Discover the Enchanting Kyoto Kinkakuji: History, Highlights, and Access!

This article introduces the history, features, must-see points, and access to the Golden Pavilion.
Despite its luxurious appearance, the Golden Pavilion has overcome numerous challenges.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Golden Pavilion, be sure to check out this article.

Essential Information about Kinkaku-ji Temple

Let’s start by checking out some basic information about Kinkaku-ji Temple.

Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion)

  • Address: 1 Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, JapanMap:
  • Map: Google Maps
  • Access: Take a Kyoto City Bus to the Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop
  • Phone Number: 075-461-0013
  • Closed on: None
  • Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission Fees:
    • Adults (High School and above):500 yen
    • Children (Elementary and Middle School): 300 yen
  • Official Website: Kinkaku-ji

The history of Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion)

Let’s start by introducing the history of the Golden Pavilion.

History leading to the Construction of Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji belongs to the Rinzai sect of the Shokoku-ji school and delving into its history takes us back over 600 years.
It all started when Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, inherited the estate and garden of the Saionji family in Kyoto’s Kitayama.
In 1397, he began the construction of the Kitayama-dono, a mountain villa, initiating the building of the Shariden (Reliquary Hall).

By the following year, the Shariden was completed.
Yoshimitsu lived in the Shariden until his passing at the age of 51.
The Shariden is a structure designed to enshrine the relics of Shakyamuni Buddha.
After Yoshimitsu’s death, the Kitayama-dono, which served as the shogunal residence, transformed in accordance with his wishes and became known as “Rokuon-ji”.

In fact, Kinkaku-ji is more of a nickname; its formal name is Rokuon-ji.
The Reliquary Hall is called the “Golden Pavilion,” which is why the whole temple is commonly referred to as Kinkaku-ji.
The name Rokuon-ji comes from Yoshimitsu’s posthumous title, “Rokuon-in-do,” given by Nichiren Buddhist monks between his passing and the funeral ceremony.

Kinkaku-ji played a pivotal role as a hub for active trade with China and contributed significantly to cultural development.
The garden and architecture, centered around the Reliquary Hall, are said to represent a Pure Land, symbolizing the splendor of the Kitayama culture of that time.
It stands as a vibrant testament to the flourishing cultural scene of Kyoto.

Overcoming numerous challenges to become a World Heritage site

In 1467, the Onin War erupted, causing widespread devastation throughout Kyoto.
Kinkaku-ji was not exempt and suffered significant damage, with much of it being destroyed.
However, miraculously, some buildings, including the Shariden, managed to escape the destruction.

Entering the Edo period, under the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Saisho Jotai became the head priest of Kinkaku-ji, strengthening its economic foundation.
Saisho Jotai, known for his political acumen and having served as a political advisor to both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu, played a crucial role.
Subsequent head priests of Kinkaku-ji, belonging to the same sect as Saisho, continued his legacy.

However, in the Meiji era, Kinkaku-ji faced economic challenges as supporters dwindled.
Additionally, it suffered from the anti-Buddhist movement.
Despite these hardships, through the dedicated efforts of successive head priests, Kinkaku-ji persevered and has been maintained to this day.

The Golden Pavilion, overcoming numerous challenges, holds a rich history.
During the Onin War, the Shariden (Reliquary Hall) miraculously escaped damage, but in 1950, it fell victim to arson.
The culprit was an apprentice monk of the temple.
The Shariden lost not only its brilliance but also its original form due to the fire.
Five years later, it was reconstructed, undergoing renovations like a complete regilding with gold leaf to regain its current magnificent appearance.

In 1994, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site under the category of “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”
Today, it has become a popular destination for international tourists.
Renowned novelist Yukio Mishima even used it as inspiration for one of his novels, solidifying Kinkaku-ji as one of Japan’s most famous attractions.

The characteristics of Kinkaku-ji

The historical temple, Kinkaku-ji, is a captivating site with unique features.
One standout characteristic is the lavish use of “gold leaf” covering the entire structure, making it a truly enchanting spectacle.

