Let’s get on the local bus and go downtown!
In Japan, the bus is one of the major modes of transportation along with subways, railways, and on-street running trains.
In the Tokyo suburbs, buses run on more intricate routes than subway lines and we encourage visitors to try this mode of transportation. Busing is a great way to view a different part of life in Japan and very often you will see children using the bus to get to and from school, housewives going shopping, and elderly people engaged in joyful conversation.
This slower mode of transportation is also beneficial in that, if you see an interesting coffee shop, clothing store, or restaurant, it is very easy to just get off at the next closest stop.
Buttons are located throughout the bus for signaling the driver that you wish to get off and announcements are made prior to the next stop. In most larger urban tourist areas such as Kyoto and Tokyo, announcements are also made in English. So, take the bus downtown sometime and enjoy an afternoon walk!