Japan, Kyoto Guide (B): Solo Female Travel in Kyoto

Solo Female Travel in Kyoto
Outside of cherry blossom viewing, my solo travel to Kyoto included a flexible itinerary.

Yearning to see as much as I could, I narrowed my trip down to three key areas: Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka.

Kyoto used to be the capital of Japan. Now, with more than 1.5 million people, Kyoto serves as the seventh largest city in Japan.

With deep history, shrines, and temples, Kyoto made it on my list of places to visit.

The bullet train from Tokyo Station to Kyoto Station using my JR pass was straightforward. The ride quiet and scenic. I gazed out the window waiting to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.

After a few hours, we pulled in quickly and quietly to Kyoto Station.

The bustling train station is full of shops, restaurants and entertainment. Grand Central Station and Penn Station combined have nothing on either Tokyo or Kyoto Station!

Kyoto Train Station

Once I figured out the right direction to exit, I hopped a local bus to find my cozy Airbnb. Its rush hour and the bus is running over with people who glanced at me with curiosity. What was I doing in this part of town, on a local bus, alone.

Kyoto is a quiet town in comparison to the livelier Tokyo. Things are spread apart but the public transit is easily accessible and walking is a great way to see the city.

I didn’t have a “plan.”

When the next bus stopped in front of the 7 Eleven, I jumped on, paid the far, and took a window seat. I knew the bus would eventually go full circle. As long as I ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Solo Female Travel in Kyoto
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Kyoto Station   Kyoto University of Art & Design   Birion Coffee   Philosopher’s Path   Ginkakuji Temple   The Golden Pavilion   Nijo-jo Castle   Kyoto Imperial Palace   Karasuma-Imadegawa stop   Fushimi Inari Shrine   Kendonya  
Author: Tenaya • Cultured Black Pearl
Read it on author's website: http://www.culturedblackpearl.com/solo-travel-kyoto/

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