The city madeeasy

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

Ky­otoites have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing some­what re­served.

In some smaller or more tra­di­tional es­tab­lish­ments, staff might be ner­vous to serve cus­tomers who don’t speak Ja­panese.

That said, you will also find peo­ple who go out of their way to help, even if they don’t speak much English.

High-end ho­tels, such as the Hy­att Re­gency, are par­tic­u­larly well geared to help­ing with the lan­guage bar­rier.

Most ho­tel staff in Ky­oto are happy to make res­tau­rant reser­va­tions for their guests.

Spe­cial­ist tour com­pa­nies such as Win­dows to Ja­pan and Plus Al­pha Ja­pan are of­ten your best op­tion to see the city’s pri­vate side and tai­lor themed itin­er­ar­ies.

Prices start at about $300 a group for half-days

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