In Kyoto’s case, city planning and other factors have created a situation where trains tend to be more expensive and less convenient ways of getting around. That’s why I recommend the bus, bicycles and taxis in most cases.
During the high seasons (autumn and spring), traffic routes in areas such as Higashiyama become paralyzed and bring buses and taxis to a standstill. During these periods, a mixture of walking and subway lines will come in handy.
Karasuma and Tozai Subway Lines
Regular Kyoto Subway Fare
Bus/Subway Pass (two in one)
Fare Type One Day Pass
Two Day Pass
Adult 1,200 Yen 2,000 Yen Child 600 Yen 1,000 Yen
Usually, there is a separate machine (yellow) located next to the regular subway ticket machine (pink) that sells the two in one card. It should have a picture something like this:
Similar to the bus pass, a date will be printed on the back of the card after you validate the card by inserting into the ticket slot of the machine at the front of the bus or ticket gates at the subway station
Purchasing a Regular Kyoto Subway Ticket
You will see a map of various fares listed above the ticket machines. Since the machines are usually in Japanese, simply look at your destination and coinciding fare. Match that fare with the one you need that’s listed on the touch screen and push it. These are all adult fares.
In the case of a child fare, there are buttons that run along the upper left side with pictures of Adults (Blue) Children (Pink). If you don’t have coins, use a 1,000 Yen bill and insert it into the slot located directly to the left of the coin slot.
For anything over 1,000 Yen you will probably have to make change at the office. The red button marked “Cancel” can be used anytime there is a problem and it will refund whatever money you put in. The station office also has maps and useful subway guides in English/Japanese.
◊ Information referenced from 京都市情報館 Kyoto City Web Website