The gold leaf on Kinkaku-ji is regularly replaced.
When it was reconstructed in 1955, the gold leaf deteriorated after a decade.
Taking lessons from this, a thorough restoration started in 1986, using 200,000 sheets (20 kg) of 10.8 square centimeters gold leaf – ten times the amount of the previous restoration.

After removing the old lacquer, they used ten times more gold leaf than before, increased the thickness fivefold, and applied it in double layers.
This meticulous process resulted in a total cost of 740 million yen at that time.

Kinkaku-ji, also known as Rokuon-ji, is a three-story structure. While the second and third floors are adorned with gold leaf, the “first floor” remains without this gilded embellishment.
Various theories exist for this, but the most plausible is the “samurai superiority theory” of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.

By symbolizing the first floor as a “Shinden-style (court noble) temple,” the second floor as a “Shoin-style (samurai) building,” and the third floor as a “Zen Buddhist hall,” Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, who received the title of king from China, expressed the idea that samurai are superior to court nobles in terms of power relations.

Points of Interest at Kinkaku-ji

Kyoto’s historically significant ‘Kinkaku-ji,’ known as the Golden Pavilion, is not just a place of historical importance but also a popular tourist destination.
It has numerous attractions that consistently rank high among foreign visitors to Japan.

The main highlight is its dazzling appearance adorned with gold leaf.
Additionally, there are other beautiful features like the ‘Phoenix,’ picturesque gardens, the ‘ Ryumon Waterfall,’ and the ‘Rikushu no Matsu’ pine tree, all of which are well worth a visit.

Phoenix

One of the captivating features at Kinkaku-ji is the towering ‘Phoenix’ on the roof, also known as ‘Houou.’
This mythical creature, present in Chinese mythology as a divine bird, appears not only in Japanese stories but also in myths and teachings across East Asia.

Interestingly, the phoenix on the roof of Kinkaku-ji is a replica, while the authentic one is carefully preserved.
During a tragic incident in 1950 when Kinkaku-ji was destroyed by arson, the genuine ‘Phoenix’ happened to be removed for renovations, sparing it from the devastating flames.

picturesque gardens

The garden style of Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Shariden, is called a ‘strolling pond garden’ and holds a special designation as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a Special Historic Site.
A notable feature is the expansive Mirror Lake in front of Kinkaku-ji, reflecting the golden pavilion on its surface.

Within Mirror Lake, islands like ‘Ashihara Island,’ ‘Turtle Island,’ and ‘Crane Island’ emerge.
Scattered across the lake are distinctive stones and peculiar rocks, such as ‘Akamatsu Stone,’ ‘Hatakeyama Stone,’ and stones gifted by various feudal lords like the ‘Hosokawa Stone.’
These elements contribute to an unmatched grandeur, creating a truly majestic atmosphere.

Ryumon Waterfall

Located in Kyushu, the ‘Ryumon Waterfall’ is an impressive cascade, standing at 46 meters in height and spanning 43 meters in width.
While the Ryumon Waterfall at the similarly named Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto is smaller, it exudes a rich historical charm and a solemn atmosphere.

A highlight of this waterfall is the ‘Carp Fish Rock’ in the center, inspired by the Chinese myth that says, ‘A carp transforming into a dragon by climbing a waterfall.’
Additionally, on the west side of the Ryumon Waterfall, you can find the ‘Galaxy Water’ and ‘Rock-bottom Water,’ believed to have been used by Yoshimitsu when preparing tea.

Rikushu no Matsu

Another noteworthy feature at Kinkaku-ji (Rokuon-ji) is the ‘Rikushu no Matsu,’ a five-needle pine tree believed to have been personally nurtured by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.
Alongside other famous pines like the ‘Yuryu no Matsu’ at Zenrin-ji and the ‘Goyo no Matsu’ at Ohara Hosen-in, the ‘Rikushu no Matsu’ is part of what’s known as the ‘Three Famous Pines of Kyoto.’

What makes the ‘Rikushu no Matsu’ special is its boat-shaped silhouette, facing the western direction of Kinkaku-ji.
It is speculated that Yoshimitsu harbored a wish towards the ‘Pure Land in the West,’ indicating a desire for spiritual enlightenment.

Access to Kinkaku-ji

Let’s explore how to get to the Golden Pavilion.
I’ll guide you on how to reach it from Kyoto Station and from other major tourist spots.

