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The Koyasan World Heritage Ticket by Nankai Railway is a rail pass providing a round trip to Mount Koya by Nankai Railway, unlimited travel on buses on Mount Koya and discounted admission to selected tourist attractions on up to two consecutive days.

Koyasan World Heritage Ticket
TypeDigital ticketPaper ticket
Regular Version (from Namba or Shin-Imamiya)3,140 yen3,540 yen
Limited Express Version (from Namba or Shin-Imamiya)n/a4,090 yen

The map below shows the train (in red), cablecar (in orange) and bus lines (in blue) to be used for the round trip and within the free area of the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket:

Validity

Round trip

  1. The round trip is to be done by a train along the Nankai Koya Line between Osaka and Gokurakubashi at the foot of Mount Koya and by the Koyasan Cablecar between Gokurakubashi Station and Koyasan Station at the top of the mountain.
  2. The "regular version" of the ticket is valid on all trains along the Nankai Koya Line except limited express trains (tokkyu). Ticket holders may ride a limited express by paying the limited express supplement fee of 790 yen one way.
  3. The "limited express version" additionally allows the ticket holder to ride a limited express train from Osaka to Gokurakubashi but not in the opposite direction. Ticket holders who wish to ride a limited express back to Osaka, as well, can do so by paying the limited express supplement fee of 790 yen.
  4. You cannot get off and leave a station between your departure station and the free area.

Free area

  1. Unlimited use of buses in the town of Mount Koya.

Other conditions

  1. The ticket is valid on up to two consecutive calendar days.
  2. The ticket provides discounted admission to the Reihokan Museum (200 yen off) and the Kondo Hall (100 yen off) and Daito Pagoda (100 yen off) at the Garan. The paper ticket (but not the digital ticket) also provides discounted admission to the Kongobuji (200 yen off).

Points of sale

The Koyasan World Heritage Ticket can be purchased either as a conventional paper ticket or as a digital ticket. Digital tickets are cheaper, but do not include the discount for admission for Kongobuji and have no limited express version. Paper tickets can be purchased at ticket counters at railway stations of Nankai Railway, including Namba, Shin-Imamiya and Kansai Airport, while digital tickets can be purchased online through the official website.

Assessment

The Koyasan World Heritage Ticket is a good deal, as it is likely to come cheaper than regular tickets while also providing convenience. Regular tickets for a round trip by train and bus from Osaka into central Koyasan town cost 3460 yen alone, compared to 3140-3540 yen for the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket. Any additional use of buses on Koyasan and the discounts on admission to selected sightseeing spots make it an even better deal.

Alternative tickets

Depending on your itinerary, a Kansai Railway Pass can be an alternative worth considering, especially if you do extensive travel in the Kansai Region besides your trip to Koyasan or stay on the mountain for more than two days.

