Travel with BUS in Kyoto

most convenient transportation
One of the most popular travel destinations in Japan “Kyoto”. There are lots of sightseeing spots there such as traditional shrines, temples, old stone paving street and so on. Visitors normally check information of those spots in advance to make their schedule run smoothly. And for transportation in Kyoto for your travel, as I mentioned a few times on our website I highly recommend two kinds of buses managed by Kyoto city and Kyoto Bus Co., Ltd (kyofuku group) for your travel.
These two buses are enjoyable with using same 1 day pass card which is only 500 Yen for a day. Their fixed fare is 230 Yen per each ride, so it mean it’s worth buying this one day pass for those who take bus three times or more. This pass was actually for city bus only before, but now it is useful for Kyoto bus as well. The design of card also has been changed and its available area had spread out and not bus become the most convenient transportation in Kyoto.
Kyoto bus
[Use one day pass]
You can get one day pass not only at bus or Subway customer center, Navigation counter, ticket center, vending machine and even from bus driver. Sometime the passes from driver in the bus are sold out. If you have time in advance, it is much better to get it before you take bus. There is space to mark the date you can use on the back of card. At the first time you ride bus in a day, please insert your card to machine then it mark the date automatically. From 2nd ride when you get off the bus, you do no need to insert car any more. Just showing the driver the date marked on card is enough. You can ride buses over and over all day.
[Pay fares by cash]
The fare is fixed 230 Yen (adult) and 120 Yen (child) per each ride (*limited area). Every time you get off the bus you put note or coins to machine and it give you back change automatically too. Only when your destination is out of city, fare will be changed. Please check the area that you can move in same fare in advance. The area is shown on the map clearly.
Kyoto bus map
How to go your destination? How to see the map?
1. Find where you are and closest bus stop and make sure which bus stop is nearest by your destination on the bus map.
2. Find the mutual numbers written in both stops of your starting point and destination.
3. For example, you are now at “Shijo-Omiya 四条大宮” and heading to “Gion 祇園”, and mutual bus numbers are 46 / 201 / 203 / 206 / 207.
4. Make sure which bus (number) is going to destination in the shortest distance.
5. Number 46 / 201 / 203 and 207 is shown on the shortest distance, but 206 is not on the line. It means bus 206 still go through “Gion 祇園” but not in the shortest distance.
6. You can take buses of same numbers in your way back to “Shijo-Omiya 四条大宮” from “Gion 祇園”.
There is a bus ticket center in front of Kyoto station. If you can drop by ticket center to get one day pass right after you arrive at Kyoto, you can use the card on the way to your hotel as well. Since tickets they sell are not marked date that you can use, so it is possible to buy some in the lump and use a new card every day.
get one day pass first
We hope this blog support your trip and save your money and time in Kyoto.

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Basic information of Kyoto

About Kyoto
Kyoto city is the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, has lots of historical temples. Kyoto is next to Osaka and Hyogo prefecture. These three cities are called “三都 three capitals”, and very popular for foreign tourists. Compared to Osaka and Kobe cities Kyoto is not very modern city, but no city in Japan offers traditional scene and atmosphere like Kyoto. Luckily Kyoto is removed from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb in world war II, so lots of historical temples, shrines and other structures still survive today in the city.
Weather of Kyoto
The average temperature: 15.9 °C
The average annual rainfall: 1,491.3 mm
The highest temperature: 33.3°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 1.2°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Kyoto
Rainy season of Kyoto
Rainy season in Kyoto prefecture starts on 6th – 10th June and end on 18th – 23rd July. After rainy season, temperature get higher and humidity is also still very high due to basin terrain. This hot weather make leaves on three colour fresh green and it makes us feel a bit cooler. Normally it rains more in September than August, it seldom rain hard in maple leaf season (October and November).
Rainy season of Kyoto
Population of Kyoto
The population of Kyoto prefecture is around 2,607,000 as of June 2016 (13th highest population density). 1,500,000 people in all population lives in Kyoto city.
Geography of Kyoto
To the south, it faces Osaka and Nara Prefectures and it faces Hyōgo Prefecture to the west. Kyoto is known that one of the three main cites (三都) in Kansai area with Kobe and Osaka.
Total area of Kyoto prefecture is around 4,613 km2
Area rank: 13th / all 47 prefectures in Japan.
Popular local food of Kyoto
Kyoto’s traditional dishes are called “Kyo-Ryori 京料理”, looks like set menu that has many kinds of dishes served by many small bowls. Mostly all dishes are cooked with local organic ingredients. Especially tofu hotpot, Japanese pickles and grilled fish are their regular menu and all those are decorated by chef such as work of art. Not only tasting but also seeing dishes is one of our pleasure.

kyoto local foods
Transportation of Kyoto
●JR West ●Kintetsu Kyoto line ●Hankyu Kyoto line ●Keihan Electric Railway
●Kyoto city subway ●Kyoto kotsu ●Keifuku Electric Railway ●Eizan railway

IF you move around in Kyoto city, we highly recommend you to buy one day bus card (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen). In front of JR Kyoto station, there is bus information centre and they sell 1day pass ticket for one day and you can get bus map that shown all bus numbers, destinations, locations of bus stop and so on. It’s fixed fare (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen), and you can take buses as many times as you need. On the first ride of a day, when you put your card into machine it mark the date on the back of your card and from 2nd time you ride, you just need show the driver the date printed. It’s very convenient.

(Kansai international airport to Kyoto)
>Airport Limousine bus (Adult: 2,550 Yen, Child: 1,280 yen | Round trip: 4,180 Yen)
*Time schedule:

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
>JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)

(Sannomiya station (Kobe) to Kyoto station)
>JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 51 mins / 1,080 Yen)
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Kyoto
Arashiyama (嵐山), Kiyomizu temple (清水寺), Amano hasidate (天橋立),
Fushimi Inari Shirine (伏見稲荷大社)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Kyoto
(2014) 111,400 people
(2015) 193,230 people (+ 73%)
Major events and festivals of Kyoto
●Gion festival (at Yasaka shrine in July)
●Aoi festival (at Kamigamo shrine and Shimogamo Shrine at middle of May)
●Jidai festival (at Kyoto gosho, Heian shrine on 22nd October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Kyoto
Kumi Kouda, Emi Suzuki, Masakazu Tamura, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kimiko Date, Shinsuke Shimada, Daisuke Matsui, Katsuya Nomura, Aya Sugimoto, Kazumi Saito, Misono, Chihara brothers, Daisuke Miyagawa
Professional sport teams of Kyoto
>Kyoto Sanga FC >Amitie Sports Club
>Kyoto Hannaryz
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