Place: Dublin, Ireland Date: June 11th 1998 Time: 3:00pm (local time) Started search using Fusion Query: Kyoto train station hotels Clicked on #2 "ICSE98 local information" Followed links to Kyoto City Tourism Information http://raku.city.kyoto.jp/sight_eng.shtml Clicked on Accommodation -> hotels, Inns Searched by place -> Around Kyoto Station, Tojo Got large list of hotels: Hotel Iida, Hotel Rich Kyoto etc.
Place: Aberdeen, Scotland Date: 12. June 1998 Time: 2:30PM (local time) searched for Japan hotels in Kyoto- only 3 given. 2 didn't state whether or not they were near the station the other had a url that could not be accessed.
Iowa City, Iowa, USA 8 hours for 10 queries over 2 afternoons o Submit the query: +Kyoto +station + hotel o The first two links are lists of hotels in Kyoto and how close they are to the Kyoto Station. o Click on the first link: http://traveland.hotelbook.com/static/Asia,Japan,Kyoto.html o The list is shown to you. o The second link seems to be a mirror site (http://www.hotelbook.com/static/Asia,Japan,Kyoto.html). Note about this search. I meant to write as a query "+Kyoto +train +station + hotel " but accidentally I did not include the second word. I noticed it when I wrote this comments, then I try that query but (surprise, surprise!) the links I found previously didn't show up in the first page. They were the hits 17 and 18 (in the second page).
Tokyo, Japan June 12nd, 1998 Local time By default, search on Altavista 6:30 pm (I live in Japan and I known the site !!) Query : kyoto city tourism clicked on 2 : 2. Kyoto City Tourism & Culture Infomation System [URL:raku.city.kyoto.jp/sight_apr.html] next page accomodation hotels, inns search by place around Kyoto station, toji Result : - Buzennya Ryokan - Daishokan - Daiya Ryokan - Hatoya Zuihokaku - Heianbo - Hifumi Ryokan - etc.
Ottawa, Canada (2:38): - learned from previous question - go to http://citynet.excite.com/countries/ and browse on to Japan - Kyoto (2:41): browse to 'maps' to locate the train station, but that seems not to be a good idea (instead of finding a Kyoto map, I'm back on global level). (2:42): to Fodor's hotel index http://www.fodors.com/ir.cgi?dest=Kyoto@33&2=name Lists 23 hotels and I guess I can try all of them and see if they mention the train station. Postpone that strategy for now. (2:45): Alta Vista query -> +kyoto hotel "train station" Only on position 24 I find a promising link: http://www.hotelbook.com/static/Asia,Japan,Kyoto.html and which lists the Nikko Princess Hotel and Rihga Royal Hotel as 'nearby' Kyoto station, the New Miyako Hotel as opposite the bullet train station, the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel is 3 km from the train station, the ANA Hotel Kyoto is 10 minutes from the station (not really near, anymore). No mention of the station at the other two hotels (2:54). Consider this an answer to the question and close the case (2:56).
Using a custom front-end tool AltaGCL Waterloo, 15 June 18:15 altagcl "kyoto" and "hotel*" and "train" ... way too much junk altagcl ("kyoto hotels" or "hotels in kyoto") and ("train" or "station") ... perfect! http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/SEG/travelrates/station_kyoto.html Total time: 5 minutes
Waterloo, Canada Using a custom front-end tool AltaGCL June 16, 01:08am query: "kyoto" and "hotel" and "train station" Initially found 2 hotels that give proximity to the train station on their web pages: URL : http://www.hotelbook.com/static/Asia,Japan,Kyoto.html URL : http://www.traveler.net/htio/ohgreviews/e218835.html Suspected that there were more hotels so decided to keep searching. query: "Kyoto" and "hotel*" and "train.station" and "list*" URL : http://traveland.hotelbook.com/static/Asia,Japan,Kyoto.html which is a listing of hotels in kyoto with proximity to train station. time: 5 minutes
Using Fusion2 - a metasearch engine with marking of relevant documents and query expansion. Fusion2 search for hotel kyoto gives 38 URLs rank=1 is www.kyotohotel.co.jp, kyoto horel but no location rank=2 is karasuama kyoto hotel but no location rank=7 is Ana hotel Kyoto which is 10 minutes taxi from JR Kyoto Station, so now we know what it is called. Fusion2 query for hotel kyoto train station rank=8 is kyoto station building at www.travelassist.com which is about the train station building including details of the hotel within the station, the Granvia Kyoto hotel and a hot link to the home page for the hotel with its 539 rooms ... can't get much closer than that. But the query asked for hotelS, so at rank=9 is a page describing kyoto with a link to a hotel map which has 5 hotels near the station including the Miyako, Karasumai, and so on. Bingo in 7 minutes.
