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Lonely Planet Kyoto (Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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Their neighborhood description caused us to pick Yumiko's AirBnB listing. Huge win. The photos are also really good. We basically picked where to go by flipping through the photos at the front of the book and then going there. The restaurant recommendations were also decent. The only thing I can complain about is that they said that if Kyoto is booked solid, you can stay at Nara instead. I think that's a mistake. Unlike Tokyo, Kyoto has next to no subway, so rapid transit from Kyoto station is nearly non-existent. You're stuck with buses, which are really too slow and frustrating to get anywhere quickly. If you're visiting Kyoto, stay in Kyoto. Ignore all advise to do otherwise, in this book or elsewhere.
One thing annoyed me is that the section on Nara as a day trip was cut short, compared with the section on Nara in the Japan-whole-country LP guide book. Same author, just pruned. If I had known, I would have taken that guidebook to Nara, which is 40 minutes away by train and has a lot of cool things to see. The Japan whole country guide additionally included a Nara walk, not reproduced in the Kyoto guide, which I really could have used. This guide also had a better slelection of restaurants than the Tokyo guide, which needed some help.
Also, be careful on the walks because sometimes the navigation descriptions could be a little more descriptive, though having Google Maps and a local SIM card helped immensely. Street names are mostly not spelled out in Roman letters, so be wary.
Enjoy Kyoto, its a special city.
It also included stuff about Nara and a few other places around Kyoto- day trips- so that was nice.
Perfect to plan your own route. Full of details and very useful recommendations for places to visit, to eat, to stay...