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Sky Hop Bus: 1 or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Kyoto

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Explore Kyoto on this hop-on hop-off tour and choose between a 1-day or 2-day pass for a flexible itinerary.


  • Discover the best of Kyoto's sights with a hop-on hop-off bus tour covering 12 stops.

  • Choose between a 1-day and 2-day pass and enjoy an audio guide in 7 languages.

  • Explore Japan's cultural center as you see Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nijo Castle, home of the Edo period's first shogun.

  • Fun Fact: A 400-year-old Gingko tree graces the front of the Founder's Hall of Nishi Honganji Temple.


  • 1/2-day hop-on-hop-off bus pass

  • Audio guide in Chinese, English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Korean and French.

Cancellation policy

These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, you can use them any time within the next 3 months.


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  • Italy
  • India
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Philippines
  • New Zealand
Guests from United States, Australia, Canada and over 11 countries have loved this experience
Michael Kavanagh



May, 2024

The bus is a great city travel incentive Easy to buy a ticket Very helpful staff Lovely drop-off options Typical of Japanese service and culture You should be rightfully proud of your country Clean respectful beautiful manners and welcoming Thank you Michael and Maggie Kavanagh Australia
Ty Henderson



Jan, 2024

Overall, the experience was good. The ticketing was very easy and the bus showed up on time. Kyoto has several temples that are "must see" locations and the bus doesn't go to all of them, and probably can't because there are so many, but it would be great if a couple more were added.
Susan Drysdale



Dec, 2023

Nice to have a bus to go on and the audio was good. The bus was often running behind, but traffic is understandable. It was cold, it would have been nice to have inside seating and not just up top
Peter John Thompson



Nov, 2023

Insufficient information on closing times of venues
Ankur Gupta



Oct, 2023

Great service, punctual and good commentary about Kyoto overview and history while exploring.

These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.

Embark on an enriching journey through Kyoto's heritage on our hop-on hop-off tour. From Nijo Castle's 'Nightingale Floors' that chirp like birds to Heian Shrine's iconic torii gate, discover the city's secrets. Don't miss Kyoto Tower's observation deck for breathtaking city views!


  • First bus: 8:40am from stop #1 (Kyoto Station)

  • Last bus: 6:55pm from stop #1 (Kyoto Station)

  • Frequency: Every 35 to 45 minutes

  • Popular stops: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Nijo Castle and Yasaka Shrine

  • Please click here for a detailed route map and boarding points.

Bus Stops Along the Route

  • Kyoto Station

  • Nishihonganji ( Kyoto Tokyu Hotel)

  • Shijo Karasuma / Nishiki-ichiba Market

  • Nijo-jo Castle

  • Kitano-tenmangu Shrine / Kamishichiken

  • Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

  • Daitokuji Temple

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace (Doshisha University)

  • Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion)

  • Heian-jingu Shrine / Okazaki Park

  • Gion (Kotowa-Kyoto Yasaka)

  • Gojozaka (Kiyomizu-dera Temple / Gion)

  • Sanjusangendo / Kyoto National Museum (Hyatt Regency Kyoto)

Important Information

  • Click here to find the timetable for the bus.

  • Click here to see the route map and ticket validity points.

  • The audio guide is available in Chinese, English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Korean and French.

  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Pram/Stroller Accessibility.

  • Only soft drinks with lids (plastic bottles, coffee) can be brought on board

  • Children aged 0-5 do not need a ticket if they sit on the lap of an adult passenger with a ticket (1 child per passenger with a ticket).

  • The bus has an open top, so you will be in direct sunlight.

  • Buses may not operate in the case of severe weather, such as typhoons or thunderstorms

  • Raincoats will be provided in wet weather.


  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: pets, open umbrellas, food and beverages.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • No printout required! Just show your mobile voucher to the driver and collect your bus ticket.

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