From Nijo Castle to Kinkakuji (golden pavilion) 


1. Overview

How to get to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) from Nijo Castle ?

Visitors Question

Usually, you can go by Kyoto City Bus No.101, 111 or 12. Currently, bus No.101 and 111 are out of service, so please take No.12 instead!

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) from Nijo Castle is “by Bus”.
There is no train services available between them.

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

From Nijo Castle to Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto City Bus No. 101 111  and  12  are available.

 No.101  and   No.111  are express bus, and  No.101  is one of Raku Bus, special bus for sightseeing visitors.
 No.12  is not express, but makes not so much difference on riding time. (Note: currently out of service for an undetermined period!)

No.101 and No.12 are operated almost every 15 minutes.
No.111 is irregularly operated 1 through 4 times per hour between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

After all, there is not so much difference, so please take any early bus.

Bus fare is ¥230 for any route.
Of course you can use Bus One-Day Pass or Subway & Bus One-Day Pass.

Please wait for those buses at Nijojo-mae bus stop B, located on the castle side of the road.

And, get off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop (“michi” means “lead to”) whichever bus No. you ride.
 (Please note that  No.12  used to stop at Kinkakuji-mae, much nearer bus stop, but now the route is changed from the date of Mar. 20th, 2020)

The followings are the detail.

2. By Bus for Kinkakuji Temple

1. Head for Nijojo-mae Bus Stop B.

After getting out of Nijo Castle, please walk to the left direction.

Passing in front of the ticket office, you can see the bus stop ahead.

This is the Nijojo-mae bus stop B, where buses for Kinkakuji Temple arrive.
(located on the castle side of the road, named Horikawa Street)

2. Take Kyoto City Bus No. 101, 111 or 12 at the Bus Stop B

Please take any early buses (No. 101 111 12 ). (Note: No.101 and 111 are out of service currently)

In 17 to 21 minutes, these buses arrive at each bus stop near kinkakuji Temple.

(Picture : Nijojo-mae bus stop B & Kyoto City Bus No.12 arriving)

3. Get off at each bus stop near Kinkakuji Temple.

The map show the location of bus stops near Kinakuji Temple, and the way to the temple.

After the date of Mar. 20th, 2020, whichever bus you take, please get off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop and head for the street lined with trees located near the bus stops.
You can see the entrance of the temple at the end of the street in just a few minutes.

This is the street lined with trees you walk through after getting off at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop.

4. Soon, you come to the entrance from each bus stop.

This is 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