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 by Kyoto City Bus No.203.

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Gion area from Ginkakuji Temple is by Bus No.203.

The map below is the overview of the route, 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.

Although Kyoto City Bus No.100 used to be operated from the nearest Ginkakuji-mae bus stop for Gion area, currently this bus is out of service, so, please take bus No. 2o3  for Gion area from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.

Kyoto City Bus  No.203  is convenient not only for Yasakajinja shrine or Hanamikoji street but also for Gion-shirakawa or Minamiza Kabuki Theater.

Bus fare is ¥230 per ride. Of course Bus One-day Pass is available. (Unfortunately, this one-day pass will be discontinued at the end of September 2023.)

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

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 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.
For Hanamikoji Street, get off at Gion bus stop, it takes about 1 minutes’ walk
For Gion Shirakawa, get off at Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop , it takes about 3 minutes’ walk.

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, firstly please head for Ginkakuji-michi (meaning “lead to”) as the map below shows.

Bus  No.203  departs from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop only.

Let’s check the details.

2. By Kyoto City Bus No.203.

From Ginkakuji temple to Gion by bus  No.203 , it takes in total at least 40 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 Gion Bus Stop for Yasaka shrine or Hanamikoji st.

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

When you get off the bus, Yasaka Jinja shrine is behind you and Hanamikoji street is in front of you.(1 minute’ walk)
(refer to the location map in following section 3, about the way to each attraction from this Gion bus stop)

3. 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)

3. 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)


4. 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