12 Hours in Kyoto

So in 12 hours, I was only able to visit 3 sites in Kyoto. One day wasn’t enough to go around Kyoto yet I enjoyed getting lost until such time that my feet ached. Going to Kyoto is literally a walkathon. I was lost 3x and worst, I lost my borrowed ICOCA card in Arashiyama that still has 2000 Yen credits.

Since my first stop is Arashiyama, I went through the Keihan Railways

1st Stop: Arashiyama

How to get there from Osaka:

    • Drop at Katsura Station and transfer to the Hankyu Arashiyama Line for Arashiyama. The one-way trip takes about 20 minutes and costs 220 yen. Hankyu Arashiyama Station is located on the opposite side of the river, about a 5-10 minute walk from central Arashiyama.
    • Free admission

Arashiyama Kyoto Japan 7

2nd Stop: Kyoto Station & Kyoto Central Post Office & Kyoto Tower

How to get there fromΒ Hankyu Arashiyama Station:

    • Take the train back to Katsura station.
      • From Katsura station, take the train to Kawaramachi Station.
        • If you want to take the Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass, just go to any of the station, approach anyone from the staff and ask for the One-Day Pass for 600 Yen.
    • Kyoto Tower (770 Yen) Kyoto Tower stands on the north side of Kyoto Station
    • No admission. Public transport.

Kyoto Main Station (2)

3rd Stop: Fushimi Inari Taisha

    • If you do not have a JR pass, ride a train from Keihan Main Line, drop at Fushimi Inari Station.
    • Always open. Free admission

Fushimi Inari Shrine

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