[Tips]How to get a bus ride to Kyoto University of Foreign Studies from Kyoto Station

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Kyoto Gaidai is a Japanese name short for Kyoto Gaikokugo Daigaku: Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in English.
It also has a Junior College there, Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages, next to the University.
You can walk to the University from Uzumase-Tenjingawa Station of the Kyoto city Subway Tozai Line or Saiin Staion of the Hankyu Railway Kyoto Line.
But, if you are coming from other city, using a bus is the easiest way to go because you can take a bus from Kyoto Station, just out of Shinkansen.
This is your start point, the entrance of Kyoto Station. JR Kyoto Station and Kintetsu Kyoto Station is the same Station using different trucks.
This photo was taken at East Exit of Kyoto Station. You can see Kyoto Central Post Office next to the Center Exit of Kyoto Sation.

 

This is your start point, the entrance of Kyoto Station. JR Kyoto Station and Kintetsu Kyoto Station is the same Station using different trucks. This photo was taken at East Exit of Kyoto Station. You can see Kyoto Central Post Office next to the Center Exit of Kyoto Sation.

kyoto station detail

There is a bus ticket-vending machine around here, so you can buy a ticket before you get aboard. These tickets you can buy at the machine are one way ticket and One-day pass.

This is the photo of One-day ticket. With this ticket, you can use any Kyoto City Bus or Kyoto Bus, two big bus companies at Kyoto. This ticket cost 500 yen at that day I bought, March 2014.

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There are several bus lines to go to the University.

One of them is the Kyoto City Bus Line 28. To take bus line 28, just follow the line with number 28 on it. Like this.

kyoto_bus_card_backArashiyama_bus_information_board

And then, you will find an electrical sign board which shows the number you are looking for.

arashiyama_bus_board

Go to the end of the waiting line in front of the electrical sign board.

Don’t go to the top or middle of this line or you will be an irritable foreigner to them.

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The bus also shows the number at the top of the car. In this photo, it is not so clear though.
The blue mark next to the number is a sign of a wheelchair.
It means this one is a kneeling bus so you can go on with your luggage when the bus is not too crowded.
The name of bus stop is “Gaidai-mae.” Press a button in the bus when you hear “tsugiwa Gaidai mae,” to make the bus stop. Enter your ticket to the machine next to the bus driver.
If your ticket is a day-free ticket, it will be returned to you. Get out of the bus from the front door at Gaidai mae bus stop. You will see the University near there.

There are several bus lines besides of this line Kyoto City Bus number 28.
They are;
Kyoto bus 81
Kyoto bus 84
Kyoto City Bus 71

Don’t forget the name of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies in Japanese is Kyoto Gaikokugo Daigaku.
It’s Gaidai for short.

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