How to get to Arashiyama area from Kinkakuji Temple ?
You can go by Kyoto City Bus (or Walk) + 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 Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) is “by Bus (or Walk) + Keifuku Railway”.
You can go “by Bus + JR line” depending on the situation.
There is no direct bus service available between Kinkakuji and Arashiyama.
The map below is the overview of the routes, time and fare.
From Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) to Arashiyama, firstly please head for Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.
It takes about 2 minutes’ walk from the gate of Kinkakuji Temple.
Check the map below, showing the location of the bus stop for Arashiyama via Keifuku Railway (Randen) or JR line.
If you don’t decide the first place to visit in Arashiyama yet, please use via Keifuku Railway (randen), not via JR line.
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.
And bus services between Kinkakuji and Randen station are a lot, or you can walk from Kinkakuji temple to the Randen station (20 minutes, 0.9 mile / 1.5 km) even if those buses are crowded or delay.
From Kinkakuji to the nearest Randen station (Kitano-Hakubaicho), it takes at least 5 minutes by bus (¥230).
By Kiefuku Railway (Randen), it takes 27 minutes including transfer time and ¥250 to Arashiyama.
Trains are operated almost every 10 minutes.
If you plan firstly to ride trolley train or visit Daikakuji Temple, via JR line is recommened.
From Kinkakuji to the nearest JR station (Enmachi), it takes at least 9 minutes by bus (¥230).
By JR line, it takes 7 minutes ride and ¥190 to Arashiyama.
Trains are operated almost every 15 minutes.
The followings are the detail.