Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Getting to Gion from Kyoto station

There is no direct route by Subway? Using the subway planner.. say we should go from Kyoto to TOFUKUJI then up to SHIJO. Then walk up to the district.

Getting to Gion from Kyoto station

The only rail station in Gion is Gion-Shijo on the Keihan Railway. Technically, this line is not a subway, but a private railway, though it runs underground within the city center.

You can follow the direction given by Hyperdia, but it requires a transfer at Kyoto Station then another at Tofukuji.

The easiest way, of course, is to take a cab from Kyoto Station. The fare would be around 1,600 yen. Or you can take the subway Karasuma Line to Shijo (different from Gion-Shijo) then take a short cab ride. The fare should be 770 yen.

I often walk from Shijo to Gion--It only takes 15 minutes, but I don%26#39;t recommend doing so if you have heavy luggage. Can you tell us where in Gion you%26#39;re heading?

Getting to Gion from Kyoto station

%26gt;%26gt;Can you tell us where in Gion you%26#39;re heading?

I guess just the old district, I am really not sure. I guess where the tourists go and where there are things to do and eat.

What do you recommend?

Oh, I thought you%26#39;re going to your hotel with luggage . If you don%26#39;t have luggage with you, take the Karasuma Line to Shijo then walk to Gion. You%26#39;ll be going through the main entertainment district in Kyoto.

In Gion, I recommend Shirakawa, Chionin Temple, Maruyama Park, Kodaiji Temple, then walk Ninenzaka/Sannenzaka Corridor to Kiyomizu Temple. Don%26#39;t forget to go through Nishiki Market on the way from Shijo to Gion.

Take City subway from Kyoto terminal to Shijo sub way station.

Walk Shijo street to east. You will get to Gion area.

There is also City bus service from Kyoto, but it%26#39;s confusing. HOWEVER there is tourist info. desk at the station so, if you ask them how to get there by bus, they should be able to assist you the way you won%26#39;t get lost.

There is also an option to rent bicycle, but it may not be the best way to get around streets in Shijo and Sanjo as there are many pedestrians, motorcycles and cars. They don%26#39;t allow you to ride on side walks either. You have to push the bike.

If you are at Kyoto station, do use tourist info desk. Should help you quite a lot.

I have found Nishiki Market on a map, it seems like an easy walk from Shijo station. Along the way what other streets do I want to get on in order to get to the entertainment district of Gion?

Shijo, Sanjo, Teramachi, Shinkyogoku and Kawaramachi are major shopping streets. You will be enjoying all these streets around there.

Just walk around.

I recommend stopping by at a tourist information center and get a good map. There are two in Kyoto Station Building:鈥?/a>

Shijo Station is located on Shijo and Karasuma crossing. Make sure you start your walk on Shijo street and head east. At Shijo Station, follow the signs to Hankyu Railway and use Daimaru Exit 16--this is the easiest. If you go up to the ground level randomly, you%26#39;ll get lost.

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