2006 Travel Schedule

Note: copied from the original web page. many links are stale (broken links).

Hotels we stayed

Check-in Date City Hotel Phone Fax e-mail rate
April 4 Kyoto Oohara no Sato +81-75-744-2917 +81-75-744-3245 pj.oc.otas-on-arahoo|retsambew#pj.oc.otas-on-arahoo|retsambew 10,200/ea BDH
April 5 ~ 7 Kyoto RAKUCHO RYOKAN +81-75-721-2174 +81-75-791-7202 pj.en.ten-os.3by|ohcukar#pj.en.ten-os.3by|ohcukar 9,240/2
12,600/3
-
April 8 Kobe CHISUN HOTEL +81-78-341-8111 +81-78-371-5577 moc.sletoHeraloS|eboK-letoHnusihC#moc.sletoHeraloS|eboK-letoHnusihC 9,000/2
5,300/1
-
April 9 Maiko Maiko Villa +81-78-706-3711 +81-78-706-2212 pj.oc.allivokiam|ofni#pj.oc.allivokiam|ofni 15,000/2
21,000/3
-
April 10 Kouya-san Haryo-in +81-736-56-2702 +81-736-56-2936 N/A 6,825/ea BD
April 11 Nara Hanakomachi +81-742-26-2646 +81-742-26-2647 pj.oc.ihcimokanah|troppus#pj.oc.ihcimokanah|troppus 16,800/2
24,570/3
BD
April 12 Osaka Pension Lee +81-6-6353-0029 N/A pj.en.nco.esum|1noisnep#pj.en.nco.esum|1noisnep 5,607/ea B
April 13 Shirakawa-go SHIRAKAWAGO Shimizu +81-5769-6-1914 +81-5769-6-1914 pj.oc.oohay|pjnniuzimihs#pj.oc.oohay|pjnniuzimihs 8,000/ea BD
April 14 ~ 15 Takayama MINSHUKU UENOYA +81-577-32-3919 +81-577-36-3332 pj.en.nco.ycnaf|ayoneu#pj.en.nco.ycnaf|ayoneu 6,240/ea B
April 16 Fuji Fuji White Hotel +81-545-61-0004 +81-545-61-0395 moc.letohetihwijuf|ofni#moc.letohetihwijuf|ofni 8,900/ea BD
April 17 Mishima Minakuchi-sou +81-55-975-3791 +81-55-976-3791 pj.en.nht.yn|uosihcukanim#pj.en.nht.yn|uosihcukanim 7,350/ea BDH
April 18 ~ 19 Himeji Himeji Plaza Hotel +81-792-81-9000 +81-792-84-3549 pj.oc.eriwtoh|zlpijemih#pj.oc.eriwtoh|zlpijemih 12,500/2
5,850/1
B

Legend: B - Breakfast, D - Dinner, H - HotSpring

Schedule

Travel_Date Event Note Map
April 3 Monday Leaving from SFO UA885
12:52pm
April 4 Tuesday Arriving at KIX 4:35pm
^ ^ Purchase KANSAI THRU PASS
Exchange JR Rail Pass (if time permits)
5000 yen for 3day ticket
1st floor 7am ~ 10pm
M
^ ^ Shuttle Bus to Kyoto (Kyoto) 2500 yen (around 100 min)
Kansai Airport Limousine
M
^ ^ Purchase Kyoto Sightseeing Pass Card 2000 yen for 2day ticket
Can be used for the City bus, Subway line and within one section of Kyoto Bus Route.
^ ^ Bus to Oohara take it at "C3" bus stop
May ask pick up at Oohara Bus stop
075-744-2917
M
^ ^ Staying at Oohara no Sato (Northern Kyoto) Secured
Re-confirm the trip just before leaving
Call the hotel (075-744-2917) from KIX
April 5 Wednesday Oohara, Kurama, Kitayama (Northern part of Kyoto) Kyoto
^ ^ Kinkakuji Temple, Toji-in Temple,Ryoanji temple, Ninaji Temple
^ ^ Yozakura (Cherry Blossom with light-up) Night Train ride along Cherry trees
19:00 ~ 21:00 (April 1st ~ 8th)
^ ^ Staying at RAKUCHO RYOKAN(Kyoto) Secured M
April 6 Thursday Syugakuin Imperial Villa 10AM - Aki, Betty, Francoise
11AM - Bonnie, Maia
Need to bring the confirmation letter
^ ^ Arashiyama - Hanami (Cherry blossoms) Cherry blossom spots in Kyoto M
^ ^ Yozakura (Cherry Blossom with light-up) A list of places (in Japanese)
^ ^ Staying at RAKUCHO RYOKAN(Kyoto) Secured M
April 7 Friday Higashi yama (Eastern part of Kyoto)
^ ^ The Philosopher's Path Start off from Ginkaku-ji
^ ^ Kiyomizu Temple If time permits, visit Sanjusangendo Temple
^ ^ Gion - Geisha (ichiriki-chaya)
^ ^ Visit Nishiki Market M
^ ^ Staying at RAKUCHO RYOKAN(Kyoto) Secured M
April 8 Saturday Central Kyoto M
^ ^ Sanjusangendo Temple In case we couldn't visit on April 7th
^ ^ Nijo Castle
^ ^ Kyoto Imperial Palace Open to public (no reservation required)
^ ^ SPARE (a half day) Suggestions:
(1) Toji temple
(2) Uzumasa Movie Land
(3) Nishijin Textile Center
(4) Nishimura's villa / Iseki's Villa
(5) Kyoto Botanical Garden (known for Cherry Blossom)
(6) Kyoto Yuzen