From JR Kyoto Station

Let’s start by explaining how to get from JR Kyoto Station to the Golden Pavilion.

Access to Kinkaku-ji

Mode of TransportTravel TimeFare
City Bus (Route 101)About 37 min230 yen
City Bus (Route 205)About 45 min230 yen
City Bus (Nijo Castle/Kinkaku-ji Express)About 31 min230 yen
JR Bus (Takao/Kyoto North Line)About 27 min230 yen
Subway + BusAbout 32 min490 yen
JR + BusAbout 30 min420 yen
TaxiAbout 20 min2500-3000 yen

Make sure to catch the bus on the Kyoto Tower side (central side) when going to the Golden Pavilion.
Even if the bus number is the same, it might not stop at Kinkaku-ji if you board it at a different stop. So, please be cautious!

The travel times provided above are approximate, as they can vary depending on road conditions.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each transportation method mentioned.

City Bus (Route 101)

How to Get to Kinkaku-ji Using City Bus (Route 101)
RouteKyoto Station Bus Terminal to Kinkaku-ji Michi (Kinkaku-ji Road)
Bus StopKyoto Station Front “B2” Bus Stop
Line/DestinationRoute 101
FrequencyApproximately every 20-30 minutes during the day
FareAdults: 230 yen, Children: 120 yen
※”Subway and Bus One-Day Pass” and similar passes are accepted
DurationBus travel time: Approximately 37 minutes
※It’s about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop to Kinkaku-ji.

Follow the route the bus took, turn right at the Kinkaku-ji Mae Intersection, and proceed straight to reach Kinkaku-ji.
By taking this bus, you can enjoy the Kyoto cityscape on your way to the beautiful Golden Pavilion.

City Bus (Route 205)

How to Get to Kinkaku-ji Using City Bus (Route 205)
RouteKyoto Station Bus Terminal to Kinkaku-ji Michi (Kinkaku-ji Road)
Bus StopKyoto Station Front “B2” Bus Stop
Line/DestinationRoute 205
FrequencyApproximately every 20-30 minutes during the day
FareAdults: 230 yen, Children: 120 yen
※”Subway and Bus One-Day Pass” and similar passes are accepted
DurationBus travel time: Approximately 45 minutes
※ It’s a 5-minute walk from the bus stop to Kinkaku-ji.

While it takes a slightly longer route compared to City Bus (Route 101), you can enjoy the charming Kyoto cityscape during the journey.

It might get crowded, but you can use the “Bus One-Day Pass” valid on both Kyoto Bus and Kyoto City Bus.

City Bus (Nijo Castle/Kinkaku-ji Express)

How to Get to Kinkaku-ji Using City Bus
(Nijo Castle/Kinkaku-ji Express)
RouteKyoto Station Bus Terminal to Kinkaku-ji Michi (Kinkaku-ji Road)
Bus StopKyoto Station Front “B2” Bus Stop
Line/DestinationNijo Castle/Kinkaku-ji Express
FrequencyThere are approximately 2 to 3 buses per hour.
FareAdults: 230 yen, Children: 120 yen
※”Subway and Bus One-Day Pass” and similar passes are accepted
DurationBus travel time: Approximately 31 minutes
※ It’s a 5-minute walk from the bus stop to Kinkaku-ji.

While the frequency of this bus is relatively lower, it offers a shorter travel time compared to Routes 101 and 205.

It might get crowded, but you can use the “Bus One-Day Pass” valid on both Kyoto Bus and Kyoto City Bus.

JR Bus (Takao/Kyoto North Line)

How to Get to Kinkaku-ji Using JR Bus (Takao/Kyoto North Line)
RouteKyoto Station Bus Terminal to Wara Tenjin-mae Bus Stop
Bus StopKyoto Station Front “JR3” Bus Stop
Line/DestinationTakao/Kyoto North Line
FrequencyThere are approximately 1 to 4 buses per hour.
FareAdults: 230 yen, Children: 120 yen
※”Subway and Bus One-Day Pass” and similar passes are accepted
DurationBus travel time: Approximately 27 minutes
Walking Time
from Bus Stop
Walk in the direction the bus was heading, pass by “Kinkaku-ji Post Office,” turn left at “Kinkaku-ji Mae Intersection,” and proceed straight to reach Kinkaku-ji.

