Nikko Princess

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Karasuma Takatsuji Higashi-iru, Shiimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8096, Japan
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Forum Posts

Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by Melanie_Putra

Hi Guys,
I would like a clarification about the bus fare payment upon exiting the bus. There will be 4 of us traveling together and if we are not using the 500yen City Bus 1-day Pass we will pay with cash for each bus ride. Now when the 4 of us are paying (at the same time) do we need to pay exact fare for each of can we lump the amount into 1 large amount for a single payment for 4? Example - A fare of 220yen per person:
1. Each of us have to drop exact 220yen payment, OR
2. Only 1 payment of 880yen (perhaps with 1 x 500yen coin, 3 x 100yen coin, 1 x 50yen & 3 x 10yen coins) dropped by 1 person in the group and indicating to the driver that it covers 4 passengers.
2nd option is easier but I want to know whether that is possible?


Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by dru46

Both methods you mentioned are fine. However, I find it faster to pay individually. After telling the driver, he has to make an adjustment to the machine to accept the fare. Although sometimes that's not necessary.

If you don't have exact fare, the machines do provide change. There is a section for 1000 yen bills and 500 yen coins. It generally provides enough change for the fare. You still have to put the fare into the box. Some people get the change before the stop, but you can do it when you get to your stop.

Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by Waoife

On most Japanese buses, the system is that you take a ticket when you get on the bus and then insert it in a machine just beside the driver when you get off - the machine will calculate the fare due and you pay the driver. Change should not be a problem unless you have very large notes and it's normally easier to pay individually - unless you have the Japanese to explain you want to pay as a group!

Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by Melanie_Putra

Thanks Guys, your answers are exactly the clarification I need!

Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by SandiM

Having just come back from Japan (and Kyoto), I saw that most people (even groups) paid the fare individually. If you only have a 1000 yen bill, grab your little ticket and move forward to the front and insert your bill into the handy bill-changer beside the driver. A wad of coins drops out for you and you grab it and move back to your group. Count out money for each person, and when you get off you pay the driver. Or you COULD bring your bill to the front as you leave, waggle 4 fingers in the air as you indicate your party of 4, but you will still need to deposit all coins, not bills into the pay-box. The driver patiently waits while this is going on (sometimes he waits maybe 5 mins!). ANyway, that's how it went down when I was there.

Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by Melanie_Putra

Thanks! Leaving in a couple of days already... Yay!

Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by happyshirt

Hey Sandi looks like we end up in the same locations. I remember you from the huangshan disucssions.NOw Kyoto's my destination for next year.

Re: Kyoto Bus Fare Payment

by SandiM

happyshirt, too funny! Yup, I get will love kyoto, especially if you go in Spring or Autumn, to catch the changing colors. I'll be watching for your questions, if you have any! :)

Travel Tips for Kyoto

The River

by Gili_S

There is beautiful river across the city in Kyoto, depends of course on the time of the season how much water will be flooding there but it is was nice place to get a bit away from the city crowed and traffic and to stroll peacefully by the river bank.

'Oishii, oishii!' = 'Tasty,...

by j-san

'Oishii, oishii!' = 'Tasty, tasty!'
'Atsui, atsui!' = 'Hot, hot!'
'Samui, samui!' = 'Cold, cold!'(as in weather, not food)

People in Kyoto repeat these adjectives twice! This is a Kyoto trait, part of 'Kyoto-ben' (Kyoto-speak).

This picture was taken in Gion.

kyoto buses


the city of Kyoto has done a good job in making its major sights very accessible to tourists. As soon as you get off Kyoto station, there would be buses lined up according to your destination or the sights you want to visit. Bus fare is currrently 220 yen, you board the bus from the rear door and pay as you leave through the front door.

Sakura Puff for free?

by daryll about Shops around Kiyomizu Temple

If you heading to Kiyomizu temple, dont forget to stop hundreds of shops around the compound. Of course everything is about souvenir but if you lucky visiting the Kiyomizu-dera during cherry blossom you will get a chance for another free tasting.

Free tasting Sakura Puff

Some bakery shops will promote free tasting sakura puff (choux pastry with vanilla and cherry blossom cream).

Absolutely delicious!!!
So remember if you coming during the season, watch out for free tasting corner

Selling price is at JPY120 per puff

Ginkaku-ji: The Silver Temple Being Restored

by AKtravelers

One of the top sights in Kyoto is the UNESCO World Heritage Sight and Japanese National Treasure Ginkaku-ji-- the Silver Temple. While it's neither silver nor a temple, it's a beautiful example of 15th century Japanese style, even if the silver pavillion is being refurbished as it was the last time I was there. Ginkaku-ji ha a beautiful dry garden (made of white sand), a peaceful pond and a shaded path that winds through a moss-covered, shaded landscape complete with streams and tiny waterfalls.
Apparently, it was built in 1482 by a guy who wanted some peace! Dismayed with the politics of the court, Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa dropped out to his parcel of land northeast of the city to build his dream home. Not a bad idea, as history looks upon him as a fairly incompetent ruler, so it was probably best for everyone concerned hat he devote time to archetecture, landscaping, tea ceremonies and poetry. Don't you wish George Bush had retreated to Crawford to do the same thing in 2004?!
On a hot summer day, we found the cool paths and views over the city to be delightful. We paused for several portraits of Julia and Janet with fans. Hopefully, Julia will remember this visit fondly.
Afterwards, we took the bus back to town, learning how to do it on the fly!


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Address: Karasuma Takatsuji Higashi-iru, Shiimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8096, Japan