How to get to Arashiyama area from Gion (Hanamikoji, Shirakawa, Yasaka Jinja Shrine and so on) ?
You can go (1) by Hankyu Railway, or… (2) going By Bus is also available depend on your first destination in Arashiyama area.
The recommended ways to Arashiyama area from Gion are (1) by Hankyu Railway, or (2) by Bus (Kyoto City Bus No.11, Kyoto Bus No.63, 66) depending on the situation.
Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus are different bus companies. (Kyoto City Bus ara colored green, Kyoto bus is colored brown.)
But, you can use Bus One-day Pass on both of the bus companies.
Please note that buses are likely to be often delayed due to heavy traffic jam especially on peak season.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
So, after all, how long does it take from Gion to Arashiyama ?
I’ll show you the examples of travel times from Hanamikoji street in Gion to Togetsukyo Bridge, the center and symbol of Arashiyama area, comparing 2 ways below.
The time includes average walking and waiting time.
«1» Hankyu Railway from Kyoto-Kawaramachi Sta. (6 minutes’ walk from Hanamikoji street)
It takes in total about 35- 50 minutes (¥230).
(the time depends on Hankyu train schedule)
You need to change trains at Katsura Sta. on the way.
From there, Hankyu trains bound for Arashiyama are operated at least 4 times per hour.
From the arrival Hankyu Arashiyama Sta. to the Bridge, it takes 5 minutes’ walk.
This route enables you to move without delay even if on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves.
«2» Kyoto City Bus (No.11), Kyoto Bus (No.63, 66) from Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop (5 minutes’ walk from Hanamikoji street)
It takes in total at least about 60 to 70 minute (¥230).
Both Kyoto City Bus and Kyoto Bus operate buses every 20 minutes each.
The arrival Arashiyama bus stop is just beside the Bridge.
Please note that these buses are likeiy to take much more time on peak season becouse of heavy traffic jam.
From Gion to Arashiyama area, firstly please head for Kyoto-Kawaramachi station (Hankyu Railway) or Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop (Kyoto City Bus, Kyoto Bus).
The station and the bus stop are near the Shijo-Ohashi bridge, located at west side of Gion area.
For example, from Yasaka Jinja Shrine located at east side of Gion area, it takes about 8 minutes’ walk to Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop, and about 9 minutes’ walk to Kyoto-Kawaramachi station.
Check the map below, showing time to the Shijo-Ohashi bridge, located near the bus stop and station, from each attraction in Gion area.
If you do not decide a specific destination yet, I recommend you to go by Hankyu Railway.
Because you can move on schedule even on peak season such as cherry blossom or autumn leaves.
If your first destination is northwest area of Arashiyama such as Adashinono Nenbutsuji Temple or Nisonin Temple, Kyoto City Bus No.11 is recommended. (for example, please get off at Saga Shogakko-mae bus stop)
So, please decide your travel way, considering also your first visiting place in Arashiyama.
Check the location map below, showing time from Hankyu Arashiyama station and the nearest bus stop to each attraction in Arashiyama.
The following sections are the details of each travel way.