It might get crowded, but you can use the “Bus One-Day Pass” valid on both Kyoto Bus and Kyoto City Bus.

Subway + Bus

Let’s explore the route from Kyoto Station to Kinkaku-ji using the subway and bus.

  1. Walk from Kyoto Station to the subway Kyoto Station platform.
  2. Take the subway from Kyoto Station (towards Shijo-Karasuma/Karasuma Oike/Kokusaikaikan) to Kitaoji Station.
    (Duration: 14 minutes / Fare: 260 yen)
  3. Transfer to City Bus (M1, 101, 102, 204, 205) from Kitaoji Station to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 15 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)
  4. Walk from Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji.

When you exit Kitaoji Station, look for the Kitaoji Bus Terminal sign on the ceiling.
Head towards the “VIVRE” department store for easy navigation.

Descend to the underground second floor of the bus terminal and board the city bus from the blue platform.
Including transfer time, you’ll reach Kinkaku-ji in about 45 minutes from Kyoto Station.

The total cost for this journey is 490 yen. This route minimizes the waiting time for bus transfers.

JR + Bus

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to get to Kinkaku-ji from Kyoto Station using JR and a bus:

  1. Walk to Platform 34 for the “Sagano Line” at Kyoto Station.
  2. Take the JR train from Kyoto Station (towards Sonobe/Kameoka) to JR Enmachi Station.
    (Duration: 8 minutes / Fare: 190 yen)
  3. Exit from the north side of JR Enmachi Station and head to Nishinokyo Enmachi Bus Stop.
  4. Board City Bus Routes 204 or 205 to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 9 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)

When transferring from the train to the bus, board the bus from Bus Stop E.
Once you arrive at Enmachi Station, exit from the large street side (north side), turn right, and walk straight for about 30 seconds.
Take a left at the intersection onto “Nishioji Street,” continue for another 30 seconds, and you’ll see the bus stop.

By Taxi

How to Get to Kinkaku-ji Using Taxi
DistanceApproximately 8.7 km.
Fare2,500-3,000 yen
DurationApproximately 19 minutes

From Arashiyama

Let’s explore how to get from the renowned Arashiyama to the beautiful Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto.

From Arashiyama to Kinkaku-ji

Transportation OptionTravel TimeFare
Kyoto Electric Railway “Randen” Arashiyama Station + BusAbout 50 min450 yen
JR Saga-Arashiyama Station + BusAbout 26 min420 yen
Hankyu Electric Railway Arashiyama Station + BusAbout 16 min230 yen
Bus + BusAbout 43 min460 yen
TaxiAbout 16 min2,440 yen

The travel times provided above are approximate, as they can vary depending on road conditions.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each transportation method mentioned.

Kyoto Electric Railway “Keifuku” Arashiyama Station + Bus

Access from Arashiyama Station using the Keifuku Electric Railroad and bus.

  1. Walk from Arashiyama to Arashiyama Station on the Keifuku Electric Railroad.
  2. Take the Keifuku Electric Railroad Arashiyama Station (towards Shijo Omiya) and transfer at Katabira-no-tsuji Station.
  3. From Katabira-no-tsuji Station on the Keifuku Kitano Line (towards Kitano Hakubaicho) to Kitano Hakubaicho Station.
    (Duration: 29 minutes / Fare: 220 yen)
  4. From Kitano Hakubaicho Station, walk to Kitano Hakubaicho Bus Stop.
  5. Take the city bus (Route 205) from Kitano Hakubaicho Bus Stop to Kinkakuji-michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: approximately 5 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)
  6. Walk from Kinkakuji-michi Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji.

The total travel time, including transfers, is about 50 minutes, and the total fare is 450 yen.
Since it’s a leisurely 20-minute walk from Kitano Hakubaicho Station to Kinkaku-ji, you may also consider exploring the city on foot at a relaxed pace.

