How to get to Kinkakuji Temple from Arashiyama area ?
You can go by Keifuku Railway (Randen) + Kyoto City Bus (or Walk) or by JR line + Kyoto City Bus.
The recommended way to Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) from Arashiyama area is “by Keifuku Railway + Bus (or Walk)” or “by JR line + Bus”.
There is no direct bus service available between them.
The map below is the overview of the routes, time and fare.
From Arashiyama to Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion), firstly please head for Keifuku Railway (Randen) or JR line station.
The locations of those two stations are separated (10 minutes’ walk), and station names are also a little bit different (Arashiyama : Keifuku Railway, Randen, Saga-Arashiyama : JR Sagano line).
So, use nearer station from your last locaiton in Arashiyama.
Check the location map below, showing time to each station from main attractions in Arashiyama.
If you don’t know which one to take, please use Keifuku Railway (randen).
The reason is that the arrival station of the Randen is more convenient for Kinkakuji temple.
Bus services are a lot, or you can walk to Kinkakuji temple (20 minutes, 0.9 mile / 1.5 km) even if those buses are crowded or delay.
By Kiefuku Railway (Randen), it takes 20 minutes ride and ¥250.
Trains are operated almost every 10 minutes.
From the arrival station (Kitano-Hakubaicho) to Kinkakuji, it takes at least 5 minutes by bus (¥230) plus 2 minutes walk.
By JR line, it takes 7 minutes ride and ¥190.
Trains are operated almost every 15 minutes.
From the arrival station (Enmachi) to Kinkakuji, it takes at least 9 minutes by bus (¥230) plus 2 minutes walk.
The followings are the detail.