Kyoto, Japan

What bring us here is because of Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves and Fushimi Inari Shrine, its famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates.

We spent about 2 days 2 night in Kyoto. After landed in Osaka Kansai International Airport, we went around Osaka city for shopping and eating then around late afternoon we took train from Osaka station to Kyoto Station.

We didn’t purchase any special train passes for this trip. We purchased one way ticket rapid train from Kansai Airport to Osaka city at ¥1160 per person, journey about 1 hour and one-way train ticket to Kyoto Station from Osaka Station at ¥540 per person.

Our journey begin from KLIA2 at 1am Air Asia Flight. AA flight costs us about RM1360, so 1 person fare was RM680. We purchased 20kg baggage and meals on flight for RM160. It’s normal for us bringing only 1 large bag and 2 small cabin bags. why not just travel light?

Trip in January 2014  |  ¥1000 = RM32

Day 1 Osaka – Kyoto | 10 January 2014

Arrived Kansai Airport at 8:35am. Leave our 2 bags in coin-operated lockers for 2 days. Daily rate for large size locker is ¥600.

Spent a day in Osaka for shopping only.

Train from Osaka to Kyoto station, fare ¥540 per person for an hour journey.

In front of Kyoto Station
In front of Kyoto train station

We stayed at Sunrich Kyoto Guesthouse station, 15 mins walk from Kyoto train station. 2 nights stay at ¥13,600 per room. Nice and cozy guesthouse. Unfortunately, this guesthouse was permanently closed as at today.


Day 2 Kyoto | 10 January 2014

Breakfast nearby kyoto train station. What i really like about this restaurant was you can refill steamed rice and green tea.


– Catch train from Kyoto Station to Inari station ( nearest station to Fushimi Inari ) approx. 6 minutes. ¥140 one-way per person.

The main gate


Torii leading to the outer shrine
Torii leading to the outer shrine
Fox Ema Wishing Plaques
Fox Ema Wishing Plaques


  • Train from Inari Station to Saga-Arashiyama station (inter-change at Kyoto station, track no32 sagano line). ¥230 one-way per person.
  • From Saga-Arashiyama station, walk to Bamboo Forest about 600m, approx. 9 min. Suggested tour is 1-2 hour.

Arashiyama walking map

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest


Arashiyama Bamboo Forest


We catch train back to Kyoto Station then ride a city bus no 100 to Shijo Kawaramachi. Initial plan was go to Kiyomizudera Temple, since we’re too late, The temple closes at 5pm so we detoured to Kawaramachi street.


Kawaramachi is crowded with many visitors and shoppers, all taking in the many department stores and shops that line the streets in this main area of Kawaramachi dori in central Kyoto. The street run north to south, and this is considered the premier center of Kyoto, focused around Shijo Dori.

Places like the Nishiki Market, in existence for over 400 years and the ancient city mall called Teremachi Kyogoku shopping market are very popular with young people.

Kyoto day 2_04


Our last stop was Kyoto Tower. We only viewed it from far then we headed back to guesthouse and rest. We need to wake up early to catch Haruka train to Kansai Airport. Next destination is Hokkaido. Fly from Kansai airport to New Chitose airport via Jetstar.


Download PDF file for complete here Japan Winter Itinerary JAN 2014

Summary cost for 2 person:

ACCOMMODATION: Sunrich Kyoto Guesthouse station – 2 nights ¥13,600 per room.


  • Rapid train airport to Osaka: ¥2,320 (1-way)
  • Intercity train osaka to kyoto: ¥1,080 (1-way)
  • City trains in Kyoto: ¥1,460
  • Haruka Train Kyoto Station to Kansai Airport: ¥6,500 (1-way)

MEALS & SNACKS : ¥5,010.

SHOPPING : ¥9,630.





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