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Apple House Kyoto is in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the northeast of Kyoto, in the foothills of Mt. Hiei. Many of Kyoto's famous temples and shrines are on the east and north, so you will have walking and cycling access to numerous famous sights, and transportation links to anywhere else.

Address: 5-20 Yamanohana-cho, Shugakuin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Japan has one of the finest public transportation systems in the world, and Kyoto is part of it.

Arriving by train at Kyoto Station: Please take the subway (Karasuma Line ) north to Matsugasaki Station. We will pick you up there.

Getting around Kyoto:
Riding a bicycle is the best way to explore Kyoto's wonderful back streets, and we provide two bicycles free of charge.



The nearest bus stop, Shugakuin Rikyu michi, is just 5 minutes walk from Apple House. The frequent Number 5 bus runs south along Kyoto's eastern side past the Silver Pavilion "Ginkakuji" ( 10 minutes ), Nanzenji, the zoo, Heian Shrine, and towards the nightlife and shopping districts of Gion ( 30 minutes ), Shijo-Kawaramachi and on southwards to Kyoto Station. There is a bus every 10 minutes during the day.


Shugakuin station is 10 minutes walk from Apple House and has an excellent train service south to Demachiyanagi ( 8 minutes - convenient for the Imperial Palace and Kyoto University ). Here you can change to the Keihan Line which leads to Sanjo-Keihan, Gion and on to Central Osaka ( about 55 minutes by express ). Heading north from Shugakuin you will arrive in the wonderful village of Kurama, with its traditional houses, temple and hot springs.


Public transport from the city center back to Shugakuin finishes at around 11:15 p.m. Taxis are plentiful and cost ( approximately ) ¥2,300 from Gion or Shijo-Kawaramachi after midnight.

Walking Map with pop-up photo guidance
Start from Eizan Shugakuin station or the Shugakuin Rikyu michi bus stop
and click on the red dots in the map below for picture guidance along the route.

Click the image below to download a PDF showing
some of the attractions near Apple House Kyoto.