Kyoto station to Nijo Castle bus or train. Public transportation in Kyoto. Backpacking Kyoto Japan travel blog


So you are off for a visit to Nijo Castle!



Kyoto station…

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle. Kyoto Tower. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


…to Nijo Castle!


Kyoto station to Nijo Castle entry. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle. Visit to Nijo castle gate. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


Being a major tourist attraction in Kyoto, getting to Nijo Castle from Kyoto Station is relatively simple!



Nijo Castle bus

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle bus stop. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


There’s a bus stop right in front of the entrance to Nijo Castle, so going by bus can be convenient.


Kyoto station to Nijo Castle bus stop near castle. Backpacking Kyoto Japan



Nijo Castle as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary

I made a visit to Nijo Castle with an unlimitedĀ one day Kyoto bus pass:



Kyoto station

So once you’re at Kyoto station, you’ll head to the bus area.

There’s an information sign board that you can look at to figure out where to wait for the bus to Nijo Castle.

There is also a section specific to top tourist attractions.


Kyoto station to Nijo Castle bus route platform. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


There are also people there who are there to help you, so you can ask them too!


Kyoto station to Nijo Castle bus route. How to get there. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


So then you’ll head over to the platform for Nijo Castle, and then wait for the bus to arrive!

It will likely be the same bus headed to Kinkakuji Temple, which is another world heritage site in Kyoto along with Nijo Castle.


Kyoto station to Nijo Castle tourist bus - raku bus. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


As a popular tourist spot, there is a chance that there could already be a long line which could also make for a crowded bus.

So just be mentally prepared. šŸ˜‰


Depending on your timing, you may end up on a normal city bus, or you may end up on a tourist city bus. There’s not much of a difference either way, except for the way they look!

See more tips for getting around Kyoto by bus (even without a bus pass).


What about the bus timings?

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle bus timings. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


Being a major tourist attraction, the bus timings are frequent enough.

This means that you don’t really need to be as concerned about specific bus timings, as you likely won’t have to wait too long for the next bus to come no matter when you show up to the bus station.



Can you get to Nijo Castle by bus with a JR pass?

Short answer: YES!


JR bus

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle with JR pass - JR bus route. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


There’s a JR bus in Kyoto, and this is the only bus that you can use your JR pass to get around Kyoto by bus.

The JR bus route is a bit more limiting, but the Nijo Castle IS one of the top attractions in Kyoto that you can get to, and you can get there from Kyoto station.

There is a platform for the JR bus at Kyoto Station.


Japan public transportation app for JR pass

Google Maps works well for getting around Kyoto if you’re not using a JR pass.

If you want to see what your options are for getting around using only a JR pass, check out the app JapanTravel Navitime. There’s an option there to filter “tourist pass” so that you can see the best way to get around using your JR pass.



Nijo Castle train?

There’s also a train station near Nijo Castle, called Nijo Station, and this is about a 10 minute walk from the castle.

Since this is a JR train, you can also get to Nijo Castle by train using your JR pass.



How long does it take to get to Nijo Castle?

Whether you go by bus or train, it’ll likely take around 20-30 minutes.

So even if you end up on a crowded bus, it won’t be too long of a bus ride!



Be sure to stop by the teahouse at Nijo Castle!

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle. Visit to Nijo castle teahouse. Backpacking Kyoto Japan

Kyoto station to Nijo Castle. Visit to Nijo castle teahouse. Backpacking Kyoto Japan


Kyoto station to Nijo Castle. Visit to Nijo castle palace. Backpacking Kyoto Japan



Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Nijo Castle!


More quick tips for planning your trip to Japan

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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.

Hotels in Kyoto
Search for deals on Kyoto hotels here.

For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.

Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.

Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!

The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.

See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.

Create your Japan itinerary

That's it for now!