I am visiting a friend in Tokyo in April and decided to venture to Kyoto for about 3 days, by myself. I've never been to Japan, but read a lot of nice things about Kyoto. I'd like to spend a bit of time in Nara as well. I have a 7 day JR train pass.
1. any decent accommodations in Kyoto? (I have been looking at the Toyoko Inns, which are no-frills and cheap) I'd rather spend my money on sightseeing and restaurants, but if there are some great places to stay, off-the-beaten-path (buddhist temple? b&b) that you might recommend...
2. should I spend a night in Nara or just do a day trip there from Kyoto?
3. Obviously lots to see in and around Kyoto. If I'm there for 3-4 days, should I venture out anywhere else but Nara?
Thanks to all of you for your ideas and suggestions. Best regards.