From Ginkakuji (silver pavilion) to Kiyomizu Temple


1. Overview

How to get to Kiyomizu-dera Temple from Ginkakuji Temple ?

Visitors Question

You can originally go directly by Kyoto City Bus No.100, also called “Raku Bus”, but currently out of service, so take Bus No.203 instead, and change at Chioninmae bus stop to No.202, 206 or 86 for Kiyomizu temple.

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Kiyomizu Temple from Ginkakuji Temple is by Kyoto City Bus No.100.
This bus is also called “Raku Bus“, meanings going around attractions in Kyoto easily
Raku Bus is very convenient for visitors because detailed announcement in English available.

But, unfortunately, No.100 are out of service for an undetermined period, so take alternative way for Kiyomizu temple.

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

From Ginkakuji Temple, there are 2 near bus stops, Ginkakuji-mae (meanings “in front of”) and Ginkakuji-michi (meanings “lead to”).

Although Kyoto City Bus  No.100  stops both of them, Ginkakuji-mae bus stop is the nearest.
So, take bus  No.100  from Ginkakuji-mae bus stop to Kiyomizu Temple.

But, now that bus  No.100  are out of service for an undetermined period, take bus  No.203  from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.

Bus fare is ¥230 per ride. Of course Bus One-day Pass is available for this any route.

Actually, how long does it take from Ginkakuji Temple to Kiyomizu Temple after all ?

« Examples »

 By Bus No.100   (out of service currently)

It takes at least 43 minutes including walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, you need 5 minutes’ walk to Ginkakuji-mae bus stop.
Bus No.100 is operated a lot (every 7 or 8 minutes).

From the arrival Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

 By Bus No.203  No.202, 206  or  No.86 

It takes at least 58 minutes including walking & wating time (¥460).
Firstly, you need 8 minutes’ walk to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
Bus No.203 is operated almost every 12 minutes.
About in 20 minutes’ ride, change bus at Chionin-mae bus stop to  No.202 ,  206  or  86 .
From the arrival Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
If you take a bus two more time or over, Bus One-day Pass is useful.

Please note that buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season because of traffic jam and a lot of passengers.

From Ginkakuji Temple to Kiyomizu Temple, firstly please head for Ginkakuji-michi bus stop as the map below shows (Ginkakuji-mae bus stop is in case of No.100) .

The following sections are the details of the route.

2. By Kyoto City Bus No.100 for Kiyomizu Temple, or alternative way (No.203 + No.202,206 or86)

From Ginkakuji Temple to Kiyomizu-dera Temple by bus  No.100 , it takes in total at least 43 minutes including average waiting and walking time. (Bus  No.100  for Kiyomizu-dera departs from Ginkakuji-mae bus stop.) But, unfortunately,  No.100  are out of service currently, so take Bus  No.203  from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop, and change buses on the way (Chionin-mae bus stop is recommended because you don’t need to search for the bus stop to change buses, right the same bus stop) By Change buses, it takes in total at least about 55 minutes including average waiting and walking time from Ginkakuji  to Kiyomizu-dera.

The bus  No.100  is operated almost every 7 or 8 minutes. Bus  No.203  is operated almost every 12 minutes.

The followings are the detalis.

1. Head for Ginkakuji-michi Bus Stop, and Take Kyoto City Bus No.203

From Ginkakuji Templewalk downhill street in 8 minutes. Right after crossing a small bridge, you can see Ginkakuji-mae bus stop located on your left side ahead.  This is the bus stop where bus No.100 used to depart.
Now that the bus are out of service, pass the bus stop and keep going straight until the big intersection.
At the intersection, turn left, soon you come to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop A.
(Please refer to the map in the previous section)

Please take bus  No.203  insteas of   No.100 . (Bus  No.100  is called one of  Raku Bus, meaning special bus for visitors to go sightseeing in Kyoto easily.)

2. Change buses at Chionin-mae Bus Stop (Take Kyoto City Bus No.202, 206 and 86)

In about 20 minutes’ ride, buses arrive at Chionin-mae bus stop.

Change buses here (right the same bus stop) to bus  No.202 206  or  86 .

3. Get off at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, and Turn left at the intersection ahead

In at least 8 minutes’ ride after changing, buses arrive at Kiyomizu-michi bus stop.

After getting off, walk forward direction, and turn left at the Kiyomizu-michi intersection ahead.

(The access map available below)

Keep walking along the uphill street.

On the way, you will see a lot of souvenir shops on your both side.

3. Finally, the Gate of Kiyomizu Temple !

In about 10 minutes’ walk from Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, you come to Kiyomizu Temple !

But please note that it takes much more time if the uphill to the temple is full of visitors.
So please give yourself enough time to visit.


3. Kiyomizu-dera Temple Information

Opening Hours :

Jan. – Mar. / Weekdays on Apr. – Jun. / Sep. – Dec. 〉  6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekends on Apr. – Jun. / Jul. – Aug. 〉  6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

*Some of the days in spring (March, early April) and fall (autumun leaves, late November), open until 9:00 p.m. and illuminated almost every year.

Admission Fee  :

¥400 (16 yars and over) / ¥200 (7 – 15 yars old)

Best Time to Visit  :

at anytime you want to visit