Kyoto Sightseeing Bus with Special Features & Discounts! ・ Daily departure from the front of Kyoto Station!! ・ Enjoy the scenery through the bus window while traveling. ・ An auto guidance system in four languages (English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean!) facilitates your relaxed sightseeing (The GPS-based system feeds you with auto guidance on 'must see' spots through the earphone in coordination with the bus travel.Only Japanese-speaking guide available. ・ A reasonable set price including bus fare & admission fees! ・ Group discount is available for a group of four or more. * It is also possible that guidance may only be provided in Japanese due to vehicle-related reasons.

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  • Kyoto’s Best 3 Tourist Attractions(AW)
  • World Heritage Ryoan-ji Temple(BW)
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple & Stroll around Higashiyama(XW)
  • Half-day in the Morning Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine & Sanjusangendo (HW)
  • Half-day in the Afternoon Nijo Castle & Ryoan-ji Temple (CW)
  • Half-day in the Afternoon Ryoan-ji Temple & Ginkaku-ji Temple (DW)
  • Maiko dance and commemorative photo(GW)
  • Gion Maiko Show, Kyoto Cuisine & Night View
Kyoto Sightseeing Bus with Special Features & Discounts!
・Daily departure from the front of Kyoto Station!! ・ Enjoy the scenery through the bus window while traveling.
・ An auto guidance system in three languages (Chinese, English and Korean!) facilitates your relaxed sightseeing (The GPS-based system feeds you with auto guidance on 'must see' spots through the earphone in coordination with the bus travel.Only Japanese-speaking guide available.)
・ A reasonable set price including bus fare & admission fees!
・ Group discounts are available for groups of four or more people!
* It is also possible that guidance may only be provided in Japanese due to vehicle-related reasons.
Kyoto’s Best 3 Tourist Attractions

The most popular course covering famous tourist spots.
Recommended for the first-time visitors to Kyoto.

  • Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple
  • Ginkaku-Temple
Fees Adults:  5,300yen Children: 2,800yen
Group discount  Adults:  4,900yen Children: 2,600yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time:  9:00
 10:30
* 11:30
Tour time: Approx. 5 hours

*Service at 11:30 is in operation only on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Exception: 12/31-1/3 In operation every day, 1/4-2/28 No operation.

In operation every day.
Kyoto Half-day Tour Make a Reservation
Kinkaku-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Kinkaku-ji Temple

This temple, with its formal name “Rokuon-ji”, is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and has been placed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. This temple was resided by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, and was turned into a Zen temple after his death. Rokuon-ji is represented by the shiny building of “Kinkaku” (a reliquary hall). The gold foils that are attached to the second and third tiers of this building form the origin of the temple’s common name.
The temple burned down in 1950 due to an accidental fire, based on which event two pieces of literature were created: “Kinkaku-ji” by Yukio Mishima, and “Kinkaku Enjo” by Tsutomu Mizukami. The temple was reconstructed in 1955. The beautiful nature-based garden must also be seen, comprising the Ryumon falls with fresh water spray, Sekka-tei, an aesthetic tea ceremony room with the thatched roof, and so on.
Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple

Kiyomizu-dera is a highly popular temple. The main building is particularly famous for its “Kiyomizu no Butai (a stage of Kiyomizu)”, which is supported with 139 pillars on a cliff. Not a single nail has been used in joining these pillars. There is a Japanese saying, “I will jump out of the Kiyomizu no Butai and do xxx”, which signifies daring to do something extreme. The stage commands the whole city of Kyoto.
Below the stage is the Otowa falls. The water that flows out of the mountains behind has been known since ancient days as spiritual water with healing effects, and is the origin of the temple’s name “Kiyomizu”, or pure water.

Ginkaku-Temple

Ginkaku-ji is located at the foot of Higashiyama. Just like Kinkaku-ji, this too has been placed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Ginkaku-ji was established as a mountain villa in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate and the grandson of Yoshimitsu. There is a theory that silver decoration had been planned for the Ginkaku building (a Kannon hall), following suit with Kinkaku, but this became impossible due to shortage of funds. Unlike the gorgeous Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji is filled with the taste of “wabi” and “sabi” (elegant rusticity and quiet simplicity), from which visitors can feel austere nobleness. Yoshimasa spent his retired life inviting the first-class cultural people and pursuing artistic activities such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement. In addition to the Kannon hall, the temple has many other interesting spots, such as Togu-do, known for the oldest Shoin-style building in Japan, the elegant garden, etc.
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World Heritage Ryoan-ji Temple(BW)

On this half-day morning course, the bus takes you to Ryoan-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site, and on the way back you have the option of getting off at Nishiki Market, known as the "kitchen of Kyoto."

