One day in Kyoto Japan itinerary. Best places to visit in Kyoto with one day bus pass. How to get around Kyoto by bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog and Kyoto travel guide

 

So, is one day in Kyoto enough?!

Well, probably not. 😉

But if it’s all you have, then here’s how to make the most of it!

 

If you have more time in Kyoto, see the 2 day itinerary and 5 day itinerary.

 

Now…

First, the quick list of places to visit in Kyoto in one day.

Then, a little bit about taking the bus in Kyoto, with and without a bus pass.

Then, some more pictures of this one day Kyoto itinerary to see if it’s something you want to follow!

 

 

Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day with a bus pass

One day in Kyoto Japan itinerary: Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day with bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide.

 

1. Nijo Castle (and teahouse)

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Nijo Castle. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

2. Kinkakuji Temple

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Kinkakuji Temple - golden temple. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

3. Ryoanji Temple

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Ryoanji Zen Temple with rock garden. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

4. Yasaka Shrine

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Yasaka Shrine in Gion. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

5. Chion-in Temple

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Chion-in Temple. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

6. Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Ninenzaka slope and Sannenzaka slope. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

7. Kiyomizu-dera Temple

One day in Kyoto itinerary: Kiyomizu-dera temple. Best places to visit in Kyoto in one day Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide with DIY self-guided tour

 

 

How to get around for this Kyoto itinerary

 

One day in Kyoto Japan itinerary: List of best places to visit in Kyoto in one day and how to get around by bus with bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide.

 

 

Kyoto map with attractions

The map may not work very well here on this page on mobile, sorry! In that case, see this Kyoto map in Google Maps!

And if you have more time, see this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto!

 

 

Hotels in Kyoto

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3 things you NEED for this one day Kyoto itinerary

Okay, you don’t NEED any of these things, but all of them will definitely make your life on the streets of Kyoto MUCH easier!

 

1. Wifi or data on your phone

Pocket wifi is a thing for travelers in Japan.

If you’re American and have t-mobile, most standard plans come with FREE international data so be sure to look into it! It’s only 2G, but it worked well for me for purposes of getting around Kyoto!

And if you have Sprint, also look into the Japan roaming plan (that’s a pdf), as it seems you can get unlimited text and data in Japan for $5! Not sure if this is a limited time offer, but worth looking into!

 

2. Google maps app on your phone

So the reason you will want to highly consider wifi is because Google Maps will make your life much easier.

Once you’re done visiting one place and you’re ready to move on to the next one, open up Google Maps with data/wifi and GPS enabled.

Then let it tell you the best way to get to your next destination by bus or by walking!

And when you’re on the bus, you can keep an eye on Google Maps to know when you’re getting close to your stop.

 

3. One day bus pass

Well, since this IS an itinerary that uses a bus pass, this will be useful to have.

You CAN follow this itinerary without it, but it WILL cost you more.

AND not only that, you’ll have to get out those coins every time you want to ride the bus. A one day bus pass really is just easier!

 

PLUS: Travel insurance for Japan!

This one’s not specific to Kyoto, but it can be a very good idea to have travel insurance like this for your trip to Japan in the unlikely even that something goes wrong!

My travel insurance covered me when I had to stay extra days in Japan due to a typhoon that closed Kansai Airport, and they’ll even allow you to buy a policy even if you’re already in Japan.

 

 

So…

Is it worth it to get a one day Kyoto bus pass?

If you will be taking the bus more than 2 times in one day, then YES! It’s worth it.

If you follow this particular itinerary, you’ll be taking the bus 5 times, so it will more than pay for itself!

 

The one day bus pass costs 600 yen (US$5)

There are a few different types of buses that go around Kyoto, and this particular bus pass will cover 2 main types of buses:

  • City bus
  • Kyoto bus

 

How to get around Kyoto by bus

One day in Kyoto Japan itinerary: How to get around Kyoto by bus with one day bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide.

 

Bus fare

Generally speaking, a single bus ride will probably cost you around 200-400 yen (US$2-3) when you are paying for individual rides.

 

City bus without a bus pass

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Getting around Kyoto on city bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The city bus is a flat rate of 260 yen per bus ride.

You pay right before you get off the bus.

 

Kyoto bus without a bus pass

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Getting around Kyoto on Kyoto bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The Kyoto bus is based on where you get on and get off, so the exact bus fare will depend on your route, but it will probably be between 200-500 yen.

