How to get to Ginkakuji Temple (silver pavilion) from Nijo Castle ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Walk + Kyoto City Bus No.204 〈2〉 by Subway + Kyoto City Bus No.32 or No.17.
The recommended ways to Ginkakuji Temple from Nijo Castle is (1) by Walk + Bus, (2) by Subway + Bus.
There are no direct train or bus services available between them.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
Actually, there is no direct bus service available from the nearest bus stop (Nijojo-mae) to Ginkakuji Temple.
But, if you just walk to the next bus stop (one stop north), Horikawa-Marutamachi, Kyoto City Bus No.204 take you to Ginkakuji Temple directly.
(Of course, if you are bus one-day pass holder, you can go to the next stop by bus from Nijojo-mae, too, but unfortunately, this bus one-day pass is discontinued at the end of September 2023.)
On the other hand, the nearest station is also nemed Nijojo-mae, operated Kyoto City Subway (Tozai line), which is also convenient.
By taking this subway, you can transfer for Kyoto City Bus No.32 or No.17 at Kyoto Shiyakushomae (City Hall) station.
Bus fare is ¥230 and Subway fare is ¥220 for the sections per ride.
These 2 routes have pros and cons.
So, please choose your way, comparing specific examples of times and fares below.
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Actually, how long & how much does it take from Nijo Castle to Ginkakuji Temple after all ?
By only bus , it takes at least 45 to 50 minutes including walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, you need 8 minutes’ walk to Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop.
Bus No. 204 are operated almost every 15 minutes. (Note : not so many bus services)
From the arrival Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, it takes about 8 minutes’ walk.
By Subway & Bus , it takes in total about 47 minutes including walking & transfer time. (¥450).
Subway Nijojo-mae station is beside the Castle (2 minutes’ walk)
Please transfer for Kyoto City Bus at subway Kyoto Shiyakushomae (city hall) station, (3 miutes to Kyoto Shiyakushomae (city hall) bus stop).
Subway are operated a lot. Bus No. 17 are operated every 15 minutes, No. 32 are every 20 to 30 minutes.
From the arrival Ginkakuji-mae bus stop to Ginkakuji Temple, it takes about 5 minutes’ walk (for No.32 )
On the other hand, from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, it takes about 8 minutes’ walk. (for No.17 ).
If you have Subway & Bus Pass, this route is recommened.
Please note that those buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season because of traffic jam.
The map below shows the ways to the station or bus stop from Nijo Castle for Ginkakuji Temple.
♦ Subway Nijojo-mae station is just beside the castle (2 minutes’ walk).
♦ Kyoto City Bus Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop is a bit away from the castle (8 minutes’ walk).