All Day Bus Pass (Inner City)
Adult 500 Yen
Child 250 Yen
This Bus Map (perfect for tablets and smartphones) lists most of the main routes, but not every single one. Paper copies can be found at a number of hotels, ryokan, and other accommodations as well as Kyoto City Information Centres such as:
JR Kyoto Station Building 2nd Floor
Hours of Operation: 8:30-19:00 (all year round)
Unfortunately, at the moment there is yet to be any online schedules published in English, but every bus stop has a list of its scheduled buses. They are usually in Japanese, but colour coded. Just remember the “blue” column is for weekdays and “red” column for weekends and holidays. If you have a bus map, try matching up the Chinese characters on your map with the ones written on the schedule at the bus stop.
Note: Unlimited use on day of validation (very first bus until last bus) but Arashiyama, Sagano, Takao, Shugakuin etc. are outside of allocated zone (Inner City); must pay extra for these.
Drop the fare into the opening at the top of the fare box next to the driver. If you have a bus card, please insert the card into the slot the bus driver directs you to. The first time you insert your card there will be a date printed on the back of it. After that you can simply show the bus driver the date on the back of the card, instead of inserting the card every time. You can purchase the bus pass from the bus driver. In Japanese「一日乗車券」”ichinichi jyoshaken” which means a “one day pass.” You are also able to make change, but only for a 1,000 Yen bill or 500 Yen coin. The location of the slots may differ depending on the bus. However, there are little pictures next to the slots that indicate where to insert 1,000 Yen bills or 500 Yen coins. The bus driver will show you if assistance is necessary.
Enter at back of bus (for ticket buses, please take a ticket). Usually there is no ticket and you pay at the front before getting off.
The name of your destination might be announced or indicated at the front of the bus on an electronic board next to the driver on the upper left hand side.
It will probably be announced in Japanese, so I recommend keeping a look out for your stop. When you want to get off, press one of these buttons located throughout the bus. You will notice them immediately as they all light up when someone presses it.
Route & Bus Stops
Information about the route the bus will take is indicated by the bus number and main destination displayed on the front, back, and side of the bus near the door.
The bus stops at these signs
◊ Information referenced from 京都市情報館 Kyoto City Web Website
◊ Pictures from Greg Koch and logos/graphic images from 京都市情報館 Kyoto City Web Website