How to get to Arashiyama area from Kiyomizu Temple ?
You can go (1) by Keihan Railway (or Bus) + Hankyu Railway, (2) by Bus + Keifuku Railway (Randen).
Or… (3) By Bus + JR line is also available depend on your destination in Arashiyama area.
The recommended ways to Arashiyama area from Kiyomizu Temple is (1) by Keihan Railway (or Bus) + Hankyu Railway, (2) by Bus + Randen (Keifuku Railway) or (3) by Bus + JR line depending on the situation.
There is no direct bus service available between Kiyomizu-dera temple and Arashiyama.
If you chenge buses, you can go. But, it is a long distance, and buses are often delayed due to heavy traffic jam especially on peak season.
The map below is the overview of the routes, time and fare.
So, after all, how long does it take from Kiyomizu Temple to Arashiyama ?
I’ll show you the examples of travel times from Kiyomizu Temple to Togetsukyo Bridge, the center and symbol of Arashiyama area, comparing 4 ways below.
The time includes average walking and transfer time.
It takes in total about 63- 73 minutes (¥390).
(the time depends on Hankyu train schdule)
Keihan trains are operated every 10 minute.
Hankyu trains bound for Arashiyama are operated at least 4 times per hour.
From the arrival Hankyu Arashiyama station 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 or Keihan Bus & Hankyu Railway via Kyoto-Kawaramachi Sta.
It takes in total about at least 73 minutes (¥460).
Buses are operated a lot.
It takes in total at least 71 minutes (¥450).
The buses and trains are operated almost every 10 minutes.
From the arrival Randen Arashiyama station to the Bridge, it takes about 2 minutes’ walk.
«4» Kyoto City Bus & JR via Kyoto Sta.
It takes in total at least 69 – 79 minutes (¥470).
(The time depends on JR train schedule.)
The buses are opetated a lot. JR trains are operated almost every 15 minutes.
From the arrival Saga-Arashiyama station to the Bridge, it takes about 12 minutes’ walk, a little bit away from the center of Arashiyama area.
If you plan firstly to ride trolley train or visit Daikakuji Temple, via JR line is recommened.
Please note that the buses are likeiy to take much more time on peak season becouse of heavy traffic jam.
The followings are the details of each travel way.
From Kiyomizu Temple to Arashiyama, firstly please head for Gojozaka bus stop or Kiyomizu-Gojo station (Keihan Railway).
The locations of the bus stops and the station are separated and a bit far from the temple.
From the gate of Kiyomizu Temple, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk to Gojozaka bus stop, and about 20 minutes’ walk to Kiyomizu-Gojo station.
Check the map below, showing the location of the bus stop and the station for Arashiyama (via Hankyu Railway, Keifuku Railway (Randen) or JR line).
From Kiyomizu Temple to Arashiyama area, each travel way has pros and cons.
If I must choose, Keihan Railway + Hankyu Railway is good because you can move on schedule even on peak season such as cherry blossom or autumn leaves, but you need to walk 10 more minutes compared with the location of the bus stop.
So, please decide your travel way, considering also your first visiting place in Arashiyama, in addition to time and fare.
Check the location map below, showing time from each arrival station to main attractions in Arashiyama.