///Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji Temple

From Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

Contents
  • 2. By Subway & Bus

    2-1 Recommended Routes : Via Kitaoji Station
    2-2 How to Transfer
    2-3 Bus Stop Information near Kinkakuji Temple
    2-4 All Route Map for Kinkakuji by Subway & Bus

  • 3. By JR Train & Bus

    3-1 Recommended Route : Via Enmachi Station
    3-2 How to Transfer
    3-3 Bus Stop Information near Kinkakuji Temple
    3-4 All Route Map for Kinkakuji by JR & Bus

  • 4. Only By Bus

    4-1 Bus Stops Information at Kyoto Station
    4-2 Bus Stops Information near Kinkakuji Temple
    4-3 Bus Route Maps

1. Overview

You can go to Kinkakuji Temple by Only Bus, by Subway & Bus or by JR train & Bus from Kyoto station.

The chart below is the overview of the location, transportation, time and fare.

Location & Distance

Kinkakuji temple is located in the northwest of Kyoto city.

The distance from Kyoto Station is 5.3 mile.

Transportation & Time

   It takes about…

1.    Train (JR) & Bus    : 25 min
2. Subway & Bus    : 30 min
3.   Only by Bus    : Over 37 min
4.    Taxi     : 25 – 30 min
5.    Bicycle     : 50 min

Without trains, whatever the transportation or route is, you need more time and taxi fare on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.

So, by using JR train or Subway, you can move relatively on schedule.

That’s the point !

Near bus stops to the Temple

(1)  walk 1 min from Kinkakuji-mae bus stop∗

(2)  walk 2 min from Kinkakuji-michi bus stop

   ∗Please note that…

although Kinkakuji-mae bus-stop is the nearest, only a few buses stop there.

Main bus-stop for Kinkakuji is Kinkakuji-michi, where most buses arrive and depart.

◊ Near stations to the Temple   actually not near…

(1)  walk 20 min ( 0.9 mile /1.4 km) from Kitano-hakubaicho station (Keifuku Railway, Randen)

(2)  walk 35 min (1.6 mile / 2.6 km) from Enmachi station (JR Sagano line)

(3)  walk 38 min (1.75 mile / 2.8 km) from Kitaoji station (Subway Karasuma line)

Please note that…

Kinkakuji temple close at 5 p.m. every day.
You are recommended to have time at least for an hour to look around.

2. By Subway & Bus

If you take subway & bus for Kinkakuji temple, it will save time to move.

Even on peak season, it takes about 30 minutes to get to the bus stop near the temple.

The fare is ¥490 in total. (Subway ¥260, Bus ¥230)
If you pay by an IC card, the fare is ¥430, discounted automaticaliy.

Subway & Bus One-Day Pass (¥900) is recommended,
if you plan to take subway & bus one more time on the same day.

2-1 Recommended Route : Via Kitaoji Station

How to go to the Kinkakuji temple by Subway & Bus ?

The following route is recommended.

From Kyoto station, take Subway Karasuma line (depart from track 2) to Kitaoji station.

Then, change to Kyoto City Bus No.204, 205, 101 or 102 for Kinkakuji temple.

Bus No.101 and 102 are called “Raku Bus”, meaning special express bus for visitors to go sightseeing in Kyoto easily.

Kitaoji station is the best to transfer for Kinkakuji temple, becouse it is easy to transfer and many bus services are available.

2-2 How to Transfer

How to change to Buses from subway Kitaoji station ?

When you arrive at Kitaoji station, please find out and go to “Blue Platform” in the bus terminal through south ticket gate.

1. Get out of the south ticket gate, walk to the right.

2. Keep walking for near Exit 2, just follow the “Blue Platform” sign.

3. In front of Exit 2, turn right.

4. Head for the “Blue Platform” passageway.

5. Then you can see escalator to Blue Platform.

6. Go up the escalator, finally you come to Blue Platform, bus stops for Kinkakuji temple.

Bus No.  205  101  and  102  depart from bus stop “F”.

