Convenient for trekking around Kyoto, the Kyoto one-day bus pass lets you hop on and hop off buses as many times as you like.
However, there is a limit to where you can use the passes. If you venture outside this set area, you will have to pay an additional fare.
So you don’t end up thinking “why can’t I use my pass here?” or “No one told me there’d be an extra fare?!” we’ll show you exactly where you can use your bus pass and how you pay for additional fares.
Below is a list of the Kyoto one-day bus and subway passes.
With names like “Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass,” “Subway, Bus One-day Pass” and “Subway, Bus Two-day Pass” the different passes are easy to mistake, so be careful.
Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass – Adult: ¥700｜Child: ¥350
This green bus pass will let you hop on and off the Kyoto City Buses and Kyoto Buses as much as you like within the “flat-fare zone” for 24 hours.
Subway, Bus One-day Pass – Adult: ¥1,100｜Child: ¥550
These blue passes are the Subway, Bus One-day Passes. These passes allow you to ride all Kyoto City Buses, subway lines, most Kyoto Buses and most Keihan Buses for 24 hours.
|Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass
|Subway, Bus One-day Pass
Child: ¥ 550
|Period of Use
※Prices have changed since October 1, 2021.
After buying a bus pass, you will need to pass it through the card reader at the front of the bus and stamp it with the date when you first use it.
Every time after this, you can just show the bus driver the stamped date when getting off.
For paying additional fares, simply show your card and pay the exact amount needed. While you can change ￥1,000 notes at the front of the bus, the buses in Kyoto are often crowded, so it’s a good idea to have your change ready before you get off.
Also, note that ￥2,000, ￥5,000 and ￥10,000 notes can’t be changed inside the buses.
All passes are sold at Kyoto Station’s bus terminal and the bus information center.
However, you can also purchase them inside the buses by asking the driver when you get off.
As passes are sometimes sold out on buses, we recommend purchasing your pass at the Kyoto Station bus terminal.
See the following article for details on where to purchase and how to use the passes:
For details on bus routes and the range of bus passes, see the official Kyoto City website: https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/cmsfiles/contents/0000019/19770/ENG2019(map)0316.pdf
The bright red line on the bus map represents the area where the one-day bus pass can be used. If you catch the bus further than this red line, you will be required to pay an additional fare, so make sure you always have enough change.
As you’re likely thinking, “I can’t be checking the map every time I get off the bus!” we made a list of the popular sightseeing spots not covered by, specifically, the one-day bus pass.
Ohara is an area located about one hour from Kyoto Station. Although it’s a popular sightseeing area, well known for the Ohara Onna Matsuri festival and its multitude of beautiful temples, it’s also home to sprawling greenery.
You can easily access Ohara from Kyoto Station via a Kyoto Bus.
From Kyoto Station to the “Ohara” bus stop, a fare of ￥330 is required in addition to your bus pass.
The Sanzen-in Temple in Ohara is one of the oldest in Kyoto and a popular sightseeing spot. The two gardens of Shuhekien and Yuseien both contain a charming traditional Japanese air and beautiful green moss. The greenery of the temple beautifully reflects each passing season and makes this temple a wonderful place to visit year-round.
The little Buddhist Jizo statues are also nothing if not super cute.
Another Ohara temple, the Hosen-in Temple is famous for its garden affectionately called gakubuchiteien, meaning the framed garden.
The reason for this name lies in the fact that from within the temple, you can gaze out at the 700-year-old tree as if it was a framed painting. The bamboo that surrounds the tree is also beautiful, and when the leaves begin to change in the fall, this temple becomes an incredible place to enjoy the colors of autumn.
One of the highlights of the temple, however, are the bloodstains left of the roof by the vassals and retainers of Tokugawa Ieyasu who committed suicide here before the battle of Sekigahara.
Takao is a famous sightseeing area known for temples such as the Jingo-ji Temple.
However, it’s also known for its beautiful autumn leaves and the sprawling greenery of its mountain villages.
On the Takao bound Kyoto City Bus No. 8, the Kyoto bus passes will only take you as far as the Sanbo-ji Temple before incurring an additional fare.
A trip from Kyoto Station, changing buses at Shijo Karasuma, and getting off at the “Takao” bus stop will cost ￥220 in addition to your bus pass.
Jingo-ji Temple Maple Leaves
Takao’s Jingo-ji Temple is famous for its impressive Japanese maple trees. At the Jingo-ji Temple, you can take part in a unique practice called kawarakenage.
Said to ward of evil spirits, kawarakenage sees you throwing a small clay plate off the temple’s observation deck into the great abyss.
Below is a blog that Sharing Kyoto editor Vanessa wrote about seeing the maple leaves in Takao.
Kibune/Kurama is a popular sightseeing spot famous for the Kifune Shrine and Kurama Temple. The area can be accessed via Kyoto Bus No. 52, but every stop past Ichihara will incur an additional fare. Taking the bus from Kyoto Station, changing at Kokusaikaikan and getting off at the Kibuneguchi bus stop will cost ￥170 in addition to your bus pass.
Beautiful Kifune Shrine is well-known for the river top kawayuka restaurants in the summer. However, the temple might be most famous for its lantern lined steps that are cut out of the hillside.
Additionally, with lit-up autumn leaves during the fall, this shrine remains popular year-round. Kifune Shrine is dedicated to the god of water, so you are also able to purchase water fortune slips inside as well.
Kurama Onsen Hot Springs
Are you a fan of Japanese onsen hot springs? At Kurama Onsen, you can bask in the beauty of the different seasons in its popular open-air hot spring.
This hot spring is especially recommended to those who’ve spent all day traversing the Kifune Shrine and Kurama Temple. You can enjoy this hot spring whether you’re staying the night or even just coming for the day.
Note: All areas mentioned above do not require an additional fare for the Subway, Bus One-day Pass and Subway, Bus Two-day Pass. The limit on how far you can ride the bus differs between the bus only pass and bus and subway passes.
Additional Fares *From Kyoto Station
|Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass
|Subway, Bus One-day Pass
While the range for how far you can use Kyoto’s one-day bus pass is a little confusing, it's definitely worth getting once you’re able to get your head around it. Also, for places that require transfers, getting the bus and subway passes will allow you to add riding the subway to your journey and make getting around much more comfortable.
For the best value possible, definitely pick up a one-day all you can ride pass.
|Sakurako[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]