JR Saga-Arashiyama Station + Bus

Access from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station via Train and Bus:

  1. Walk from Arashiyama to JR Saga-Arashiyama Station.
  2. Take the JR Sagano Line from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station to Enmachi Station.
    (Duration: 6 minutes / Fare: 190 yen)
  3. From Enmachi Station, head to the Nishinokyo Enmachi Bus Stop.
  4. Take City Bus Route 205 from Nishinokyo Enmachi Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 10 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)

The total travel time, including transfers, is about 30 minutes, and the total fare is 420 yen.
There are also express trains available from Saga-Arashiyama Station, and with frequent bus services, you can smoothly reach Kinkaku-ji from JR Saga-Arashiyama Station.

Hankyu Electric Railway Arashiyama Station + Bus

Access from Hankyu Electric Railway Arashiyama Station to Kinkaku-ji via Train and Bus:

  1. Walk from Arashiyama to Hankyu Arashiyama Station.
  2. Take the Hankyu Arashiyama Line (Local, towards Katsura) from Hankyu Arashiyama Station to Katsura Station.
  3. Transfer at Katsura Station to the Hankyu Kyoto Line (Local, towards Kawaramachi) and get off at Saiin Station.
    (Duration: 22 minutes / Fare: 190 yen)
  4. From Saiin Station, head to the Nishioji Shijo Bus Stop.
  5. Take City Bus Route 205 from Nishioji Shijo Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 16 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)

The total travel time, including transfers, is about 60 minutes, and the total fare is 420 yen.
Enjoy the scenic views from the Arashiyama and Kyoto lines during the journey.

Bus + Bus

Access from Arashiyama Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji via Bus:

  1. Take City Bus Route 11 from Arashiyama Bus Stop to Nishioji Sanjo Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 21 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)
  2. Transfer to City Bus Route 205 from Nishioji Sanjo Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 15 minutes / Fare: 230 yen)

The total travel time, including transfers, is about 43 minutes, and the total fare is 460 yen.
While it may get crowded at certain times, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful streetscapes of Kyoto.

Taxi

Access from Arashiyama to Kinkaku-ji Using Taxi
DistanceApproximately 7.4 km.
Fare2,500-3,000 yen
DurationApproximately 30 minutes

While traffic jams are possible, it’s worth considering sharing the taxi if you’re in a group to reduce the overall fare cost.

From Ginkakuji

Let’s explore how to get from Ginkaku-ji to Kinkaku-ji.

From Ginkakuji

TransportationDurationFare
Direct Bus (Express 102, City Bus 204)About 49 min230 yen
Bus + BusAbout 53 min460 yen
TaxiAbout 17 min2,170 yen

The travel times provided above are approximate, as they can vary depending on road conditions.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each transportation method mentioned.

Direct Bus (Express 102, City Bus 204)

Let me introduce the direct bus access from Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion) to Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) using the Express 102 and City Bus 204!

  1. Walk from Ginkaku-ji to Ginkaku-ji Mae Bus Stop.
  2. Take the City Bus (Express 102, City Bus 204) from Ginkaku-ji Mae Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 35 minutes/Fare: 230 yen)

The Express 102 bus runs approximately twice per hour, and the City Bus 204 runs approximately four times per hour.

  1. Walk from Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji.

For the walking route from Ginkaku-ji to Ginkaku-ji Mae Bus Stop:

  1. Head south towards Tozan Jishoji Temple.
  2. Walk 400m, turn right onto Shishigatani Street.
  3. Walk 130m, turn right onto Shishigatani Street.
  4. Walk 400m, turn right, and you’ll arrive at the bus stop.

The total travel time, including the transfer, is approximately 49 minutes, and the total cost is 230 yen.
As it’s a direct bus, the travel time is relatively short.

Bus + Bus

Let’s explore the travel method involving two bus rides.

  1. Walk from Ginkaku-ji to Ginkaku-ji Mae Bus Stop.
  2. Take the City Bus (Municipal Bus 32) from Ginkaku-ji Mae Bus Stop to Okazaki Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 9 minutes/Fare: 230 yen)
  3. From Okazaki Michi Bus Stop, head to Kinkaku-ji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: Approximately 29 minutes/Fare: 230 yen)

The total travel time, including the transfer, is approximately 53 minutes, with a total cost of 460 yen.
As the travel time is a bit longer compared to a direct bus, it’s recommended for those who want to leisurely enjoy the scenery during the journey.

