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Introduced subscription to route bus in collaboration with Ryobi Group and ispec

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Regular sightseeing bus

Regular sightseeing bus(Tekikankou Bus)Big city,(I.e.On the course set by the bus operator, the busTravelIt is a route to do.Although the name includes "tourist bus", it goes around famous places and scenic spots in the area.Shared bus for regular route service, IeTransit Bus.Charter BusFor the difference from the tour, see "#Differences from recruitment-type planned tripsSee section.

Bus terminalIncluding空港,Terminal station,HotelA day trip course of about 3 to 8 hours is organized starting from, and even one person can feel free to use it.It is often operated mainly by local public transportation companies and major bus companies.Hato bus,Nagoya sightseeing busSome businesses, such as the regular sightseeing bus, put the regular sightseeing bus at the center of their business (however, the Nagoya sightseeing bus was closed in March 2006).In addition, there are some route buses in tourist spots that start and end at stations and bus terminals and go around tourist spots and hotels.Bus guide,Tour conductorHowever, it is a different operation mode from the regular sightseeing bus because it is not on board or led.

Operation contents

Visiting place

It is roughly divided into a place to see from the train window and a place to enter after getting off the bus, and various places to visit are set.

  • Natural scenery
  • Historic site
  • Parks / gardens,Observation facility
  • Religious facility
  • Museum
    • Museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, insect gardens
  • Other transportation
    • Pleasure boat-Water-bus,Tram-New transportation system-Cable car-Cable car, Sightseeing flights by light aircraft or helicopters, etc.When a participant travels by these other means of transportation, the bus guide gets off the bus and guides the participant, while the bus is forwarded on a parallel route and waits at the port or station where the participant gets off.
  • Watching plays, concerts, shows, watching sports
    • Depending on the program and time of day, it will be disbanded locally.
  • Locations for movies and TV dramas, exhibitions, Olympic venues, etc.
    • Depending on the yearNHK OfTaiga dramaIt may be operated in the area where the stage was set.
  • Amusement facility
    • Amusement parks, theme parks, etc.Rare examples include nightclubs, discos, and bowling alleys.
  • Industrial tourism
    • Tour of corporate factories and museums.地域によってはDepending on the areaTraditional craftsProduction experience and tasting / tasting of specialty products may be incorporated.Tourist farms and guest ranches may include elements of industrial tourism facilities.
    • From the 2010sEnjoy the scenery of industrial areas and harborsYou can also see the tour.
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Meals or coffee / light meals may be included in daytime courses of 5-6 hours or more and evening courses.The content varies depending on the region and course, and some courses focus on meals.The crew and tour conductor may have a special menu prepared separately, or they may eat the same dish with the participants.The following cases can be mentioned as trends, but these conditions may be combined.

Coupons and special discount coupons for designated stores may be distributed as free meals so that participants can choose any store at their own expense, or simply during meal breaks.

Fee structure

The amount paid by passengers includes the following fares and charges.

  • busFare(Calculated by time-distance combined fare)
  • Bus guide-Tour conductorTour guide fee
  • Parking fee, toll road toll
  • Expenses included in the course (group discount applied)
    • Facility admission fee, admission fee
    • Fares of other transportation
    • Tickets for theater and sports matches, concerts and shows (if included in the fare, listed)
    • Meal fee (if stated. If you make an additional order, you will be responsible for it. In the case of free meals, you will pay locally)
    • consumption tax·service charge

Depending on the route and business operator, there are cases where expenses are included in the fare and cases where expenses and fare are separated.In the latter case, you will have to pay various expenses in addition to the fare when boarding.


