Getting Around Wakayama


2018.04.10

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

  • Getting Around Wakayama

    Getting Around Wakayama

    If you’re traveling to Wakayama City from Osaka, probably the fast way to get there is by booking a ticket on the Kuroshio Express train. The train runs about once every hour. It stops at Shin-Osaka Station and Tennoji Station and rides on the train are covered by the Japan Rail Pass, which you should purchase if you plan on doing a lot of train travel in Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can be purchased in advance before arriving in Japan and a one-week pass costs 29,110 yen for adults and 14,550 yen for children. Without the Japan Rail Pass, the regular price for the journey from Osaka is 2,210 yen per person and takes about an hour.

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Getting Around Wakayama

    There are six regular train lines in Wakayama Prefecture. These trains are a convenient and reliable way to get to many major destinations at an affordable price. Trains usually come once every six minutes and train travel generally starts out at around 190 yen and gradually increases the further you go. If you plan on traveling a lot in the area, the price can quickly add up, so it’s advisable to walk if it’s not too far.

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Getting Around Wakayama

    If you’re flying into or departing from Kansai Airport, there are several express buses that you can take. The buses pick up and drop off passengers along the Wakayama Line. One-way tickets can be purchased for 1,150 yen for adults and 580 yen for children. You can also purchase round-trip tickets valid within 14 days of purchase for 2,100 yen for adults.

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Koyasan is a popular area to visit for tourists in Wakayama. While it is possible to get there using the Wakayama Line, it will probably take much longer than some other options. For example, taking the JR Line and transferring to the Nankai Line will take about 2 ½ hours, whereas a car will save you about an hour on your trip. Once you get to Gokuraku-bashi Station, you can take a cable car to Koyasan Station.

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Getting Around Wakayama

    The Koyasan area has its own bus system with three lines to different attractions in the area. You can buy a one-day bus pass at Koyasan Station for 830 yen for unlimited bus use for one day. If you’re coming straight from Osaka to Koyasan, you can buy a Koyasan World Heritage Ticket for 2,860 yen that includes a round-trip train ticket from Osaka, unlimited bus use around Koyasan, and discounts on tourist attractions in the area. The World Heritage Ticket is also good for two consecutive days.

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Getting Around Wakayama

    Car rental is a good choice if you’re over 18 and have a valid international driver’s license. Renting a car costs around 5,000 yen a day and can save you a lot of time if you plan on exploring the countryside. There are a lot of beautiful hiking trails in the center of Wakayama Province that aren’t easily accessibly by public transportation, so renting a car is a bit of a necessity for those hoping to really get the most out of Wakayama’s natural sights. The upfront cost of renting a car seems rather expensive, but it saves money in the long run, since you don’t have to worry about trains, buses, and taxis.

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