From Ginkakuji to Kinkakuji (silver pavilion to golden pavilion) 


1. Overview

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

Well, you can go by Kyoto City Bus  No. 204 .


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.

Please take  Bus No. 204  for Kinkakuji temple, operated at least every 15 minutes. (Bus  No. 102   (Raku Bus) used to be operated, but unfortunately, now out of service.)

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 the buses at Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.

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

The followings are the detail.

2. By Bus for Kinkakuji Temple

2-1  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, 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 ) 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.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