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travel to koya san

Travel to Koya San

Hi Daniel
Can we use our JR pass to travel from either Kyoto or Osaka to Koya San.? Also what is the best way to get there from either of the two cities. As always your advice will be much appreciated.


Hi there,

The JR Pass can be used for part of the way to Koya. Namely the part Kyoto - Shin-Imamiya is covered by the JR Pass. From there you can use the Nankai Express to Gokurabashi, the station for Koya. The Nankai express requires a separate fee of ¥870.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you Daniel for your invaluable help so far in building up our itinerary. Sorry to bother you again due to our relative inexperience in travelling to a country where language will be a challenge for travellers like ourselves (in their 50s).
Our total stay in Japan is 14 nights.
Tokyo: 3 nights
Koa San 2 nights. It is pre arranged, where we will meet our friends for two nights.

The following places we would like to visit are:

1)Kyoto (understandably we would take some day trip to nearby places of interests)
3)Magome to Tsumago

Then return to Tokyo for one night to catch the flight back home the next day. May I add the order of the places of our intended visits is not ironclad. We would like your advice on the best way to cover these places with our JR Pass and some trip with private network of transport i.e. Trains and buses.
I thank you in advance for your contribution to make our trip enjoyable.


Hi again!

I've posted a replay to your question here:

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