Moving about Kyoto is easy, but if you go to many temples it’s going to cost quite a lot of money. But luckily there is a One-day Pass for the buses, with which you only have to pay 500 yen to ride the bus as many times as you like! You get to go to the many famous sightseeing spots of Kyoto, but you also get to see the city from the windows of the bus. Inside Kyoto Station, you can find many tourist information centers which will provide you information on how to use the buses, but they also have instructions in English on how to ride buses in Kyoto. It’s really easy, so let’s get on the bus!
The One-day Pass is, of course, valid for one day and can be purchased for 500 yen. The price is hiked up to 600 yen starting in March 2018 so remember to come to Kyoto before that!
You can use the One-day Pass to go to all places that are within the flat-fare zone. The flat-fare in Kyoto is 230 yen, so if you take the bus more than three times a day you should get to the One-day Pass.
At the bus stop of Kyoto Station you can see ticket vending machines that sell the One-Day Pass.
Kyoto Tourist Information Center "Kyo-Navi"
You can also get the One-day Pass at these information centers that can be found in many subway stations. Some stations also have ticket vending machines selling these tickets.
You can also buy the One-day Pass from the bus driver. But there is a limit on how many passes they have on board the bus, and buying it will take time, so I recommend you use one of the above options.
On the day when you want to start using the pass, when alighting the bus, give the pass to the driver and he will run it through a machine stamping the date on it.
After this, you only need to let the driver see your One-day Pass when you alight. Easy, right?
9 a.m. From Kyoto Station to Kiyomizu Temple
Take bus #86, #88, #100, #106, #110, #206, or #208 and get off at Kiyomizumichi bus stop.
To get to Kiyomizu Temple, take one of the above-mentioned buses and get off at Kiyomizumichi or Gojozaka bus stops, and from there it is a 10-minute walk to the temple. The temple is famous for its stage, but close to it you can also find nice shops selling the most famous Kyoto confectionery, yatsuhashi, here.
11 a.m. From Kiyomizu Temple to Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, and Gion
Take bus #86, #88, #100, #106, #110, #206, or #208 and get off at Gion bus stop.
After going to Kiyomizu Temple, it is time to go to the sightseeing area of Gion, and to Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park. There are many great restaurants and shops in Gion, and if you want to know more, click on the link below:
1 p.m. From Yasaka Shrine to Nanzen-ji Temple
Take bus #100 and get off at Miyanomaecho bus stop or #203 and get off at Higashitennocho bus stop.
Every spring and autumn, the people of Kyoto and most of the tourists all flock to Nanzen-ji Temple. The beautiful temple buildings and the western aqueduct are something everyone has to see when they come to Kyoto.
3 p.m. From Nanzen-ji Temple to Heian Shrine
Take bus #5 and get off at Heian Jingu-mae bus stop.
This shrine famous for its huge torii gate is located in the area of Okazaki where you can also find many museums and galleries, not to speak of the best restaurant offering udon noodles in Kyoto, Yamamoto Menzou.
Heian Jingu Shrine
5 p.m. From Heian Shrine to Shijo Kawaramachi
Take bus #5 and get off at Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop.
The always busy Kawaramachi area is a place where you can find many great restaurants, shops, and of course the famous Nishiki Market. And on your way to Nishiki Market, remember to take a look at Teramachi Shopping Street too! Click the link below to go shopping with me!
8 p.m. From Shijo Kawaramachi to Kyoto Station
Take bus #4, #5, #17, #104, #106, or #205 and get off at Kyoto Station bus stop.
Kyoto Tower at night is a romantic sight you only get to see in Kyoto. The modern look of the tower makes for a nice change from all the traditional things we just looked at, and the view of the tower and from the tower at night is great.
Things bring our bus journey to Kyoto to an end, but it was a lot of fun! Using the One-day Pass really saves a lot of money, plus you get to see really many nice sightseeing spots all around Kyoto!
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