How to get to Kiyomizu Temple from Nijo Castle ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Walk + Bus No.202 〈2〉 by Subway + Bus No.100, 206, 202
or, especially on peak season, 〈3〉 by Subway + Keihan Railway + Walk.
The recommended ways to Kiyomizu Temple from Nijo Castle are (1) by Walk + Bus, (2) by Subway + Bus, or on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves, (3) by Subway + Keihan Railway + Walk.
There are no direct train or bus services available between them.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
Although the nearest bus stop from Nijo Castle is Nijojo-mae, there is no direct bus service available to Kiyomizu Temple.
But, if you just walk to the next bus stop (one stop north), Horikawa-Marutamachi, Kyoto City Bus No.202 take you to Kiyomizu Temple directly.
(Of course, if you are bus one-day pass holder, you can go to the next stop by bus from Nijojo-mae, too.)
On the other hand, the nearest station is also nemed Nijojo-mae, operated by Kyoto City Subway (Tozai line), which is very convenient.
By taking this subway, you can transfer for Kyoto City Bus ( No.100 , No.206 and No.202 ) at Higashiyama station or for Keihan Railway trains at Sanjo-Keihan station for Kiyomizu Temple. (Note! Bus No.100 are currently out of service)
Bus fare is ¥230 and Subway fare is ¥220 for the sections per ride.
(When you transfer from buses to subway trains, the fare is discounted∗ ¥60 autmatically if you pay by IC Cards) ∗This discount ends March 31, 2023.
These 3 routes have pros and cons.
So, please choose your way, comparing specific examples of times and fares below.
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Actually, how long & how much does it take from Nijo Castle to Kiyomizu Temple after all ?
By only bus , it takes at least 50 minutes including walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, you need 8 minutes’ walk to Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop.
Bus No.202 are operated almost every 15 minutes. (Note : not so many bus services)
From the arrival Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk.
By Subway & Bus , it takes in total about 40 minutes including walking & transfer time. (¥450 or ¥390 if IC card).
Subway Nijojo-mae station is beside the castle (2 minutes’ walk).
Please transfer for Kyoto City Bus at subway Higashiyama station, (3 miutes to Higashiyama-Sanjo bus stop).
Subway trains and Buses (No.100, 206 and 202) are operated a lot. (Currently No.100 are out of service)
From the arrival Kiyomizu-michi bus stop to Kiyomizu Temple, it takes about 10 minutes’ walk.
If you have Subway & Bus Pass, this route is recommened.
Please note that those buses are likeiy to take much more time on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.
So, on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves, the route by Subway & Keihan Railway & Walk is recommended. It takes in total about 43 to 48 minutes including walking & transfer time (¥380).
Subway trains are operated a lot, and Keihan trains are operated every 10 minutes.
Please transfer at subway Sanjo-Keihan station for Keihan Railway Sanjo station (2 miutes).
From the arrival Keihan Kiyomizu-Gojo station to the temple, it takes about 20 minutes’ walk.
Although you need more walk than other routes, you can move on time even on peak season.
The map below shows the ways to the station or bus stop from Nijo Castle for Kiyomizu Temple.
♦ Subway Nijojo-mae station is just beside the castle (2 minutes’ walk).
♦ Kyoto City Bus Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop is a bit away from the castle (8 minutes’ walk).