From Ginkakuji (silver pavilion) to Gion Area


1. Overview

How to get to Gion (Gion-Shirakawa, Hanamikoji Street, Yasaka Jinja Shrine, Gion Corner and so on) from Ginkakuji Temple ?

Visitors Question

You can go  〈1〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.100, (Currently out of service)
  or if you firstly visit Gion-Shirakawa  〈2〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.203.

Locals Answer

The recommended ways to Gion area from Ginkakuji Temple are (1) by Bus No.100 (out of service currently), or if you visit Gion Shirakawa at first, (2) Bus No.203 is also available.

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

From Ginkakuji Temple, there are 2 near bus stops, Ginkakuji-mae (meanings “in front of”) and Ginkakuji-michi (meanings “lead to”). Ginkakuji-mae bus stop is the nearest.

To any attractions in Gion, basically, take Kyoto City Bus No.  No.100  from Ginkakuji-mae bus stop. This bus is also called “Raku Bus“, meanings going around Kyoto easily, designed for visitors from over the world. (Because bus No.100 are out of service, please take bus No.2o3 for Gion area from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.)

Only if you firstly visit west side of Gion area such as Gion-shirakawa or Minamiza Kabuki Theater, you can also take Kyoto City Bus  No.203  from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.

Bus fare is ¥230 per ride. Of course Bus One-day Pass is available for these routes.

Actually, how long does it take from Ginkakuji Temple to Gion area (for example, Hanamikoji Street and Gion Shirakawa) after all ?

« Examples »

 By Bus No.100   (Note: out of service currently)

It takes at least 33 minutes (Hanamikoji Street) & 37 minutes (Gion-Shirakawaincluding walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, you need 5 minutes’ walk to Ginkakuji-mae bus stop, the nearest.
Bus No.100 is operated a lot.

From the arrival Gion bus stop, it takes about 3 minutes’ walk to Hanamikoji Street (7 minutes walk to Gion Shirakawa).

 By Bus No.203   

It takes in total at least 40 minutes including walking & wating time. (¥230).
Firstly head for Ginkakuji-michi bus stop. Bus No.203 is operated almost every 12 minutes.
From the arrival Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop to Gion Shirakawa, it takes about 3 minutes’ walk.
Actually, in total, not so much difference to Gion Shirakawa on walk distanse and time between No.100 and No.203.

Please note that any buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season because of traffic jam and a lot of passengers.

From Ginkakuji Temple to Gion area, firatly please head for near the 2 bus stops as the map below shows.

Ginkakuji-mae (meaning “in front of”) is the nearest, and Ginkakuji-michi (meaning “lead to”) is second nearest, but actually not so separated.

Bus  No.203  comes to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop only.

The following sections are the details of those 2 routes.

2. By Kyoto City Bus No.100 for Gion

(Attention! Bus No.100 are currently out of service, so please take bus No.203 from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.)

From Ginkakuji temple to attractions in Gion area by bus  No.100 , it takes in total at least 30 to 37 minutes including average waiting and walking time. 

Bus  No.100  for Gion departs from Ginkakuji-mae bus stop.

The bus  No.100  is operated almost every 7 or 8 minutes.

The followings are the detalis.

1. Head for Ginkakuji-mae Bus Stop, and Take Kyoto City Bus No.100∗currently out of service!

From Ginkakuji Templewalk downhill street in 5 minutes.
Right after crossing a small bridge, you can see Ginkakuji-mae bus stop located on your left side ahead.
(Please refer to the map in the previous section)

Please take bus  No.100 .

Bus  No.100  is called one of Raku Bus, meaning special bus for visitors to go sightseeing in Kyoto easily.

2. Get off at Gion Bus Stop.

In 21 minutes’ ride, buses arrive at Gion bus stop.

After getting off, head for the intersection behind.
This is the gate of Yasaka Jinja Shrine, and the start of Shijo street, leading to other attractions in Gion.
(refer to the location map in following section 4, about the way to each attraction from this Gion bus stop)

3. By Kyoto City Bus No.203.

From Ginkakuji temple to Gion (especially to Gion- Shirakawa) by bus  No.203 , it takes in total at least 40 to 45 minutes including average waiting and walking time. 

Bus  No.203  for Gion departs from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop A.

The bus stop A is located on your left side before crossing the road (called Shirakawa street), when you walk downhill street in 7 minutes from Ginkakuji temple.

Please go pass the nearest bus stop, Ginkakuji-mae on the way, because Bus No.203 doesn’ t come.
(please refer to the map in precious section)

The bus  No.203  is operated at least 5 times per hour in the daytime

The followings are the detalis.

1. Head for Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop A, and Take Bus No.203

When you come to Shirakawa Street, then turn left.

Soon, you can see Ginkakuji-michi bus stop A ahead.

At Ginkakuji-michi bus stop A, take Bus  No. 203 .

Bus stop “A” means there are several Ginkakuji-michi stops, and “A” is one of them.

Please note that, in the early morning, evening and naight, some of the bus No.203, that is originally scheduled, may only run to the garage two stops away (Kinrinshako-mae bus stop). In this case, please wait for next bus going to Gion at Ginkakuji-michi bus stop. During the daytime, even though you boarded a bus going to Gion, that bus may enter the garage due to behind schedule, in which case you can board the next bus for free from the garage, Kinrinshako-mae bus stop.

2. Get off at Shijo Keihan-mae Bus Stop for Gion-Shirakawa.

 In about 23 minutes’ ride, buses arrive at Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop, meanings Keihan Railway Gion-Shijo station.

For Gion-Shirakawa after getting off, head for the intersction behind, and turn left (cross the Shijo street), and walk to the north direction on the Yamatooji street.
(refer to the location map in the next section)

4. Location (access) Map in Gion area from bus stops

The map below is the access to each attraction from Gion and Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop.

Almost all attractions are within 10 minutes’ walk.

Please check !

You can also enjoy shopping along the both side of the Shijo street.

And, from the Yasaka Shrine, you can also walk to Kiyomizu-dera Temple ! (about 20 minutes)


5. Attractions Information in Gion area

 Opening Hours & Admission Fee 

Kenninji Temple :
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Close 5:00 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Close 4:30 p.m.)
¥600 (adult) / ¥300 (Age 13 – 18) / ¥200 (Age 7 – 12)

Yasaka-jinjya Shrine :
Anytime / just visitting is for free

Gion Corner :
Time : Everydaystarting at 6:oo p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Duration : about 50 minutes
 ∗Only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday from Dec. till the second week of Mar.)
¥3,150 (aduit) / ¥2,200 (Age 16 – 22) / ¥1,900 (Age 7 -15) / Free (Age 0 – 6)

Hanamikoji Street :
Anytime / ¥ for free

Gion Shirakawa :
Anytime / ¥ for free