Subject: Kyoto hotel/Japan hotel pass
I have never been to Japan and would like to stay somewhere quiet and somewhat traditional in Kyoto. Any suggestions?

Anyone know is there a worthwhile train route (besides bullet train) from Kyoto to Tokyo with some sightseeing stops?

Anyone have any experience using the hotel passes you buy in the US before leaving an ok thing? I may be wrong, but I think they convert to about $180 USD/night. Much appreciated, as always. G