How to get to Nijo Castle from Kiyomizu Temple ?
You can go 〈1〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.202 +Walk, 〈2〉 by Kyoto City Bus No.202, 206, 86 + Subway, or on peak season 〈3〉 by Walk + Keihan Railway + Subway.
The recommended ways to Nijo Castle from Kiyomizu Temple are (1) by Bus + Walk, (2) by Bus + Subway, or on peak season, (3) By Walk + Keihan Railway + Subway.
There is no direct bus service available between them.
The map below is the overview of the routes, stops, time and fare.
From Kiyomizu Temple, there are 2 nearest bus stops, Gojozaka and Kiyomizu-michi.
Fromt these bus stops to Nijo Castle, there is no direct bus service available.
But, if you don’t mind walking, Kyoto City Bus No.202 directly take you to one stop north, Horikawa-Marutamachi bus stop (8 minutes’ walk to Nijo Castle) from those two bus stops near Kiyomizu Temple.
Or, if you transfer for Kyoto City Subway (Tozai line) on the way, you don’ t need to walk so mach.
And, much more bus services available from Gojozaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop.
On peak season such as cherry blossom or autumn leaves, by only trains (Keihan Railway & City Subway) is better because buses are often delay due to heavy traffic jam and congestion of passengers.
Bus fare is ¥230 and Subway fare is ¥220 for the sections per ride.
(Unfortunately, transfer discountes by using IC Cards) ended at the end of March 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 Kiyomizu Temple to Nijo Castle after all ?
♦ By only Bus
It takes at least 50 to 55 minutes including walking & wating time (¥230).
Firstly, you need 10 minutes’ walk to Kiyomizu-michi or Gojozaka bus stop.
Bus No.202 are operated almost every 14 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 40 minutes including walking & transfer time. (¥450).
Also, firstly head for Kiyomizu-michi or Gojozaka bus stop.
Buses (No.202, 206, 86) & Subway trains are operated a lot.
Please transfer for Subway Tozai line at Higashiyama-Sanjo bus stop, (3 miutes to subway Higashiyama station).
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 much more time on peak season because of heavy traffic jam.
So, on peak season such as cherry blossom and autumn leaves, the only trains route below is recommended.
♦ Walk & Keihan Railway & Subway
It takes in total about 45 to 50 minutes including walking & transfer time (¥390).
From Kiyomizu Temple to Keihan Kiyomizu-Gojo station, it takes about 20 minutes’ walk.
Keihan trains are operated every 10 minutes, and Subway trains are operated a lot.
Please transfer at Keihan Railway Sanjo station for subway Sanjo-Keihan station (2 miutes).
From the arrival Subway station, it takes about 2 minutes’ walk.
Although you need more walk than other routes, you can move on time even on peak season.
From Kiyomizu Temple to Nijo Castle, firatly please head for bus stops near Kiyomizu Temple as the map below shows.
(I’ll show the way to Keihan station later)
On the way from the gate of Kiyomizu Temple, the downhill street divides in two.
At the place, Gojozaka bus stop is toward the left, and Kiyomizu-michi bus stop is toward the right.
It takes about 10 minutes’ walk to both of the bus stops.
The following sections are the details of those 3 routes.