The know-how

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - MASTERCLASS HAMILTON ISLAND -

Three steps to find your­way

Ky­oto’s streets run on a loose grid plan in the city cen­tre, so it’s handy to know your com­pass points and carry a map to count off the city blocks if you want to ex­plore on foot.

English sig­nage is good on pub­lic trans­port and at big road in­ter­sec­tions, but rare in back­streets. You may find it help­ful to look up your des­ti­na­tion on Google Maps be­fore­hand: most of Ky­oto’s streets have Street View im­agery, so you can vi­su­alise your route be­fore you set off.

Ask some­one at your ho­tel to write out the ad­dress of your des­ti­na­tion in Ja­panese. Taxi driv­ers can use this for their sat­nav, but it’s also use­ful if you get lost and need to ask for direc­tions from shop­keep­ers or po­lice at a

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