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Local Busses
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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

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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

  • 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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Kumano Kodo transportation map

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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.

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BUS STOP 1
Bound for:

● Ryujin Onsen
● Koyasan (Transfer at Gomadanzan)

BUS STOP 2
Bound for:

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

BUS STOP 3
Bound for:

● Shirahama Onsen

HIGHWAY
BUS STOP 4, 5
Bound for:

● Wakayama
● Osaka
● Kyoto
● Tokyo

Gongen-mae bus stop (Shingu)

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Shingu Map PDF >>

JR Nachi station 那智駅前 (Nachi)

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Nachi-Katsuura Area Map PDF >>

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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.

Highway Bus Timetables


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