A Must-See for Visitors in Kyoto and Osaka! Sightseeing Using a Great Deal on a Travel Pass!
The Keihan Electric Railway connects Kyoto and Osaka. As there are many popular sightseeing spots along the line, it’s very convenient for tourists and travellers. This article will introduce the “SIGHTSEEING PASS,” which allows you to get on and off of the Keihan Electrec Railway as you please, as well as our recommended sightseeing plan to follow using this pass!
What Is the SIGHTSEEING PASS?
The “SIGHTSEEING PASS” is a train pass from the Keihan Electric Railway available only to overseas travellers visiting Japan.
This pass allows you to use the railway multiple times without purchasing tickets each trip, so the more you plan on travelling the easier it makes your trip and the more money you can save!
It’s a great help when travelling around Kyoto and Osaka!
A Variety of Passes
KYOTO-OSAKA SIGHTSEEING PASS
- 1 day 800 yen, 2 day 1,200 yen
- Valid Area
- All stations along the Keihan Railway and Otokoyama Cable Line (excluding the Otsu Line)
KYOTO SIGHTSEEING PASS
- 1 day 600 yen
- Valid Area
- All stations along the Keihan Railway and Otokoyama Cable Line within Kyoto (excluding the Otsu Line)
There are even more passes available other than those listed above, including ones that work on the Osaka Municipal Subway and buses, as well as passes that let you into amusement parks as a bonus! Additionally, they come with great-value coupons for a variety of facilities and experiences!
Sightseeing Plan Using This Great-Value Pass
Next, we’ll introduce a sightseeing plan put together using the “KYOTO-OSAKA SIGHTSEEING PASS.” This plan focuses on historic spots, including castles, shrines, and temples!
Start at Kyoto Station!
Our trip starts by taking a 2-minute train ride from JR Nara Line’s Kyoto Station to Tofukuji Station.
After walking for about 10 minutes from Tofukuji Station, you’ll arrive at our first destination, Tofuku-ji Temple.
Tofuku-ji Temple is known as one of the best places to view the autumn leaves in Kyoto, but it has plenty of things to experience during other seasons as well. The temple grounds is home to historical buildings, such as Zendo and Sanmon Gate, as well as protected cultural properties like paintings and archives.
The 27-meter-long Tsutenkyo Bridge, which is used as a recording spot for period dramas, is also a super popular spot to visit!
Basic information on Tofuku-ji Temple
- 15-778 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
- 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Hours vary by season. Please see official website for details.)
- 400 yen per area
Next, our trip takes us back to Tofukuji Station, where we get on the Keihan Main Line for about 4 minutes until we reach Fushimi-Inari Station.
After about a 5-minute walk from Fushimi-Inari Station, we arrive at our next stop, Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine.
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine is the head of the Inari shrines, of which there are around 30,000 across Japan. Inari is worshipped as the god of abundant harvests and business prosperity.
The highlight of Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, the Senbon torii, is one of Kyoto’s iconic sights.
Around 10,000 torii gates are lined up one after another on the shrine’s grounds.
Basic information on Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
- 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
- All day
Next, we take the Keihan Main Line from Fushimi-Inari Station for about 20 minutes, getting off at Demachiyanagi Station. After about a 10-minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station, you will arrive at Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine.
Shimogamo-jinja Shrine (Kamomioya-jinja)
Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine is one of the main parts of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”
It is also famous as the location of the Aoi Festival, one of Kyoto’s three major festivals.
The auxiliary shrine of Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine, Kawai-Jinja Shrine, is known for its protection of women.
The ema of Kawai-Jinja Shrine are unusual, as they are shaped like hand mirrors.
If you want to pray for beauty, you can make an offering of one of the hand mirror ema and decorate it to look like your own face.
Basic information on Shimogamo-jinja Shrine
- 59 Shimogamoizumigawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
- 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
If you take the Keihan Main Line from Demachiyanagi Station, you’ll reach Chushojima Station in about 17 minutes. From there, transfer to the Keihan Uji Line, ride the train for about 15 minutes, and you’ll arrive at Uji Station. After about a 10-minute walk from Uji Station, you’ll reach Byodoin Temple.
Byodoin Temple is another piece of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”
The must-see thing here is the Phoenix Hall, which is depicted on the 10-yen coin. The hall is a beautiful symmectrical building, and its reflection seems to float on the water’s surface. This beautiful and enchanting atmosphere is truly representative of paradise itself.
Basic information on Byodoin Temple
- 68 Fukakusa-yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
- 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
- 600 yen. ※There is a separate admission fee of 300 yen for Phoenix Hall.
Next, we return to Chushojima Station by getting on the Keihan Uji Line at Uji Station. Then switch to the Keihan Main Line for about 30 minutes, getting off at Kyobashi Station.
After about a 15-minute walk from Kyobashi Station, you’ll arrive at our final stop, Osaka Castle.
Osaka Castle is one of the 100 famous castles of Japan and a classic Osaka sightseeing spot.
One of the highlights of Osaka Castle is its stone wall. The tallest part of this stone wall reaches 32 meters high, the tallest in Japan!
The castle’s interior has been converted into a history museum, which is well-known for its opportunity for visitors to try on restored warrior helmets (for a fee).
Basic information on Osaka Castle Museum
- 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
- 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ※Park is always open
- Dec. 28-Jan. 1
- 600 yen. ※Free for junior high school students and younger.
This concludes our recommended sightseeing plan.
You could finish this entire route in 1 day, but we recommend spreading it out over 2 days and enjoying the sights!
Sales Locations for This Pass’s Great Deal!
You can purchase this “SIGHTSEEING PASS” at Kansai Tourist Information Centers. (3 locations listed below)
【Kansai Tourist Information Center at Kansai International Airport】
- Terminal 1
- 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Open every day
- Terminal 2
- 11:30 am - 7:30 pm
- Open every day
【Kansai Tourist Information Center at Kyoto Tower】
- 721-1 Higashi-shiokoji-cho, Shichi-jo Sagaru, arasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto (3F Kyoto Tower)
- 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Dec. 30-Jan. 3
【Kansai Tourist Information Center at Daimaru Shinsaibashi】
- 2F, Daimaru Shinsaibashi South Bldg., 1-7-1 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
- 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
- Jan. 1