Feb. 17, 2023 UPDATE

Hop on the bus in Kyoto with the 700 yen One-day Pass!

With the One-day Pass you get to easily go most of the sightseeing spots in Kyoto for cheap!
One-day Pass

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 700 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! 

Bus One-day Pass

Bus One-day PassThe One-day Pass is, of course, valid for one day and can be purchased for 700 yen. 

flat-fare zoneYou 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. 

Where to buy:

1Kyoto Station bus stop

Kyoto Station bus stopAt the bus stop of Kyoto Station you can see ticket vending machines that sell the One-Day Pass. 

2Kyoto Tourist Information Centertourist information center This tourist information center is located right next to Kyoto Isetan department store, and here you can also ask questions about traveling in Kyoto when you buy your pass. 

3City Bus and Subway Information CentersCity Bus and Subway Information Centers

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. 

4Buy it from the bus driver

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. 

How to use

How to useOn 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. 

Easy, right? After this, you only need to let the driver see your One-day Pass when you alight. Easy, right? 

An ideal itinerary for the One-day Pass:

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.

Kiyomizu TempleTo 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. 

Address 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. For special night time light-ups, temple reopens for the night depending on the season

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.  Yasaka Shrine

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: 


Address 625 kitagawa-Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, 605-0073
Open Hours Does not close

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.  Nanzen-ji Temple

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. 

Address Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435
Open Hours Dec. 1 - Feb. 28: 8:40 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mar. 1 - Nov. 30: 8:40 a.m. - 5 p.m.

3 p.m. From Nanzen-ji Temple to Heian Shrine

Take bus #5 and get off at Heian Jingu-mae bus stop.  Heian shrine

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

Address Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8341
Open Hours Mar. 1 - Mar. 14: 8:30am - 5pm Mar. 15 - Sep. 30: 8:30am - 5:30pm Oct. 1 - Oct. 31: 8:30am - 5:30pm Nov.1 - Feb.14: 8:30am - 4:30pm Feb.15-Feb. 28 or 29 :8:30am - 5:00pm *Kyoto Jidai Matsuri (Oct. 22): 9:30am - 11:30am

5 p.m. From Heian Shrine to Shijo Kawaramachi

Take bus #5 and get off at Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop.  Teramachi Shopping Street

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

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. 

Address 721-1, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 600-8216
Open Hours 9am - 9:20pm (must enter by 9:00pm) ※The open hours was changed from 2020 August 1th. 【Observation Deck】  11am~7pm(must enter by 6:30pm)

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! 

Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Trains and the subway in Kyoto are not cheap, so it’s really nice that with the One-day Pass you get to use the buses for a day for only 700 yen. With it, you get to go to most of the sightseeing spots in Kyoto, and just have a lot of fun for not that much money!
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