Subject: Re: Hotel recs in Kyoto and Osaka?
Hi Mara and Ziners,

I am glad to hear that you are going to Kyoto in 3 weeks. Please post a trip report after you come back. If you happen to be near the intersection of Oike-dori and Kawaramachi-dori area, please give me your impression of the "Kyoto Hotel Okura" and the "Kyoto Royal Hotel" to the south.

As to why I plan to base 3 nights in Osaka? For one, to have a change of scenary. For two, I plan to make a day trip further west to Kobe and Himeji castle, thus Osaka as a base will save me travel time and fare. For three, I will fly out of Kansai airport, and spending the night before in Osaka will afford me plenty of options to get to the airport in the morning.

Have a wonderful trip. Mei-Ching (Massachusetts)