I thought I should not tell anyone so that Hankyu can be filled as always and I can have Keihan all to myself. to a tourist, what is 50yen for the extra hassle (which isn’t. but ONE minute longer)? but since I was on budget and I travel to Kyoto pretty frequent, getting to know about this method is like saving me enough to buy myself a bowl of Gyudon with 4 trips down to Kyoto from Osaka.
the typical way to travel to Kawaramachi Station (at Gion Shijo) is by taking Hankyu’s train from Umeda Station. it costs 640yen from Namba. first Midosuji line, then Hankyu line.
the OTHER way is to interchange at Yodoyabashi station to Keihan line for Gion Shijo (also from Namba, of course). this method costs 590yen. and it takes the same amount of time. well, one minute difference. so first, Midosuji line, then Keihan line.
unless you are living in Umeda, I think taking Keihan is the cheapest normally. =). I lived near Namba =D.