How to get to Gion area (Gion Shirakawa, Hanamikoji Street, Gion Corner or Yasaka Jinja Shrine) from Nijo Castle ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.12 or 〈2〉 by Subway + Walk.
The recommended ways to Gion from Nijo Castle is (1) by Kyoto City Bus No.12 or (2) by Subway + Walk.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
From Nijo Castle, Kyoto City Bus No.12 take you to Gion area.
In addition, by Kyoto City Subway (Tozai line) + walk (less than 10 minutes), you can move to Gion area on schedule even on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves.
The name of the bus stop and the station is Nijojo-mae, meaning “in front of Nijo Castle” in Japanese.
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 (from Nijo Castle to Hanamikoji Street in Gion) below.
« Route 1 »
By bus , it takes at least 35 minutes including walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, head for Nijojo-mae bus stop (2 minutes walk).
Bus No.12 is operated almost every 15 minutes. (Note : not so many bus services)
From the arrival Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop (meaning “in front of Keihan Railway Gion-Shijo station”), it takes about 5 minutes’ walk to Hanamikoji Street.
Please note that those buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season because of traffic jam.
« Route 2 »
By Subway & Walk , it takes in total about 25 minutes including walking & waiting time. (¥220).
Subway Nijojo-mae station is also beside the Castle (2 minutes’ walk)
Subway trains are operated a lot. (more than 10 times per hour)
Please get off at Sanjo Keihan station (meaning Keihan Railway Sanjo Station).
From the arrival station to Hanamikoji Street, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk.
From Nijo Castle, firstly please head for near subway station or bus stop.
The map below shows the locations of the station and the bus stop for Gion.
Both of them are beside the castle (about 2 minutes’ walk)
♦ Subway Nijojo-mae station is located to the south of the gate of the Castle.
♦ Kyoto City Bus Nijojo-mae bus stop is located on the opposite side of the Horikawa street, running in front of Nijo Castle.
The followings are the details of each travel way.