Bus route maps of Koyasan and places to see around each bus stop
When visiting Koyasan by train, the local buses operated by "Nankai Rinkan Bus" are the main means of transportation for sightseeing in Center of Koyasan.
This page describes the main bus routes, free tickets, and set tickets of the Nankai Rinkan Bus. Detailed maps of sightseeing spots and Shukubo along the bus routes are also provided for each bus stop.
The bus route in the center of Koyasan begins at Koyasan Station on the cable. From Koyasan Station, first go through the bus lane and enter the town on the mountain from Nyonindo (Women's Hall).
The route splits into two at "Senjuinbashi" Bus Stop in the center of town.
The "Senju Daimon Line (Route 31)" going west can take you to "Kondo mae" or "Daimon" (the last stop is "Daimon minami Chushajo mae"). If you want to start sightseeing immediately after arriving at Koyasan Station, we recommend taking this line. Buses to "Daimon minami Chushajo Mae" depart approximately once an hour.
In addition to Route 31, there is also Route 32 on the Senju Daimon Line to the Daimon Minami Chushajo Mae. 32 goes via Daito-guchi on the north side of Danjo Garan, instead of Kondo mae on the south side of Danjo Garan. However, since Line 32 runs only about once a day, its route and stops are not shown on the map.
The "Koyasan Inner Sanctuary Route (routes 21, 22, 23, and 24)," which goes to the east, is used when going to Okunoin (the Inner Sanctuary) or to Shukubo or ryokan in the eastern part of Koyasan. Buses to Okunoin are available every 20 to 30 minutes during the daytime.
The difference between routes 21 and 22 is whether they pass through the street right in front of "Ichinohashi" at the entrance to Okunoin ; route 22 passes through "Okunoin guchi" which is closer to Ichinohashi, but since route 21 also passes through "Ichinohashi Exit" stop, there is not much to worry about.
Line 23 does not go to "Okunoin mae" but turns back at "Okunoin guchi" nearest Ichinohashi bridge.
Route 24 goes to "Sakura-toge-shita," which is located beyond the front of Okunoin.
Despite these differences, any of the "Koya-sannai lines (routes 21, 22, 23, and 24)" can be used for sightseeing and visiting the central and eastern parts of Koyasan and Okunoin.
"Koya-sannai lines" also includes another line, Route 51, which does not go to Koyasan Station but runs east-west between "Daimon Minami Chushajo mae" and "Okunoin mae" via Daimon, Kondo mae, and Senjuinbashi, etc., and can be used for sightseeing in Koyasan.
The "Uguisudani Line (Route 34)" goes northeast from the Takano Police Station to Nakanohashi Cemetery.
There is also the Koya Ryujin Line (Route 12), which goes to Gomadanzan via the Ryujin Skyline, and the Tachisato Line (Route 11), which also goes to Arakami and Tachisato via the Ryujin Skyline, but these are express buses and reservations are required.
Except for the "Senju Daimon Line" and the "Koya-sannai lines," there are only about one to three runs per day.
Nankai Rinkan Bus offers one-day free tickets that offer discounts on admission and other fees, as well as combination tickets with railroads and other bus routes. Depending on the means of transportation you will use to get to Koyasan, please compare which ticket is more advantageous for you.
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Free one-day pass
The One-Day Free Pass is a ticket that allows unlimited rides on bus routes within Koyasan for one day. The fare is 840 yen (420 yen for children) and can be purchased at the Nankai Rinkan Bus office window in front of Koyasan Cable Station.
There are many other benefits, but those related to tourism are listed below.
* 2 discount on entrance fee：Konpon Daito and Kondo in Danjo Garan,Kongobuji Temple, northeast of Danjo Garan
* 200 yen discount for admission (100 yen discount for children)：Koyasan Reihokan, south of Danjo Garan
Other discounts are also available for souvenirs and food and beverages. For details, please see Nankai Rinkan Bus One-Day Free Pass.Table of Contents
Combination ticket with Nankai Railway
Nankai Railway offers a combination rail and bus ticket called the "Koyasan/World Heritage Ticket.
This set includes a round-trip ticket (including cable) between major Nankai Railway stations such as Namba, Shin-Imamiya, and Tenka-chaya in Osaka and Koyasan Station, and a free ticket for the Nankai Rinkan Bus.
The key point is that both the rail and bus tickets are valid for two days. The bus ticket is a "2-day free ticket" instead of the "1-day free ticket" mentioned above, and is recommended if you want to visit the highlights of the mountain over a period of 2 days.
This free ticket also includes a discount service coupon for worship, souvenirs, and food and beverages.
The fare varies depending on the boarding station, but if you ride from Namba, the fare is 3080 yen (1550 yen for children), which is 640 yen cheaper than the usual fare.
For more information about the "Koyasan World Heritage Ticket
The following are Shukubo located northeast of Danjo Garan. The nearest bus stop is "Daito-guchi", but since very few buses pass through here, we will guide you on the assumption that you get off at the "Kongobuji mae" stop and walk.
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The following Shukubo are located northwest of Danjo Garan. The nearest bus stops are "Koyasan Koko mae" and "Daito guchi", but since very few buses pass through here, we assume that you will get off at the "Atagomae" stop and walk.
This is the last stop on the Senju Daimon Line. Park your car at the "Daimon Minami Chushajo (Daimon South Parking Lot)" or "Otasuke Jizo-mae Parking Lot," and use the bus for sightseeing in the mountains.
"Otasuke Jizoson" is a Jizo who was saved by an old man in Kumano and brought to Koyasan. To repay his kindness, he is said to listen to everyone's wishes one by one.
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"Odawara dori" Bus Stop (小田原通り)
From here, we will guide you to the stops on the Koyasan Inner Sanctuary Route to "Okunoin (the Inner Sanctuary) Mae," east of Senjuinbashi.
The first bus stop on the route heading east from the Senjuinbashi bus stop is "Odawara-dori (Odawara Street)". Odawara-dori is the main street of Koyasan and is also a gourmet street with many restaurants and souvenir shops.