How to get to Ginkakuji Temple from Arashiyama area ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Keifuku Railway (Randen) + Kyoto City Bus No.203, 102 or 〈2〉 by JR line + Kyoto City Bus No.204, 203.
The recommended ways to Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion) from Arashiyama area is “by Keifuku Railway + Bus” or “by JR line + Bus”.
There is no direct train or bus service available between them.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
From Arashiyama to Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion), firstly please head for Keifuku Railway (Randen) or JR line station.
The locations of those two stations are separated (10 minutes’ walk), and station names are also a little bit different (Arashiyama : Keifuku Railway, Randen, Saga-Arashiyama : JR Sagano line).
So, basically, use nearer station from your last locaiton in Arashiyama.
Check the location map below, showing time to each station from main attractions in Arashiyama.
If you don’t know which one to take, please use Keifuku Railway (randen) .
The reason is that the arrival station of the Randen (Kitano-Hakubaicho) is more bus services at the same bus stop for Ginkakuji temple.
By Kiefuku Railway (Randen) , it takes 20 minutes’ ride and ¥220 to Kitano-Hakubaicho station.
Trains are operated almost every 10 minutes.
From the arrival Kitano-Hakubaicho station to Ginkakuji, it takes at least 23 to 27 minutes by bus (¥230) plus 8 minutes walk.
By this route, it takes, for example, about 1 hour to 1 hour & 15 minutes to Ginkakuji Temple from Togetsukyo Bridge, the center and symbol of Arashiyama, including average walking, waiting and transfer time.
On the other hand,
By JR line , it takes 7 minutes’ ride and ¥190 to Enmachi station.
Trains are operated almost every 15 minutes.
From the arrival Enmachi station to Ginkakuji, it takes at least about 30 minutes by bus (¥230) plus 8 minutes walk.
By this route, it takes, in total, about 1 hour & 15 minutes from Togetsukyo Bridge.
If you have JR-pass (Japan Rail Pass), of course JR line is fine.
The followings are the details of each route.