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  • *You can alight at Nishiki Market on the way back.
Fees Adults:1,800yen Children:650yen
Group discount Adults:1,670yen Children:590yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 9:30
Tour time: Approx. 2 hours
10/1-3/17In operation every day.
Exception: 3/4・5・11・12 No operation
World Heritage Ryoan-ji Temple Make a Reservation
Ryoan-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Ryoan-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple is a temple of Rinzai Myoshinji Sect, which was originally a villa of Tokudaiji Saneyoshi. In 1450 (approximately 565 years ago), Katsumoto Hosokawa inherited the place and established the property.
Its Karesansui garden, with 15 stones placed on white sand, which describes a landscape of mountains and water using only stones and sand without ponds, etc., is globally famous. It was designated as the World Heritage Site in December 1994.
Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is famous as “the kitchen of Kyoto.” Kyoto residents, and tourists from all over, love to shop and dine in this shopping arcade, which has a history going back about 400 years. Nishiki Market stretches 390 meters east to west, and has about 130 shops and restaurants selling ingredients like Kyo-yasai vegetables; yuba, or “tofu skin”; and nama-fu wheat starch. This market keeps Kyoto’s traditional cuisine alive and well.
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Kinkaku-ji Temple and Stroll around Higashiyama

An afternoon tour that takes in some of Kyoto’s best known sights. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the souvenir-store-lined streets of Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka.
Sightseeing time at Kodai-ji Temple is included in walking time.

  • Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple
  • Strolling Higashiyama
  • kodaiji-Temple
  • *From Kiyomizu-dera temple to Kodai-ji temple, please walk on your own and enjoy a Higashiyama stroll.
Fees Adults:  4,670yen Children: 2,240yen
Group discount  Adults:  4,280yen Children: 2,060yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 12:30
Tour time: Approx. 4.5 hours
In operation every day.
Kinkaku-ji Temple & Stroll around Higashiyama Make a Reservation
Kinkaku-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Kinkaku-ji Temple

This temple, with its formal name “Rokuon-ji”, is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto and has been placed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. This temple was resided by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, and was turned into a Zen temple after his death. Rokuon-ji is represented by the shiny building of “Kinkaku” (a reliquary hall). The gold foils that are attached to the second and third tiers of this building form the origin of the temple’s common name.
The temple burned down in 1950 due to an accidental fire, based on which event two pieces of literature were created: “Kinkaku-ji” by Yukio Mishima, and “Kinkaku Enjo” by Tsutomu Mizukami. The temple was reconstructed in 1955. The beautiful nature-based garden must also be seen, comprising the Ryumon falls with fresh water spray, Sekka-tei, an aesthetic tea ceremony room with the thatched roof, and so on.
Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple

Kiyomizu-dera is a highly popular temple. The main building is particularly famous for its “Kiyomizu no Butai (a stage of Kiyomizu)”, which is supported with 139 pillars on a cliff. Not a single nail has been used in joining these pillars. There is a Japanese saying, “I will jump out of the Kiyomizu no Butai and do xxx”, which signifies daring to do something extreme. The stage commands the whole city of Kyoto.
Below the stage is the Otowa falls. The water that flows out of the mountains behind has been known since ancient days as spiritual water with healing effects, and is the origin of the temple’s name “Kiyomizu”, or pure water.
nene
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

higashiyama

The stone paved approach to Kiyomizu-dera temple that stretches from Kiyomizuzaka all the way up to Kodai-ji temple is called "Ninenzaka" and "Sannenzaka." The stone pavement extends all the way to Kodai-ji temple, taking visitors through a charming old-style cityscape. Japanese sweets shops and souvenir shops line the way, and the area is alive with energetic tourists.
*Visitors enjoy a Higashiyama stroll from Kiyomizu-dera temple to Kodai-ji temple.
kodaiji-Temple
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Kodaiji-Temple

Nene, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, established this temple as a memorial for her deceased husband. The garden spread out around a central pond is absolutely magnificent and offers beautiful views that are different for each season, including autumn leaves and cherry blossom flowers. Buildings with interesting features like "Garyoro" which resembles a curving dragon's back and "Kasa-tei" with a ceiling that looks like an umbrella are also fun to see.
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Half-day in the Morning Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine & Sanjusangendo (HW)

This is a half-day morning tour to visit Sanjusangendo, in which 1,000 Kannon statues are stored,
and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which is famous for one thousand torii gates.

