Comfort Hotel Hikone
Phone: (81) 749 27 8211
Fax: (81) 749 27 8212
155 Furusawa-cho, Hikone, JP, 522-0007
- Phone: (81) 749 27 8211
- Fax: (81) 749 27 8212
An oasis of tranquillity to be found on Shirakawa Street not far from the major tourist sights of Tetsugaku no Michi (Philosopher's Path) and Ginkakuji (the Silver pavilion.) Here you can find members of the ex-pat community meeting with Japanese people of all ages in a relaxed, somewhat New Age cafe. The World Music on the sound system should enhance your enjoyment of your Mexican (or Indonesian) Fried Rice, tortilla, or smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich.
Kansai Taxis operate in Kyoto city, and offer a fleet of taxicabs and bus services at a reasonable price. The tourism taxi also conducts sightseeing tours for large groups. The local cabs are available on call, however pre-booking is advisable for timely pick-ups. The experienced drivers will take you to your destination, while you just sit back and relax.
Once the Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto has seen history in terms of warfare and transfer of power from King to Government rule. The historical Kyoto Protocol was decided on a conference held in the city in the year 1997. Lucky to have been spared from most part of the attacks during the Second World War, Kyoto has to show for more than two thousand Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines which include the famous temple of Kiyomizu-dera whose structure is supported by mountain slopes. The city gives you so much to ponder over and cherish that you will never forget the visit.
This large minimalist and peaceful basement space is situated just north of the city center and is an excellent place for the business traveler or tourist to get online. Prices are low, plus a coffee or soft drink of your choice. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and will help with sending attachments and photos. Both Windows and Macs are on site. Sixteen computers are available in total. Scans of photos in monochrome or color. There is even a drink menu in English.
The Japan Foundation, situated on the north east side of the Shijo Karasuma intersection, has an excellent reference and borrowing library. It contains around 5,000 volumes, including books, magazines, newspapers and academic journals in English (and a few in other languages) focused on the study of Japan: its history, geography, literature, culture and architecture to name but a few of the reference sections. To borrow three volumes for a maximum of two weeks (renewable by phone) prospective borrowers must first become members by producing a valid certificate of alien registration. The Japan Foundation shows Japanese films with English subtitles. Admission is free but restricted to foreign nationals.
Fuji Taxi offers a range of services including coupons, discount for senior citizens, lifetime offers etc. They also offer vans for moving disabled and bed ridden people. Customer safety and punctuality is their priority. The vehicles are clean and comfortable, and your every need will be catered to.
Whether you are going to be in town for a couple of days or a couple of years, make this your first outing in Nagoya. The Nagoya International Center provides information in a host of languages and gives advice on everything from shopping and dining to visas, employment, and even hiking. The NIC subscribes to newspapers and magazines from around the world, so take advantage of its library, which is open to the public.
One of three dedicated professional photo labs in Nagoya, Horiuchi is a branch of a Tokyo-based company. Offering quality processing and custom printing, they are slightly more expensive than neighborhood developers. They also take a little more time, except for processing professional transparency films, which they do within two hours. Located near the Hilton and Kanko Hotels, Horiuchi is convenient for international visitors.
The little known city of Nagoya is well nestled in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan and is one of the major ports in the country. Besides the scenic locations, there is the famed Nagoya Castle which was restored in 1959 and now accommodates elevators too. This castle has been immortalized in two Godzilla movies, namely King Kong v/s Godzilla and Godzilla v/s Mothra. Art enthusiasts will enjoy touring the Tokugawa Art Museum or even Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. If tired of sightseeing, head to one of the numerous restaurants for some time out!
Design City is one of the nicknames Nagoya has assumed for itself; a moniker not too implausible considering all the industry concentrated in the area. That does not mean, however, that this multifaceted facility focuses on the more mundane aspects of design. With a multiple-purpose hall, gallery, library, and a museum with a permanent exhibit, all with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, this center covers every conceivable aspect of the creativity of the human mind. Regular exhibitions, international seminars and events are also held here.
Port Messe Nagoya enjoys a prime location, easily accessible by land, sea and air. With a wide area of 34,000 meter square of area, this exhibition hall is suitable for any event. It has always played to be a hub to various events including business conferences, international trade fairs and many more. Its flexibility offering varied services is noteworthy. Visit the website for schedule and booking details.
Kyoto has a good number of taxi services, so it's not difficult to find one anywhere around the city. However it is a good idea to advance book if you're planing to travel. One such company that will cater to your needs is Keihan Taxi Company which operates in almost all major cities in Japan. The company offers a fleet of taxicabs that can be used for local as well as intra-city commute. They also offer guided city tours that cover the city's major attractions.