How to get to Arashiyama area from Nijo Castle ?
You can go “by Kyoto City Subway + Keifuku Railway (Randen)“, “by Walk + JR line“ or “by Bus“.
The recommended way to Arashiyama area from Nijo Castle is (1) by Kyoto City Subway + Keifuku Railway (Randen), (2) by Walk + JR line or (3) by Bus
The map below is the overview of the routes, time and fare.
From Nijo Castle to Arashiyama, firstly please head for stations (Kyoto City Subway or JR line) or bus stop (operated by Kyoto Bus).
The locations of those stations and bus stop are separated, and station (bus stop) names are also different.
(Kyoto City Subway : Nijojo-mae, JR line : Nijo, Kyoto Bus : Horikawa-Oike)
Subway Nijojo-mae station is just beside the castle (1 minutes’ walk).
JR Nijo station is a little bit away from the castle (12 minutes’ walk).
And, the bus stop for Arashiyama is located not the one in front of the castle but the one just 1 stop south.
The name is Horikawa-Oike (3 minutes’ walk)
The ways of lower fare are by JR line or by bus. But you need more walk by JR line and more time by bus.
On the other hand, although the fare is ¥480 in total by Subway + Randen, you can move on schedule and the arrival station of the Randen is near Togetsukyo Bridge and Bamboo Forest, the symbol of Arashiyama area.
So, please decide the travel way, considering also your first visiting spot in Arashiyama.
Check the location map below, showing time to main attractions in Arashiyama from each station (or bus stop) .
How long & how much does it take from Nijo Castle to Togetsukyo Bridge, the symbol of Arashiyama after all ?
By Subway & Randen, it takes about 30 minutes including transfer time in total. (¥480).
Subway trains are operated a lot, and Randen trains are operated every 10 minutes.
Please transfer at subway Uzumasa-Tenjingawa station to Randen Tenjingawa station.
By JR line, it takes about 40 minutes including walking time (¥200).
Trains are operated almost every 15 minutes.
If you plan firstly to ride trolley train or visit Daikakuji Temple, JR line is recommened.
By Bus, it takes at least about 40 minutes plus waiting time (¥230).
Buses are operated almost every 20 minutes in the daytime.
If you miss the bus, it takes more time.
And, if on peak season, it takes much more time because of heavy traffic jam.
The followings are the detail.