Japan: 'We're Stymied as to the Best Way to Take It All In'

Two friends want to hike Mt. Fuji, explore the excitement of Tokyo, and mellow out in Kyoto--all in a single week


  • Kimi Ryokan Ikebukuro 2-36-8, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 011-81/3-3971-3766,, doubles from $55
  • Capsule Hotel Fontaine Akasaka Akasaka 4-3-5, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 011-81/3-3583-6554, capsule $38
  • Budget Inn Aburanokojicho 295, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 011-81/75-344-1510,, dorms from $20, doubles from $72
  • Tour Club Momijicho 362, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 011-81/75-353-6968,, dorms from $19, doubles from $56
  • Food

  • Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu 1-13-11, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 011-81/3-5771-0170, duck skewers $6
  • Omen Ishibashicho 74, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 011-81/75-771-8994, udon $8
  • Activities

  • Mori Art Museum Mori Tower, Roppongi 6-10-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 011-81/3-5777-8600,, from $10
  • Kyoto Cycling Tour Project Higashi-Aburanokojicho 552-13, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 011-81/75-354-3636,, tour $42
  • Funaoka Onsen Funaokacho 82-1, Murasakino-Minami, Kita-ku, Kyoto, 011-81/75-441-3735, admission $3À
  • Okochi Sanso Villa Tabuchiyamacho 8, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, admission $8
  • Resources

  • Japan National Tourist Organization 212/757-5640,
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