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  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fees Adults:2,950yen Children:1,680yen
Group discount Adults:2,760yen Children:1,580yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 9:50
Tour time: Approx. 2.5 hours
9/1-3/17 In operation every day .
Exception: 1/1-5 No operation
A Quick Look around Kyoto Make a Reservation
sanjusangendo
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

sanjusangendo

Sanjusangendo, or officially called Renge-ouin, literally means thirty three gaps. This is because there are 33 gaps between the polls in the chancel of the main building. The number 33 is applied based on the teaching of Buddhism, which says One Kannon Goddess transforms herself into 33 figures to offer mercy to people.
The Tendai Sect temple was built in 1164 by Cloistered Emperor Goshirakawa, and in 1249, it burned out due to the fire that occurred at a nearby town. The current building was rebuilt in 1266, which has now been designated as a National Treasure.
Inside the main building are a sitting statue of Chuson Senju kannon with 500 of standing statues of thousand armed kannon on its both side.
Each statue has a different facial expression. It is said that you will find a statue among them, who looks like someone you really want to meet now.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine was established when the god of Inari was enshrined in 711, approximately 1300 years ago, by Hatanoirogu at Sangamine of Inari Mountain.
Today, the god of the shrine has been accepted widely as a god of the productiveness of grain, enhancement of businesses, and well-being of families. Inari shrines can be found throughout the nation, and Fushimi Inari Shrine is the head of all the Inari shrines, which are approximately 30,000 in Japan.
There are many red Torii gates in this huge area. The Thousand Torii standing from Okumiya to Okusha are so famous that they are often introduced on televisions and magazines. These bright-colored Torii, a total of approximately 10,000 here, continue along a footpath that stretches to the top of Inari Mountain.
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Half-day in the Afternoon Nijo Castle & Ryoan-ji Temple (CW)

This is a half-day afternoon tour, which visits Ryoan-ji Temple, a temple that is famous for its Karesansui stone garden,
and Nijo-jo Castle, which has been witnessing the change in the history of Japan.

  • Nijo Castle
  • Ryoan-ji Temple
Fees Adults:3,500yen Children:1,400yen
Group discount Adults:3,260yen Children:1,280yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 13:30
Tour time: Approx. 3 hours
10/1-11/30 In operation every day
A Quick Look around Kyoto Make a Reservation
Nijo-jo Castle
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Nijo Castle

It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu as his residence in Kyoto in 1603. Only the Ninomaru Palace existed at that time. Later, the Honmaru Palace, donjon, and other buildings were relocated from the destroyed Fushimi Castle, most of which were subsequently lost due to lightning strikes and fires. Only the Ninomaru Palace remains today.
The Ninomaru Palace is also designated as a national treasure and has a floor area of 3,300 square meters and 33 rooms with more than 800 tatamis. The palace is filled with the essence of grand and gorgeous Momoyama culture, including drawings on fusuma and sculptures by Kano Tanyu. Ninomaru Garden was designed by Kobori Enshu, a skillful garden architect.
Ryoan-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Ryoan-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple is a temple of Rinzai Myoshinji Sect, which was originally a villa of Tokudaiji Saneyoshi. In 1450 (approximately 565 years ago), Katsumoto Hosokawa inherited the place and established the property.
Its Karesansui garden, with 15 stones placed on white sand, which describes a landscape of mountains and water using only stones and sand without ponds, etc., is globally famous. It was designated as the World Heritage Site in December 1994.
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Half-day in the Afternoon Ryoan-ji Temple & Ginkaku-ji Temple (DW)

This is a half-day afternoon tour, which visits Ryoan-ji Temple, a temple that is famous for its Karesansui stone garden, and Ginkaku-ji Temple, which has a great atmosphere of wabi/sabi.

  • ryoanjitemple
  • ginkakutemple
Fees Adults:3,500yen Children:1,550yen
Group discount Adults:3,250yen Children:1,430yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 13:30
Tour time: Approx. 3 hours
12/1-3/17 In operation every day
Exception: 1/1-5 No operation
A Quick Look around Kyoto Make a Reservation
Ryoan-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Ryoan-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple is a temple of Rinzai Myoshinji Sect, which was originally a villa of Tokudaiji Saneyoshi. In 1450 (approximately 565 years ago), Katsumoto Hosokawa inherited the place and established the property.
Its Karesansui garden, with 15 stones placed on white sand, which describes a landscape of mountains and water using only stones and sand without ponds, etc., is globally famous. It was designated as the World Heritage Site in December 1994.

