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Travelling to and from Koyasan 2019/4/10 00:39
We (two adults, two teens) are travelling to Koyasan from Himeji in early August but I am getting confused as to how much I can use our JR pass for this journey. Can someone advise the best route in terms of JR pass benefit and also time-wise please?

After our stay, we are going to Kyoto, possible with a day stop off in Nara. Again, what is the best route from Koyasan to Kyoto to gain the benefit of the JR pass please?
by Maggiesan  

Re: Travelling to and from Koyasan 2019/4/10 13:08
You can't go all the way to Koyasan by JR. To save some money, you could look at getting a Koyasan World Heritage Pass.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2358_012.html
You can use JR up to Shinimamiya. The total time from Himeji to Koysan is about 3¾ hours.
You didn't say how much time you are putting into Himeji, but by all means, see the castle and Kokoen Garden - they are both excellent.
https://goo.gl/65ZtRi

For Koyasan, hopefully you are staying overnight there - it would really be too much as a day trip. No matter what, don't skip the Okunoin Cemetery - it's the crown jewel of the region and there is nothing else in Japan like it.
https://youtu.be/uquvCbWANBo
And if you want to see Okunoin at night as well (a unique experience), it would be far better to pick a temple that does not have any 9 PM curfew.
https://awesome-tours.jp/en/tour/night-tour-return-bus/
You don't need any tour though - you can just go there yourself.

As for Kyoto, just reverse the route, and from Shinimamiya, take JR to Kyoto. Use Hyperdia to check routes and times.
http://www.hyperdia.com
Under "More Options" be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box since you can't use that train with a JR Pass.

by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Travelling to and from Koyasan 2019/4/10 22:16
Thank you Ken, that's very helpful, and your tip re the heritage pass very useful. We're in Himeji two nights and Koyasan one night.
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