Tour buses are a cheap and easy way to get to see some of Japan's major sights. Tour buses leave early in the morning from main stations, typically around 7am, and usually visit a couple of attractions during the day.
The tours may or may not include lunch. The tour guides, almost always uniformed Japanese women carrying colored flags, keep up a constant stream of patter from the front of the bus during the day. A movie may be shown in the evening as you head home on the highway.
Cheap tours can cost around 3,000 yen. Frequent destinations include Kyoto's Kinkakuji Temple, Nara, Ise Shima and Takayama. The most famous tour bus in Tokyo is the yellow Hato Bus, which provides English-language tours of the capital's many attractions.
Bus tours are advertised in newspapers and online and are usually paid for at any travel agent.
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