How to get to Nijo Castle from Ginkakuji Temple ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.204 +Walk,
or 〈2〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.100 + Subway.
The recommended ways to Nijo Castle from Ginkakuji Temple is (1) by Bus + Walk, (2) by Bus + Subway.
There is no direct bus service available between them.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
From Ginkakuji Temple, there are 2 near bus stops, Ginkakuji-mae and Ginkakuji-michi.
From these bus stops to Nijo Castle, there is no direct bus service available.
But, if you don’t mind walking, Kyoto City Bus No.204 directly take you to one stop north, Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop (8 minutes’ walk to Nijo Castle) from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
Or, if you transfer for Kyoto City Subway (Tozai line) on the way, you don’ t need to walk so much.
And, much more bus services available from Ginkakuji-mae bus stop (Bus No.100 ).
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)
Those 2 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 Ginkakuji Temple to Nijo Castle after all ?
♦ By only Bus
It takes at least 45 to 50 minutes including walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, you need 8 minutes’ walk to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop.
Bus No.204 are operated almost every 15 minutes. (Note : not so many bus services)
From the arrival Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop, it takes about 8 minutes’ walk to the Castle.
♦ By Bus & Subway
It takes in total about 48 minutes including walking & transfer time. (¥450 or ¥390 if IC card).
Firstly head for Ginkakuji-mae, the nearest bus stop.
Please transfer for Subway Tozai line at Higashiyama-Sanjo bus stop, (3 miutes to subway Higashiyama station).
Bus No.100 & Subway trains are operated a lot.
From the arrival subway Nijojo-mae station to Nijo Castle, it takes about 2 minutes’ walk.
If you have Subway & Bus Pass, this route is recommened.
Please note that those buses are likeiy to take more time on peak season because of traffic jam and a lot of passengers.
From Ginkakuji Temple to Nijo Castle, firatly please head for near the 2 bus stops as the map below shows.
Ginkakuji-mae (meaning “in front of”) is the nearest, and Ginkakuji-michi (meaning “lead to”) is second nearest.
Bus No.204 comes to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop only.
The following sections are the details of those 2 routes.