From Kyoto Station to Nanzenji Temple

  • 2. By Subway (Recommended)

    2-1 From Kyoto Sta. to Keage Sta. via Karasuma-Oike
    2-2 The Way to Nanzenji Trmple from Keage Sta.
    2-3 Route Map for Nanzenji Temple by Subway

  • 3. By Bus

    3-1 Bus Stops Information at Kyoto Sta.
    3-2 Heianjingu-mae Bus Stop to
     Nanzenji Temple
    3-3 Nanzenji Eikando-michi Bus Stop to Nanzenji Temple
    3-4 Bus Route Maps (City Bus No.5, 86)

1. Overview

Nanzenji Temple is famed for beautiful trees and historic architecture.

You can enjoy beautiful trees of cherry blossom, fresh green and autumn leaves in the temple.
One of the historic architecture is Suirokaku aqueduct (the picture below).

Within walking distance, you can also visit Eikando temple, Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion) through Philosopher’s Walk, Heian Jingu Shrine or Kyoto City Zoo.

So, let’s visit !

You can visit Nanzenji Temple by Subway or by Bus from Kyoto station.

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

Location & Distance

Nanzenji temple is located in the east of Kyoto city.

The distance from Kyoto Station is 3.6 mile (5.7 km).

Transportation & Time

It takes about…

 City Subway 17 min plus 5 min walk
 Local Bus more than 40 min include walk
 Taxi  : 20 min
 Bicycle  : about 35 min

You need more time and taxi fare on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.

 Near Bus Stops & Time to Nanzenji Temple

(1)  walk 12 min from Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae (Heianjingu shrine) bus stop

(2)  walk 6 min from Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop

 Near Stations & Time to Nanzenji Temple

(1)  walk 5 min from Keage Station (Kyoto City Subway)

2. By Kyoto City Subway (Recommended)

If you take Kyoto City Subway for Nanzenji temple, it will save time to move and beat the traffic jam.

This is the best way to move from Kyoto station.

It takes 17 minutes from Kyoto station to the nearest station, Keage.

From Keage station, it takes about just 5 minutes’ walk to Nanzenji Temple.

It is very convenient ! The fare is ¥260.

The followings are the detail.

2-1 From Kyoto Station to Keage Station via Karasuma-Oike

At Kyoto station, take Subway Karasuma line train (departing from track 2) bound for Kokusai-kaikan.

In 5 miutes, the train arrive at Karasuma-Oike station (the third station from Kyoto station), so, please get off.

At the Karasuma-Oike station, transfer to Subway Tozai line train.

Please wait at track 2 on the Tozai line platfrom.

The destinations of the train are Rokujizo or Biwako-Hamaotus, but all trains departing from track 2 go to Keage station.

In 7 minutes, the train arrve at Keage station (the fourth station from Karasuma-Oike station), so plese get off.

2-2 The Way to Nanzenji Temple from Keage Station

From Keage station, it takes about Just 5 minutes’ walk to Nanzenji temple.

I’ll show you one of the shorter ways from Keage station.

1. Get out of the Exit 1 at Keage Station

2. Walk down along the Street

3. Walk through the tunnel on your right, and Follow the street.

4. Before the gate, turn right.

5. Then, you come to Nanzenji temple !

2-3 Route Map for Nanzenji Temple by Subway

The map below is the route map from Kyoto station to Nanzenji temple by Kyoto City Subway plus walk.

Please check, if necessary.

3. By Bus

If you plan to visit Nanzenji temple from Kyoto station by bus, Kyoto City Bus  No.5  and  No.86  are available. (Note: Bus  No.86  are operated jointly by Kyoto City Bus and by Kyoto Bus, and operated every hour on weekdays, every half an hour on weekends & holidays. So, actually not many bus services are available.)

 Bus No.5  has 2 routes for Nanzenji (via Gojo street and via Shijo street), but both routes are O.K..

By Bus  No.5 , not only Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae bus stop (at least 32 min), but also Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop (at least 36 min) are available. From Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop, you come to Nanzenji temple in 6 minutes.

If you take  Bus No.86 , please get off at Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae bus stop, meaning Okazaki Park, Museum, Heianjingu shrine. It takes about at least 32 minutes.

And in 12 minutes’ walk to the east, you come to Nanzenji temple.

The fare is ¥230 for any route, and all the routes of the bus No.5 and No.86 including Nanzenji temple are covered by Bus One-Day Pass (¥700). Unfortunately, this One-day pass will be discontinued at the end of September 2023.

The followings are the details.

3-1 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 the bus for Nanzenji temple ?

Please find out the bus stop displayed

  A1   for Kyoto City Bus No.5 (include via Gojo-street No.5)

  D2  for Kyoto City Bus No.86 (operated by Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus),

Actually No.5 often tend to be crowded, but comes almost every 7 or 8 minutes.

So try wating for next bus if you can not ride.

Bus No.86 are operated 1 or 2 times per hour, so if comes, please ride.

3-2 Bus Stops Information near Nanzenji Temple (Heianjingu-mae)

At first, I’ll show you the way to Nanzenji temple from Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae bus stop (meaning Okazaki park, Museum, Heianjingu shrine).

Bus No.86 and No.5 stop there.

1. After Getting off, Head for the bridge

The bus stop, Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae, is located just under huge tori-i gate.

Only bus No.86 arrives at the opposite bus stop, but it doesn’t matter.

After you get off, please head for river or bridge, not for tori-i gate.

2. Cross the Bridge, and Turn Left

3. Keep walking on the riverside street in 7 minutes.

4. At the Intersection after the curve road, Turn Left.

5. Keep Walking Straight in 5 minutes, you come to Nanzenji Temple.

3-3 Bus Stops Information near Nanzenji Temple (Nanzenji Eikando-michi)

Next, I’ll show you the way to Nanzenji temple from Nanzenji Eikando-michi bus stop.

Only Bus No.5 including “via Gojo-street No.5” stops there.

1. After Getting off, Walk to the opposite Sidewalk.

The bus stop, Nanzenji Eikando-michi, is located on the narrow sidewalk.

After you get off, please go across the crosswalk and walk back on the opposite sidewalk.

2. Turn Left, At the First Corner.

3. Follow the street, At the Next Corner, Turn Right.

4. Keep Walking in 3 minutes, then Nanzenji Temple !

The map below shows the location of those stops with the walk route to Nanzenji temple.
Please check!

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)

Actually, Bus No.5 always tends to be crowded by locals and visitors, so that, to Nanzenji temple, “By Subway” is better.

3-4 Bus Route Maps

If you want to know the route or ride time of the Kyoto CIty Bus No.5 & No.86, please check the map below.


4. Nanzenji Temple Information

 Opening Hours :

8:40 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Mar. 1 – Nov. 30)
8:40 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Dec. 1 – Feb. 28)
∗need to enter at least 20 minutes before the closing time

 Admission Fee  (adult / 16 – 18 yars old / 6 – 15 yars old) :

Hojo Garden & Main Gate (¥500 / ¥400 / ¥300)
Nanzenin Temple (¥300 / ¥250 / ¥150)
other spots inside the temple grounds open anytime for free

 Best time to visit   :

at anytime you want to visit