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It takes about two and half hours to go from Tokyo to Kyoto by train, ( do not forget to get the JR pass ). On reaching Kyoto rail way station, ask about the tourist information office. The staff there is very helpful. There are...More
Commentary in English was sparse, with the Japanese bus guide talking constantly on the address system, which became distracting. Not nearly enough time at the temples, given the crowds. Commentary was late (we'd passed the points of interest when the explanation was provided!)
We took this bus ride today. (Notice I didn’t say tour!) There was very little commentary in English with the pre-recorded “tour”. The Japanese tour guide onboard the bus spoke almost non-stop while we Anglophones listened to canned Japanese music through our ear buds. We...More
I enjoyed most of the trip provided by sky's, the guide was very helpful when my translator didn't work, i did find the japanese commentary a bit loud when trying to listen to my headphone commentary.
definitely don't go in summer on a hot and...More
Rather than pay over $80 for our tour company's optional Kyoto Day Tour we ventured out on our own and found the Sky Bus instead for less than half that cost The lady outside the ticket office was helpful and lovely as was the female...More
Excellent opportunity for a quick tour of the area to get your bearings so that you can view on a wider scale. Being open top you have the advantage of seeing things on high and gaining excellent photographs. The area you like you can then...More
Having arrived in Kyoto and checked in to our hotel for a 4-night stay, this was a pleasant way to "get our bearings" in a city, before embarking on our specific itinerary.
With only 3 buses per day on peak season weekdays (4 at weekends),...More
This company offers various driving tours of Kyoto city - we did the WB Skybus and temple visit tour. A 4-hour open-air bus tour of Kyoto is a TERRIBLE idea in the heat of August. Don't do it.
All seats are top deck with no...More
Yes we are guilty, we just fall in a bad tourist trap.
One hour drive over Kyoto streets with a non working headphones after a while they reseted the translator system and was non sync with the drive.
You can invest your money wisely
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.