How to get to Arashiyama area from Ginkakuji Temple ?
You can go by Kyoto City Bus + Keifuku Railway (Randen) .
Or… “Kyoto City Bus + JR line” is also available depend on your destination in Arashiyama area.
The recommended way to Arashiyama area from Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion) is “by Bus + Keifuku Railway”.
You can also go “by Bus + JR line”, depending on yourfirst destination in Arashiyama.
There is no direct bus service available between Ginkakuji and Arashiyama.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
From Ginkakuji Temple (silver pavilion) to Arashiyama, firstly please head for Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
Actually, from Ginkakuji Temple, there are 2 near bus stops, Ginkakuji-mae and Ginkakuji-michi.
Only Ginkakuji-michi bus stop has buses to transfer for trains (both Randen & JR ) to Arashiyama.
It takes about 8 minutes’ walk from the gate of Ginkakuji Temple.
Check the map below, showing the location of the bus stop for Arashiyama via Keifuku Railway (Randen) or JR line .
♦ For Keifuku Railway (randen) : take Bus No.203 and 102
♦ For JR line : take Bus No.203
All these buses depart from the same Ginkakuji-michi bus stop “C“.
If you don’t decide the first place to visit in Arashiyama yet, please use via Keifuku Railway (randen).
The reason is that the arrival station of the Randen is more convenient for major spots in Arashiyama, such as Togetsukyo Bridge or Bamboo Forest.
By Bus + Kiefuku Railway (Randen) , it takes, for example, 1 hour & 15 – 20 minutes from Ginkakuji Temple to Togetsukyo Bridge, the center and symbol of Arashiyama area, including average walking, waiting and transfer time.
It takes 8 minutes’ walk to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, at least 23 to 27 minutes’ bus ride (¥230) to Kitano-hakubaicho station and 27 minutes’ train ride to Arashiyama station.
If you plan firstly to ride trolley train or visit Daikakuji Temple, via JR line is recommened.
(If you have Japan Rail Pass, JR line is fine, too)
By Bus + JR line , it takes, in total, about 1 hour & 10 – 20 minutes from Ginkakuji to Togetsukyo Bridge.
8 minutes’ walk to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, 31 minutes’ bus ride to Enmachi station, and 7 minutes’ train ride to Saga-Arashiyama station plus 12 minutes’ walk to Togetsukyo Bridge.
The followings are the details of each route.