From Kiyomizu-dera Temple to Ginkakuji (silver pavilion)


1. Overview

How to get to Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) from Kiyomizu Temple ?

Visitors Question

You can go by Kyoto City Bus No.100, also called “Raku Bus”

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Ginkakuji Temple (silver pavilion) from Kiyomizu-dera Temple  is “by Kyoto City Bus No.100”. This bus is also called “Raku Bus“, meanings going around attractions in Kyoto easily by buses.
Raku Bus is very convenient for visitors because detailed announcement in English is available.

The map below is the overview of the bus route, stops, time and fare.

From Kiyomizu Temple, there are 2 nearest bus stops, Gojozaka and Kiyomizu-michi.

Bus  No. 100  departs from Gojozaka bus stop C, or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop B.

The way to these bus stops from Kiyomizu Temple is refer to the map above.

On the way from Kiyomizu Temple, the downhill street divides in two.
At the place, Gojozaka bus stop is toward the left, and Kiyomizu-michi bus stop is toward the right.

It takes about 10 minutes’ walk to both of the bus stops.

Bus fare is ¥230 per ride.

Please note that the buses are likely to take much more time on peak season becouse of heavy traffic jam.

The followings are the details.

2. By Kyoto City Bus No.100 (Raku Bus) for Ginkakuji Temple

From Kiyomizu temple to Ginkakuji Temple by bus  No.100 , it takes in total at least 43 minutes including walking and average waiting time. 

This bus is operated a lot (every 7 or 8 minutes), and also called “Raku Bus“, meanings going around attractions in Kyoto by bus easily. You can use Bus One-Day Pass.

Bus  No.100  for Ginkakuji Temple departs from Gojozaka bus stop C or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop B.
(Bus stop “B” or “C” mean that usually there are several same named bus stops, and “B” or “C” is one of them, to identify.)

Usually, either bus stop is fine, but, on peak season such as cherry blossom or autumn leaves, Gojozaka bus stop is better because buses are likely to be full of passengers when arrive at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop.

1. Head for Bus Stops : Gojozaka C or Kiyomizu-michi B, and Take Bus No.100

After getting out of Kiyomizu Templewalk downhill street in 10 minutes until you come to Higashioji Street.

Gojozaka bus stop C and Kiyomizu-michi bus stop B are located at west side of the Higashioji Street.
(Please refer to the map in the previous section)

(the picture : No.100 at Gojozaka bus stop C)

2. Get off at Ginkakuji-mae bus stop

In at least 24 minutes’ ride, the buses arrive at Ginkakuji-mae bus stop.

After getting off, walk straight to backwatd direction.

The map below shows the way.

3. Cross the Bridge, and Follow the Street.

In a few minutes, you come to the small bridge crossing the stream. Then cross the bridge, and go up the slightly uphill street in front of you.

From that bridge, the path along the stream is called “Philosopher’s Walk” or “the Path of Philosophy”. (“Tetsugaku-no-michi” in Japanese)
You can also visit Eikando Temple or Nanzenji Temple through the walk after visiting Ginkakuji Temple (1,2 mile, 2 km, about 25 minutes’ walk).

Keep walking the uphill street.

4. Finally, the Gate of Ginkakuji Temple !

In 3 minutes from the small bridge where the Philosopher’s Walk starts, you finally come to the gate of Ginkakuji Temple.


3. Ginkakuji Temple Information 

Opening Hours :

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Mar. 1 – Nov. 30)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Dec. 1 – Feb. 28)
∗need to enter at least 30 minutes before the closing time

Admission Fee  :

¥500 (adult) / ¥300 (6 – 15 yars old)

Best time to visit  :

at anytime you want to visit