Roam Around Kyoto in One Day for only 3000 Yen or Php 1,400

Japan is a country of too much must visit places. Kyoto is one of those places, but within Kyoto, there are still many places to choose from. What if you only allot a day to explore Kyoto? What tourist destinations you must go to and forget the rest?

NOTE: All transportation that will be used in this itinerary are buses. To save more money, I advise you to purchase Kyoto One-day Pass worth 500 yen, which entitles you to a one-day unlimited bus ride within Kyoto. You can buy this pass at the Kyoto Station.

Going back, I have listed four (4) places in Kyoto that must not be skipped when visiting the area. Here they are:

1. Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari Shrine is a very important shrine in Kyoto. It is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. It is famous for its thousands of torii gates, which was donated by some locals and foreigners who believe that it will bring them good luck. Their names and date when they
donated the gate was written on each torii gate. Each gate costs around 400,000 yen up to 1 million yen, depending on the size.

The trail of torii gates leads to the forest of Mount Inari, which is 233meters above the ground. Hiking to the summit and back would take 2-3 hours. Don’t worry if your stomach starts to grumble, as there are a few restaurants along the trail that offers dishes such as Kitsune Udon, or Fox Udon.

All throughout the shrine, you’ll come across statues of foxes, which are believed to be messengers of Inari.

One thing I love about going here are the food stalls you go through before entering the shrine. Everything’s so enticing. You can have
your breakfast here. You’ll see takoyaki, yakitori, cheese tamago, etc. You’ll definitely never go home on an empty stomach!


From Kyoto Station, ride the Bus #105. Get off at Inaritaishamae Bus Stop. From there, you can just walk about 7 minutes to the shrine.

HOURS: Always open


2. Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is the residence of the first shogun of the Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu. After his fell in 1867, the castle was used as an imperial palace and then shortly donated to the city. It was considered as a historic site and was opened to public. In fact, it is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.

You can enter the Ninomaru Palace, where you will see its “Nightingale floors”. These floors are designed to chirp like birds when step upon, and therefore alert the people inside the palace if there are intruders.

Outside the palace, is the Ninomaru Garden. It is beautifully landscaped. It has a large pond, stones and pine trees.

There is another palace inside the Nijo castle. It is the Honmaru palace, however, it is not open to public.


From Fushimi Inari Shrine, ride the bus #105 at Inaritaishamae Bus Stop. It will drop you off the Kyoto Station. From there, transfer to bus #50 until Nijojomae Bus Stop.



3. Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple, or is also known as the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Northern Kyoto. Just like Nijo Castle, it is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. With its golden structure rising above its reflection from a pond, it is one of the iconic sights of Kyoto.


From Nijo Castle, walk about 10 minutes to the Horikawamarutamachi Bus Stop, where you can hop on Bus #204. About 11 stops, comes Kinkakujimichi Bus Stop, where you can walk around 5min. to the Golden Pavilion.

ADMISSION: 400 yen


Kura Kaiten Sushi

Kura Kaiten Sushi is one of the top affordable sushi conveyor in Japan. Per plate of delicious and freshly made sushi only costs 100 yen. One of the many things I enjoyed in this place is the gashapon. There is a gashapon, or toy dispenser per table. Once you’ve been able to drop 5 plates on their plate counter, you are entitled for a raffle. If you win, a toy will drop from the gashapon, and it’s yours! πŸ™‚


From Kinkakuji Temple, you can ride the Bus #59, and drop off at the Kinugasa Somoncho Bus Stop. Or you can just walk, just like what we did, from the temple to the restaurant for about 10min.


4. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Walking on a path with bamboo stalks that stand tall beside you, is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon in Kyoto. Love the sight of sun rays peeking in between the stalks. As you enter the grove, you’d feel like yo’re entering a new world. If you’d read blogs about this place, you’ll see complains how they can’t capture the magic of the place.


In front of Kura Kaiten Sushi, ride the Bus #59. Transfer to Bus #11, upon arriving Yamagoe Nakamachi Bus Stop. Finally, get off at the Sagasetogawacho Bus Stop and walk about 12 minutes to the bamboo grove.

HOURS: Always open



Kyoto One-day Pass – 500 yen
Fushimi Inari Shrine Food Stalls – 1000 yen
Nijo Castle – 600 yen
Kinkakuji Temple – 400 yen
Kura Kaiten Sushi – 500 yen

TOTAL: 3000 yen

2 thoughts on “Roam Around Kyoto in One Day for only 3000 Yen or Php 1,400

  1. Thanks for the share. I have been to kyoto but i was only able to visit 2 destinations the whole day which include inari. Three of your destinations were not in our itinerary. Where did you stay by the way for stayed in osaka in an airbnb accommodation.

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