How to get from Osaka to Koyasan [OPTIONS + PRICES + DURATION]

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Traveling through Japan is really simple, you can go by train to almost anywhere, and where the train does not arrive the buses do. And as part of our comprehensive guide to Japan, we want to review how to make the most important journeys you’re sure to make during your trip to Japan. So today we tell you how to get from Osaka to Koyasan.

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Where’s Koyasan?

Koyasan is best known for being one of the most important centers of Buddhism within Japan and because Mount Koya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This village is located about 90 kilometers south of Osaka. It is located in Wakayama Prefecture, within the Kansai region of central Japan. You can see it more clearly on our map of Japan.

What’s the best way to get from Osaka to Koyasan?

Koyasan is a village located on top of Mount Koya, and access from Osaka is not entirely easy unless you do it by private vehicle. If you want to go by public transport, as was our case, you must prepare for a combination of train, funicular and bus.

Keep in mind that there are several ways to go, so we’re going to tell you one of the simplest and the one we use.

The first part of your journey will be to take a train from the Nankai Koya Line, a line of the private company Nankai Electric Railroad (the JR Pass is not valid here). This train can be taken from several stops within Osaka, being the closest to downtown Namba, Shinimamiya and Tengachaya, so choose the closest to your hotel (in our case was Shinimamiya). You must get off at Gokurakubashi station, which is the last stop on the route (it will take you about 75 minutes to get off).

Once at Gokurakubashi station you will have to walk a few steps to get on the funicular that will take you directly, in about 5 minutes, to Koyasan station.

And finally you must leave the station and take one of the buses that go to the village of Koyasan. Depending on which accommodation you are going to you will have to take one bus or another, so you will always find attendees telling them your destination will tell you the right bus. In about 15 minutes you’ll be at your destination.

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How much does it cost to go to Koyasan?

As I mentioned before, JR doesn’t do this route, so whatever you have or don’t have the JR Pass, you will have to pay to go to Koyasan.

Although we normally indicate one-way prices, in this case you have to bear in mind that it is possible to buy a two-day ‘voucher’ to go and return to Koyasan (includes all the transports I have indicated above) and the possibility of unlimited use of Koyasan buses for 2,860 JPY per person.

This ‘voucher’ must be purchased at the ticket offices of one of the Nankai Koya Line stations. They will give you the round trip tickets as well as the unlimited bus ticket.


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How to search for trains and timetables between Osaka and Koyasan?

If you want to search for trains between Osaka and Koyasan, the best way is through Hyperdia, a website (also has an application for mobile phones) in which are all the train routes in Japan.

In this post we tell you more about how Hyperdia works and how to search depending on whether or not you have the JR Pass.

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