I had spent a great deal of time researching Kyoto transportation, purchasing special maps and more and had not come up with much in the way of a plan to get around. Just by the chance of taking random buses these last two days, I had finally figured it out.
Kyoto has two bus systems, the normal municipal transport system and a special sightseeing transport called Raku Bus that focuses just on the shrines and temples. In addition, it has signs and on-board narration in English. There are three Raku bus routes (100, 101 and 102) that will take you in a big loop to almost every important site in Kyoto. It couldn’t be easier.
This particular map is on bus 101 as we headed north to Nijo.