From Kyoto Station to Eikando Temple

  • 2. By Subway

    2-1 From Kyoto Sta. to Keage Sta. via Karasuma-Oike
    2-2 The Way to Eikando Trmple from Keage Sta.
    2-3 Route Map for Eikando Temple by Subway

  • 3. By Bus

    3-1 Bus Stops Information at Kyoto Sta.
    3-2 Nanzenji Eikando-michi Bus Stop to Eikando Temple
    3-3 Bus Route Maps (City Bus No.5)

1. Overview

Eikado Temple is famed for very beautiful trees and scenery.

You can enjoy very beautiful trees of  fresh green and autumn leaves in the temple.
From a spot in the temple, you can overlook the city of Kyoto.

Within walking distance, you can also visit Nanzenji temple, Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion) through Philosopher’s Walk, Heian Jingu Shrine or Kyoto City Zoo.

So, let’s visit !

You can visit Eikando Temple by Subway or by Bus from Kyoto station.

The chart below is the overview of the location, transportation, time and fare.

Location & Distance

Eikado temple is located in the east of Kyoto city.

The distance from Kyoto Station is 3.7 mile (6.0 km).

Transportation & Time

It takes about…

 City Subway 17 min plus 10 min walk
 Local Bus at least 36  – 40 min include walk
 Taxi  : 20 – 25 min
 Bicycle  : about 40 min

You need more time and taxi fare on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.

 Near Bus Stops & Time to Eikando Temple

(1)  walk 4 min from Miyanomaecho bus stop

(2)  walk 4 min from Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop

 Near Stations & Time to Eikando Temple

(1)  walk 10 min from Keage Station (Kyoto City Subway)

2. By Kyoto City Subway

If you take Kyoto City Subway for Eikando temple, it will save time to move and beat the traffic jam.

It takes 17 minutes from Kyoto station to the nearest station, Keage.

From Keage station, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk to Eikando Temple.

There is Nanzenji Temple on the way, so that you can visit there, too.

The fare is ¥260.

The followings are the detail.

2-1 From Kyoto Station to Keage Station via Karasuma-Oike

At Kyoto station, take Subway Karasuma line train (departing from track 2) bound for Kokusai-kaikan.

In 5 miutes, the train arrive at Karasuma-Oike station (the third station from Kyoto station), so, please get off.

At the Karasuma-Oike station, transfer to Subway Tozai line train.

Please wait at track 2 on the Tozai line platfrom.

The destinations of the train are Rokujizo or Biwako-Hamaotus, but all trains departing from track 2 go to Keage station.

In 7 minutes, the train arrive at Keage station (the fourth station from Karasuma-Oike station), so plese get off.

2-2 The Way to Eikando Temple from Keage Station

From Keage station, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk to Eikando temple.

I’ll show you one of the shorter ways from Keage station.

1. Get out of the Exit 1 at Keage Station

2. Walk down along the Street

3. Walk through the tunnel on your right, and Follow the street.

4. Before the gate, turn right.

5. Walk along the Nanzenji temple, Turn Right.

6. Follow the street.

7. Eikando Temple on your Right !

2-3 Route Map for Eikando Temple by Subway

The map below is the route map from Kyoto station to Eikando Temple by Kyoto City Subway plus walk.

Please check, if necessary.

3. By Bus

If you plan to visit Eikando temple from Kyoto station by bus, Kyoto City Bus  No.5  is available. 

 Bus No.5  has 2 routes for Eikando temple (via Gojo street and via Shijo street), but both routes are O.K..

By Bus  No.5 , please get off at Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop (at least 36 min ride). From the bus stop, you come to Eikando temple in 4 minutes’ walk to the east.

The fare is ¥230.

All the bus No.5 routes including Eikando temple are covered by Bus One-Day Pass.  Unfortunately, this One-day pass is discontinued at the end of September 2023. So, only Subway & Bus One-day Pass is available from October 2023 on.

The followings are the details.

3-1 Bus Stops Information at Kyoto Station

There ara many bus stops in Kyoto Station.

When you ride, which bus stop in Kyoto Station can you ride the bus for Eikando temple ?

Please find out the bus stop displayed

   A1   for Kyoto City Bus No.5 (include via Gojo-street No.5)

Actually No.5 often tend to be crowded, but comes almost every 7 or 8 minutes.

So try wating for next bus if you can not ride.

3-2 Bus Stops Information near Eikando Temple (Nanzenji Eikando-michi)

I’ll show you the way to Eikando temple from Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop.

Only Bus  No.5  including “ via Gojo-street No.5 ” stops there.

1. After Getting off, Cross the Crosswalk ahead.

2. Go Straight untill the End.

3. Then Eikando Temple is just in front of you

The map below shows the location of those stops with the walk route to Eikando temple.
Please check!

Please note that…

it takes much more time on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.

∗ Peak season : cherry blossam (the end of March to the beginning of April), autumn leaves (November) and consecutive holidays in Japan (the end of April to the beginning of May)

Actually, Bus No.5 often tends to be crowded by locals and visitors, so that, to Eikando temple on peak season, “By Subway” is better.

3-3 Bus Route Maps

If you want to know the route or ride time of the Kyoto CIty Bus No.5, please check the map below.


4. Eikando Temple Information

 Opening Hours :

 9:00 a.m. – 5:00* p.m.
∗need to enter at least 1 hour before the closing time
*In fall (autumun leaves, November), open in the evening (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) every year.

 Admission Fee  (adult / 6 – 18 yars old) :

¥600 / ¥400
If you show Subway & Bus One (Two) Day Pass valid for the day of use, ¥100 discount !

 Best time to visit   :

In fall, a lot of people visit for very beautiful autumn leaves (from mid to late November). But, at anytime you want to visit !