From Kinkakuji (golden pavilion) to Nijo Castle


1. Overview

How to get to Nijo Castle from Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) ?

Visitors Question

Usually, you can go by Kyoto City Bus No.101, 111 or 12. Currently, No.101 and 111 are out of service. So, please take No.12.)

Locals Answer

The recommended way to Nijo Castle from Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) is “by Bus”.
There is no train services available between them.

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

From Kinkakuji Temple to Nijo Castle, Kyoto City Bus No. 101 111  and  12  are available.

 No.101  and  No.111  are express bus, and especially No.101 is calledRaku Bus, meanig buses for easily going sightseeing in Kyoto. (Note: out of service for an undetermined period.)

 No.12  may be full of university students in the afternoon on weekdays because this bus starts from Ritsumeikan Univ. near Kinkakuji Temple.

So, please take bus No.101 or No.111, if possible. 

 No.101  is operated almost every 15 minutes in the day time.
 No.111  is irregularly operated 1 through 3 times per hour between 9:30 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

Bus fare is ¥230 for any route.
Of course you can use Bus One-Day Pass or Subway & Bus One-Day Pass.

Please wait for those buses (No.101, No.111) at Kinkakuji-michi bus stop B.

And, get off at Nijojo-mae bus stop.

The followings are the detail.

2. By Bus for Nijo Castle

Bus  No.101  and  No.111  departs from Kinkakuji-michi bus stop B.(out of service currently!)

The bus stop B is located on your right side after crossing the road (called Nishioji street), when you come from Kinkakuji temple.

If you take bus  No. 12 , Kinkakuji-michi bus stop C is available. 

Kinkakuji-michi bus stop C is on your left side before crossing the Nishioji street.
(No.12 used to also stop at another near bus stop, Kinkakuji-mae, before, but the route is changed from the date of Mar. 20th, 2020.)

1. Head for correct Bus Stop (Kinkakuji-michi B or C).

After getting out of Kinkakuji Temple, please walk straight in 2 minutes along the street lined with trees.

Then you come to the road called Nishioji street.

Cross the street, and turn right, then you can see Kinkakuji-michi bus stop B ahead, where Bus  No.101  and  No.111  depart from. (out of service currently!)

To the left direction before crossing the Nishioji street, there is bus stop C that bus  No.12  depart from, if you take.

2. Take Kyoto City Bus No.101, No.111 or No.12.

 At Kinkakuji-michi bus stop B, please take bus  No.101  or  No. 111 .

(Picture : Kinakakuji-michi bus stop B)

If you take bus  No.12 , wait at Bus Stop C.

Espesially in the afternoon on weekdays, the buses may be full because of university students.

(Picture : Kinkakuji-mchi bus stop C)

3. Get off at Nijojo-mae Bus Stop, Nijo Castle is at the Opposite Side.

In 16 to 21 minutes, buses arrive at Nijojo-mae bus stop.
All buses arrive at the same stop.

Nijo Castle is the opposite side of the road.

4. After Getting off, Cross the backward Crosswalk.

After getting off the buses, walk to the backward direction and cross the crosswalk.
Then, you can see the ticket office and the entrance on your left.

(the picture : Nijo Castle Ticket Office)


3. Nijo Castle Information

Opening Hours :

8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closing time is 5:00 p.m. )
July – August 〉  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (close 6:00 p.m.)
September      8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (close 5:00 p.m.)

Admission Fee  :

¥800 (adult) / ¥400 (13 – 18 yars old) / ¥300 (7 – 12 yars old)
discount ¥100, if you show Subway & Bus Pass !

Best Time to Visit  :

at anytime you want to visit