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Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass: See All Of Japan's Ancient Capital
The Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass is an affordable way to sightsee in Japan's historical capital, Kyoto. Learn where to buy and how to use this convenient, all-you-can-ride pass, for unlimited transportation on city buses to get to Kinkakuji Temple and more.
Written by Keishi Kawakami
Why You Should Use the City Bus
Kyoto offers many modes of transportation, but the best for sightseeing is the bus, with the city bus being the most convenient and most cost efficient. Some places are hard to get to as there are limited transportation routes, so it is important to know beforehand the best means of getting there.
For example, Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, is an incredibly popular sightseeing spot, but there aren't any train stations near it. The only ways you can reach it is by taxi or by bus, as there are two bus stops - Kinkakuji Dori, and Kinkakuji Mae nearby.
If there are several places you want to visit, or you wish to keep your travel fees as low as possible, wenrecommend taking the city bus. And when using the city bus, the Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass is a must.
What’s the Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass?
Picture courtesy of Kyoto Traffic Bureau Official HP
Normally it costs adults 230 yen and children 120 yen per ride to use the city bus. However, with this one-day pass, you are free to get on and off wherever you like on that day for 600 yen for adults, and 300 yen for children. If you are planning to use the bus three or more times on a given day, the one-day pass will save you money.
However, there are two important things to keep in mind: the pass can only be used for city buses within the designated area. If you will be traveling in the Takao, Katsura, Rakusai, Iwakura, Shugaku-in, and Ohara areas, you will need to pay additional fees. You can only use this pass on the Kyoto city buses, so if you will be taking the Keihan, Kyoto, or JR buses, you will need to pay a separate fare.
Where to Buy the One-Day Pass: Go to City Bus and Subway Information Counters
The Kyoto City Bus One-Day can be purchased at city bus and subway information centers, the commuter pass center, subway ticket machines, and even on the buses themselves. Please keep in mind that these passes may not be available on the bus you board, and that children's passes cannot be purchased from machines. We suggest purchasing passes from the City Bus and Subway Information Center when you arrive at Kyoto Station.
Pictured above is the Kyoto City Bus and Subway Information Center. The ticket machine is on the left and the Information Center is on the opposite side.
On the Kyoto Station floor information map, near the subway center ticket barrier 1, you can see a red square which shows where the information center is. You can get your one-day passes there.
How to Use the One-Day Pass
The first time you use the pass, insert the pass into the designated slot at the front of the bus next to the driver's seat. If you have any questions, be sure to show your pass and inquire. Retrieve your pass and then get off the bus. It will have the current date printed on the back.
After the first time, simply show the pass to the bus driver. Make sure to show the date printed on the pass.
Please note that some city buses will have different ways of boarding. Most buses will require you to board from the back and then show your pass upon leaving the bus. However, buses on route 100 and the Higashiyama Shuttle board from the front. When boarding in the front, show your pass to the driver before you sit down for the ride.
Use the City Bus to See Kyoto!
Taking the city bus is a fantastic way to sightsee many different shrines, temples, and famous places in Kyoto. The Kyoto City Bus One-Day Pass, you can enjoy many of the sights for a reasonable price. Get your pass and enjoy sightseeing in this history-rich city!