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Getting to Mount Koya

By train
  • 2 h
  • ¥ 1,690 - 2,480

Koyasan is most conveniently accessed by Nankai Railway from Osaka's Namba or Shin-Imamiya stations. Take the Nankai Koya Line from either station to the Gokurakubashi terminal station. A few limited express trains operate directly to Gokurakubashi (80 minutes, 1680 yen, every 1-3 hours). Otherwise take an express or rapid express train (100 minutes, 890 yen, every 20-30 minutes), most of which require a transfer at Hashimoto Station along the way.

At Gokurakubashi, transfer to the cablecar which travels up the mountain to Koyasan. The ride takes about five minutes and costs 500 yen. From the top station, it is a ten minute bus ride into the town center (300 yen to Senjuinbashi bus stop). Note that it is not permitted to walk along the street which connects the cablecar station with the town center.

To save money consider using the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket or Kansai Thru Pass.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

The temples of Koyasan form a small town on the wooded mountain, about 1000 meters above sea level. Most visitors arrive by cablecar to Koyasan Station, which is a ten minute bus or taxi ride from Koyasan's town center. Note that it is not permitted to walk along the street between the cablecar station and the town center.

The town of Koyasan is relatively flat and many of its attractions are easily explored on foot. Most of the sites, including the Garan, Kongobuji and the Reihokan Museum are located in the town center, a short walk away from the Senjuinbashi intersection. Among the main attractions, only Okunoin stands outside of the town center at the eastern end of the town. At the western end of the town stands Daimon Gate, the traditional point of entry to Koyasan.

Three bus routes serve the town: the main line connects Koyasan Station with Okunoin, a second line connects Koyasan Station with Daimon Gate, and a third line connects Daimon Gate with Okunoin. All bus lines pass the Senjuinbashi intersection at the center of town, where the Koyasan Tourist Information Center is located.

Koyasan Bus Network:

A good audio guide is available from the Koyasan Central Tourist Information Center for a 500 yen rental fee. The audio guide is provided in five languages (English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and French) and may be checked out between 8:30 and 16:30 to be returned by the following morning. It offers detailed explanations about almost all the local sites of interest.

Passes and Tickets

The following discount tickets are available for visitors to Koyasan. Note that the Japan Rail Pass does not cover access to Koyasan or transportation inside Koyasan.

  • Combination Ticket (2500 yen)
    This ticket provides admission to many points of interest on Koyasan, including Kongobuji, the Kondo Hall and Daito Pagoda at the Garan, the Reihokan Museum and the Tokugawa Mausoleum. It also entitles holders to participate in a jukai service at Daishi Kyokai. It is available at the Koyasan tourist information offices and can be used over multiple days.
  • Koyasan World Heritage Ticket (3080 yen) - more details
    The Koyasan World Heritage Ticket is available from Nankai Namba, Shin-Imamiya and Tengachaya Stations for 3080 yen and includes a round trip ticket from Osaka to Koyasan, unlimited bus travel within Koyasan town and discounted admission to Kongobuji, the Reihokan Museum and the Kondo Hall and Daito Pagoda at the Garan. The World Heritage Ticket is valid over two consecutive days.
  • Kansai Thru Pass (4380 or 5400 yen) - more details
    The Kansai Thru Pass may pay off if you visit Koyasan in combination with other places in the Kansai Region. Alternatively the pass can make sense to those who stay at Koyasan for more than two days, as the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket is only valid on two consecutive calendar days, while the Kansai Thru Pass can be used on non-consecutive days.
  • 1-Day Bus Pass (840 yen)
    A one day bus pass provides unlimited use of buses on Koyasan on one calendar day. It can be purchased at the upper station of the Koyasan Cablecar.

Hotels around Mount Koya

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    • Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Koyasan and within 37 km of Tama Museum, Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo features a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This 2-star guest house offers luggage storage space. Itakiso Shrine is 44 km from the guest house and Jodo-ji Temple is 44 km away. Guests at the guest house will be able to enjoy activities in and around Koyasan, like hiking. Kishi Station is 37 km from Guest House Suzumeno Kakurembo, while Matsushita Park is 44 km away. 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. The 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated 45 km from Matsushita Park. At the guest house, rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. At Koyasan Guest House Tommy each room comes with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers an ? la carte or American breakfast. Itakiso Shrine is 45 km from Koyasan Guest House Tommy, while Jodo-ji Temple is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 61 km from the guest house.
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    • Guest House hachi hachi
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Guest House hachi hachi is 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 property is non-smoking and is set 43 km from Matsushita Park. At the guest house, rooms come with a desk. Guests at Guest House hachi hachi can enjoy a continental breakfast. Itakiso Shrine is 43 km from the accommodation, while Jodo-ji Temple is 44 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 60 km from Guest House hachi hachi.
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    • ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin
      Luxury
      Situated in Koyasan, within 39 km of Tama Museum and 39 km of Kishi Station, ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 4-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. Guests can enjoy garden views. At the ryokan the rooms include air conditioning and a safety deposit box. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin. Matsushita Park is 46 km from the accommodation, while Itakiso Shrine is 46 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from ‚–μŽR ^“c–V ˜@‰Ψ’θ‰@ Rengejoin.
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    • 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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    • Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin
      Mid-range
      Located in Koyasan, within 39 km of Tama Museum and 39 km of Kishi Station, Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin provides accommodation with a garden and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The ryokan features family rooms. At the ryokan, each room includes a wardrobe. Each room comes with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms at Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin have a balcony. At the accommodation all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin can enjoy a vegetarian breakfast. Matsushita Park is 45 km from the ryokan, while Itakiso Shrine is 45 km away. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 62 km from Koyasan Shukubo Fudoin.
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    • Koyasan 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 Koyasan 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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    • Yochi-in
      Mid-range
      Located in the sacred Mount Koya area, Yochi-in 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 Yochi-in 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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    • Jokiin
      Mid-range
      Located in Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jokiin offers free private parking. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Rooms have a shared bathroom. Jokiin features free WiFi throughout the property. There is luggage storage space at the property. Guests can participate in the morning prayers upon request. The property is a minute's walk from Kongobu-ji Temple. The temple building is also situated nearby.
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    • Sojiin
      Luxury
      Located at the heart of Mount Koya, Sojiin offers Japanese-style accommodations in a Buddhist temple. Vegan meals are served for dinner and breakfast. Sakai is 42 km from Soji. The nearest airport is Kansai International Airport, 40 km from the property.
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