For this one, you’ll grab a ticket when you get on the bus, and there will be a number printed on it.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to pay bus ticket fare on Kyoto bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

There’s a sign board at the front of the bus that will tell you the corresponding rate that you’ll pay once you’re ready to get off. The adult fare and child fare is shown.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to pay bus ticket fare on Kyoto bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Then you’ll pay that amount right before you get off the bus.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to pay bus ticket fare. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Raku bus

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Getting around Kyoto on Raku bus - tourist bus for top sightseeing attraction spots. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The city bus and the Kyoto bus are basically the regular buses.

And then there is also the Raku bus, which is actually a type of city bus, but it looks a little different from a regular city bus.

The Raku bus is basically a tourist bus with a route that caters to the Kyoto sightseeing spots.

The bus fare for the Raku bus is a flat 230 yen per ride.

 

How to get off the bus

When your stop is coming up next, you’ll push the button and then exit at the front of the bus.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to get off the bus - push button for next bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The bus stops will be announced, and there is also a digital sign board at the front of the bus.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to take the Kyoto bus - getting to top Kyoto attractions by bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

But follow along with GPS on Google Maps so you’ll know when your stop is approaching.

 

How to use the one day bus pass

One day in Kyoto with Kyoto one day bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The bus pass also doesn’t cover ALL parts of Kyoto.

That only becomes a concern if you are going on the outskirts of Kyoto, like to the more rural Ohara village.

There are other types of buses in Kyoto, but the city bus and Kyoto bus will be able to get you around to the main attractions of Kyoto well.

The first time you use the pass, you’ll put it through the card machine when you get off the bus. You can think of this as the way to activate the bus pass.

After that, to use your bus pass, you’ll flash the back of your pass that has the date on it to the bus driver as you get off.

These instructions are on the back of the bus pass.

If you’re unsure of anything, just make gestures to the bus driver about whether or not you’re doing the right thing. (Most probably don’t speak much English.)

 

One day in Kyoto with Kyoto bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you follow the route outlined on this one day itinerary, you’re likely to mostly end up on a city bus or Raku bus.

 

Using the ICOCA card on the bus in Kyoto

One day in Kyoto with Kyoto bus pass or ICOCA, passmo, or suica. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you won’t be using a bus pass, you can also use an ICOCA card.

This is basically a recharge card, and you’ll put money on this card ahead of time so all you have to do for trains and buses is to swipe or insert your card to pay.

You’ll pay the regular bus fare, and this in no way will save you money. It’s just highly convenient.

You can get an icoca card at the Kyoto train station.

If you are in Tokyo before Kyoto, you can get a suica card or pasmo card, and then you can use these cards wherever icoca cards are accepted.

If you’ll be taking a lot of local buses and trains for travel within cities, you’ll want to highly consider getting one of these cards. They can make your life MUCH easier!

One of the biggest advantages for the train is that you won’t have to buy individual train tickets. For buses, you don’t have to be concerned about always having exact change.

These cards cost around 500 yen (US$5), although technically this is just a deposit and you can return the card at the end of your Japan trip to get the money back. But also consider keeping the card as a souvenir! 😉

 

 

Where to buy a one day Kyoto bus pass

These are probably the 2 easiest ways to buy a Kyoto bus pass:

  • Bus ticket center at Kyoto station
  • Bus ticket machine at Kyoto station

 

So the Kyoto station is home to both the train station and bus station.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Start at Kyoto station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

When you exit the Kyoto station at the main exit (the central exit), you’ll pretty much immediately see the area for the buses.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station to bus stand - central exit at train station. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

1. Bus ticket center at Kyoto station

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to buy one day bus pass at Kyoto station - bus ticket center office. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Exiting from the train station, the ticket center is located in a building to the right of all the bus stands.

You can go in and buy a bus pass directly from a person.

There’s also a small cafe inside if you want to grab a quick snack.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Cafe near Kyoto station bus stand. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

2. Ticket machine at Kyoto station

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to buy one day bus pass at Kyoto station - bus ticket machine. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Similarly, once you exit the train station, you can locate a ticket machine directly to the right of the bus stands, almost alongside the road.

Here you’ll be able to purchase a bus pass as well.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to buy one day bus pass at Kyoto station - bus ticket machine. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

What about the bus timings?

