The best way to get around Kyoto is by taking the city bus to the area you wish to go for sightseeing, then walk and explore. Here are some maps of popular walking tours in Kyoto.
I highly recommend staying in a hotel close to Kyoto Station, which is the area’s major transportation hub with several railway and metro lines. My hotel was adjacent to the station, maybe a two minute walk and I could not have enjoyed the convenience anymore. Each day, all I had to do was leave out and catch a bus to wherever I was going.
The city buses are located in front of Kyoto Station and they go all over the city. It is just a matter of figuring out which area you wish to explore and then heading over to its platform and hopping on the bus. Locating which bus to take is easy because the signs are in both Japanese and English and it will tell you which area and sites are located within that vicinity as well as departure times.
Using Kyoto’s city buses for sightseeing is also very cost-efficient. The bus fare is just 230 yen for adults. There is also an option to buy a Kyoto city bus day-pass for 500 yen, which you can use unlimited times for the day in specific zones. If you’re traveling outside of said zones, then you will have to pay extra.
Personally, I didn’t purchase any day-passes because I only took the bus to and from an area. I walked everywhere within the area I was exploring. So I only spent 460 yen each day on bus fare.