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If you have few hours only, this bus is the most suitable way to have an idea about KYOTO

It takes about two and half hours to go from Tokyo to Kyoto by train, ( do not forget to get the JR... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
rafa e
Cairo, Egypt

Commentary in English was sparse, with the Japanese bus guide talking constantly on the address... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Steve P
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
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6 Nov 2018
“If you have few hours only, this bus is the most suitable way to have an idea about KYOTO”
18 Oct 2018
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Karasumadori-Shiokoji-sagaru-Higashishiokojicho, shimogyoku | Kyoto Station Karasuma-guchi, Kyoto 600-8555, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 6 November 2018

It takes about two and half hours to go from Tokyo to Kyoto by train, ( do not forget to get the JR pass ). On reaching Kyoto rail way station, ask about the tourist information office. The staff there is very helpful. There are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rafa e
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Commentary in English was sparse, with the Japanese bus guide talking constantly on the address system, which became distracting. Not nearly enough time at the temples, given the crowds. Commentary was late (we'd passed the points of interest when the explanation was provided!) Not very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Steve P
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We took this bus ride today. (Notice I didn’t say tour!) There was very little commentary in English with the pre-recorded “tour”. The Japanese tour guide onboard the bus spoke almost non-stop while we Anglophones listened to canned Japanese music through our ear buds. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fififinn
Reviewed 30 August 2018

I enjoyed most of the trip provided by sky's, the guide was very helpful when my translator didn't work, i did find the japanese commentary a bit loud when trying to listen to my headphone commentary. definitely don't go in summer on a hot and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vickir191
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Rather than pay over $80 for our tour company's optional Kyoto Day Tour we ventured out on our own and found the Sky Bus instead for less than half that cost The lady outside the ticket office was helpful and lovely as was the female...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank chris19531955
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Excellent opportunity for a quick tour of the area to get your bearings so that you can view on a wider scale. Being open top you have the advantage of seeing things on high and gaining excellent photographs. The area you like you can then...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

What a waste of time The tour guide continuously speaks over the tannoy BUT the English commentary lasts all of 10 minutes Don’t waste you money

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank jim m
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Having arrived in Kyoto and checked in to our hotel for a 4-night stay, this was a pleasant way to "get our bearings" in a city, before embarking on our specific itinerary. With only 3 buses per day on peak season weekdays (4 at weekends),...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Peter320318
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This company offers various driving tours of Kyoto city - we did the WB Skybus and temple visit tour. A 4-hour open-air bus tour of Kyoto is a TERRIBLE idea in the heat of August. Don't do it. All seats are top deck with no...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Helenthereef
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Yes we are guilty, we just fall in a bad tourist trap. One hour drive over Kyoto streets with a non working headphones after a while they reseted the translator system and was non sync with the drive. You can invest your money wisely

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Arqssp
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