Ginkaku-Temple

Ginkaku-ji is located at the foot of Higashiyama. Just like Kinkaku-ji, this too has been placed on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Ginkaku-ji was established as a mountain villa in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate and the grandson of Yoshimitsu. There is a theory that silver decoration had been planned for the Ginkaku building (a Kannon hall), following suit with Kinkaku, but this became impossible due to shortage of funds. Unlike the gorgeous Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji is filled with the taste of "wabi" and "sabi" (elegant rusticity and quiet simplicity), from which visitors can feel austere nobleness. Yoshimasa spent his retired life inviting the first-class cultural people and pursuing artistic activities such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement.
In addition to the Kannon hall, the temple has many other interesting spots, such as Togu-do, known for the oldest Shoin-style building in Japan, the elegant garden, etc.
Maiko Dance And Commemorative Photo (GW)

On this evening course, you can view the beautiful Shozan Garden and enjoy traditional Kyoto cuisine while watching Kyoto-style dance by maiko. You can also take a picture with a maiko.

  • Shozan Garden
  • Maiko dance and commemorative photo
  • nightview
  • *Senjafudas (votive cards) are presented by maiko in SHOZAN
Fees Adults:8,060yen Children:6,770yen
Group discount Adults:7,600yen Children:6,440yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 17:40
Tour time: GW:Approx. 3.5 hours
WG:Approx. 3 hours
GW:10/1-11/11 In operation on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday,
12/1-3/17 In operation on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Exception: 12/30-1/4 No operation
Maiko dance and commemorative photo

WG:11/12-27 In operation on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Maiko dance and commemorative photo
Shozan Garden

Shozan Garden

A third of the entire premises of Shozan is taken up by a garden. The design makes artful use of motifs often found on kimono patterns, including beloved trees such as plum, cherry, azalea and Japanese maple, wonderfully balanced with arrangements of Kishu stone.
Maiko dance and commemorative photo

Maiko dance and commemorative photo

At the venue, enjoy traditional kaiseki-style Kyoto cuisine while watching Kyoto-style dance by maiko. You can also take a picture with a maiko.
higashiyama
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

nightview

Enjoy an expansive night view of the Kyoto cityscape from Higashiyama's peak. Kyoto's lack of skyscrapers makes this nighttime scenery look like a sparkling ocean of lights spans the mountain backdrop.
*The "Night View" may be altered to a nighttime drive through the city depending on weather and traffic conditions.
Gion Maiko Show, Kyoto Cuisine and Night View
Kyoto cuisine, Gion Corner, night views from top of Mt. Higashiyama
A popular tour that gives you a chance to try traditional Kyoto cuisine and see the city by night. You’ll also see a traditional Kyo-mai dance performed by maiko (trainee geisha) at Gion Corner and take in panoramic night views from the top of Mt. Higashiyama.

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  • gioncorner
  • nightview
Fees Adults:  8,120yen Children: 5,910yen
Group discount  Adults:  7,860yen Children: 5,780yen
Departs from: Karasuma Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: NS 17:00
SN 16:50
Tour time: NS :Approx. 4 hours
SN :Approx. 3.5 hours

NS:9/1-11/11 In operation every day. 12/2-2/26 In operation on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, holidays and 3/17. Exception: 12/26-1/5 No operation.

A Quick Look around Kyoto Make a Reservation

SN:11/12-30 In operation every day. Exception: 11/26・27 No operation.

A Quick Look around Kyoto Make a Reservation
kyotocuisine
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kyotocuisine

Kyoto is surrounded by mountains, making it difficult to obtain a variety of seafood. That is why the ability to work with the few ingredients available and master an array of extremely involved techniques in order to make extravagantly delicious cuisine is considered the traditional measure of a Kyoto cook's skill. Kyoto cuisine is famous for delicate flavors that highlight the natural essence of the ingredients and beautiful serving displays that dazzle the eye.
gioncorner
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gioncorner

Set in the central Gion, this is a place where visitors can enjoy watching traditional performing arts like Kyoto style dances performed by maiko as well as Kyogen plays, Gagaku musical performances, and tea ceremonies. There is also a maiko gallery displaying items traditionally used by maiko like floral hairpins and a souvenir shop.
higashiyama
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

nightview

Enjoy an expansive night view of the Kyoto cityscape from Higashiyama's peak. Kyoto's lack of skyscrapers makes this nighttime scenery look like a sparkling ocean of lights spans the mountain backdrop.
*The "Night View" may be altered to a nighttime drive through the city depending on weather and traffic conditions.
The Kyoto Sightseeing Bus provides many other thematic course services. For details, please see the brochure available on the right (please note that explanation is only provided in Japanese, except for the Kyoto Half-day Tour and A Quick Look around Kyoto).Go to the digital brochure
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