Basically, tourist-specification vehicles are used, but as a dedicated vehicleDouble-decker bus,Bonnet bus,Imported carEtc. are adopted, and it may be differentiated by putting it in a specific course.また、事業者によっては上空の視界を楽しむことができるAlso, depending on the operator, you can enjoy the view of the sky.Open top busAnd for environmental protection in mountainous areas and urban areasHybrid carThere is also an example of introducing.In addition, a fixed-route bus vehicle (orOne RomaCar) can be used as a spare car, or on the routeUse in timeThere are also businesses that are stationed at.Kyushu Sanko BusThen in the past nightExpress BusThere was also an example of using this vehicle for a regular tour bus.

Business that owns (was) a double-decker bus for regular sightseeing
Businesses that own (or had) open top buses or buses with sunroofs for regular sightseeing
  • JR Bus Tohoku
    After the abolition of the regular sightseeing bus for Lake Towada and Okuirase, it will be converted to a fixed-route bus.
  • Tobu Bus Nikko
    Tobu Railway era, now scrapped
  • Hato bus
  • Hinomaru Automotive Industry
    Lending to other companies for a limited time
  • Myojo sightseeing bus
  • Nara Kotsu
  • Kintetsu Bus
  • China JR Bus
Businesses that own (or had) regular sightseeing cars other than sightseeing buses
  • Hokkaido Chuo Bus (Bonnet Bus)
  • Hato Bus (theater floor car,Volvo Asterope
  • Tango Kairiku Kotsu (Bonnet Bus)
  • Shikoku Kotsu (Bonnet Bus)
  • Sanko Bus (Retro Style Bus)
    Originally from Miyazaki KotsuSeagaiaWhat was used as a shuttle car

Difference from recruitment type planned trip

Charter BusDay trip bus tour by (recruitment typePlanning trip), Since there are many non-elements, the comparison is as follows.

ItemRegular sightseeing busWanted planning trip
OrganizerBus operatorTravel club(Bus operators often register as a travel agency and double as a travel agency)
Operation formTransit BusCharter Bus
Applicable terms and conditionsGeneral passenger car transportation business agreementTravel business contract / general charter car transportation business contract
Minimum number of participantsAs a general rule, it will operate if even one person appliesIt depends on the travel product (about 1 to 20 people), and it will be canceled if it does not meet the minimum number of people for the product.
Application deadlineIt depends on the course content, but basically it is accepted until just before the departure of the dayAs a general rule, one week before, if implementation is decided, until the window business hours on the day before departure
Cancellation / refund fee before departureFree or fixed amount (most are small amount of several hundred yen even just before departure on the day)Based on the Travel Business Law, a cancellation fee of 20 to 100% of the price is required depending on the number of days remaining until the departure date.
Contact transportationMay have goneNone
Regional Transportation BureauAuthorization / notification toNecessary (because it operates as a fixed-route bus)Not required (registration as a type 1 or type 2 travel agency that can host travel is required)


  • Horse-drawn carriages and cars with guides derived from current regular sightseeing buses and bus toursWorld War IIt is said to be a tour of the ancient battlefields that took place in Europe later (in Japan during the Taisho era).At about the same time, shared city tour buses were operating in London and Paris.
  • The first regular sightseeing bus in Tokyo1925/(Taisho 14) The service started on December 12th.Tokyo sightseeing shared carandTokyo shared carStarting from UenoHibiya Park-Ginza street-Mt. Atagoyama-Meiji JinguAnd so on.戦時色が濃くなるWartime color becomes darker1940/(Showa 15) It was in operation until September 9.
  • FemaleBus guide TheYuya KumahachiThe first hell tour bus that was invented by.亀の井遊覧自動車の運行でWith the operation of the Kamenoi sightseeing car1928/(Showa 3) Beginning in JanuaryBeppu hot springIt is the longest-running regular tour bus in Japan that is still in operation.現在のCurrentKamenoi Bus OfBeppu Hell TourEven in the course, the Shichigocho guide at that time is partly used.
  • Kyoto City OfKyoto regular sightseeing busHas a long history1928/It will open in April.
  • National railwayIt was released in the early days of JR from the eraGeneral tour ticket / green tour ticketThen, the designated course of the regular sightseeing bus that operates in the area that was the designated tour site[Annotation 1]Was incorporated into the tour ticket, and the conditions for visiting one designated tour site were met.[Annotation 2]Partly because of this, regular tour buses were operating in major tourist destinations in Japan.However, due to the diversification of tourism forms, which will be described later, the abolition of general tour tickets and green tour tickets due to the appearance of tour tickets in 1998, and changes in the business environment of the bus industry, cities where regular sightseeing buses are operated. And tourist destinations are on the decline.


