How to Visit the Main Attractions in Kyoto in Three Days with Kansai Area Pass
Text / Luo Yi
When planning a trip to Japan, the task can be quite daunting and overwhelming. The first issue most people would face is not about the language but the traffic –- Should I buy a JR Pass? Can I take the subway with the JR Pass? Oh and there are so many one day passes of bus and subway, should I buy a day pass or a rechargeable transport card? Too complicated!
Ok, I decide to visit Kyoto. Here comes the second issue about itinerary: My time is limited, so how should I plan my itinerary wisely? How to avoid the crowds at those popular attractions?
Now, the newly released Kansai Area Pass can solve both of your issues with one stone. With this pass and the recommended itinerary, you can visit the main attractions in Kyoto in just three days.
1. Introduction to Kansai Area Pass
How to purchase :
Available on the official website or through Travel Agencies outside Japan
→Take Keihan Railway (8 minutes, get off Gion Shijo Station), enjoy Gion at night
Departure from your hotel (in the morning) → Go to Kyoto Station and deliver your luggage to Kansai Airport. →Take JR (17 minutes, get off at Saga Arashiyama Station) , visit Arashiyama
→Take JR (17 minutes, get off at Kyoto Station)
→Arrive at Kansai Airport by Haruka (1 hour and 15 minutes)
☆☆☆ Why We Plan the Itinerary Like This ☆ ☆ ☆
1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple opens at 6:00 a.m., so you can visit it in the early morning before breakfast to avoid the crowds.
2. Gion is very busy during the day, therefore it’s recommended to visit it at night. You can walk around the dreamy historical neighborhood, Shirakawa, Hanami-koji Alley, Ishibe-koji Alley, Gion Corner, or have a cup of coffee at the world’s first Starbucks with tatami.
3. Using the delivery service to handle your luggage can save you the time going to your hotel, and also avoid the hassle of traveling on public transport with large luggage.
4. Traveling by bus in Kyoto usually takes more time than by subway and railway, and buses to popular attractions are often overcrowded. It is likely that you can’t even get on board. So it’s recommended to use JR, subway and Keihan Railway to save time, as well as to avoid the hassle of finding a bus station or taking a bus to the opposite direction which are frequently encountered problems of foreign tourists.