Bus No.  204  departs from bus stop “G”.

Please be careful that bus No.206 also departing from bus stop “G” doesn’t go to Kinkakuji.

2-3 Bus Stop Information near Kinkakuji Temple

The bus stop that you get off is Kinkakuji-michi.

All of those Bus No.101, 102, 204 and 205 stop the same bus stop,
and just 2 minutes walk to the gate of the temple.

2-4 All Route Map for Kinkakuji by Subway & Bus

The map below is all routes from Kyoto station to Kinkakuji temple by using subway & bus.

Please check, if necessary.

3. By JR line & Bus

If you take JR train (sagano line) & bus for Kinkakuji temple, it will save time to move.

Even on peak season, it takes about 25 minutes to get to the bus stop near the temple.

The fare is ¥420 in total. (JR train : ¥190, Bus : ¥230)

3-1 Recommended Route : Via Enmachi Station

How to go to the Kinkakuji temple by JR Sagano line train & Bus ?

The following route is recommended.

From Kyoto station, take JR Sagano line (trains depart from platform No.32 or 33) to Enmachi station.

Not only local trains but also rapid trains stop the Enmachi station, so you can ride both type trains.

At the Enmachi station, change to Kyoto City Bus No. 204 ,   205  for Kinkakuji temple.

3-2 How to Transfer

At JR Enmachi station, buses for Kinkakuji temple depart from bus stop “E”.
(bus stop naeme : Nishinokyo-enmachi)

How to change to the buses from JR Enmachi station ?

1. Get out of the ticket gate, turn left and walk to the main street (Marutamachi street).

2. At the main street, walk to the right.

3. Then, you come to the big intersection.

4. At the intersection, turn left and cross the Marutamachi street.

5. Then, you can see the bus stop “E” for Kinkakuji.

Both Bus No.  204  and  205  depart from the bus stop “E”.

3-3 Bus Stop Information near Kinkakuji Temple

The bus stop that you get off is Kinkakuji-michi.

Both Bus No. 204  and  205  stop the same bus stop,
and just 2 minutes walk to the gate of the temple.

3-4 All Route Map for Kinkakuji by JR line & Bus

The map below is the route from Kyoto station to Kinkakuji temple by using JR train & bus.

Please check, if necessary.

4. Only By Bus

From Kyoto station to Kinkakuji temple, Kyoto City Bus No.  101,   205 , and  Nijojo-Kinkakuji Express bus  are available.
 Nijojo-Kinkakuji Express bus  is also called  Bus No.111  from March 16, 2019.

Bus No. 101 is, as you know, “Raku Bus”, meaning special express bus for visitors.

On schedule, it takes usually about…

 No.101   : 37 minutes 

 No. 205  : 43 minutes

 Nijojo-Kinkakuji Express Bus (No.111)  : 31 minutes

Please note that…

it takes much more time on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.

Peak season : cherry blossam (the end of March to the beginning of April), autumn leaves (November) and consecutive holidays in Japan (the end of April to the beginning of May)

4-1 Bus Stops Information at Kyoto Station

There ara many bus stops in Kyoto Station.

When you ride, which bus stop in Kyoto Station can you ride those buses for Kinkakuji temple ?

Please find out the bus stop displayed…

 B2   for Bus No.  101  and  Nijojo-kinkakuji Express Bus (No.111) 

 B3   for Bus No.  205 

4-2 Bus Stop Information near Kinkakuji Temple

The bus stop that you get off is Kinkakuji-michi.

Bus No.  205  ,  101   and   Nijojo-kinkakuji Express Bus (No.111)  stop there.

From Kinkakuji-michi bus stop, just 2 minutes walk to the temple, so not so far.

4-3 Bus Route Maps

If you want to know the route or ride time of the Bus No.  101 205  and  Nijojo-Kinkakuji Express bus (No.111) , please check the maps below.

5. 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

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