Transportation in Kyoto. From a manager of hotel in Kyoto.

As you might know, public transportation of Japan is really complicated. Even for me, it’s hard to tell the best way to get destinations.

What is the best way to see around Kyoto?

It’s impossible to answer actually because it really depends on where are you going. Options are

JR
Walk
Subway
Bus
Taxi

JR doesn’t cover sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

If you have JR pass, you will try to use it as much as possible, but JR doesn’t cover sightseeing spots in Kyoto Unfortunately.

After arriving Kyoto station, the next chance to use JR pass can be when you take Shinkansen to Osaka.


*Red line is JR, Blue circles are major spots.

Walking

Kyoto is very beautiful and awesome place to walk especially around our hotel(Important!). On the other hand, Kyoto is geographically small and surrounded by historical things, walking is very reasonable option to move around.

If it’s just 2 – 3 stops by subway to the next destination, please try to walk. You’ll see something on the way.

Subway and Bus

This will be the main option in Kyoto. You can buy one day pass at stations, but please consider its price and your plan. It’s not easy to conclude which is cheaper for you.

Taxi

Although I don’t know why, Kyoto’s taxi fee is slightly cheaper than other cities in Japan and as I told you already, Kyoto is small, taxi is very important to save your time especially if your group is 3-4 people.

Here’s an example.

Keage station to Sanjo Keihan. This is common route for our guest to get downtown in Kyoto.

Subway : 2 stops. 220 JPY each.
Taxi   : Around 600 JPY

If your group is 4 people, taxi is even cheaper than subway. It happens often when you are exploring Kyoto, please always check the possibility of taking taxi.

Have you booked hotel?

If you still haven’t found a hotel in Kyoto, stay at Kyoto Higashiyama With Hotel and let me tell you more about Ramen!!

Tomoki Hoshi, Kyoto Higashiyama With Hotel, Manager

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Why it’s hard to choose Japanese Sake(Rice wine)??

Japanese Sake(Rice wine)

Sake is an important factor of Japanese food culture. it’s rice wine as you know, has hundreds year of history.

I strongly believe that Sake is the best choice to have with Japanese foods, especially Sushi or Sashimi, can be called “best marriage” like wine and western foods.

As I quote from Wine, Sake is often compared with wine. However, there is a big difference between Sake and Wine, and it makes much harder to choose Sake especially for foreigners.

Distilled alcohol makes it hard to choose right one.

Basically wine is made of 100% Grapes as far as I know, but Sake is not the same. I guess it’s because of business thing, there are some Sake that has distilled alcohol. Adding distilled alcohol has been found after the world war second, Japan was very poor and it was hard to use much rice to make Sake, producers started to add it to Sake.

It’s just in my opinion, but I get bad drunk when I have sake that contains distilled alcohol, and it doesn’t taste good. That’s why I want all of foreigners to try good Sake that is made from 100% rice.

How to tell??

How to tell ones without it from ones with it? It’s easy for Japanese people, every bottles show it on its bottle, but it’s written in Japanese alphabets….

One word “Jun mai”

Of course there is a way to get it for foreigners who don’t speak Japanese. When you buy a bottle of Sake at stores, just tell them “Junmaishu(純米酒)”. It’s “Pure rice” directly translated, you will get Sake bottle that doesn’t contain distilled alcohol.

I’ll introduce Sakes that I think it’s good enough to recommend to my guests on this blog, please stay tuned!!(it’ll be a perfect excuse to spend some money on Sake for me. haha.)

Have you booked hotel?

If you still haven’t found a hotel in Kyoto, stay at Kyoto Higashiyama With Hotel and let me tell you more about Ramen!!

Tomoki Hoshi, Kyoto Higashiyama With Hotel, Manager

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「Wow I didn’t know there are so many places they don’t take cards, how can I get cash!!」

Japan is a developing country when it comes to credit cards

In japan, especially in Kyoto, we still see so many shops, restaurants and places that they do not accept credit card.

Or maybe you have other foreign currency by traveling several countries.

This is the best way to exchange your cash to JPY!


You can find this machines all over Japan, It’s very easy to use.

This is special discount coupon only for people reading this article. Why I can do this? Simply because, one of my best friend is in charge of this business:)

Only 4 steps

1. Click here!
2. You will get coupon QR code.
3. You can find the map that shows you the closest one from your current location.
4. Machine reads QR code, you will get special rate!!

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About Kyoto Higashiyama With Hotel

Hello! I’m Tomoki Hoshi, manager of Kyoto Higashiyama With

On this blog, I will introduce Kyoto’s hidden spots, places, and restaurants that are so hard to be found by foreigners:)

About Kyoto Higashiyama With

  • Surrounded by sight seeing spots
  • Messaging on your smart phone.
  • Spacious rooms, 25/35/65 square meters.
  • Free for Children sleep with parents.
  • Designed by an architect who has over 40 years career.

Surrounded by sight seeing spots。

Kyoto Higashiyama With is situated in what Kyotoites call the “Kyoto of Kyotos”. Surrounded by temples and shrines, this is the best place to explore the real Kyoto.

Nanzenji, Eikando, Philosopher’s path, Silver pavilion, Heian shrine, Chion-in, Syouren-on, Maruyama park, Yasaka shrine, Geon area etc.etc. All are in walking distance.

When you look into a map, it looks far from downtowns such as Ponto-Cho Or Kiya-machi. But Kyoto city is a small town, you can get Ponto-cho in 15 mins walk actually.

Recently, Kyoto has so many tourists, but we know hidden spots where you can enjoy real Kyoto in quiet circumstance. It will be introduced on this blog, please stay tune!

Messaging on your smart phone.!

You can contact us through all of messaging apps that will be informed when you made a booking.

Every questions will be answered immediately even before you arrive!

Special discount 10% will be offered on LINE, please contact me through the QR code below;


If you don’t have LINE account, please send me Email and tell me “I read the blog!”

Spacious rooms, 25/35/65 square maters.

If you have stayed at hotels in Japan, you will be surprised when you come into out rooms. The smallest room is 25m2, this is much bigger than other same class hotels here. I have seen 11 m2 twin room!!

Free for Children sleep with parents.

It’s free for children who sleep together with children.

Generally, hotel charged people not room in Japan, family trip becomes very expensive. Our price system is room charge, additional charge from 3rd person is only 2,000 JPY per person and night, it is very good for family or group:)

Designed by an architect who has over 40 years career.

Kyoto Higashiyama With has been build in May, 2017, still very new. It is designed by an awesome architect who has designed over 25,000 houses in his over 40 years career.

Our guests love the design that mixed western and Japanese style, please enjoy your time in that modern space.

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