How to get to Gion area (Shirakawa, Hanamikoji street, Yasaka Jinja Shrine, Gion-Corner and so on) from Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) ?
You can go “by Kyoto City Bus No.12, 59“, in addition, No.205 is also fine.
The recommended way to Gion area from Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) is “by Bus”.
There is no train services available between them.
The map below is the overview of the bus stops, routes, time and fare.
From Kinkakuji Temple to Gion area, Kyoto City Bus No. 12 , 59 and 205 are available.
No. 12 and No. 59 take you to Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop, located in Gion area directly.
But, sometimes, those two buses may be full of university students in the afternoon on weekdays because these buses are coming from Ritsumeikan Univ. near Kinkakuji Temple.
In that case, take No. 205 to Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop located next to Gion area, and walk to each attraction in Gion.
All the buses (No.12, 59 and No.205) depart from Kinkakuji-michi bus stop C.
(No.12 and N0.59 used to stop at another near bus stop Kinkakuji-mae before, but the route is changed from the date of Mar. 20th, 2020)
Actually, how long does it take from Kinkakuji Temple to Gion after all ?
I’ll show you the specific examples (from Kinkakuji Temple to Hanamikoji Street in Gion), so let’s check.
« Examples »
By bus (No.12, 59, 205) , it takes at least 50 – 55 minutes including walking & average wating time (¥230).
Firstly, head for Kinkakuji-michi bus stop (2 minutes walk).
Each bus service is operated at least every 15 minutes. So, operated a lot in total.
The ride time is about at least 35 to 40 minutes.
(No.12 & 59) From the arrival Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop (meaning “in front of Keihan Railway Gion-Shijo station”), it takes about 4 minutes’ walk to Hanamikoji Street.
(No.205) From the arrival Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop, it takes about 7 minutes’ walk to Hanamikoji street.
Please note that those buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season because of traffic jam.
The followings are the detail.