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The Kamakura Mega Guide

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Whether you want a day of hiking from shrine to temple through beautiful mountains and valleys, a day at the beach or a stroll around a bustling town with its fair share of culture, Kamakura (just south of Tokyo) is perfect. A long-ago political capital alongside Nara and Kyoto, Kamakura shares many of the traditional features and is a great place to get your taste of ancient Japan if you can’t reach Kansai.
Once a great fortress town thanks to the surrounding mountains and open sea, it is now thriving city filled with quaint shopping streets, stunning temples and peaceful shrines, along with the famous Buddha of course. With a history of inhabitants stretching back 10,000 years, Kamakura developed into the political capit

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Kyoto City Bus 206

Kyoto City Bus 206, Kyoto.


Kyoto city bus #206 runs from

The anti-clockwise bus #206 starts from Kitaoji Bus Terminal (Subway Kitaoji Station), then passes Kitaoji Shinmachi, Kitaoji Horikawa, Daitokuji-mae (Daitokuji Temple), Kenkun Jinja-mae (Kenkun-jinja Shrine), Funaokayama, Senbon Kitaoji, Lighthouse-mae, Senbon Kuramaguchi, Kenryuko-mae, Senbon Kamidachiuri, Senbon Imadegawa, Senbon Nakadachiuri, Senbon Demizu, Senbon Nakadachiuri, Senbon Marutamachi, Nijo Station, Senbon Sanjo, Suzaku Ritsumeikan-mae, Mibu Soshajo-mae, Shijo-Omiya, Omiya Gojo, Shimabara-guchi, Nanajo Horikawa, Kyoto Station, Karasuma Nanajo, Nanajo Kawaramachi, Nanajo Keihan-mae, Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae (for Sanjusangendo Temple), Higashiyama Nanajo, Umamachi, Gojozaka, Kiyomizu-michi, Higashiyama Yasui, Gion, Chionin-mae (Chionin Temple), Higashiyama Sanjo (Subway Higashiyama Station), Higashiyama Niomon, Okazaki Koen-guchi, Kumano Jinja-mae (Kumano-jinja Shrine), Konoedori, Kyodai Seimon-mae (Kyoto University), Hyakumanben, Asukaicho, Eiden Mototanaka, Takano, Takagicho, Rakuhoku Koko-mae, Furitsu Daigaku-mae (Kyoto Prefectural University), Shokubutsuen-mae (Botanical Garden) and Karasuma Kitaoji. The clockwise bus follows the route in reverse.

The anticlockwise Kyoto #206 bus service for Kyoto Station begins at 5.30am daily from Kitaoji Bus Terminal and the last bus is 11.14pm. The clockwise Kyoto #206 bus service for Kyoto Station via Kiyomizudera Temple begins at 5.30am daily from Kitaoji Bus Terminal and the last bus is 11.07pm.

Kyoto City Bus 206.

From Kyoto Station the first anticlockwise Kyoto #206 bus is at 5.33am daily and the last bus is at 11.06pm. The clockwise Kyoto #206 bus service from Kyoto Station begins at 5.36am daily and the last bus is 11.08pm. There are 1-9 buses an hour.

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5 Reasons why Skipping Nara is a HUGE mistake


Did you know that one of Japan’s greatest cultural and historical centers is only a short trian ride south of Kyoto? Nara – the ancient capital that was thriving before Kyoto was even a glimmer in the eye of its founder – is truly an untapped tourism resource in the Kansai region that many foreign visitors overlook. In fact, Nara was recently included on several “most overlooked destinations” lists on Japan in 2016, and that really got us thinking at KyoTours Japan about how to better introduce this awesome city to our guests.

So here’s a short list of five great experiences you can look forward to in Nara when you visit, either on your own or on a half day tour to the ancient capital with KyoTours Japan.

1. Meet the World’s Largest Buddha Statue

The Daibutsu (big Buddha) is by far the most must-see sight in Nara. This massive 15 meter tall statue dates back to the 700s, and is truly a central point in Japan’s cultural and religious history. Housed in the world’s largest wooden building (!), the giant Buddha consistently leaves chatty tourists speechless and awestruck as they gaze up at the detailed statue. The stories about the construction and “eye-opening ceremony” of this Buddha that your KyoTours guide will share with you are just as amazing as the statue itself.

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Three Must-See Reasons to Visit Japan (Setouchi Region)


Written by Levi Caleb Allan @levicaleballan

Having only been out of Australia once before, you can imagine the culture shock I experienced when Visit Japan Au invited me along to explore the southern regions of Japan over a week, late last year.

Japan, a country that consists of over 6,800 islands, is genuinely one of the most amazing countries you could ever experience, both culture wise & scenic wise. I don’t there’s another place on earth with people so kind (they have over 18 ways to say “sorry”, like what?) and civilised, food so scrumptious & diverse, yet live in a landscape so stunning and still be over populated.
Being well known for it’s reliable year-long temperature and low rainfall levels, the Setouchi Region (otherwise known as Okayama) consists of a constant pleasing climate for the locals, making it more substainable to farm high-quality vegetation such as rice.

My approach to travelling (& photography..) is quite often exploring & hiking through vast mountain scapes in search of wide scenes that amplify the meaning of isolation in the outdoors, so it was quite a creative experience spending the better half of a week learning the Japanese culture & way of life, first hand.
I’ll definitely be visiting Japan again in the near future to explore and hike the alps of the north side of the country, otherwise known as Tohoku.

Below I’m going to give you my personal top three reasons to visit Japan (Setouchi Region).

1. Itsukushima Island

Popularly known as Miyajima (translates to “Shrine Island”), Itsukushima is an island located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan. Itsukushima Island is one the Three Views of Japan specified in 1643 by Hayashi Gahō. The island is part of the city of Hatsukaichi in the Hiroshima Prefecture.

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Useful Apps for Visitors

Now two new apps provide handy and important information in English for foreign visitors.

Sakefan World

Feeling like some sake, but don’t know what’s what? Sakefan World is an app sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that provides all-you-need-to-know info in English, such as the type of sake, the brewery, alcohol content, type of rice used, degree of polish, flavor profile, best drinking temperature, matching dishes and more! Just bring the app up on your phone, scan the label, and voila!

Safety Tip

This is an English-language push-enabled app (message is delivered from the server without request) sponsored by the Japan Tourism Agency which has been delivering emergency and safety information for earthquakes and tsunami since Oct. 2014. Updated in Aug. 2015, the app now contains additional info on storms, volcanic eruptions, etc. It is also available in Chinese and Korean.

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