At a university in Glasgow, Scotland search "Kyoto hotels" with Yahoo (8 results) gone to http://www.interamerika.com/KyotoTokyuHotel.htm :Kyoto Tokyu Hotel - deluxe hotel of the highest international standard, desirably located in the centre of Kyoto facing the Nishi-Honganji Shrine. gone to http://www.kyotohotel.co.jp: Kyoto Hotel - has all western-style suites, event facilites, and many restaurants, including ones on the 17th floor that afford panoramic views of the city. link to location: http://www.kyotohotel.co.jp/oike/loca_e.html but form the map it is not clear how far it is form the station, but Karasuma Kyoto Hotel looks promising http://www.kyotohotel.co.jp/karasuma/index.html link to location: , not clear how far it is from station, quite close thought. still we wanted more choice: Altavista: with the same query http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/SEG/travelrates/hotel_kyoto.html#Area Menu link to Kyoto Station http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/SEG/travelrates/station_kyoto.html Eureka!!! Answer Kyoto Station Area Hotel Rates Comments Kyoto Grand Hotel Deluxe(from Бе22,000/night) ... near Kyoto Station. Kyoto Park Hotel Deluxe(from Бе22,000/night) near the Kyoto National Mus. Kyoto Tokyu Hotel First Class (from Бе15,000/night) near all cultural and historical sites. New Hankyu Hotel First Class (from Бе15,000/night) Near Kyoto Station. New Miyako Hotel First Class (from Бе15,000/night) Near Kyoto Station. Nikko Prince Kyoto First Class (from Бе15,000/night) Newly built hotel.
Novice WWW searcher! Date: June 17, 1998 Time: 9:19 am (local time) Place: San Diego, CA Query: Kyoto Clicked on "Japan travel updates: Kyoto" Clicked on "Kyoto links" Clicked on "Kyoto Visitor's guide" No helpful information found, redo search Query: Kyoto train station Clicked multiple sites, before finally choosing "Hotels and Travel in Japan" Clicked on "local hotel directories and web sites" Tried each of 5 hotels listed under "city - Kyoto" One was located in Tokyo, three had addresses that the browser couldn't locate. Clicked on "Hankyu" Located the Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto, located 2 minutes from the railroad station (on foot). Decided to book my reservations there, regardless of my budget, when I finally found this information at 9:49 am (local time).
Australia Using a query re-formulation tool, the Hyperindex Browser (HiB) HiB + AltaVista o enter "Kyoto" and many query refinements are produced o choose "kyoto hotel" which produces the refinement "kyoto hotel overview". Beam down using this and start perusing the document abstracts. Quite a few seem relevant - start following links to actual documents and from there to other documnents - lost in hyperspace o start the HiB again with the query "kyoto" and chose the refinement "kyoto guide" as a query. Some document abstracts look relevant, but no success o try again using the query refinement "kyoto" hotel which produces the names of several hotels in Kyoto e.g. "kyoto tokyu hotel". Decide to beam down to the associated documents to see if mention is made of the hotel being near the station. beam down using "kyoto tokyu hotel", which leads to the document http://www.sel.sony.com/SEL/SEG/travelrates/station_kyoto.html where it says that "Kyoto Grand Central Hotel", "New Hankyu Hotel" and "New Mikyako Hotel" are near the station.
At a university in Toronto, Canada Metacrawler query: kyoto hotels Clicking on #1: "KYOTO CONVENTION BUREAU HOME PAGE" (http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/hellokcb/) Clicking on "Hotels" A list of Hotels. Clicking on "KYOTO TAKARAGAIKE PRINCE HOTEL" 30 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "THE MIYAKO" 20 min.by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO HOTEL" Clicking on "KYOTO HOTEL" Clicking on "Location & Access" Includes a map showning Kyoto Station and the locations of the two Kyoto Hotel group hotels. The closest is the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel which is two blocks away. The Kyoto Hotel is about six blocks away. Clicking on "ANA HOTEL KYOTO" 10 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KYOTO 7 min. walk from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO TOKYU HOTEL" 5 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO ROYAL HOTEL" 10 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO BRIGHTON HOTEL" 15 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO PARK HOTEL" 5 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KARASUMA KYOTO HOTEL" 5 min. by subway from JR Kyoto Stn. (About two blocks. See above.) Clicking on "HOLIDAY INN KYOTO" 20 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL KEIHAN KYOTO" 1 min. walk from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "NEW MIYAKO HOTEL" 1 min. walk from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL GIMMOND" 10 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL NEW KYOTO" 10 min.by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL new HANKYU KYOTO" 3 min. walk from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO TOWER HOTEL" 1 min. walk from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL PALACE-SIDE KYOTO" 10 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL NIKKO PRINCESS KYOTO" 5 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "SANJO KARASUMA KYOTO" 5 min. by subway from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "HOTEL SUN ROUTE KYOTO" 7 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO PRINCE HOTEL" 15 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "MARUKO INN KYOTO" 10 min. by subway from JR Kyoto Stn. Clicking on "KYOTO GION HOTEL" 10 min. by taxi from JR Kyoto Stn. The closest hotels are HOTEL KEIHAN KYOTO NEW MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO TOWER HOTEL which are a one minute walk from the train station and also HOTEL new HANKYU KYOTO which is a three minute walk from the train station.
