There are so many sights to visit in Kyoto that it is impossible to see everything. We recommend a bus tour for those who would like to experience as much as possible. Here are 5 bus tours in Kyoto that will make your sightseeing efficient and smooth.
- 1. Kyoto's Best 3 Tourist Attractions (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
- 2. SKY BUS Kyoto Drive Around Tour (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
- 3. Kyoto World Heritage Loop Bus (K’LOOP)
- 4. Gion Maiko Show & Kyoto Cuisine (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
- 5. Half-day in the Morning -Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine & Sanjusangendo (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
1. Kyoto's Best 3 Tourist Attractions (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
This is a course where you can tour 3 classic sightseeing locations in Kyoto in approximately 5 and a half to 6 and a half hours (Adult: 5,300 JPY, Child: 2,800 JPY). While a leisurely tour on a local bus is also a good option, with a professional bus tour there will be no concerns about getting lost and time will be well-managed. The bus will depart from Kyoto Station's Karasuma Exit in the morning. It will then tour, in order, Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, and finally Kiyomizudera. At Kiyomizudera, there will be a break so everyone can have lunch. This is a perfect and popular course for those visiting Kyoto for the first time.
*The photo is of Kinkakuji.
2. SKY BUS Kyoto Drive Around Tour (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
This is a sightseeing trip with an open-air bus that tours 12 locations for approximately an hour and a half (Adult: 2,000 JPY, Child: 1,000 JPY). Touring Kyoto while feeling the wind in your hair is an experience that exceeds expectations. Please attend with clothing appropriate for the season and weather. This is an onboard sightseeing tour with an audio guidance system. Different course options, W1 and W2, are available, but those who prefer guidance in a foreign language (English, Chinese and Korean), should book the W2 course.
3. Kyoto World Heritage Loop Bus (K’LOOP)
"This is a sightseeing loop bus that tours 7 World Heritage Sites and other popular locations in Kyoto. The unlimited entry/exit pass (available from half a day to 2 days Adult: 2,000 to 4,000 JPY, Child: 1,000 to 2,500 JPY (incl. tax)) is reasonable and convenient. Although Kyoto has enhanced its public transport system around tourist locations, the local bus route is quite complicated. With K’ LOOP, the main sightseeing spots are toured in order, so the route and time are very easy to figure out. Boarding and departure locations for each leg of the tour remain at the same spot, so there is no hustle when looking for the right bus station.
* The photo is of Toji Temple.
4. Gion Maiko Show & Kyoto Cuisine (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
"This is a recommended course for those who would like to meet real maiko (apprentice geisha) in Kyoto. With this plan, traditional Kyoto cuisine can be enjoyed while watching the maiko’s beautiful dance, and at a very reasonable price (Adult: 8,060 JPY, Child: 6,770 JPY)! The performance of the maiko is beautiful, and time spent on this course will be elegant and relaxing. After the performance, you can take pictures and have a chat with the maiko performers. You can also enjoy the night view from the summit of Mt. Higashi, so it's a popular course that allows you to casually enjoy the Kyoto night.
*The use of the observation deck on Mt. Higashi's summit is subject to change due to weather or traffic.
*The picture is for illustrative purposes.
5. Half-day in the Morning -Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine & Sanjusangendo (Kyoto Sightseeing Bus)
"This bus trip tours Sanjusangendo and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in 2 and half hours during the morning (Adult: 2,950 JPY, Child: 1,680 JPY). The statues at Senju Kannon, which can be seen at Sanjusangendo, are said to each have their own individual faces. The next destination, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, is famous for its Thousand Torii. The torii (a gateway at the entrance to a shrine) stand in a row as if to form a tunnel. Foreign language guidance (English, Chinese, and Korean) for this course uses GPS and gives information on the visited locations and the scenery visible from the bus window. This is definitely a content-rich bus tour.
* The photo is of the Thousand Torii
There are many options for sightseeing bus tours, whether you’re looking for a quick tour or one that takes a whole day. Please find a tour that suits your schedule and enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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