Kiyomizudera temple is the most popular destination for tourist in Kyoto. From Kyoto station, the route 206 bus is always crowded. In this post, I’ll show you the other ways to avoid that busy route.
No. 206 route
See the map on S&B NAVI or the pdf on Kyoto municipal Transportation Bureau.
- The bus stops near Kiyomizudera temple are Gojyozaka (The blue bus stop in the map) or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop (The red one).
- The No. 86 and 206 are available.
- The route 206 usually departs every 7 minutes
- The route 86 departs 1 time an hour (2 times on holidays)
Most of the tourist take the 206.
At Kyoto sta. bus stop, the 206 for Kiyomizudera departs at D2 indicated with the red arrow. The blue one indicates D1, not available these days.
In the photo, people wait in line. If you find the end of the line near the red line, the bus would be crowded. Take other ways to get to Kiyomizudera as indicated in the next chapters.
Next to the red line, there are 1-day ticket vending machines.
1. By way of Kiyomizu Gojo sta. 清水五条駅経由
Take JR Nara line at JR Kyoto station. At Tofukuji sta., change trains to Keihan line for Demcahi Yanagi station and get off at Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo station.
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo station has only 1 ticket gate. You’ll find No. 4 exit in front of the gate.
No. 4 exit leads you to the street. Walk straight to and climb up the hill. If you find a river, you are in the opposite direction.
At the hill, you’ ll find yourself at the Gojozaka crossiing (The blue alien in the map). Walk as the red arrow indicates.
Turn right at the red alien in the map. Make sure there is a pagoda. At the end of the street, there are stairs.
The staris leads you there.
2. By way of Kyoto Kawaramachi sta. 清水五条駅経由
Take Subway Karasuma line for Kokusai Kaikan at Subway Kyoto station. At Shijo sta., change trains to Hankyu line for Kyoto Kawaramachi station and get off at Kyoto Kawaramachi station.
From Kyoto Kawaramachi sta., we have a fun walk to Kiyomizudera by way of Shjo street, Ysaka shrine, Sanenzaka and other places!