At another university in Glasgow, Scotland Started search on Altavista to go straight to the query: Query: +hotel +Kyoto Japan train +station Visited http://www.jnto.go.jp/04budhint/hints/transp/kyotobus/kyotra.html , 1st in the list. The page is a train timetable (odd we retrieved it), but at the bottom there is a useful address: Visited http://www.jnto.go.jp/ where there is a lot of information and in particular an indication regarding lots of Japanese cities Visited http://www.jnto.go.jp/05regional/kyoto/05frame.html with info about Kyoto. Unfortunately, no info about hotels are in easy reach. Back to Altavista Visited http://www.zem.co.uk/itc/JAPAN.htm , 5th in the list, where I find the name of one hotel near the train station. NEW MIYAKO HOTEL, HACHIJO-GUCHI, KYOTO STATION, KYOTO TOWN. I decide to try another search engine to see if it has different coverage. I try http://www.infoseek.com/ with: Query: hotel Kyoto train station I click on the Grouped results from http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp and I get a nice list where all the hotels in the first 5 hotels are close to train station. I decide to visit one Visited http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/hellokcb/eng/ht5.html and then using the back botton I go the full list of hotels in Kyoto that seem to be close to the train station http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/hellokcb/eng/hotelindex.html
Elsewhere in Ottawa, Canada, using AltaVista ... ANSWER: ANA Hotel Kyoto Kyoto Station - 10 minutes Kyoto Tokyu Hotel Kyoto Train Station - 3 km New Miyako Hotel Kyoto Station - front of hotel Nikko Princess Hotel Kyoto Kyoto Station - nearby Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Station - nearby Not exhaustive Queries: 2 Links: 9 Time: 15 minutes ----------------------------------------------------------------- Query: hotel Kyoto Japan train accommodation* Followed: http://www.jwindow.net/LWT/KYOTO/GUIDE/kyoto_guide_accommod.html Just gives the cost ranges Followed: http://www.jnto.go.jp/04budhint/hints/transp/kyotobus/kyotra.html -> http://www.jnto.go.jp/ -> http://www.jnto.go.jp/07hotels/07frame.html -> http://www.j-hotel.or.jp/english/index.html -> Fill in form for Kyoto http://okini6.o-kini.or.jp:9004/jhotel/owa/search.easysearch_e Hotel list: with links and phone numbers NEW MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO CENTURY HOTEL KYOTO DAINI TOWER HOTEL KYOTO BRIGHTON HOTEL THE MIYAKO HOTEL GIMMOND KYOTO HOTEL NEW KYOTO HOTEL SUNFLOWER KYOTO KYOTO DAIGO PLAZA HOTEL HOLIDAY INN KYOTO KYOTO PARK HOTEL HOTEL KEIHAN KYOTO KYOTO TOWER HOTEL RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KYOTO ANA HOTEL KYOTO KYOTO HOTEL HOTEL NEW HANKYU KYOTO KYOTO TOKYU HOTEL KYOTO ROYAL HOTEL HOTEL PALACE-SIDE KYOTO Followed: http://www.jnto.go.jp/ -> http://www.jnto.go.jp/04budhint/04frame.html ----------------------------------------------------------------- Query: +hotel Kyoto Japan +train accommodation* Followed: http://traveland.hotelbook.com/static/Asia,Japan,Kyoto.html ANA Hotel Kyoto Kyoto Station - 10 minutes Kyoto Tokyu Hotel Kyoto Train Station - 3 km New Miyako Hotel Kyoto Station - front of hotel Nikko Princess Hotel Kyoto Kyoto Station - nearby Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Station - nearby
France Metacrawler: kyoto hotel "near train station" --> 3 results Pages refer gay information in asia. Metacrawler: kyoto train station --> many results Nothing promising. I pick "Japan Travel Updates: Kyoto" http://www.jnto.go.jp/05regional/kyoto/Kita_Kyoto.html I surf a while on the national tourist server. No luck. --> Another result: Kyoto Station Building http://www.westjr.co.jp/english/kyoto/index.html Some information on the new station building, which also contains a hotel: HOTEL GRANVIA KYOTO I assume that if there is a list somewhere then the GRANVIA should be on it. I try: Metacrawler: granvia kyoto station --> 5 results I follow http://www.intrepidtraveler.com/travels/kyoto.html A general tourist info on Kyoto, but only a listing of few hotel and no indications to their distance from the train station. I give up. (20 minutes)
Saarbrucken, Germany 22 June 1998, 19:20-21:20 p.m. I look up my private page with hotels where I've stayed (http://www.coli.uni-sb.de/~erbach/hotel.html) and find the Ryokan Seiki just behind the train station.