How to travel between Iga Ueno and Kyoto
By Japan Railways (JR)
Take the JR Biwako/Tokaido Line from Kyoto to Kusatsu (25 minutes), then the JR Kusatsu Line to Tsuge (50 minutes) and then the JR Kansai Line to Iga-Ueno (15 minutes). At Iga-Ueno Station, change to the Iga Railway to Ueno-shi (5 minutes). The entire trip takes just under two hours and costs 1430 yen (1170 yen for JR and 260 yen for the Iga Railway). There is generally one connection per hour. The trip is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, the JR Kansai Area Pass and the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass except for the section of the Iga Railway.
By Kintetsu Railways
Access by Kintetsu Railways is slower and more expensive than by JR, but it is fully covered by the Kintetsu Rail Pass (except possible limited express fees) and as far as Iga-Kanbe by the Kansai Thru Pass. From Kyoto, take an express train along the Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Yamato-Yagi (60 minutes) and transfer to the Kintetsu Osaka Line to Iga-Kanbe (30 minutes). From Iga-Kanbe take the Iga Railway to Ueno-shi (25 minutes). The entire trip takes about 2.5 hours and costs 1780 yen. There is generally one connection per hour.
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Iga Ueno's most centrally located railway station is Uenoshi Station along the Iga Railway Line (formerly known as Kintetsu Iga Line). From the closest JR station, Iga Ueno Station, Uenoshi Station can be reached in a seven minute train ride along the Iga Railway Line (260 yen one way). All of Iga Ueno's major attractions are located in and around Ueno Park, a short walk north of Uenoshi Station.