How to get around when sightseeing in Kyoto… There are trains, buses, and taxis. Here, we will explain in detail the buses that run in Kyoto city. (Click here for all traffic information.)
Kyoto City Bus
Most buses you see in Kyoto city are Kyoto City Bus. Get on the bus through the rear door and get off the bus through the front door on most buses with some exceptions. The Raku Bus lines for tourists connect famous sightseeing spots such as Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera with major stations and stops only at major stops. The Kyoto Okazaki Loop connects the Okazaki area with the city center. All of these are almost always crowded, but they are very convenient for sightseeing.
Sightseeing spots that can be reached by Raku Bus / Okazaki Loop
- Raku Bus 100
- Raku Bus 101
- Raku Bus 102
- Kyoto Okazaki Loop
http://www.kyotobus.jp/index.html (Japanese only)
Kyoto bus runs mainly in the North area (Ohara area, Kibune / Kurama area) and the West area (Arashiyama area). It is also convenient when going to Suzumushi-dera Temple and Koke-dera (Moss Temple – a World Heritage Site) in the West area, and Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site.
Keihan Bus operates Sightseeing tour buses.
Tourist spots accessible by Sightseeing tour buses
- Nishihongan-ji Kiyomizu-dera Temple Line
- Keihan nana-jo Kyoto station Loop
- Sanjusangendo Temple
- Kyoto National Museum
- Fushimi Inari Line
- Kyoto Daigo Line
- Shogunzuka Seiryuden Loop-line
Kyoto Sightseeing Bus
The Kyoto Sightseeing Bus is a convenient way to get around many sightseeing spots efficiently. There are several courses from 2.5 hours to 8 hours, and a multilingual audio guide system is also available.
However, the tour guide will speak in Japanese, and the tour contents are basically for adults. If you want to enjoy family-friendly content with an English-speaking guide, take the Kyoto with Kids Family Tour!