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Travel Smart in Wakayama

BUS

Board a bus for easy access to the mountaintop temple complex of Koyasan. Travel direct from Kyoto, go straight from Nanki-Shirahama Airport or ride a bus that links Koyasan with the Kumano Sanzan—the grand shrines of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.
Area: Koyasan
Kyoto-Koyasan Direct Highway Bus
FARES:
From Kyoto Station Hachijo Exit:
2,500 yen - one-way ticket
Period:
Daily from September 18, 2020, to November 30, 2020
Area: Koyasan
Koyasan and Kumano Sanzan Discovery by Bus
FARES:
One-way ticket:
Adults ¥2,000/Children ¥1,000
Online Booking:
Adults ¥1,800/Children ¥900
Period:
Daily April 1st - Nov. 30th
Area: Koyasan
Airport Limousine Bus
FARES:
One-way ticket:
Adults ¥2,000/Children ¥1,000
Online Booking:
Adults ¥1,800/Children ¥900
Period:
Daily Sep. 18th - Nov. 30th

TRAIN

Purchase a train pass for convenient and economical travel in the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Wakayama, Nara and Hyogo). Jump on and off trains across the whole area with one travel card (Kansai One Pass) or select a two-day Nankai All Line pass that connects Osaka and Wakayama (including access to Koyasan).
Area: Koyasan
Kansai One Pass
FARES:
Initial cost of ¥3,000
(¥2,500 of travel fare plus a refundable 500 yen deposit)
Period:
The card has no expiration date.
Area: Koyasan
NANKAI ALL LINE 2day Pass
FARES:
Purchase from official site:
¥2,000
Purchase from official vendor in Japan:
¥2,100
Period:
From April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

BUS

Bus routes crisscross the Kii peninsula making travel easy between Wakayama's key spots. Board a bus from Nanki-Shirahama Airport to the prefecture's coastal cities such as Kushimoto and Taiji, or head into the heart of the Kii mountain range to visit Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.
Area: Kumano
Koyasan and Kumano Sanzan Discovery by Bus
FARES:
One-way ticket:
Adults ¥2,000/Children ¥1,000
Online Booking:
Adults ¥1,800/Children ¥900
Period:
Daily April 1st - Nov. 30th
Area: Kumano
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Hongu Limousine Bus
FARES:
ONE-WAY FARES:
Kii-Tanabe Station to Takijiri: ¥970
Kii-Tanabe Station to Hongu Taisha-mae:
¥2,100
Period:
Service is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Area: Kumano
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Shingu Limousine Bus
FARES:
ONE-WAY FARES:
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Shingu:
¥3,200
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Kii-Katsuura, Taiji Station:
¥2,600
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Kushimoto Station, Kushimoto Omisaki:
¥2,000
Period:
Service year-round.

TRAIN

If you want to dig deeper into Kansai culture, consider purchasing a pass that will give you access to much of the region. The Kansai WIDE Area PASS and Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass are valid on Kansai's vast train network allowing you to visit many of the hotspots.
Area: Kumano
Kansai WIDE Area PASS
FARES:
Passes purchased outside of Japan:
¥9000
Passes purchased in Japan:
¥10,000
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Kumano
Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
FARES:
From a travel agent outside Japan
Adult: ¥11,210 (Child: ¥5,600)
From an official vendor in Japan or online
Adult: ¥12,220Yen (Child: ¥6,110)
Note:Child:
6 to 11 years of age
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Kumano
Kansai One Pass
FARES:
Initial cost of ¥3,000
(¥2,500 of travel fare plus a refundable 500 yen deposit)
Period:
The card has no expiration date.

BUS

Shirahama is the perfect blend of beach fun and hot sping relaxation, and Kushimoto is a diving and sushi lovers paradise. Access the areas easily by boarding a bus from multiple locations, including Osaka, Kyoto and Nanki-Shirahama Airport.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Kyoto to Shirahama Bus
FARES:
Range from ¥3,200 to ¥6,300 depending on final destination and type of ticket.
Period:
Service year-round.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Osaka to Shirahama Bus
FARES:
Range from ¥2,420 to ¥11,160 depending on boarding / final destination and type of ticket.
Period:
Service year-round.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Shingu Limousine Bus
FARES:
ONE-WAY FARES:
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Shingu:
¥3,200
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Kii-Katsuura, Taiji Station:
¥2,600
Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Kushimoto Station, Kushimoto Omisaki:
¥2,000
Period:
Service year-round.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Meiko Bus Shirahama Onsen Pass
FARES:
One-day ticket:
Adult ¥1,100/Children ¥550
Two-day ticket:
Adult ¥1,500/Children ¥750
Three-day ticket:
¥1,700/Children ¥850
Period:
All year

TRAIN

Access the coastal cities of Shirahama and Kushimoto by train and enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery, tasty local cuisine, relaxing hot springs and beautiful beaches. The train line that skirts the peninsula edge connects all the coastal cities and offers sweeping ocean during the journey.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Kansai WIDE Area PASS
FARES:
Passes purchased outside of Japan:
¥9000
Passes purchased in Japan:
¥10,000
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
FARES:
From a travel agent outside Japan
Adult: ¥11,210 (Child: ¥5,600)
From an official vendor in Japan or online
Adult: ¥12,220Yen (Child: ¥6,110)
Note:Child:
6 to 11 years of age
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Shirahama / Kushimoto
Kansai One Pass
FARES:
Initial cost of ¥3,000
(¥2,500 of travel fare plus a refundable 500 yen deposit)
Period:
The card has no expiration date.

TRAIN

Be sure to include Wakayama City into your Kansai travel itinerary. The prefectural capital is centered around striking Wakayama Castle and is a hub of history, culture and cuisine. Train passes open up Wakayama and the whole Kansai region for exploration.
Area: Wakayama City
Kansai WIDE Area PASS
FARES:
Passes purchased outside of Japan:
¥9000
Passes purchased in Japan:
¥10,000
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Wakayama City
Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
FARES:
From a travel agent outside Japan
Adult: ¥11,210 (Child: ¥5,600)
From an official vendor in Japan or online
Adult: ¥12,220Yen (Child: ¥6,110)
Note:Child:
6 to 11 years of age
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Wakayama City
Kansai One Pass
FARES:
Initial cost of ¥3,000
(¥2,500 of travel fare plus a refundable 500 yen deposit)
Period:
The card has no expiration date.
Area: Wakayama City
NANKAI ALL LINE 2day Pass
FARES:
Purchase from official site:
¥2,000
Purchase from official vendor in Japan:
¥2,100
Period:
From April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

TRAIN

Take a train trip off the beaten path to some of Wakayama's lesser-known spots. Get a vitamin C boost in one of the many orange groves, head to the home of soy sauce and enjoy plenty of local crafts and cuisine.
Area: Arida / Yuasa / Hidaka
Kansai WIDE Area PASS
FARES:
Passes purchased outside of Japan:
¥9000
Passes purchased in Japan:
¥10,000
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Arida / Yuasa / Hidaka
Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
FARES:
From a travel agent outside Japan
Adult: ¥11,210 (Child: ¥5,600)
From an official vendor in Japan or online
Adult: ¥12,220Yen (Child: ¥6,110)
Note:Child:
6 to 11 years of age
Period:
Available year-round.
Area: Arida / Yuasa / Hidaka
Kansai One Pass
FARES:
Initial cost of ¥3,000
(¥2,500 of travel fare plus a refundable 500 yen deposit)
Period:
The card has no expiration date.

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