Nishimura's Villa - 075-781-0666
Iseki's Villa - 075-781-8417
^ ^ Staying at CHISUN HOTEL (Kobe) Secured - CHISUN HOTEL
April 9 Sunday Sunday Explore inside Kobe
Rokko
M
^ ^ ^ KITANO MUSEUM
^ ^ ^ Yamaura family's guest house(designed by Frank Llyod Wright) Close at 4pm (must enter by 3:30pm)
^ ^ ^ Hanami with Aki's cousin's family Along Ashiya river
^ ^ ^ Pick up ONDEKOZA tickets Pay 4,000 yen/ea
^ Staying at Maiko Villa (Maiko) Secured - Maiko Villa
Cancelled - CHISUN HOTEL (handled by Ms. Kamoto)
April 10 Monday Monday Heading to Kouya-san around 3 hours ride M
^ ^ ^ Consider visiting Yoshino if Cherry blossom in Kyoto was not good.
^ Staying atKouya-san Haryo-in(Wakayama) Secured HAVE TO CALL THE PLACE TO RE-CONFIRM (April 10 AM)Tel: 0736-56-2702
Registered as a World Heritage Site
Can participate religious practices (open to public)
April 11 Tuesday Stroll in Kouya-san (AM)
^ ^ Heading to Nara (PM)
12am -> 3pm
12:00 (Kouya-san) -> 13:00 (Kouchi-Nagano)
13:17 (Kouchi-Nagano) -> 14:49 (Nara)
Nara
NARA
^ ^ Great Buddha Close at 5:30pm M
^ ^ Staying at Hanakomichi (Nara) Secured
April 12 Wednesday Visiting Ikaruga [akineko-wanderer/2006-Travel Schedule#JapanRailPass Japan Rail Pass] (1 week) M
^ ^ Horyu-ji temple Registered as a World Heritage Site
^ ^ Staying at Pension Lee (Osaka) Secured
Enjoy Osaka's night life
April 13 Thursday Heading to Takayama 8:00 (osaka) -> 12:11 (Takayama) Hida No.23 M
^ ^ Heading to Shirakawa-go 14:40 (Takayama) -> 16:38 (Shirakawa-go)
15:20 (Takayama) -> 17:00 (Shirakawa-go) Express
Needs a reservation Nouhi Bus(0577)32-1688
M
^ ^ Staying at Shirakawa-go Secured
Registered as a World Heritage Site
Shirakawa-go in Winter
Shirakawa-go in Winter after heavy snow
April 14 Friday Heading back to Takayama 10:05 (Shirakawa-go) -> 11:45 (Takayama)
^ ^ Takayama Spring Festival(Takayama Matsuri)
^ ^ Staying at Minshuku Ueno-ya Secured
Accommodations around Takayama
April 15 Saturday Takayama Spring Festival(Takayama Matsuri)
^ ^ Strolling in the city
^ ^ Staying at Minshuku Ueno-ya Secured
April 16 Sunday Heading to Fuji city 9:42 (Takayama) -> 12:09 (Nagoya)
12:33 (Nagoya) -> 14:09 (Shin-Fuji)
^ ^ TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EVENT
ZA ONDEKOZA
4:00PM (3:30PM theater is open) M
^ ^ Staying at Fujiwhitehotel (Fuji city) Secured
with a special dining option
April 17 Monday We may want to leave our luggages at hotel
^ ^ Heading to Kamakura 8:19 (Shin-Fuji) -> 8:51 (Odawara)
9:10 (Odawara) -> 9:53 (Oofune)
10:04 (Oofune) -> 10:10 (Kamakura)
Earlier service: 7:54 (Shin-Fuji)-> 9:36
M
^ ^ Excursion Bus in Kamakura I asked them to wait for us (at least 5 min.)
(0466)24-5006 I talked to Ms. Shimizu
^ ^ Heading to Mishima 17:14 (Fujisawa) -> 17:41 (Odawara)
18:05 (Odawara) -> 18:27 (Mishima)
^ ^ Staying at Minakuchi-sou (Mishima Takekura-Onsen) Secured
April 18 Tuesday Heading to Hakone by bus Hakone Sekisho M
^ ^ Walking tour of Toukai-dou (Ancient road) Walking down from the summit
Bus services for short cut
Toukaidou fifty-three stations (Mishima)
M
^ ^ Unagi (eel) Unayoshi
^ ^ Heading to Himeji 15:50 (Mishima) -> 18:41 (Himeji)
Stop at Shin-Fuji if we need to pick up our luggages
M
^ ^ Staying at Himeji Plaza Hotel(Himeji) Secured
Reservation#: 228HW-3585
Passwd: dpr224bg
April 19 Wednesday Wednesday Himeji shosha engyoji temple
^ ^ ^ Himeji Castle Registered as a World Heritage Site
^ ^ ^ Visiting Maruyamas' house (Botanical Art) M
dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Maruyama
^ Staying at Himeji Plaza Hotel(Himeji) Secured
Reservation#: 228HW-3585
Passwd: dpr224bg
April 20 Thursday Last minutes shopping (AM)
^ ^
^ ^ Shuttle Bus to KIX 11:17 (Himeji) -> 11:54 (Kobe) 950 yen
12:20 (Kobe) -> 13:25 (KIX) 2100 yen (around 1 hrs from Kobe)
Kansai Airport Limousine
^ ^ Leaving from KIX UA886
3:25pm
^ ^ Arriving at SFO 9:03am
Aki specific
April 22 Saturday Coe Park BBQ hike 2B - 3C
$10.00 includes parking fee (lower lot) & BBQ.
April 26 Wednesday Leaving from KIX UA886
3:25pm -> 9:02am (SFO)
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