Local Busses
Highway Busses

Local Busses

The Kii-hanto peninsula covers a large area and includes three prefectures: Wakayama, Mie, and Nara. To service the local population there are many bus companies and sometimes their routes overlap. The bus companies almost always use the same bus stops. The following timetablesinclude all of the companies that run on these routes.

How to ride local busses >>

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Bus Route Map


The numbers on the map correspond to the bus timetables below. #10 & #14 are not written on this map and are placed in the approximate location.

Note: Multiple routes are sometimes included in one timetable for convenience. For example, #15 includes information from #3, #4, #8, #12, and #13. 

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Local Bus Timetables

  • 1. Kii-Tanabe & Shirahama -> Kumano Hongu Taisha
    Busses leaving from Kii-Tanabe make stops at Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen. This bus route is also important for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route with stops at Takijiri-oji and Hosshinmon-oji.
  • 3. Shingu -> Kumano Hongu Taisha -> Totsukawa -> Gojo
    This is the longest public bus route in Japan running through the center of the Kii-hanto Penninsula. Stops are also made in Kawayu Onsen and Yunomine Onsen. This bus runs from South to North. Not all of the buses run the entire route, covering only sections.
  • 7. Tanabe <--> Ryujin Onsen <--> Koyasan
    This timetable is for the bus running from Koyasan to/from Tanabe and Ryujin Onsen to/from Tanabe. There are no direct buses from Koyasan to Hongu, so visitors often take this bus and then transfer in Tanabe for a bus to Hongu, see timetable #1.


※ The bus between Ryujin Onsen and Koyasan does not run in the winter or during weekdays. Busses run on National holidays and everyday in August and during the end of October and beginning of November. Please refer to the calendar to the right for dates running which are marked with "YES". Note: a minimum of one transfer in Gomadanzan is necessary.

There are seasonal changes in bus schedules and we are trying to keep our data up to date. Please confirm times with schedules at bus stops. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Attention Japan Rail Pass Holders: JR busses do not service the route system.


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Bus Stops

JR Kii-Tanabe station

Bus stops 1 to 3 are for local busses.  Bus stops 4 and 5 are for highway busses.


Bound for:

● Ryujin Onsen
● Koyasan (Transfer at Gomadanzan)

Bound for:

● Takijiri
● Kurisugawa
● Yunomine Onsen
● Kawayu Onsen
● Kumano Hongu Taisha
● Hosshinmon-oji

Bound for:

● Shirahama Onsen

Bound for:

● Osaka
● Kyoto
● Tokyo

Gongen-mae bus stop (Shingu)


Shingu Map PDF >>

JR Nachi station 那智駅前 (Nachi)

Nachi-Katsuura Area Map PDF >>

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Koyasan Busses

Nankai-bus-350.jpgFrom Koyasan station to the village of Koyasan it is necessary to take a local bus.


The bus company in Koyasan is called Nankai Rinkan Bus. On their website is route, price, and how to use information.


Nankai Rinkan Bus website >>


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Highway Busses

Highway Express busses are a very inexpensive and easy way to travel to Tanabe and Shirahama. Many people like the freedom offered on trains but this is also a very good economical option.

Osaka to Tanabe/Shirahama Express Bus

shirahama-osaka-express-bus.jpgDaily express busses between Osaka and Tanabe/Shirahama.

Reservations in English available online >>

Koyasan & Kansai International Airport (KIX) Express Bus

Kansai-Koyasan-express-bus.jpgDirect access between Koyasan and KIX! 105 minutes!

Bus company site>>
Willer Express bus company site (online booking) >>
PDF >>

July 15th - November 30th, 2017

PRICE (one way fare):
Regular Fare 2000 yen / Children 50% off
Web Fare 1800 yen / Children 50% off  

KIX 11:30 to Koyasan (Okunoin-mae) 13:18
Koyasan (Okunoin-mae) 14:35 to KIX 16:20

KIX: Bus Stop 6, 1st Floor, Terminal 1
KOYASAN: Near Okunoin at the East end of Koyasan


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