Things to do in Nara

Nara day trip Nara is a 45 minute trip outside Kyoto on the Nara line, using the Japan rail pass again (see what good value it can be!) The main attraction is Todai-Ji, where Daibutsu-den (great Buddha Hall) lies. The Buddha is actually amazing and so large and tall! Around £4 entrance fee. Nara-koen (Nara…

Bars in Kyoto

A regular theme for Kyoto bars (just like in Tokyo) are, firstly, how many there are and, secondly, how small and cosy they can be! Unlike the UK, Japan uses all spaces in a building for smaller restaurants / shops and bars so look out for the sign showing what places are on each floor….

Restaurants in Kyoto

RESTAURANTS IN KYOTO One thing to remember is you do not have to tip in Japan – they can actually find it insulting. The Cube, Kyoto Station 600-8216 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward We stayed local for our first evening and eat in Kyoto Station, which actually has a nice food area called “The Cube”…

Kyoto Itinerary

HOTEL IN KYOTO We stayed at Sakura Terrace: 〒601-8016 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Minami Ward, Higashikujo Karasumacho – a very spacious modern hotel and only around £40 pp per night. We chose to stay near Kyoto station given the city is fairly spread out and we wanted to have good links to transport. Whilst there is not that…

Miyajima and Hiroshima

It seemed a shame to go all the way to Kyoto without making the trip to Hiroshima. You can get there on the bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass in 2.5 hours and book your train in advance. We left at around 8am, arrived at 10.30 and jumped on a train to Miyajima to…

Restaurants and Bars in Tokyo

RESTAURANTS IN TOKYO How can you possibly decide which restaurant to eat at?! At lunchtimes I tended to go for a small Japanese style “cafe” which did not have an English menu (or name!) and just ask for a ramen dish at the cost of around £3! Also check out the 7Eleven’s which have a…

Tokyo Itinerary

HOTELS IN TOKYO We stayed in Shinjuku for both our stints in Tokyo (in between our visit to Kyoto). City Hotel Lonestar Shinjuku 2-12-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture Located in the heart of Shinjuku near the Golden Gai area, City Hotel Lonestar is around £40 pp a night with friendly staff, clean rooms with…