In recent years, due to the diversification of travel styles, tourists have become more and more away from regular tour buses, and each company is struggling to take measures.Some businesses are transferring or withdrawing from the regular tour bus business due to poor profitability.

Diversification of travel styles
  • Changes in traveler behavior patterns- Private car-Car rental-Rental BicycleThe spread ofShinkansen-aircraft-Express BusThe number of individual, family, and small group activities has increased due to the development of the theme parks and the emergence of theme parks.
  • In particular, the range of activities tends to be narrowed by the enhancement of information media such as TV / radio programs, newspapers / magazines, and the Internet.
  • Tourists got tired of regular sightseeing buses because the choices of courses were limited and the tour sites tended to be rigid.
Stimulate demand
  • Travel guidebookPamphlets of travel agencies, local railways and fixed-route busesIn-car advertising, Strengthen public relations and publicity in information media such as websites of bus operators and tourism promotion organizations.
  • Increase the boarding / alighting points, courses (visit points), and departure / arrival times to give users a choice.
  • Others --There are also examples of planning courses that are linked to TV programs, movies, and big events in the area, such as introducing special vehicles, which asks the business operator's ideas and understanding of regular tour buses and how to put effort into them.
Correspondence to foreign users
  • It is required to train bus guides and tour conductors who are fluent in foreign languages, and to set up courses exclusively for foreigners.見学地ごとに翻訳した説明を録音したRecorded the translated explanation for each sitePortable music playerThere are also businesses that rent out and use in-car audio programs for foreign language guidance, but the penetration rate is still low.
Competition with tour buses
  • In large cities and tourist destinations, chartered bus operators often operate buses exclusively for tour participants that operate airports, terminal stations, hotels and tourist spots on their own routes, which poses a threat to regular tour buses. There is.There is also a problem because the charter department of the bus operator that operates the regular tour bus may operate this tour bus.
Changes in the business environment of bus operators
  • The profit margin of regular sightseeing buses is relatively low compared to general fixed-route buses, high-speed buses, and chartered buses.Therefore especiallyPublic busIt may be questioned by businesses that the main business route bus business will maintain regular tour buses in the red.[1][2].
  • In addition, regular tour buses are not covered by the route maintenance subsidy issued by local governments to route bus operators.

Regions and businesses operating in Japan

An example of what is operated including seasonal operation.The area and sightseeing spots are rough.路線バスの一種であるIt is a kind of route busSightseeing tour busExclude.




Central part


Sanyo / Sanin



Areas operated as recruitment-type planned trips

Area that was once operated

Central part
Sanyo / Sanin

Outside Japan


注 釈

  1. ^ National versionTimetableA course with a "play" mark surrounded by a circle or square.
  2. ^ Two or more designated tour sites and one designated tour site must be visited.
  3. ^ Ryobi BusOkayama Electric Track-Shimotsui Electric Railway-Chutetsu BusThe company was jointly funded by the company, and the operation itself was outsourced to each bus operator.
  4. ^ All courses will be abolished at the end of September 2004.After that, one course in Kumamoto city was revived from October 9 as a service only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, but it was abolished again as of the end of January 2006. From October 10, the operation mode will be different from before, but it will be a de facto revival, such as shifting to the Kyushu Sanko Bus subsidiary, the miniaturization of operating vehicles, and no bus guide. Abolished as of the end of March 1.


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