Using the city's bus system, this guide takes you to five of the city's most popular attractions: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku Temple, Ginkaku... more » Temple, the Philosopher's Walk, and Kiyomizu Temple. Every stop is listed as a Japanese National Treasure.
Kyoto is a very popular tourist destination in Japan, but it's best to not expect anyone to speak fluent English. It is best to get a city/bus map from Kyoto Station and keep it with you at all times. The Kyoto city buses are very reliable. Every bus in the city has its bus number written clearly on the front and sides, and every bus stop lists which buses come and go from that location. If all else fails, simply say the name of the place you'd like to go, and the bus driver will tell you whether or not you have the correct bus.
An all-day bus pass can be purchased for just 500 yen from either the bus information center, which is in front of Kyoto Station right outside the main exit (Chuo-guchi), or from the bus pass vending machines located on the bus platforms there at the station.
Start early, take your time at each stop, and enjoy the highlights in one of Japan's most culturally important cities. less «