Kyoto Guide: Raku Bus
Kyoto Travel Guide: Kyoto Raku Buses
In addition to Kyoto's regular city bus services, Kyoto city also operates three loop buses aimed directly at tourists. These are the Raku 100, Raku 101 and Raku 102.
Raku means "easy" or "comfortable" in Japanese and the buses - brightly painted in seasonal colors - have onboard announcements in English and pass by many of the major sightseeing places in the city.
Raku buses operate in a loop from Kyoto Station with the Raku 102 traveling a loop from Ginkakuji Temple, fares are a flat 220 yen and the bus stops for Raku 100 and Raku 101 are to your right as you exit the central exit of Kyoto Station.
Raku buses can be crowded, like all Kyoto buses, so be prepared to stand for a while. Enter from the rear door and pay the driver as you exit the front door.
A Raku Bus at Kyoto Station
The Raku 100 travels in a loop from Kyoto Station to Ginkakuji Temple
The Raku 100 bus goes to the Higashiyama and Okazaki areas of Kyoto: Heian Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkakuji Temple in the east of the city.
From Kyoto Station the bus stops at Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Heian-jingu Shrine, Eikan-do Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple terminating at Ginkaku-ji Temple before returning to Kyoto Station.
The Raku 101 bus goes to Nijo Castle, Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine and Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) in the central and western parts of the city.
From Kyoto Station the bus stops at Nijo Castle, Nishijin Textile Center at Horikawa Imadegawa, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple and Daitoku-ji Temple. It terminates at Kitaoji Bus Terminal and then returns to Kyoto Station. At Kitano Hakubaicho, the Raku 101 connects to the Keifuku Railway for Arashiyama.
Raku Bus - Kyoto Easy Sightseeing
The Raku 100 Bus takes the East Route to Higashiyama
The Raku 102 bus goes to and from Ginkaku-ji Temple via Kinkaku-ji Temple and Daitoku-ji Temple in a loop of the northern part of the city from east to west and back again.
From Ginkakuji-michi bus stop the Raku 102 stops at Kyoto Imperial Palace on Imadegawa Street, Nishijin Textile Center, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple and Daitoku-ji Temple before returning to Ginkaku-ji. At Kitano Hakubaicho, the Raku 102 connects with the Keifuku Railway for Arashiyama and at Demachiyanagi Station, the bus connects to the Eizan Railway for Kurama.
Sightseers queue to board a Raku Bus at the Kyoto Station terminus