2. Attractions within the area
2-1 Main Attractions you can visit
By using Kyoto City Bus, you can visit almost all famous spots such as…
Arashiyama, Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion), Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion), Nijo castle, Kiyomizudera temple, Gion area / Yasaka jinja shrine, Fushimi-inari shrine and so on.
Kyoto City Bus operates special buses for visitors called Raku Bus. ( Attention ! Currently, these Raku Bus are out of service for an undetermined period of time. )
By Raku Bus, you can visit Kinkakuji temple, Ginkakuji temple, Nijo castle, Kiyomizudera temple, Gion area and other famous spots easily.
On the other hand, the areas that Kyoto City Bus does not cover are…
Kurama, Kibune, Ohara (in the upper north of Kyoto) and Yamashina (in the east of Kyoto).
Kurama, Kibune and Ohara area are covered by Kyoto Bus,
Yamashina area is covered by Keihan Bus.
2-2 From Kyoto Station to the Attractions
How long dose it take from Kyoto station to major attractions by Kyoto City Bus ?
♦ Arashiyama / Togetsu Bridge : at least 44 min
(bus ride 43 min, get off at Arashiyama-koen bus stop, walk 1 min)
♦ Kinkakuji Temple (golden pavilion) : at least 42 –48 min
(bus ride 37 – 43 min, get off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop, walk 5 min)
♦ Ginkakuji Temple (silver pavilion) : at least 42 min
(bus ride 37 min, get off at Ginkakuji-mae bus stop, walk 5 min)
♦ Nijo Castle : at least 15 –20 min
(bus ride 14 – 19 min, get off at Nijojo-mae bus stop, walk 1 min)
♦ Heianjingu Shrine / Okazaki Park area : at least 29 – 35 min
(bus ride 26 – 32 min, get off at Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae bus stop, walk 3 min)
♦ Gion area / Yasakajinja Shrine : at least 18 – 22 min
(bus ride 17 – 21 min, get off at Gion bus stop, walk 1 min)
♦ Kiyomizu Temple : at least 21 – 25 min
(bus ride 11 – 15 min, get off at Gojozaka bus stop, walk 10 min)
♦ Fushimi-inari Shrine : at least 23 min
(bus ride 16 min, get off at Inaritaisha-mae bus stop, walk 7 min)
Please note that…
on peak season such as cherry blossoms (from late March to early April) or autumun leaves (November), it takes more time to get to each attractions because of heavy traffic jam.