Kyoto City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #1

Having explored Kyoto City numerous times, I have come up with several day tour itineraries that are aimed to maximize a day in Kyoto while still trying to spend the least amount of money.

Kyoto City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #1


1. Transportation from your accommodation going to Kyoto Station is not included in this itinerary.
2. The itineraries would always start in Kyoto Station and end in Kyoto Station.
3. The accommodation budget is also not included.
4. The itineraries start at 8:30AM as most destinations open at 9AM. 
5. The exploration time in a place is pegged at an hour per destination. However, you may opt to cut it shorter or stay longer. 
6. It is also assumed that you are traveling light.

Kyoto City Budget Day Tour Itinerary #1

Kyoto Station Walking Course



Arrival at Kyoto Station.

Exit at the Karasuma Side of Kyoto Station. For those who are not familiar with Kyoto Station’s Karasuma Side, it is the one facing the Kyoto Tower.




Since you’re quite early and most nearby destinations are still closed, you can spend a few minutes looking for and taking pictures of the “monuments” of the  Kyoto Umekoji Monument Street that is scattered along with the Kyoto Station-Umekoji Area. You will find 5 of the 41 monuments in the Karasuma Side of Kyoto Station.


Read more about Kyoto Umekoji Monument Street




Walk towards Higashi Honganji Temple.

Travel time from the station is 7-10 minutes.


9:00 – 10:00AM


Explore Higashi Honganji.

Admission Fee: FREE

Read more about Higashi Honganji




Walk to Nishi Honganji.

Travel time from its sister temple is 10-15 minutes.


10:15 – 11:00AM


Explore Nishi Honganji.

Admission Fee: FREE

Read more about Nishi Honganji


11:00 – 12:00NN




- There is a cafe inside Nishi Honganji called Cafe de Shiun (Ziyun; 紫雲) that sells affordable food and coffee.

- Outside the temple grounds are several convenience stores like Lawson, Family Mart, and 711 which sells affordable bento meals.




Walk to Umekoji Park

Travel time from Nishi Honganji is 15 -20 minutes


12:25 – 1:30PM


Explore Umekoji Park

Admission Fee: FREE

If you took the Kyoto-Umekoji Monument Street seriously, it’s good to note that 19 of the 41 monuments are scattered in the park grounds.

Optional things to do in Umekoji Park are:

        Visit the Kyoto Aquarium Admission Fee: 2050 yen

        Visit the Kyoto Railway Museum Admission Fee: 1200 yen

Read more about Umekoji Park.




Walk to Toji

Travel time from the park is 10-15 minutes


1:50 – 2:50PM


Explore Toji  

Admission Fee: 500 yen to visit the pond and the pagoda.


There are stores and vending machines in the temple grounds where you can buy refreshments and snacks. Perfect for your noontime exploration.

Read more about Toji.




Walk to Kyoto Tower

Travel time from the temple is 20 -25 minutes. 

If you’re tired or you want to avoid the heat of the sun, you can head to Tojimachi bus stop and ride bus #205 heading to Kyoto Eki-mae bus stop.

Fare: 230 yen

Travel time: 19 minutes.


3:20 – 5:00PM


Head up to Kyoto Tower, an observation deck to get a bird’s eye view of Kyoto City. Stay until sunset for a more enchanting view of the city.

Admission Fee: 770 yen

Read more about the Kyoto Tower.




Walk to Kyoto Station.

Travel time 1-2 minutes.


5:10 – 6:30PM


Explore Kyoto Station’s Skywalk and observation deck before calling it a day.

Admission Fee: FREE

Read more about the Kyoto Station.


Expenses Summary:




Admission Fees


Toji – 500 yen

Kyoto Tower – 770 yen


Food Expenses


Lunch  - _______ yen

Snacks and refreshments - ______ yen


Optional Expenses


Souvenirs - ________ yen

Kyoto Aquarium – 2050 yen

Kyoto Railway Museum – 1200 yen

Bus ride – 230 yen per passenger


Total Expenses


1270 yen + food expenses + optional expenses



Multiply the expenses to the X number of travelers.



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