How To Get Around in Kyoto

By Emma, Australia, February 2013

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Kyoto is laid out on a grid system, with north-south running streets crossing those running east-west. Many of the major sights are close enough to be explored on foot (if you enjoy walking!) but at some point in your travels you will almost certainly need to use local transport to get around.

Public buses are well posted by sign, frequent and reliable, and due to the number of tourists using the major bus routes, you often get announcements in English. All buses depart from clearly marked platforms at the Karasuma exit in Kyoto Station. Bus 100 runs every 10 minutes and plies a route that goes past or near many of the city’s major attractions in east Kyoto including Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, Nanzenji and Ginkakuji. For an inner city trip expect to pay 220 Yen (or 500 Yen for an all-day-pass). You can pick up a map of major bus routes at the Bus and Subway Info counter or the Kyoto Tourist Information Office.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Kyoto Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Kyoto.

Photo courtesy of MASA via Wikimedia Commons

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