Directions to Ben’s Guesthouse KYOTO
Here are directions to our guesthouse!
By Train + Bus (by train from Kyoto to Nijo, then bus from Nijo)
We recommend this method as the fastest if you have an included train fare to Nijo station (i.e. JR Rail Pass, or bullet train ticket, with inclusive fare to Nijo). If Kyoto to Nijo station will be a separate fare for you, please follow the directions below via bus direct from Kyoto station.
From Kyoto Station, take the JR San-in Line, aka Kameoka and Sonobe Line (platforms #31, #32, or #33, usually #32 at Kyoto Station), to ‘Nijo’ station (二条駅). It should be the 2nd station for regular trains or the 1st station for the express train. Limited express (not regular express) trains require an extra fee so don’t get on those trains. Exit the ticket gates and turn left towards the East roundabout/drop-off point. Walk on the left side of the roundabout towards the intersection/stoplight. When you get to the light you should see a bus stop on the left side.
From that ‘Nijo’ station bus stop, you may take any of the following bus numbers:
- Route/bus #6
- Route/bus #46
- Route/bus #55
- Route/bus #206 (clockwise circular route)
- Route/bus #201 (clockwise circular route)
From Nijo station bus stop, take it to the 3rd or 4th bus stop ‘sen-bon-naka-dachi-uri’ (千本中立売) stop, Stepping off the bus, head to the left (Southbound) and cross the intersection/stoplight in front of you.
After crossing the intersection, turn right (westbound). Please proceed straight through the “Kitano shopping arcade” on the left side of the street. The distance to the property is about 320 meters/1000 feet. Cross at the next intersection/stoplight, and we are located about five buildings down on the left hand side.
By Bus (direct from Kyoto station)
Here is a link to the PDF version of the Kyoto City bus map in case you would like to print it out prior to arrival:
If you come from Kyoto Station, please get on bus No. 6 or No. 206 “Kitaoji Buses Garage Line” from the bus stop A3 of Bus terminal in front of Kyoto Station Front Entrance.
The bus runs approximately every 15-30 minutes.
From Kyoto station, get off at the 14th bus stop ‘sen-bon-naka-dachi-uri’ (千本中立売).
Bus #50 departing from Kyoto station bus stop B2 will also take you to ‘sen-bon-naka-dachi-uri’ (千本中立売).
Stepping off the bus, head to the left (Southbound) and cross the intersection in front of you. After crossing the intersection, turn right (Westbound). Please proceed straight through the “Kitano shopping arcade” on the left side of the street. The distance to the property is about 320 meters/1000 feet. Cross at the next intersection/stoplight, and we are located about five buildings down on the left hand side.
***** Taxi *****
If you decide to take a taxi from Kyoto Station, it costs approximately 2000-2500 yen (varies depending on traffic conditions).
The easiest way to explain to the taxi driver is to have you taken to the ‘shi-chee-hon-matsu-naka-dachi-uri’ (七本松中立売) intersection. The guesthouse is located about five buildings west of the southwest corner of that intersection. The entrance faces a small little park/square across the street (has a phone booth).