From Ginkakuji to Kinkakuji (silver pavilion to golden pavilion) 


1. Overview

How to get to Kinkakuji Temple (golden pavilion) from Ginkakuji Temple (silver pavilion) ?

Usually, you can go by Kyoto City Bus  No. 102  (Raku Bus) or  No. 204 . Currently, bus No.102 are out of service, so please take No.204 instead!


The recommended way to Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) from Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion) is “by Bus”.
There is no trains available between them.

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

Bus  No. 102   (Raku Bus) is the best because of short riding time, but operated only every 30 minutes between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m..(Attention! Bus No.102 are out of service for an undetermined period!)

So if you wait for bus No.102 more than 10 minutes, please take  Bus No. 204  operated at least every 15 minutes.

Bus No.204 is operated in both directions in a loop, and the each direction takes almost the same time. So you can ride either direction. 

Bus fare is ¥230 for any route.

Please wait for those buses at Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.

And, be careful that Bus  No. 204  for Kinkakuji departs from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop A or B, and Bus  No. 102  departs from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop B and C.

The followings are the detail.

2. By Bus for Kinkakuji Temple

2-1 By Kyoto City Bus No.102 (Raku Bus)

Bus  No.102  (Raku Bus) departs from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop both B and C. (Note: out of service!)

Bus Stop B is on your left, and Bus Stop C is on your front, both located at the opposite side of the road (called Shirakawa street), when you come from Ginkakuji temple.

The map below shows the details.

This bus  No.102  is operated every 30 minutes between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Please be careful that, actually not so many bus services are available.
And, from the date of March 2oth, 2020, need to pay bus fare when you ride only on the bus  No.102 . So, please prepare beforehand. (Usually, bus fares are payed when you get off in Kyoto)

It takes at least 30 minutes.
Please get off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.

The map below is bus  No.102  route, please check if necessary.

2-2  By Kyoto City Bus No.204

Bus  No.204  , operated both direction in a loop, departs from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop A and B.

The Bus Stop A is located on your left side before crossing the road (called Shirakawa street), when you come to from Ginkakuji temple.

The Bus Stop B is also located on your left side, but after crossing the Shirakawa street.

The bus  No.204  is operated at least every 15 minutes in both direction.

The buses at Bus Stop A, take at least 39 minutes, via subway Marutamachi station.

The buses at Bus Stop B, the same bus stop as Bus No. 102, take at least 37 minutes, via subway Kitaoji station.

Some delayed buses stop running at Kitaoji station to adjust operation schdule.
But, don’t worry, you can ride next bus  (or other buses for Kinkakuji such as  No.205  No.101  No.102 ) without extra fare.

Please get off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.

The map below is bus  No.204  route, please check if necessary.

3. The Way to Kinkakuji Temple after Getting Off

The location of the Kinkakuji-michi bus stop will be different depend on your buses.
But, whichever you take, please walk to backward direction after getting off, and find out the street lined with trees.

In 2 minutes’ walk on the tree-lined street, you come to the gate of Kinkakuji Temple.

The followings show the way to Kinkakuji temple from the bus stop.

1. After Getting off, Head for the Backward Direction.

The bus stop you get off will be different depend on bus routes.

After getting off your bus, please walk to the backward direction, and head for the street lined with trees.

(Kinkakuji-michi bus stop B : Bus No.204 via Kitaoji station)

(Kinkakuji-michi bus stop C : Bus No.102 & 204)

2. Walk on the Street lined with Trees.

Please walk along the tree-lined street.

3. Finally, the Gate of Kinkakuji Temple !

In 2 minutes’ walk, you come to the gate of Kinkakuji Temple.


4. Kinkakuji Temple Information 

Opening Hours :

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open all year round)

∗recommended to enter at least 30 minutes before the closing time

Admission Fee  :

¥400 (16 yars and over) / ¥300 (6 – 15 yars old)

Best time to visit  :

at anytime you want to visit