When I did this, I wasn’t concerned about specific bus timings.

The most important thing is the frequency of the buses.

And since these places to visit are popular areas, the frequency of the buses between the various tourist attractions is good enough.

You generally won’t have to wait too long for the next bus.

When you’re ready to move on to the next attraction, just consult Google Maps!

 

 

What if you need help at the Kyoto bus station?!

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station bus stand information staff. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you see people dressed in purple, they are there to help you!

 

 

What’s the WORST part about getting around Kyoto by bus?!

There IS a possibility that you’ll end up on a crowded bus.

This means that you might end up standing for much of the time that you’re in transit.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of areas to sit and rest up along the way at the sites of the tourist attractions once you’re off the bus. 😉

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How much time at tourist attractions. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And there IS a chance that you COULD end up on an empty bus!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: No tourist on bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

What about the JR pass to get around Kyoto by bus?

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Getting around Kyoto on JR bus with JR pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

If you want to consider doing Kyoto sightseeing exclusively with your JR pass by bus, there is a JR bus which means free bus rides to get around Kyoto.

The route is a bit more limiting, but you can still see a number of places.

Of the attractions that are a part of this list with the one day bus pass, you can get to the following attractions by taking the JR bus:

  • Kyoto Station
  • Nijo Castle
  • Kinkakuji Temple
  • Ryoanji Temple

So this is basically the first part of the itinerary (in this exact order), and the castle and temples are some of the top UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto.

See more of the JR bus route.

 

 

Now, to see if you want to follow this plan…

How to spend one day in Kyoto!

One day in Kyoto Japan itinerary: List of best places to visit in Kyoto in one day with bus pass. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel guide.

 

This was my exact route in August 2018.

 

Kyoto Station to Nijo Castle bus

So once you get to Kyoto station and you have your one day bus pass, onward to getting to the right bus stand!

You can ask the good people in purple…

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station to Nijo castle bus timings route information staff. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

And you can also look at the information board to find out where the bus to Nijo Castle is.

You’ll find a section that lists the platform of all the top Kyoto attractions.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: How to get from Kyoto station by bus to top tourist sightseeing spots. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

The bus to Nijo Castle will be at platform B1 and B2.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station to Nijo castle bus timings. Kyoto station to Kinkakuji Temple (golden pavilion). Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

As a popular tourist attraction, it’s possible there will already be a long line when you arrive.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station to Nijo castle bus - tourist raku bus. Kyoto station to kinkakuji bus 101 express. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Off to Nijo Castle you go!

The bus will drop you off right in front of Nijo Castle.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station to Nijo castle bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Nijo Castle (UNESCO world heritage site)

Cost: 600 yen (US$5)

You’ll probably end up spending 1-2 hours on a visit to Nijo Castle.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle gate. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle palace. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle garden. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle moat. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Nijo Castle teahouse

Consider stopping by the Waraku-an teahouse that’s on the grounds of Nijo Castle.

You can make your own matcha green tea straight from the matcha powder!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle teahouse for matcha green tea. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle teahouse for matcha green tea. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Nijo castle teahouse for matcha green tea. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Food near Nijo castle teahouse food menu prices cost how much. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Nijo Castle cafe

There’s also a little cafe near the exit if you want to sit down for some snacks too.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Food near Nijo castle - restaurant cafe food. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Food near Nijo castle - restaurant cafe food menu prices cost how much. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Nijo Castle to Kinkakuji bus

Once you’ve finished your visit to Nijo Castle, next up is Kinkakuji Temple!

You’ll take a bus ride and then walk a little bit to get to the Kinkakuji entry.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Nijo castle to kinkakuji bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Nijo castle to kinkakuji bus - raku bus, Kyoto tourist bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Nijo castle to Kinkakuji bus and walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

You can also find some snacks on the way to Kinkakuji Temple.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Food near Kinkakuji Temple food menu prices cost how much. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Nijo castle to Kinkakuji bus and walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Nijo castle to Kinkakuji bus and walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kinkakuji temple - golden temple entry. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Kinkakuji Temple (UNESCO world heritage site)

Cost: 400 yen (US$4)

Maybe you’ll spend an hour here.

