Kyoto Budget Trip
Kyoto has the reputation of being Japan’s most beautiful city, and you will not have to look too far to figure out why. Beyond the steel and glass center, the palaces and pavilions of the capital of imperial Japan are going to enchant and enthrall you.
However, the first thing to focus on in your Kyoto budget holiday is to find accommodation. This could prove a little difficult as low budget hotels are limited in this city. Your best deal would be to find a ryokan, a Japanese guest house where a family usually leases out beds to travelers in their homes. These are usually very comfortable arrangements, although you should be prepared to pay the whole cost in advance.
From here on you could begin exploring old Kyoto. This is not as difficult with a low budget as you may think. Admission is free to most of the sites, including the Imperial palaces, pavilions, Shogun palaces and the temples. The city also provides a ‘Kyoto Walks’ map to guide you through much of these sights. Available here: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-503.pdf
If you are in Kyoto during April, you could catch the traditional Cherry Blossom dances performed by aspiring Geishas. Kabuki can be seen throughout the year at Minami-za, where English translations are available through headphones.
For a low budget meal, Okutan is the best option.Round off your budget Kyoto trip by visiting the Ryoan-ji gardens. The gardens have been in Kyoto for about 600 years, the gardens are part of the Ryoan-ji temple and are exquisitely landscaped in traditional Japanese manner.