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Kyoto or Osaka?

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Kyoto or Osaka?

Arriving in Osaka in September. Would you recommend staying there or in Kyoto? Going on to Tokyo later.

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1. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

u have to go to kyoto- there is no where else like it in the world- definitely spend some time there before going on to tokyo

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2. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

Hi Ralferr,

I definitely agree with Samcraig33. Kyoto is a beautiful old town with many temples and shrines. It is worth visiting Kyoto!

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3. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

Kyoto - no contest.

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4. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

I agree Kyoto was the most beautiful place i have seen. Go to Arashiyama and see the temple, mountains and monkey park there. Well worth it...

Try to get to Nara while you are out there too. it's about an hour or 2 from kyoto.

That said: I loved Osaka more by far because of the warm people, and hot nightlife. Osakans welcomed me and my goup in every way while Kyotoans seemed more cold. If you are of the mind to have a night on the town, Osaka was the most fun that I have had out (and yes, it beat Tokyo...) we partied till 9:00am and still could have partied longer if we didn't have to check out of the hotel!

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5. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

I would do both! I think sometimes that people don't realize how close Kyoto is to Osaka. Fifteen minutes by bullet train or an hour by an express commuter train (Keihan line from Kyobashi station). Kyoto is not to be missed, but Osaka's culture is distinct from Tokyo and should be experienced. If price is no object, stay at the Swisshotel in Namba, in Osaka's Minami district.

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6. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

Kyoto has some special atmosphere. It's like you were travelling in time.

Osaka always remember me the 'Black rain' movie and it has a very good places to eat.

My recomendation woud be Kyoto but never discard Osaka.

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7. Re: Kyoto or Osaka?

We just spent two days in Kyoto. BEAUTIFUL temples, etc.

Osaka was too busy and city like for me.

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