Visiting Higashiyama Access to Higashiyama-ku - This page includes essential transport information for visitors to Higashiyama-ku, such as access details to famous tourist spots and major modes of transportation in Kyoto City.

Kyoto City Bus is extremely convenient for Higashiyama-ku, offering an excellent service with a number of buses and stops along its routes. This area is also easy to access through a first-rate transportation network, including the Keihan Railway and Kyoto Municipal Subway. Planning a schedule for your visit is made easy by the handy linking of these transport options.

Roads in the area will often be busy during the tourist seasons (spring and autumn) and on holidays due to traffic congestion and a lack of parking spaces.For these reasons, we would advise you to please avoid driving and make use of the local transportation system.


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Transportation Information for Higashiyama-ku

Transportation Network around Higashiyama-ku

The following are examples of access to Higashiyama-ku.

City Bus From JR Kyoto Station
(City Bus 206 or 100 to Higashiyama Sanjo Bus Stop)
Subway Approx. 12 minutes from Kyoto Subway Station
[Transfer Information]
Kyoto Station →[Subway Karasuma Line bound for Kokusai Kaikan]→Karasuma Oike Station (transfer) →[Subway Tozai Line bound for Rokujizo]→ Higashiyama Station
Keihan Railway Approx. 50 minutes from Keihan Yodoyabashi (Osaka) Station
(Limited Express on the Keihan Line bound for Demachiyanagi, exiting at Sanjo Station)
Approx. 15 minutes from JR Kyoto Station
(JR Kyoto Station to JR Tofukuji Station → Transfer to Keihan Tofukuji Station → Keihan Sanjo Station)
On foot Approx. 40 minutes from JR Kyoto Station  
(From JR Kyoto Station, walk east along Shichijo St. to Higashioji St. and then due north on Higashioji St.)


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Access to Major Tourist Spots

To From Access
Shorenin Temple Kyoto Station
(JR/Kintetsu/Subway)
(Subway) Transfer at Karasuma-Oike Station, and exit at Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Line.
→Approx. 10 minute walk.
Shorenin Temple Nijo or Yamashina Stations
(JR/Subway)
(Subway) Exit at Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Line.
→Approx. 10 minute walk.
Shorenin Temple Sanjo Station
(Keihan/Subway)
(Subway) Exit at Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Line.
→Approx. 10 minute walk.
Shorenin Temple Demachiyanagi Station
(Eiden/Keihan)
(Subway) Transfer at Keihan Sanjo Station, and exit at Higashiyama Station on the Tozai Line.
→Approx. 10 minute walk.
Yasaka Shrine Kyoto Station
(JR/Kintetsu/Subway)
(City Bus) Get off at Gion Bus Stop.
Yasaka Shrine Gion-Shijo Station
(Keihan)
Approx. 8 minute walk
Yasaka Shrine Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu) Approx. 10 minute walk
Yasaka Shrine Demachiyanagi Station
(Eiden/Keihan)
(Keihan) Exit at Gion-Shijo Station.
→Approx. 8 minute walk.
Yasaka Shrine Shijo-Omiya Station
(Randen/Hankyu)
(Hankyu) Transfer at Omiya Station, and exit at Kawaramachi Station.
→Approx. 10 minute walk.
Kiyomizu Temple Kyoto Station
(JR/Kintetsu/Subway)
(City Bus) Get off at Gojozaka Bus Stop.
→Approx. 14 minute walk.
Kiyomizu Temple Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
(Keihan)
Approx. 25 minute walk

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Main Modes of Transportation

Local bus

Kyoto City Bus
Kyoto City Bus This is the local bus service covering the urban area of Kyoto City. If you plan to visit Higashiyama from places within Kyoto City, City Bus is very convenient, as it offers frequent bus services and has stops located close to major tourist spots. Higashiyama-ku is located within the flat-rate area of 220 yen for adults and 110 yen for children.
[ Click here for more details on Kyoto City Bus ]
▼Special Service Offered by Kyoto City Bus
City Bus All-Day Pass
This all-day pass gives you unlimited use of City Bus for a whole day within the flat-rate (\220) area. If you plan to use the bus service three or more times on the same day, this pass is the reasonable and smart choice. It is available at Kyoto City Bus/Subway Information Centers (at the Bus Information Center in front of JR Kyoto Station and Kyoto Subway Station concourse), pass sales offices, Kyoto City Bus offices, Kyoto Municipal Subway stations (Station offices or manned ticket gates) and on Kyoto City buses (excluding west-bound No. 1 to 6 and 8). The cost of an all-day pass is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children.
Raku Bus
Raku Bus Enjoy visits to World Heritage sites, places with historical architectures and other famous locations with “Raku Bus.” (“Raku” means both “Kyoto” and “easy.”) Since this service is offered mainly for tourists, you can get to most of the tourist spots in Kyoto City by using Raku Bus and announcements, including tourist information, are provided in both Japanese and English. As this is an “express” bus, there are fewer than normal stops, and routes run near to tourist spots for visitors’ convenience. The No. 100 Raku Bus services in Higashiyama-ku area.

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Railways

The Keihan or Hankyu Railways are the most convenient for visitors from Osaka. There are connections to Keihan Railway (via JR Tofukuji Station) or to Kyoto Municipal Subway (Kyoto Subway Station to Tozai Line) from JR Kyoto Station.

Kyoto Municipal Subway
Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line (Exit at Sanjo Keihan Station, Higashiyama Station, or Keage Station.)
Kyoto Municipal Subway is convenient for visitors travelling via JR Kyoto Station or certain areas of Kyoto City.
[ Click here for more details on Kyoto Municipal Subway. ]
▼Special Service Offered by Kyoto Municipal Subway
Municipal Subway All-Day Pass
This all-day pass gives you unlimited use of all the lines of Kyoto Municipal Subway for a whole day. It is available at Kyoto Municipal Subway stations, Kyoto City Bus/Subway Information Centers (at the Bus Information Center in front of JR Kyoto Station and in Kyoto Subway Station concourse), pass sales offices, and Subway Kiosks. The cost of an all-day pass is 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children.
Keihan Electric Railway
Keihan Electric Railway Keihan Line
(Sanjo Station, Gion-Shijo Station, Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, Shichijo Station, Tofukuji Station, Tobakaido Station)

Keihan Electric Railway is convenient for visitors from Osaka.
[ Click here to access the Keihan Electric Railway website. ]
Hankyu Railway
Hankyu Railway Kyoto Line (Kawaramachi Station)
Hankyu Railway is convenient for visitors from Umeda, Osaka.
[ Click here to access the Hankyu Railway website. ]
JR
JR Nara Line (Tofukuji Station)
It is more convenient for visitors from Osaka to transfer to the Keihan Railway at JR Tofukuji Station on the Nara Line.
[ Click here to access the JR website. ]

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