From Nijo Castle to Ginkakuji Temple (silver pavilion)
1. The Way to Horikawa-Marutamachi Bus Stop from Nijo Castle
After getting out of the gate of Nijo Castle, walk straight to the left direction on the Horikawa Street along the Castle.
This is the sidewalk along the stone wall of Nijo Castle.
After passing the Castle, go across the first big intersection, and keep walking straight along the Horikawa street.
In 2 minutes from the first intersction, you come to next big intersection, named Horikawa-Marutamachi, meaning Horikawa St. and Marutamachi St. cross.
Please cross the crosswalk, and turn left, then you can see the Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop C ahead.
2. Take Kyoto City Bus No.204
At Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop C, take Kyoto City Bus No.204 .
Buses are operated almost every 15 minutes in the daytime.
3. Get off at Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, and Head for the intersection ahead
In at least 21 minutes’ ride, buses arrive at Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
After getting off, walk forward direction, and head for the intersection ahead.
(The access map available below)
4. Head for & Walk on the path along a stream.
At the intersection, turn right, cross the crosswalk, and walk on the sidewalk along a stream.
Please keep walking on the path along the stream.
5. Cross the Bridge, and Follow the Street.
In 4 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.
6. 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.
1. Take any Subway Trains at Track No.2.
For Ginkakuji Temple, take any subway trains at track No.2 bound for Rokujizo or Biwako Hama-Otsu station.
The trains are operated a lot, more than 10 times per hour.
2. Get off at Subway Higashiyama Station, and Transfer.
In about 7 minutes, trains arrive at Higashiyama station, the 4th stop from Nijojo-mae station.
After getting out of the ticket gate, turn left, and head for Exit 2.
After getting out of subway Higashiyama station Exit 2, turn left and head for the intersection ahead, named Higashiyama-Sanjo, meaning Sanjo street and Higashioji street cross.
(Now, you are on Sanjo street).
When you come to the intersection, walk to the diagonally right direction (cross the crosswalk twice).
To the right direction after crossing (Now, you are on Higashioji street), you can see Higashiyama-Sanjo bus stop E ahead.
3. Take Kyoto City Bus No.100 at Higashiyama-Sanjo bus stop E.
From the Higashiyama-Sanjo bus stop E, take Bus No.100 .
(You can also take bus No.203 for Ginkakuji from the same bus stop, if No.100 are really crowded.
But normally, bus No.100 are operated a lot, at least every 7 or 8 minutes. So, No.100 is fine.)
Bus No.100 is also called “Raku Bus“, meaning easy travelling bus designed for visitors in Kyoto.
4. Get off at Ginkakuji-mae bus stop
In at least 16 minutes’ ride, the buses arrive at Ginkakuji-mae bus stop.
(This bus stop is nearer than Ginkakuji-michi bus stop where Bus No.204 , explained in previous section, arrives. Bus No. 203 also arrives at Ginkakuji-michi.)
After getting off, walk straight to backwatd direction. In a few minutes, you come to the uplill street.
From there, the way to Ginkakuji Temple is the same as explained in the previous section.