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)
  • Kyoto One day Tour(BF)
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple & Higashiyama's main sights(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
  • Maiko Dance & Autumn Illumination
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 tour covering famous tourist attractions.
Recommended for the first-time visitors to Kyoto.

  • Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple
  • Ginkaku-Temple
Fees Adult:  5,700yen Child: 3,000yen
Group discount  Adult:  5,260yen Child: 2,780yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time:  9:30
 11:00
Duration: Approx. 5 hours
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.

*The roof the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is under construction. But the site is open to the public.

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.
Learn more about the Kyoto Half-day Tour!
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Kyoto One-day Tour(BF)

Travel around Kyoto’s main tourist attractions in one day.

  • ryoanjitemple
  • Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fees Adult:6,300yen Child:3,460yen
Group discount Adult:5,790yen Child:3,200yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 10:20
Duration: Approx. 6 hours
In operation every day.
Exception: Out of operation on Jan. 1-5
World Heritage Ryoan-ji Temple Make a Reservation
Arashiyama Tenryu-ji Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Arashiyama Tenryu-ji Temple

We are going to take you to Arashiyama, where we will visit the World Heritage Site of Tenryu-ji Temple, a temple of the Rinzai School of Buddhism. Because the temple has been ravaged by 8 fires during wars since its erection, hardly anything is left to see of the original construction. However, its garden expanding extensively around the pond of the former imperial villa called Sogenchi-teien is known both as a garden which can be admired by walking through it and as a garden which can be appreciated from a fixed position. It was the first garden in Japan to be designated as a Site of Special Historic and Scenic Importance.
To the north of Tenryu-ji Temple, you can find one of Saga/Arashiyama’s most famous tourist attractions: The 200m long atmospheric path leading through the Bamboo Grove from Okochi Sanso Villa to Nonomiya Jinja Shrine.
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.
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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Kinkaku-ji Temple and Stroll around Higashiyama

An afternoon tour that takes you to some of Kyoto’s best known sights.

  • Kinkaku-ji Temple
  • Kiyomizu-dera-ji Temple
  • kodaiji-Temple
Fees Adult:  4,900yen Child: 2,350yen
Group discount  Adult:  4,490yen Child: 2,170yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 12:30
Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours
12/29-2/28 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.

*The roof the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple is under construction. But the site is open to the public.

kodaiji-Temple
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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 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.

  • sanjusangendo
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
Fees Adult:2,950yen Child:1,680yen
Group discount Adult:2,760yen Child:1,580yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 9:50
Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours
In operation every day .
Exception: Out of operation on Jan. 1-5
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 an 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 Adult:3,500yen Child:1,400yen
Group discount Adult:3,260yen Child:1,280yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 13:30
Duration: Approx. 3 hours
In operation every day
Exception: Out of operation every Tuesday in Dec. and Jan.and Dec. 26-Jan. 5
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 an 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 Adult:3,500yen Child:1,550yen
Group discount Adult:3,250yen Child:1,430yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 13:30
Duration: Approx. 3 hours
In operation every day during Dec. 26-31 and every Tuesday in Dec. and Jan.
Exception: Out of operation on Jan. 2
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.
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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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Maiko Dance And Commemorative Photo (GW)

On this evening tour, 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 Adult:8,350yen Child:7,040yen
Group discount Adult:7,890yen Child:6,710yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 17:40
Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours
Oct.1-Nov. 9 and Dec. 4-Mar.18 In operation every day
Exception: Out of operation every Friday excluding Nov. 3 and Dec. 29, and during Dec. 31-Jan. 5
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.
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Gion Maiko Show, Kyoto Cuisine and Night View
Kyoto cuisine, Gion Corner, wardering in Hanamikoji St.
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.

  • kyotocuisine
  • gioncorner
  • nightview
Fees Adult:  8,350yen Child: 6,020yen
Group discount  Adult:  8,060yen Child: 5,880yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 17:00
Duration: Approx. 4 hours

Oct. 1-Nov. 10 In operation on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Dec. 8-Mar. 18 In operation on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
Exception: Out of operation on Dec.25-Jan.4

A Quick Look around Kyoto Make a Reservation
kyotocuisine
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

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.
hanamikoji
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

nightview

After having admired the performance at Gion Corner, you can enjoy a stroll around Hanamikoji-dori Street, the street we have passed by bus, on your own. With the burying of power lines underground and the completion of the cobblestone pavement in 2001, this street was revived into an atmospheric townscape lined with teahouses, restaurants and souvenir shops.
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Maiko Dance & Autumn Illmination (TW)

On this evening tour , 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
  • Kitano Tanmangu Shrine:Night Illumination
Fees Adult:9,200yen Child:7,470yen
Group discount Adult:8,720yen Child:7,130yen
Departs from: Karasumaguchi Exit, JR Kyoto Station
Departure time: 17:20
Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Nov. 11-Dec.3 In operation every day
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.
kitano
*Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

Kitano Tanmangu Shrine:Night Illumination

Remains of the Odoi Mound can be found on the West side of the precincts. The mound was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi around Kyoto to mark the border of the city and for flood control and is a designated national historic site. With its natural forest which has been preserved until now, featuring around 300 maple trees of the age of 350 to 400 years, Odoi Mound has become a famous spot for colorful autumn foliage recently. The beauty of the fresh green maple leaves in early summer is exceptional, too. The view of the red autumn trees down from the platform and the scene from Uguisubashi Bridge on Kamiyagawa River are the epitome of a picturesque scenery. We will now have a look at the illuminated Odoi Mound where you can admire the autumn leaves in a magical atmosphere different from the one during daytime.
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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