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.
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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.
- 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.
- 2. Kumano Hongu Taisha -> Kii-Tanabe & Shirahama
This route is the opposite from #1. It also makes stops in Kawayu Onsen and Yunomine Onsen.
- 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.
- 4. Gojo -> Totsukawa -> Kumano Hongu Taisha -> Shingu
This is the reverse of #3 running from North to South. Stops are also made in Kawayu Onsen and Yunomine Onsen. Not all of the buses run the entire route, covering only sections.
- 5. Hongu -> Koguchi -> Shingu | Shingu -> Koguchi -> Hongu
This bus timetable is a compilation of different buses. Koguchi is a small village in the middle of the Ogumotori-goe and Kogumotori-goe Kumano Kodo routes. If you are walking the pilgrimage route this is a good timetable to take with you in case you need to skip a day of walking.
- 6. Kii-Tanabe <--> Hongu <--> Hosshinmon-oji
This timetable is a condensed version focused on access to and from Hosshinmon-oji. A popular trail head of the Kumano Kodo.
- 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.
NOTE: Limited access bus between Koyasan, Kumano Hongu, Shirahama and Kii-Tanabe until end of November. More info >>
- 8. Kii-Katsuura Station & Nachi Station <--> Nachisan (Nachi Waterfall)
This bus timetable is for those wanting to visit Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi waterfall. Busses stop in both Kii-Katsuura station and Nachi Station. Stops are also made near Daimonzaka, a short but beautiful section of the Kumano Kodo.
- 9. Kii-Tanabe Station <--> Shirahama Beach
This timetable includes both bus and train information for access between Kii-Tanabe and Shirahama.
- 10. Kii-Tanabe station <--> Sanyukan Lodge, Mt.Hyakken Valley, Oto Holiday Village, Tomisato Onsen
This is a community bus route. Reservations are needed at least one day before.
Busses are not running to Mt.Hyakken. Busses are running to Oto Holiday village and Sanyukan.
- 11. Yunomine Onsen <--> Hongu Taisha | Kawayu Onsen <--> Hongu Taisha | Watarase Onsen <--> Hongu Taisha
This is a condensed, compilation timetable of all of the buses that run between Kumano Hongu Taisha, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, and Watarase Onsen (#1, #2 #3 #4). This is a convenient timetable for those planning to visit sites in the Hongu area.
- 12. Shingu Station→Nachi Station→Katsuura Station
This bus route runs along the south east coast of the Kii-Hanto peninsula from Shingu city to Nachi-Katsuura town.
- 13. Katsuura Station→Nachi Station→Shingu Station
This bus route runs is the reverse of #12 and runs along the south east coast of the Kii-Hanto peninsula from Nachi-Katsuura town to Shingu city.
- 14. Kushimoto <--> Kashino Todaiguchi (lighthouse), Kushimoto <--> Kushimoto Marine Park
There are two timetables in this PDF file. One route runs from Kushimoto to the Kashino Todaiguchi lighthouse on Oshima Island off the coast. The other route runs from Kushimoto along the coast to the Kushimoto Marine Park.
- 15. Kumano Hongu Taisha | Yunomine Onsen | Kawayu Onsen <--> Shingu <--> Nachi
This is a condensed, compilation of bus routes #3,#4, #8, #12, and #13. This is an option for those wanting to travel between Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha. Please note that two transfers are necessary for almost all of the buses, one in Shingu (Gongen-mae) and one at Nachi Station. Gongen-mae is near Kumano Hayatama Taisha, so you can also visit this shrine on your way if you want.
- 16. Kumano Hongu Taisha <--> Koyasan via Gojo
This timetable includes both buses and trains for traveling between Koyasan and Kumano Hongu Taisha. Stops at Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen are included.
- 17. Kumano-shi <--> Kitayama
This timetable included times to/from JR Kumano-shi train station to the isolated village of Kitayama.
- 18. Tanabe <--> Kamiakizu <--> Kizzekyo <--> Binchotan-Koen
This timetable is for buses running from/to Kii-Tanabe station slightly into the mountains, close to farm stays and the Binchotan-Koen charcoal rest stop and museum.
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.
JR Kii-Tanabe station
Bus stops 1 to 3 are for local busses. Bus stops 4 and 5 are for highway busses.
BUS STOP 1
● Ryujin Onsen
● Koyasan (Transfer at Gomadanzan)
BUS STOP 2
● Yunomine Onsen
● Kawayu Onsen
● Kumano Hongu Taisha
BUS STOP 3
● Shirahama Onsen
BUS STOP 4, 5
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.