightseeing

Translated by Miki Takeshita

Written by Keishi Kawakami

Kyoto 2014.06.19 Bookmark

When you arrive at the ancient city Kyoto, you'll definitely have many things to do, many places to visit. To carry out your wonderful sightseeing plan into reality, you need to keep the two facts in mind about "time" at Kyoto.

When you arrive at the ancient city Kyoto, you'll definitely have many things to do, many places to visit. To carry out your wonderful sightseeing plan into reality, you need to keep the two facts in mind about "time" at Kyoto.

1. 【Buses are cheap but unpunctual and time-consuming】

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When looking around Kyoto, you can use the city bus. It covers most of the sightseeing spots, so it is useful when you want to lower the cost on transportation.
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However, its weak point is that the moving speed is very slow. If you are planning to visit many places in a day, or running out of time, bus is not a clever choice.

Instead, take taxis. Of course taxis are pretty expensive (especially those with sightseeing guides), but they're absolutely faster than buses. As they say, your time really is money.

(The guided taxis' fee depends on the types, but in general it costs around thirty to seventy ten thousand yen for a half-day usage.)

2【Temples and Shrines close around sunset】

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The must to see in Kyoto are the temples and shrines. Those wooden, ancient structures amuse many travelers.

What you have to be careful here is the opening hours of them. Most temples or shrines close their gate at 17:00.

Some of them close at 16:30 or 18:00, but just keep in mind that it closes around 17:00. (Just to know, Sanjusangen-do closes the entrance counter at 16:30, and Kiyomizu temple close its gate at 18:00.)ssI strongly recommend to check the opening hours in advance!

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It is "Mottainai" to miss the visit to temples just because you were late for few minutes! Lowering the costs is of course an important matter, but do not forget to manage your time schedules on sightseeing at Kyoto!

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