About Kyoto, Shiga Kusatsu and Osaka Ibaraki
Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan with over 1,200 years, is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The city has served as the heart of culture in Japan for many years and it is now one of the famous international and attractive cities in the world, welcoming more than ten million foreign passengers in a year.
Not merely 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Nijo Castle, there are more than 2,000 shrines and temples in Kyoto.
You can enjoy Kyoto in every season, cherry blossoms followed by green leaves in spring, riverbed-style cuisine so-called “Kawa-doko” in summer, red leaves in autumn and snow scape in winter.
While everything a university student could need is available in Kyoto, when you are ready for a change of scenery, Kobe and Osaka are both located within a 60-minute train ride. The Tokaido Shinkansen Line also makes travel to Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Hakata easy.
Ritsumeikan University has two campuses in Kyoto, Kinugasa campus, close to Kinkaku-ji temple and Suzaku campus, close to Nijo Castle.
Directions to Kinkakuji from Kinugasa Campus:
5 minutes by taxi or 15 to 20-minute walk. To get there on foot, turn right at the exit of the main gate of Ritsumeikan (near the bus loop), and follow the main road for approximately 1 km, the entrance to Kinkakuji will be on the left side.
Directions to Nijo Castle from Suzaku Campus:
Take the subway from Nijo Station to Nijojo-mae. The castle is directly next to the station. By foot, the castle can be reached from Suzaku by walking approx. 150 meter north and turning east on Oshikoji Street (wide East-West Street located approx. 100 meter north of Nijo Station).
Kusatsu was the important transportation hub in Edo period, with the special inns for the privileged upper class people. Its surrounding prefecture of Shiga is home to Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake. The culture of Shiga can be experienced at historical locations like Hikone Castle, the national treasure and Ishiyama Temple, where the Tale of Genji was written. Its industrial advancement is showcased by the technological centers of companies like Panasonic and Murata Manufacturing. Ritsumeikan University Biwako-Kusatsu campus is adjacent to Panasonic factory and residential area, also located in the vicinity of Meishin Expressway, Kusatsu-Tanakami Interchange. Ishiyama Temple would be one of the option for you to visit from our Biwako-Kusatsu campus.
Directions to Ishiyama Temple from Biwako Kusatsu Campus:
Take the JR Tokaido line (also known as Kyoto line) from Minamikusatsu station to Ishiyama Station. From there, ride for 10 minutes on a bus displaying one of the following destinations: “石山団地”, “新浜”, “大石”, “南郷二丁目東”.
Ibaraki city is located between Kyoto and Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city. While having many ancient tombs including Oda Chausuyama-kofun Burial Mound (Mausoleum of Emperor Keitai), the city is well supplied with commercial districts, supermarkets and large shopping centers near the stations and across the city. The northern part of Ibaraki city is filled with scenic nature such as Oinosaka mountain range with the Tanba Plateau.
Ritsumeikan University Osaka Ibaraki campus is built in an urban area situated in the southern half of the city.
There are also many parks and areas of greenery within the city, one of the remarkable park is the Expo ’70 commemorative park.
Directions to Oda Chausuyama-kofun Burial Mound from Osaka Ibaraki Campus:
From JR Ibaraki Station, ride for about 30 minutes on a bus displaying “Hanazono Towaen-bound” operated by Kintetsu Bus to the bus stop “Oda”.
Directions to Expo ’70 Commemorative Park from Osaka Ibaraki Campus:
Take the Osaka Monorail from Unobe Station to Banpaku Kinen Koen station for 3 minutes.