Getting to KYOTO:
Estimated Travel Time: 60Minutes
Fare JPY800 each way
SUBWAY NAMBA STATION
10 mins on Midosuji Line
SUBWAY UMEDA STATION
5mins walk to
JR OSAKA STATION
JR KYOTO STATION
30mins on JR Kyoto Line
- From Namba station (M20) take the Subway Midosuji Line (marked in red)
- Buy a one way ticket 240yen to UMEDA STATION
- Take the Midosuji Line subway to Umeda Station (M16) from Platform #2
- Stairway H to the gate.
- Exit 8 or Exit 9 to JR OSAKA STATION
- Purchase a one-way ticket JPY560; take a train (special-rapid service/Shin Kaisoku) bound for Kyoto from Platform #7 or #8 (JR KYOTO LINE)
Alternatively, there is a pass you can buy for only roughly 700yen for the day (take your passport along as this is only for visitors to Japan)
Its called the “KEIHAN LINE” Pass – I haven’t personally used this, but great way to get a discounted sightseeing pass – pop in to the Tourist Information Centres in the Train Stations for information on this or check out the website prior.
Ill try it out next season and give it a go!
Journey through the thousands of burnt orange coloured Torii gates which lead a pathway over 4km to the top of Mount Inari.
Each gate has been donated from various businesses around the area to bring them good luck for the years to come.
I happened to visit in Winter, and got lucky enough to actually be there whilst it was snowing – making it all the more spectacular!
There are small shrines all along the way up the mountain for little refreshment stops if required!
I highly recommend a visit to Fushimi-Inari shrine, as after awhile most shrines and temples start to look the same. This one however is so unique, and has a good hike with beautiful views as well!
How much does it cost? The Fushimi Inari Shrine is FREE!
Opening Hours: It never closes
How to get there from Kyoto?
Train: Take the JR Nara Line from Kyoto railway station, two stops to JR Inari. It takes about 5 minutes.
Kinkaku-ji, more famously the “Golden Pavilion,” is Kyoto’s most iconic sight. It’s well worth a visit, just try to pick a time when the crowds aren’t there. Covered in glittering gold leaf, the pavilion shimmers in the sunlight over its mirroring pond. Both the temple and its Zen garden are a must visit location for any visitor to Kyoto.
The easiest, cheapest and most direct way to get to Kinkakuji Temple from Kyoto Station, is by bus. Buses for Kinkakuji depart from the main bus terminal.
Kyoto City Bus #205 departs from Stand B3 in the center of the bus terminal.
Usually takes under 40 minutes to reach Kinkakuji.
Be careful though NOT to get on the “Rapid #205” service that leaves from the same stop because the rapid service does NOT go to Kinkakuji Temple! Before boarding check that the word “rapid” is not written above the number #205.
In front of Kinkaku-ji-mae Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 205 from Kyoto Station