Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - train or bus for public transportation in Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog

 

A visit to the Fushimi Inari taisha shrine can be a nice way to start your day.

Then after you’ve finished up walking the trail to the Mt Inari summit and see potentially 5,000 torii gates, one option is to head towards the area of Ginkakuji!

To start your day at the Ginkakuji temple, also see how to get to Ginkakuji by bus from Kyoto Station.

 

So whether you go here first or later in the day, there might be a few reasons you’ll want to make a trip out to near the entry of the Ginkakuji Temple!

 

 

1. Visit to Ginkakuji Temple grounds (obvi)

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji temple - sand garden. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

2. Matcha green tea at Ginkakuji

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - things to do near ginkakuji - matcha green tea. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

3. Start the Philosopher’s Path walk

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - things to do near ginkakuji - to philosopher's path to nanzenji temple and eikando. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

4. Daimonji-yama hike

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - things to do near ginkakuji - to daimonji-yama hike trail. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary

I made this journey from Fushimi Inari shrine to Ginkakuji temple as part of somewhat of a hiking day:

 

The start of the Daimonji-yama hiking trail is located right near the Ginkakuji entry, so I passed by it on my way to the hiking trail.

 

 

How to get to Ginkakuji temple from Fushimi Inari shrine

First, the quick list:

  • Walk from Fushimi Inari shrine to Fushimi Inari train station (5-10 minutes)
  • Train from Fushimi Inari station to Demachiyanagi station (20 minutes)
  • Walk from Demachiyanagi station to nearby bus station (1-2 minutes)
  • Bus to near Ginkakuji (10 minutes)
  • Walk the rest of the way to Ginkakuji Temple (10 minutes)

OR…

Once you get to Demachiyanagi station, you can walk directly to Ginkakuji Temple. That will be about a 30-40 minute walk, and it will save you around 200 yen (US$2) on the bus fare.

 

Sound complicated?!

Google maps makes things feel a lot more simple! 😉

All you need to do is follow the directions it gives you!

It might differ slightly from the way I got there based on your timing.

 

 

Okay, so now…

Here’s a bit of what the journey from Fushimi Inari shrine to Ginkakuji Temple might be like!

 

 

Walk from Fushimi Inari shrine to Fushimi Inari train station

Time: 5-10 minutes

There are 2 train stations near Fushimi Inari.

From Kyoto station to Fushimi Inari I took the JR train.

To get to Ginkakuji, I went to the other train station, the Fushimi Inari train station on the Keihan railway.

To walk straight from the grounds of the shrine to the Keihan train station would be about a 5-10 minute walk.

But this would also be a good area to wander around and maybe find some food and snacks after a couple hours on the Fushimi Inari shrine trail.

Among other things, you can find takoyaki (octopus balls) around here on the street if you’re looking to try some Japanese food.

So it might take you a bit longer to get to the train station!

 

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - fushimi inari shrine to train station walk - river bridge. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - food near fushimi inari to train station walk - soft serve ice cream, vanilla and matcha. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - food near fushimi inari to train station walk - takoyaki octopus balls. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - food near fushimi inari to train station walk - takoyaki octopus balls. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - food near fushimi inari to train station walk - river bridge. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Fushimi Inari train station (Keihan railway)

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - fushimi inari train, keihan railway. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - fushimi inari train station, keihan railway. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - fushimi inari train station, keihan railway. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - fushimi inari train to demachiyanagi, keihan railway. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Train from Fushimi Inari station to Demachiyanagi station

Time: 20 minutes

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - fushimi inari train to demachiyanagi, keihan railway. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Demachiyanagi station

This station is underground.

When you come up, you’ll be right by the Kamogawa River!

This could also be a nice place to rest up a bit, whether it be before or after your Ginkakuji temple visit.

There’s a convenience store nearby, so you could buy some snacks (or even a meal) and then take it for a picnic down by the river.

 

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - demachiyanagi subway station to ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - demachiyanagi subway train station to ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - kamogawa river near ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Walk from Demachiyanagi station to nearby bus station

Time: 1-2 minutes

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - bus stop to ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

OR…

Instead of waiting for the bus, you can walk straight to Ginkakuji.

This will be a 30-40 minute walk.

 

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - walk from demachiyanagi subway train station to ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Bus to near Ginkakuji

Time: 10 minutes

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - bus to ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - bus to ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Walk the rest of the way to Ginkakuji Temple

Time: 10 minutes

If you take the bus, it’ll drop you about a 10-15 minute walk from the entry point of Ginkakuji.

 

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - walk to ginkakuji temple from bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - walk to ginkakuji temple from bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - walk to ginkakuji temple from bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - walk to ginkakuji temple from bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - walk to ginkakuji temple from bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - shops near ginkakuji temple streets. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - matcha shop near ginkakuji temple streets. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji - visit ginkakuji temple entry. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

 

Fushimi inari to Ginkakuji temple. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

 

HAPPY FUSHIMI INARI TO GINKAKUJI JOURNEY!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Fushimi Inari and Ginkakuji!

 



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