Taxi

Access from Ginkaku-ji to Kinkaku-ji Using Taxi
DistanceApproximately 6.7 km.
Fare2,170-2,870 yen
DurationApproximately 17 minutes

While the cost might be higher compared to a direct bus between Ginkaku-ji and Kinkaku-ji, if you’re traveling with a group, you can potentially reduce the per-person cost.

From Kiyomizu Temple

Let me guide you on how to get from Kiyomizu Temple to the Golden Pavilion.

From Kiyomizu Temple

TransportationDurationFare
Bus + Bus (Transfer at Kitaoji Bus Terminal)About 1 hour 7 min460 yen
Bus + Bus (Transfer at Rakuhoku High School)About 1 hour460 yen
TaxiAbout 28 min3,340 yen

The travel times provided above are approximate, as they can vary depending on road conditions.
Now, let’s take a closer look at each transportation method mentioned.

Bus + Bus (Transfer at Kitaoji Bus Terminal)

Let’s explore the transportation from Kiyomizu Temple to Kiyomizu Michi Bus Stop on foot, and then take a bus-to-bus journey to reach Kinkaku-ji.

  1. Walk from Kiyomizu Temple to Kiyomizu Michi Bus Stop
    (Duration: 13 minutes)
  2. Head east from Kiyomizu Temple for 260m, then turn right onto Matsubara Street.
    After 78m, turn left onto Matsubara Street.
    Walk 600m, turn right at the Kiyomizu Michi intersection onto Higashioji Street, and after 48m, you’ll reach the bus stop.
  3. From Kiyomizu Michi Bus Stop, take City Bus (Route 206) to Kitaoji Bus Terminal.
    (Duration: 9 minutes / Cost: 230 yen)
  4. From Kitaoji Bus Terminal, take City Bus (Routes 205, 204, 101) to Kinkakuji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: 9 minutes / Cost: 230 yen)
  5. Walk from Kinkakuji Michi Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji

The total travel time, including transfers, is approximately 1 hour and 7 minutes, with a total cost of 460 yen.
Utilizing the daily bus pass offers an economical way to explor.

Bus + Bus (Transfer at Rakuhoku High School)

Let’s explore the journey involving a bus transfer at Rakuhoku High School using the bus-to-bus method.

  1. Walk from Kiyomizu Temple to Kiyomizu Michi Bus Stop
    (Duration: 13 minutes)
  2. Head east from Kiyomizu Temple for 260m, then turn right onto Matsubara Street.
    After 78m, turn left onto Matsubara Street.
    Walk 600m, turn right at the Kiyomizu Michi intersection onto Higashioji Street, and after 48m, you’ll reach the bus stop.
  3. From Kiyomizu Michi Bus Stop, take City Bus (Route 206) to Rakuhoku High School.
    (Duration: approximately 31 minutes / Cost: 230 yen)
  4. From Rakuhoku High School, take City Bus (Route 205) to Kinkakuji Michi Bus Stop.
    (Duration: approximately 18 minutes / Cost: 230 yen)
  5. Walk from Kinkakuji Michi Bus Stop to Kinkaku-ji

The total travel time, including transfers, is approximately 1 hour, with a total cost of 460 yen.
While there might be some road congestion, using the all-day bus pass is a convenient way to get around.

Taxi

Access from Ginkaku-ji to Kiyomizu Temple Using Taxi
DistanceApproximately 10.4 km.
Fare3,340-4,000 yen
DurationApproximately 28 minutes

While the fare is higher compared to using a city bus, taking a taxi might offer the chance to get local recommendations from the drivers, who often have valuable insights into Kyoto.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve shared the history, features, and ways to access Kinkaku-ji! The travel time and cost vary depending on whether you choose to take the bus, train, or car.
Particularly, be mindful that bus and car travel times can be affected by road conditions, so plan your visit with some extra time in your schedule.

City buses are a cost-effective option, allowing you to efficiently explore Kyoto◎

Find the best transportation method that suits your travel plans and schedule, and enjoy a comfortable visit to Kinkaku-ji!

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