Getting Around Kyoto by Bus


Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion

Hoping to catch as many sights as possible in one day without having to spend too much on transportation? Get a Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass for 500 yen! Kyoto’s bus system is excellent and covers most of the main sightseeing attractions. Do grab a bus route map from the Bus Information Center located just outside of Kyoto Station before hopping onto one. The pass can be bought from machines nearby. Click here(front) and here(back) for pdf of the bus route map provided by Kyoto city for sightseeing.

Here are some useful bus guide (PDF) provided by Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau.
Kyoto Bus Navi
Kyoto Bus Network Map


Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass and bus travel map

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are using the city bus one-day pass. Arashiyama (嵐山) is considered out of city therefore the pass is ineffective. Also, during peak hours the buses are often very crowded and you may have to stand all the way. During peak season especially when the autumn leaves are at their viewing season, using subway may be a smarter option as the queue for the bus can be horrendous and the bus can be packed like sardines.

Now that you know the pros and cons of the pass, you can make a more informed decision. Good luck!


About Teng

Teng from Malaysia, is a graduate student studying in Aichi-ken.

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