We would like to suggest a course for a pleasant day tour of the three World Heritage Sites in northwest Kyoto. Follow the plan below to get from Kinkakuji to Ryoanji and then on to Ninnaji, allowing about an hour and a half to take in the sights at each location. Accessing the temples is as easy as hopping on the bus that shuttles between them for a five-minute ride. That should leave plenty of time to use the Lunch Map restaurant guide to plan a mid-day meal and recharge your batteries between visits. This self-tour is designed to let you catch everything you need to see at the temples, enjoy a great local meal, and still get back by nightfall.
It can be pleasant and invigorating to get from temple to temple on foot, but bear in mind that the course runs through hilly terrain at the foot of a mountain, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Of course, you will need to do lots of walking across expansive grounds once you arrive at the temples, so you may prefer to save the energy for that and take advantage of the buses that run between the sites at 10-15 minute intervals.
The day tour launches from Kinkakuji. Please refer to the Access Map webpage for transportation options to get to the starting point. Note that the course we are suggesting here runs from Kinkakuji and ends at Ninnaji, but it’s perfectly fine to go in the opposite direction. In fact, if you are coming to the area from the Arashiyama district, which is closer to Ninnaji, we would recommend that.
Take the No. 59 bus from the Kinkakuji-mae stop, bound for Ryoanji/Yamagoe
5minutes(about 16 minutes on foot)
Take the No. 59 bus from the Ryoanji-mae stop, bound for Ryoanji/Yamagoe
3minutes（about 11 minutes on foot）
This completes the day tour of the three World Heritage Sites along the Kinukake-no-michi Road. We hope you had an enjoyable day.
Please refer to the Transportation Guide webpage for information back to lodgings and other areas of the city.