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 will be ¥430, discounted automaticaliy, (note: until the end of March 2023).
Subway & Bus One-Day Pass (¥1100) is recommended,
if you plan to take subway or bus three times or more on the same day after Kinkakuji temple.
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.(Unfortunately, Raku Bus are currently out of service for an undetermined period. So, take other bus services!)
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.