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kinkakuji temple - golden temple pavilion. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kinkakuji temple - golden temple walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kinkakuji temple - golden temple walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kinkakuji temple - tea cafe. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Kinkakuji to Ryoanji bus

Next up, you’ll take another bus ride, followed up with a short walk to get to the Ryoanji Temple entry!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kinkakuji to Ryoanji bus 59 - Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Ninnaji. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kinkakuji to Ryoanji bus and walk. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

Throughout the day, you’ll come across many vending machines so you can stay well-hydrated. (And you will have no problem finding a toilet at the tourist attractions.)

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kinkakuji to Ryoanji bus and walk with vending machine drinks. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Ryoanji Temple (UNESCO world heritage site)

Cost: 500 yen (US$5)

This is considered to be a zen temple, and it’s also famous for its rock garden.

This is a place you can spend a short time if you want to make this a quick visit, or you can spend longer if you like the atmosphere.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Ryoanji temple - zen temple with rock garden. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Ryoanji temple - zen temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Ryoanji temple - zen temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Ryoanji temple - zen temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Ryoanji to Yasaka Shrine bus

This will be a bus ride to Gion where the Yasaka shrine is located.

You’ll be dropped off on the streets of Gion, and this is a place that can be good to do your souvenir shopping or gift shopping.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Gion with kimono rental for souvenir shopping and gift shopping. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

From the bus stop, it’ll be a short walk to the Yasaka Shrine.

 

 

Yasaka Shrine

Cost: FREE!

This is another place that can be a quick visit where you can spend a short time roaming around the grounds of the shrine.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Yasaka shrine, Gion. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Yasaka shrine, Gion. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Yasaka shrine, Gion. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Yasaka shrine, with Gion kimono rental. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Yasaka Shrine to Chion-in Temple

Start of Gion to Kiyomizu-dera walk

Once you’ve finished up at the shrine, you’ll start your walk from Gion to Kiyomizu-dera.

It’ll be a short walk to get to Chion-in Temple.

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: yasaka shrine to chion-in temple walk. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: yasaka shrine to chion-in temple walk. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: yasaka shrine to chion-in temple walk. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Chion-in Temple

Cost: 500 yen (US$5)

You can walk around the grounds of the temple for free!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to chion-in temple. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to chion-in temple. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to chion-in temple. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Chion-in to Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka walk

Once you’re finished walking around the grounds of the Chion-in Temple, next up is to continue in the direction of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

In order to see a bit of “classic Kyoto,” you’ll want to be sure to pass by the streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka along the way, so that’s where you’re headed next!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: chion-in temple to ninenzaka and sannenzaka slope walk. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Ninenzaka slope and Sannenzaka slope

Cost: FREE! (These are regular streets)

This can be another good place to do some souvenir shopping, gift shopping, and even take in a tea ceremony!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to ninenzaka and sannenzaka slope streets. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to ninenzaka and sannenzaka slope streets. pagoda. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to ninenzaka and sannenzaka slope streets. japan souvenirs and gift shopping in kyoto. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to ninenzaka and sannenzaka slope streets. tea ceremony in kyoto. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to ninenzaka and sannenzaka slope streets. kimono rental. Gion to kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka to Kiyomizu-dera walk

And then it’ll be a final short walk to get to Kiyomizu-dera Temple!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Ninenzaka and sannenzaka to kiyomizu-dera temple with kimono rental. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Kiyomizu-dera Temple (UNESCO world heritage site)

Cost: 400 yen (US$4)

You’ll likely want to spend at least 1-2 hours here, and you’ll find places to eat around here too.

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kiyomizu-dera temple. golden buddha. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kiyomizu-dera temple. pagoda. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Food restaurant cafe near Kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Restaurant cafe near Kiyomizu-dera temple. menu of food prices how much. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Food restaurant cafe near Kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Visit to Kiyomizu-dera temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Kiyomizu-dera to Kyoto station bus

And finally your last bus of the day!

 

 

Kyoto station

Head underground at Kyoto station for a network of restaurants so you can finish off your day with some Japanese food!

You might need a big meal to refuel after all the walking that you did!

 

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station restaurant. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station restaurant - meal set food menu prices cost how much. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station restaurant - meal set food menu prices cost how much. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

One day in Kyoto with bus pass: Kyoto station restaurant - meal set. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY ONE DAY IN KYOTO!

 

Do you have more than one day in Kyoto?!

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto!

 



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Hotels in Kyoto
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The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
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