How to get to Gion Area (Gion-Shirakawa, Hanamikoji Street, Gion-Corner, Yasaka Jinja Shrine) from Arashiyama area ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Hankyu Railway or 〈2〉 by Bus (Kyoto Bus No.62, 63, 66, 67 and Kyoto City Bus No.11).
The recommended ways to Gion area from Arashiyama area are (1) by Hankyu Railway or (2) by Bus (Kyoto Bus, Kyoto City Bus).
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
From Arashiyama area to Gion area, firstly please head for station (Hankyu Railway) or bus stops (Kyoto Bus, Kyoto City Bus).
Hankyu Railway Arashiyama station is located in the south of Arashiyama area, but not so far from the center of Arashiyama, such as Togetsukyo Bridge, just 5 minutes’ walk. (or just 3 minutes’ walk from Arashiyama Park, the south river bank near the bridge)
On the other hand, several bus stops for Gion are availale in the Arashiyama area.
Roughly, Kyoto Bus covers the south area and Kyoto City Bus covers the north area of Arahsiyama.
It is O.K. to decide your travel way, considering your last locaiton in Arashiyama.
If the location is near bus stop, buses are usuful.
But, please note that, If by bus, you are likely to need more time depending on traffic & passengers congestion especially on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves.
If you can take Hankyu train, you can move on schedule even on such peak season.
The fares are almost the same whether by Hankyu Railway (¥240) or by buses (¥230).
Check the location map below, showing time to Hankyu station or the nearest bus stop from main attractions in Arashiyama.
Although, Kyoto City Bus covers the north area of Arahsiyama, please be careful that Kyoto City Bus No.11 does not run the above route on weekends & holidays.
In that case for visitors around north Arashiyama area, head for Saga Setogawacho bus stop, or take Kyoto Bus at Arashiyama bus stop.
Check the location map below, if you travel on weekends or holidays, showing time to the nearest bus stop (or Hankyu station) from main attractions in Arashiyama.
After all, how long does it take, from Arashiyama to Gion ?
I’ll show you the specific examples (from Togetsukyo Bridge to Hanamikoji in Gion), by comparing those 2 routes below.
«Route 1» By Hankyu Railway
It takes in total about 35 to 40 minutes including average wating and walking time (¥240).
From Hankyu Arashiyama station located 5 minutes’ walk from Togetsukyo Bridge, trains are operated almost every 15 minutes and about 20 minutes ride.
(You need to change trains on the way at Hankyu Katusra station for Gion.)
From arrival Kyoto-Kawaramachi Sta. to Hanamikoji in Gion, it takes about 5 minutes’ walk.
This route enables you to move without delay even if on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves.
«Route 2» By Bus (Kyoto Bus, Kyoto City Bus)
It takes at least 1 hour (¥230).
From Arashiyama bus stop located near Togetsukyo Bridge, buses are operated by both Kyoto Bus and Kyoto City Bus (at least 50 minutes’ ride), and almost every 20 minutes each in the daytime.
From the arrival bus stop (Shijo Keihan-mae) to Hanamikoji, it takes about 4 minutes’ walk.
Please note that the buses are likeiy to take much more time on peak season becouse of heavy traffic jam.
The followings are the details of each travel way.