< Must See Places in Tōkaidō Shinkansen (bullet train)> (Tokyo ~ Shin-Osaka) Part2

Kyoto Station

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Rokuon-ji Kinkaku (Kinkaku-ji)

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Rokuon-ji Kinkaku (Kinkaku-ji) is known to be the “Kinkaku” which is gold plated on the interior and exterior of the building.

【Address】1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto

【Access】 Approximate 35 minutes from Kyoto Station to “Kinkakuji-michi” by Kyoto City Bus.  3 minute walk after getting off.

Kiyomizu-dera

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Kiyomizu-dera is an independent Buddhist temple which is built on the hill.  The main temple which is supported with many pillars called “Kiyomizu-no-Butai” (a stage of Kiyomozu), and it is dynamically beautiful.  It is designated as a National Treasure.

【Address】1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

【Access】

From Kyoto Station, get on the Kyoto City Bus (Route 206 [bound for Higashiyama-dori Kitaoji Bus Terminal]) or (Route 100 [bounds for Kiyomizu-dera Gion Ginkakuji]) and get off at “Gojo-zaka”.  10 minute walk from there.

 

Ryōan-ji

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Ryōan-ji is a Zen temple and is famous for its rock garden arranged by 15 big and small sized stones on the white sand garden.  The arrangement still remains a mystery and the interpretation of it differs from person to person.

【Address】13 Ryoanji Goryou-no-shita-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

【Access】 7 minute walk after getting off at “Ryouanji-michi Station”of the Keifuku Electric Railroad

 

Fushimi Inari-taisha

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Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari and has a torii gate called “Senbon (1,000) Torii”, which looks like a tunnel with each donated torii lining up with almost no space in between.

【Address】68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto

【Access】 JR Kyoto Station → Approximately 5 minutes on Nara-line → JR “Inari Station”

Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

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Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum is a railway museum and the locomotive depot houses 19 steam locomotives, along with facilities such as a roundhouse and a turntable.  Among them, seven are dynamically preserved.  Visitors can ride on one of the steam locomotives called “SL Steam Go” and travel on the railway of the site, three times a day.  Due to renovation, the museum will be closed from August 30, 2015.

【Address】Kanki-ji-cho Shimogyou-ku, Kyoto

【Access】 20 minute walk or 10 minutes by taxi from Kyoto Station (chuo-guchi)

Approximately 10 minutes from Kyoto Station to “Umekouji Kouen-mae” of the Kyoto City Bus (Route 205, 208, 33)  5 minute walk after getting off.

Shin-Osaka Station

 

Osaka Castle

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Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who brought Japan under one rule during the Sengoku Period (Period of Warring States). This castle is a symbol of Osaka. The surrounding area has been repaired as “Osaka Castle Park” and there are facilities such as Osaka Castle Hall and Open-Air Concert Hall as well.

【Address】1-1 Osakajo Chuo-ku, Osaka

【Access】 Getting off at “Morinomiya Station” or “Osakajo Kouen Station” of the JR Osaka Loop Line.  Approximately 18 minute walk to Tenshukaku after getting off.

Tsūtenkaku

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Tsūtenkaku is an observation tower at a height of 100 meters.  It is one of Osaka’s symbols.  The whole tower is lit up with various illumination at night.  The statue of Happiness God called “Billiken” is displayed and if you stroke the back of the foot, happiness might come to you.  Around the tower, there is the Osaka-like shopping street, where various eating and drinking places are lined up.

【Address】1-18-6 Ebisu Higashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka

【Access】 Getting off at “Shin-Imamiya Station” of the JR Osaka Loop Line.  10 minute walk after getting off.

Doutonbori (Ebisu-bashi)

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Doutonbori (Ebisu-bashi) is one of the Osaka’s representative tourist spots, with huge neon sings such as glico lining up along the Doutonbori River.  There are many people who take memorial pictures on top of the Ebisu-bashi (bridge).  The shopping area around Doutonbori is always crowded with people having fun!

【Address】Around 1-10 Doutonbori Chuo-ku, Osaka

【Access】 Getting off at “Nanba Station” of Midousuji-line or Sennichi-mae-line, the Osaka Municipal Subway.  5 minute walk after getting off.