, so I figured it was worth a renewal. My two travel partners and I will be arriving in Kyoto this afternoon and I wanted to ping the hive mind for suggestions.
Specifically we'd like to know fun things to do and great places to eat. As far as our preferences, we've seen a good number of temples/shrines already (Miyajima), but would be down for especially interesting (and less overrun by tourists*) ones. Natural beauty is a keen interest too.
For eating, we'd like to get some nice sushi. We had a great kaiten meal in Yokohama, but something a little more traditional would be nice. Also, I'm dying for some yaki-niku. On the other end of the spectrum, one of my travel companions doesn't eat beef and is lukewarm on pork so restaurants with great vegetables would also be appreciated. We're staying in the Crowne Plaza Ana Kyoto, so things easily accessed from there are ideal.
Finally, after enjoying my
pilgrimage to Ainoshima (aka Cat Heaven Island
), I was considering a trip to Okishima based on it's mention in this article
. Has anyone been? Is it worth it? If so, can we get to Hokkirishin Port (where the ferry leaves from) by public transit? Google maps shows directions up to Omihachiman, but then throws up its hands and says to take a cab for the last 11 kilometers.
* Yes, I realize this is Kyoto. I can dream.