questions & answers: itinerary check

koyasan & kumano then tokyo

Koyasan & Kumano then Tokyo


Hopefully you can offer some help and advice on my itinerary and the best route between the destinations.

Arrive 29th March - Depart 13th April

29 - Tokyo
30 - Tokyo
31 - Tokyo
1 - Tokyo
2 - Tokyo to Magome
3 - Magome/Tsumago to Takayama
4 - Takayama
5 - Takayama to Kyoto
6 - Kyoto
7 - Kyoto
8 - Kyoto to Koyasan
9 - Koyasan to Kumano
10 - Kumano
11 - Kumano
12 - Kumano to Tokyo
13 - Depart Tokyo

My questions are how to travel between a few of my destinations (ideally by JR Pass).

How long do the following journeys take and what is the best route?
Tokyo to Magome
Tsumago to Takayama
Kyoto to Koyasan
Koyasan to Kumano
Kumano to Tokyo

Many thanks in advance for any help.



Hi Sam!

Tsumago and Magome are amazing! Do you plan to walk the old Edo path?

Tokyo - Magome
Magome can be reached best by bus from Nakatsugawa Station (JR). Here is an example route. It takes about 196 Minutes and ¥ 12,150 (if you don't have a JR Pass).

Tsumago - Takayama.
First take the bus to Nagiso station, from there it's 220-260 minutes by rail depending what trains you are traveling on. Here are some examples.

Travel to Koya,
From Kyoto station, take a train to Osaka station, from where travel to JR Namba station. Here is an example route. At Namba transfer to the Nankai express which brings you to Gokurabahsi (the station from Koya). This website gives you more information on how to access Koya. The route all together will take at least 2.5H. Note that the Nankai express is not covered by the JR Pass.

Kumano Sightseeing and back to Tokyo
Kuamo is more a region that one place you can visit, it is located closely to Koya and it is not difficult to access. However sightseeing spots are spread throughout the area and thus it is hard to give you detailed route information. I would suggest taking a look at this website which explains how to travel around Kumano. When you travel to Tokyo the best way to to travel to Kii-Tanabe then via Wakayama to Shin-Osaka from where you can take the Shinkansen to Tokyo station. Here is an example route from Kiitanabe to Tokyo. Travel takes about 330 - 350 Minutes.

Note that time tables for April 2014 have not been published yet, so times may have changed a little by then.

I hope this helps!


Thank you very much Daniel, very useful advice. Yes I am planning on walking the old Edo path, glad you recommend it.

I will do some more research into exactly what I want to do in Kumano.

Thanks again



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