This One-Day Pass Lets You Explore Kyoto for Less Than P300

Plus find out when is the best time to go sightseeing during cherry blossom season.


A classic Kyoto sightseeing tour in the Higashiyama area involves a stroll along the Philosopher’s Walk, seeing the Konkai-Komyoji Temple, going to the Chion-in, relaxing at Maruyama Park, and visiting Kodaiji Temple until you reach Kiyomizudera. It is a pretty long route, but if you are enjoying the cherry blossoms along the way and taking short breaks at quaint cafes, it won’t feel that long. Travel smart with the
Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass and see the cherry blossoms of Kyoto!


If you want to get more bang for your buck, the One-day Pass (¥600 for adults and ¥300 for children) is a ticket that gives you unlimited rides on Kyoto City Buses and Kyoto Buses for one day on flat fare routes. It is available at the City Bus and subway station ticket window, commuter pass sales booth, and on board the Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus (easily sold out). If you think that you are going to take the bus more than three times, then this ticket is a good deal so you should definitely check it out.


Philosopher’s Walk
(From early April to mid-April)


A 2-kilometer long canal fenced by fully bloomed cherry blossoms on both sides


The
Philosopher’s Walk is a 5-minute walk from Miyanomaecho Bus Stop, which is 32 minutes from Kyoto Station via the Kyoto City Bus Route 100. Philosopher and Kyoto University Professor Emeritus Kitaro Nishida was known to take a walk, lost in his thoughts, on the path along the canal running from Kumano Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine to Ginkakuji, which is how it gained its name. Around 450 cherry blossom trees, including Yoshino Cherry, give life to the narrow street. Other plants also grow in the area, contrasting the light pink flowers.


The Philosopher’s Walk is located along the canal from Nyakuoji Bridge to Ginkakuji Bridge, Sakyo District, Kyoto.


Kissatopan Do.


Take a break and enjoy handmade bread


Kissatopan Do.
is a bakery cafe is just a 5-minute walk from the Philosopher’s Walk. Every filling, such as sweet red bean jam and cream, used in the 20 to 30 different pastry products sold every day are meticulously prepared in the store. They offer coffee and plated lunch sets with dishes that complement bread in the cafe space. The open kitchen design gives you a view of the bread being baked from the counter seats. Lunch menu will be expanded soon.

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Kissatopan Do. is located at 1/F 10-1 Kitashirakawa Higashikubotacho, Sakyo District, Kyoto. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Mondays.


Konkai-Komyoji Temple
(From late March to early April)


Look around the sacred temple grounds adorned with spring colors


At the Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop, a 2-minute walk from Kissatopan Do., ride the Kyoto City Bus Route 203 or 204 for 6 minutes and get off at Okazaki Jinja-mae. From there, walk 3 minutes and you will arrive at
Konkai-Komyoji Temple. This temple, locally known as “Kurodani san,” offers a picturesque view of its three-storied pagoda with the cherry blossoms nearby. Other sightseeing spots that shouldn’t be missed include the Yoshino Cherry trees in front of the 23-meter high temple gates, and the cherry blossoms at the Gokurakubashi where the remains of the members of the Aizu Domain lie. Cherry blossoms can also be found in front of the temple gate that stands tall on a hill overlooking the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Mt. Ogura.


Konkai-Komyoji Temple is located at 121 Kurodanicho, Sakyo District, Kyoto.


Chion-in
(From late March to early April)


The world’s biggest temple gate and an equally exceptional cherry blossom tree look beautiful in photos.


Take the Kyoto City Bus Route 203 at the Okazakimichi Bus Stop, a 3-minute walk from Konkai-Komyoji Temple. After 8 minutes, you will reach Chion-in Mae Stop which is a 10-minute walk from
Chion-in itself. In 1175, it was built by Honen (religious founder of Buddhism) in the land of Yoshimizu, by making a straw hut. Both the Yuzen-en Garden and Hojo Garden, a National Scenic Site, are surrounded by weeping cherry trees. You can have a unique view of the cherry blossom trees at Yuzen-en Garden that includes the temple gates in the background.


The Yoshino Cherry tree does not lose its impact even with the 24-meter high temple gates. Take your time to admire the sight when you visit.


