The Kyoto city bus #208 is a useful route for visitors to Kyoto or those travelers staying in hotels close to Kyoto Station as it passes by a number of Kyoto's main attractions.
From Kyoto Station the #208 bus heads north and east to Higashiyama Nanajo passing Sanjusangendo and the Kyoto National Museum and then south past Chishakuin Temple, Tofukuji Temple and then west below Kyoto Station passing Toji Temple, then north near Umekoji Park and the Steam Locomotive Preservation Hall, Nishi-Honganji Temple and the new Kyoto Aquarium before arriving at the end of its loop back at Kyoto Station.
If you are using the buses in Kyoto consider buying either an all-day bus pass for 500 yen, which covers the downtown area of the city or a Kyoto Sightseeing One-Day (1,200 yen) or Two-Day Pass (2,000 yen), which are valid on Kyoto City buses (green), Kyoto Bus Company buses (white) and the subway.
Kyoto Travel Passes
Insert your card into the card slot as you enter at the rear of the bus. The first time you do this, the date will be printed on your card. If you pass outside the designated inner city area put your card in the machine and the extra fare will be calculated, which you can pay by inserting coins into the slot.
Places outside the designated inner city area include Arashiyama to the west and Shugakuin in the north east and buses that run to these places have black numbers on a white background like the number #5 bus to Shugakuin. Flat fare (220 yen) buses have white numbers on an orange or blue background. Both travel passes are available at subway and bus stations in Kyoto.
Find out more about buses in Kyoto.
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