From Gion to Kinkakuji Temple (golden pavilion)


1. Overview

How to get to Kinkakuji Temple from Gion (Hanamikoji, Shirakawa, Yasaka Jinja Shrine and so on) ?

Visitors Question

You can go by Kyoto City Bus No.12 or No.59.

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Kinkakuji Temple from Gion area is by Kyoto City Bus No.12 or No.59.
There is no train services available between them.

Please note that buses are likely to be delayed due to heavy traffic jam especially on peak season.

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

So, after all, how long does it take from Gion to Kinkakuji Temple ?

I’ll show you the example of travel times from Hanamikoji street in Gion to Kinkakuji Temple.
The time includes average walking and waiting time.

«Route»  Kyoto City Bus (No.12 or No.59) from Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop (3 or 4 minutes’ walk from Hanamikoji street)

It takes in total at least about 55 minutes (¥230).
This buses are operated almost every 15 minutes in the daytime.
From the arrival Kinkakuji-michi bus stop, about 3 minutes’ walk to the Temple.

Please note that buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season becouse of heavy traffic jam.

From Gion to Kinkakuji Temple, firstly please head for Bus Stops (Kyoto City Bus, Shijo Keihan-mae or Gion).

From Yasaka Jinja Shrine located at east side of Gion area, Gion bus stop is convenient (Only bus No.12).

From Gion-Shirakawa, Hanamikoji street, Gion Corner located south or west side of Gion area, Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop is convenient (both bus No.12 and No.59). 

Check the map below, showing time & route to each station & bus stop from each attraction in Gion area.

The following sections are the details of the travel way.

2. By Bus for Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto City Bus No.12 or No.59)

Buses for Kinkakuji Temple from Gion are operated by Kyoto City Bus  No.12  (every 15 minutes) and  No.59  (every 12 – 15 minutes). You can use Bus One-Day Pass.

From Yasaka Jinja Shrine, please take the Bus  No.12  from Gion bus stop.
And, from Gion Shirakawa, Hanamikoji Street or Gion Corner, please take either bus  No.12  or  No.59  from Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop

It takes at least 39 minutes’ ride from Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop (41 minutes’ ride from Gion bus stop) to Kinkakuji Temple (¥230).
It depends on the traffic condition, often buses are delayed on peak season such as cherry blossom or autumun leaves.

The followings are the details.

1. Head for near bus stops (Gion B or Shijo Keihan-mae B, C)

If your last location is around Yasaka Jinja Shrine, please head for Gion bus stop “B“, located near the Shrine. (the picture above or left)

Bus stop B means that there are three bus stops named Gion around there. “B” is one of them.

When your last locations are near Hanamikoji street or Gion-Shirakawa, head for Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop Bor C. The locations of these bus stops are a little bit separated. It’s O.K. to choose nearer bus stop for you. (Shijo Keihan-mae means “in front of Keihan Railway Gion-Shijo station”)

Bus stop is located in front of Minamiza Theater near Shijo-Ohashi Bridge, and bus  No.12  departs from here. (the picture above or left)

Bus stop C is located at northwest side of Shijo-Ohashi intersection next to Shijo-Ohashi Bridge, and bus  No.59 departs from here. (the picture above or left)

 (please refer to the location map in previous section)

2. Take Kyoto City Bus No.12 or No.59

Take Kyoto City Bus No. 12  from Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop B.

Take Kyoto City Bus No. 59  from Shijo Keihan-mae bus stop C.

3. Get off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.

The map shows the location of the bus stop near Kinakuji Temple, and the way to the temple.

Bus No.12 and No.59, arrive at the same bus stop, named Kinkakuji-michi.

After getting off, please walk to forward direction along the curve, and head for tree-lined street at Kinkakuji-mae intersection. 

Bus No.12 & No.59 originally stop much nearer bus stop, named Kinkakuji-mae. But, the route is changed and does not stop from the date of Mar. 20th, 2020.

This is the street lined with trees at Kinkakuji-mae intersection.

At the intersection, turn right and cross the street, and walk through the tree-lined street.

4. Soon, you come to the entrance of Kinkakuji Temple.

At the end of the street, soon, you can see the entrance of Kinkakuji Temple.

A lot of visitors are walking toward, so you can’t miss it !


3. 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