Chion-in is located at 400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entrance fee to Yuzen-en Garden costs ¥300 while Hojo Garden costs ¥400.


Maruyama Park
(From late March to early April)


Gion no Yozakura
(Gion’s cherry blossom at night) is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto.


Walk for 6 minutes from Chion-in to
Maruyama Park, the oldest park in Kyoto. It has a circuit style garden at the center, and traditional Japanese restaurants and tea houses scattered in the compound. The park turns pink with the 680 cherry blossom trees including the weeping cherry tree called Gion no Yozakura loved by Akiko Yosano, a famous Japanese post-classical female poet. Gion no Yozakura is 12 meters tall, found in the central area of the park. It is illuminated during the viewing season from sunset until midnight.

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Maruyama Park is located at Maruyamacho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto.


Kaden Kyo-ame Gion Koishi


Kyoto candy handmade by craftsmen with sophisticated sweetness


Gion Koishi
, a Kyoto candy store that makes candies the traditional way, is a 3-minute walk from Maruyama Park. It is famous for its 6-piece assortment of Kyoto candies, including kuroame (black sugar candy), uji koishi (matcha flavor), and sasatsuyu (tortoise shell candy), each piece with an unforgettable sweetness. You can also eat at the dining space.


Kaden Kyo-ame Gion Koishi is located at 286-2 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama District, Kyoto and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (schedules may vary).


TeaCoffee&Shop


Carbonated coffee from Tea x Coffee. A unique, flavorful drink.


Walk for 8 minutes from Gion Koishi to reach
TeaCoffee&Shop. Handpicked coffee beans from around the world and high grade tea leaves from Uji, Kyoto are blended into Kyoto tea coffee in this cafe. Refined tea, such as hojicha and sencha, and coffee beans roasted to match each tea, give each other a boost in aroma and flavor.


TeaCoffee&Shop is located at 1/F Kodaiji Building, 49 Shimobentencho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


Kodaiji Temple
(From late March to early April)


Admire the beauty of traditional gardens in spring at a famous temple where Momoyama culture lives. 


Kodaiji Temple
is a stone’s throw away from TeaCoffee&Shop. Kita No Mandokoro (Nene) built the temple in memory of her husband, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Experience Momoyama culture and enjoy the 50 cherry blossom trees, including Yaezakura, blooming in front of the entrance. The illumination event in spring attracts worshippers for its unique production.


Kodaiji Temple is located at 526 Kodaiji Shimokawaracho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, while illumination continues up to 10 p.m. Entrance fee costs ¥600.


AWOMB Gion Yasaka


Kyoto-like, vibrant dishes turned into chirashi sushi of your own style


AWOMB Gion Yasaka
is a 10-minute walk from Kodaiji. It is the third branch of the store popular for teori sushi (make your own sushi). With weaving together as the concept behind this restaurant, have fun making your own chirashi sushi by putting ingredients of your choice on the rice bowl. The interior has excellent design with square tables inspired by set paving.


AWOMB Gion Yasaka is located at 463-8 Shimokawaracho, Higashiyama District, Kyoto. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily (schedules may vary).

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Kiyomizudera
(From late March to early April)


View of Kiyomizudera, a world heritage temple, painted in spring colors at night


Kiyomizudera
is an 18-minute walk from AWOMB Gion Yasaka. Many national treasures and important cultural properties are found in the vast temple grounds. The Main Hall, a national treasure by itself, is currently under construction to replace the cypress roof. However, the other structures, such as Okuno-in Hall and Nio-mon, are open so you can still enjoy the wonderful harmony of traditional architecture and cherry blossoms.


Kiyomizudera is located at 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama District, Kyoto and it is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Entrance fee costs ¥400.


From Kiyomizudera, walk for 10 minutes to Gojozaka Bus Stop, where you must ride Kyoto City Bus Route 100, 110, or 86 for 15 minutes to Kyoto Station. By using the One-day Pass, you can see the famous cherry blossom spots of Kyoto in a day. So check it out and see the beautiful sights before they are gone!


※Information posted in this article is as of January 29, 2020. Conditions are subject to change depending on each facility and store.


※Prices in the article are tax excluded unless otherwise stated. Some products and services are subject to reduced tax rates, therefore might differ from the listed price.


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (3 March 2020)


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