Hotels around Mount Koya

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    • Guest House hachi hachi
      Budget-friendly
      Offering quiet street views, Guest House hachi hachi is an accommodation situated in Koyasan, 37 km from Tama Museum and 37 km from Kishi Station. The 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi. The accommodation features full-day security and luggage storage space for guests. At the guest house, each unit includes a desk. All units have a tatami. A bicycle rental service is available at the guest house. Matsushita Park is 43 km from Guest House hachi hachi, while Itakiso Shrine is 43 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 60 km from the accommodation.
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    • Koyasan Guest House Tommy
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Koyasan Guest House Tommy is located in Koyasan, 38 km from Tama Museum and 38 km from Kishi Station. Among the facilities at this property are luggage storage space and bicycle parking, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house features family rooms. At the guest house, every unit has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. A fridge and kettle are also provided. There is a coffee shop on-site. Matsushita Park is 45 km from the guest house, while Itakiso Shrine is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 61 km from Koyasan Guest House Tommy.
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    • ‚–์ŽR h–V ŒbŒ๕‰@ -Koyasan Syukubo Ekoin Temple-
      Mid-range
      A 1000 year-old Buddhist temple, Shukubo Koya-san Eko-in offers Japanese-style accommodation, a beautiful garden and free WiFi. Guests are free to attend Buddhist morning services, the Goma fire ritual and meditation. Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring, comfortable futon bedding and paper sliding screens. They are fitted with an LCD TV and a safe. Bathroom facilities are shared, and the public baths are open 16:00-22:00 and 06:00-09:00 daily. Shukubo Temple is close to other ancient Buddhist buildings such as Kongobu-ji Temple, which is a 10-minute walk. The Ichi-no-Hashi entrance to the ancient Okuno-In Temple is a 3-minute walk away. Guests can experience group meditation, and they can write Buddhist texts with a brush and ink on scrolls at their room. They can also go hiking in the scenic surroundings of Koya-san Eko-in. The temple has a lounge with a PC corner. Meals are served at the guest room at scheduled times and feature Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, and gluten-free meals can be requested at an additional fee. Groups of 4 or more persons dine at the Japanese-style dining room, where chairs can be provided upon advance request.
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    • ‚–์ŽR h–V •s“ฎ‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin-
      Mid-range
      Offering a garden and garden view, ‚–์ŽR h–V •s“ฎ‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin- is located in Koyasan, 39 km from Kishi Station and 45 km from Matsushita Park. Providing free private parking, the 3-star ryokan is 39 km from Tama Museum. The ryokan features family rooms. At the ryokan, all units come with a wardrobe. Every unit has air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and certain units at the ryokan have a balcony. At the ryokan, the units include bed linen and towels. Itakiso Shrine is 45 km from the ryokan, while Jodo-ji Temple is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from ‚–์ŽR h–V •s“ฎ‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin-.
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    • ‚–์ŽR h–V —ด๒‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Ryusenin-
      Mid-range
      Offering a garden and garden view, ‚–์ŽR h–V —ด๒‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Ryusenin- is set in Koyasan, 39 km from Kishi Station and 45 km from Matsushita Park. Offering free private parking, the 3-star ryokan is 39 km from Tama Museum. Shipporyu-ji Temple is 46 km from the ryokan and Subaru Hall is 48 km away. Units are fitted with a shared bathroom with slippers. At the ryokan, the units have air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Itakiso Shrine is 45 km from the ryokan, while Jodo-ji Temple is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from ‚–์ŽR h–V —ด๒‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Ryusenin-.
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    • ‚–์ŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰ุ’่‰@ -Koyasan Sanadabo Rengejoin-
      Luxury
      Situated in Koyasan and only 39 km from Tama Museum, ‚–์ŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰ุ’่‰@ -Koyasan Sanadabo Rengejoin- features accommodation with garden views, free WiFi and free private parking. The air-conditioned accommodation is 39 km from Kishi Station. The ryokan has a public bath and luggage storage space. There is a private bathroom with bidet in some units, along with bathrobes, slippers and a hair dryer. The ryokan offers an Asian or vegan breakfast. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Matsushita Park is 46 km from ‚–์ŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰ุ’่‰@ -Koyasan Sanadabo Rengejoin-, while Itakiso Shrine is 46 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 2-star accommodation, Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo is set in Koyasan, 37 km from Tama Museum and 37 km from Kishi Station. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, full-day security and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. Matsushita Park is 44 km away and Itakiso Shrine is 44 km from the guest house. At the guest house, some units are soundproof. Jodo-ji Temple is 44 km from the guest house, while Shipporyu-ji Temple is 44 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 60 km from Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo.
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    • ‚–์ŽR h–V ‘ๅ–พ‰ค‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Daimyououin-
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, ‚–์ŽR h–V ‘ๅ–พ‰ค‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Daimyououin- is set in Koyasan, 39 km from Kishi Station and 45 km from Matsushita Park. The air-conditioned accommodation is 39 km from Tama Museum, and guests can benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. The ryokan features a public bath and full-day security. At the ryokan, the units are fitted with a tatami, a flat-screen TV, a shared bathroom, bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the garden. Itakiso Shrine is 45 km from the ryokan, while Jodo-ji Temple is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from ‚–์ŽR h–V ‘ๅ–พ‰ค‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Daimyououin-.
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    • ‚–์ŽR h–V ผ‘T‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Saizenin-
      Mid-range
      Located in the sacred Koyasan area, Saizenin offers simple accommodation surrounded by mountains and many temples. Originally developed as a lodging for the templesf pilgrims, it conducts Buddhist services every morning that guests can attend. Nankai Koyasan Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, each room comes with a flat-screen TV and a seating area. A safety deposit box is also provided. The ‚–์ŽR h–V ผ‘T‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Saizenin- features luggage storage and free parking. Kansai International Airport is 40 km away. Nankai Namba Train Station in Osaka is a 2-hour train ride from the proprety. Healthy vegetarian meals are served in the guest room or in the dining room for dinner and breakfast.
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    • ‚–์ŽR h–V ๗’r‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Yochiin-
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      Located in the sacred Mount Koya area, ‚–์ŽR h–V ๗’r‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Yochiin- is a historic temple and an accommodation for visitors. Just to the left of entering sanmon gate, there is a stone garden created by the famous Mirei Shigemori and designated a natural monument by the Japanese government. Guests can experience temple activities such as meditation, sutra copying and tracing of Buddhist deities at an additional charge, if reserved in advance. Guests can also participate in morning prayers, which do not require reservation. All rooms at ‚–์ŽR h–V ๗’r‰@ -Koyasan Shukubo Yochiin- are Japanese-style and feature tatami (woven-straw) floors. Traditional futon bedding, a TV, fan and heater are provided. Bathroom and toilet are shared with other guests. The spacious public baths feature a hot tub. On-site luggage storage is available. Guests with reservations that include a meal can enjoy delicately prepared homemade vegetarian meals featuring seasonal dishes. Convenience stores are located within a 3-minute walking distance from the property. It is a 10-minute walk from the famous Kongobuji Temple. Guests can visit the Buddhist temple, Danjogaran, just a 3-minute walk away.
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