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Where is Mount Koya located?

By: Muhammad AtifUpdated: January 29, 2021

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Located in a remote wooded area of Wakayama Prefecture, south of Kyoto and Osaka, Koyasan (as it is called in Japanese) is the headquarters of the Shingon school of Buddhism, and home to more than 100 temples and monasteries.

Just so, how do I get to Mount Koya?

Koyasan is most conveniently accessed by Nankai Railways from Osaka's Namba or Shin-Imamiya Stations. Take the Nankai Koya Line from either station to the Gokurakubashi terminal station. A few limited express trains operate directly to Gokurakubashi (80 minutes, 1680 yen, five trains per day).

Beside above, how do you get to Koyasan from Tokyo?

  1. Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Hikari train from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station (3 hrs; JR Pass)
  2. Take Midosuji Line subway from Shin-Osaka to Namba* Station (2 stops) *Buy Koyasan World Heritage Ticket (Limited Express) at Nankai Namba Station (3400 yen)
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How far is koyasan from Kyoto?

71 miles

Is Mount Koya worth visiting?

In my opinion, the trip to Koya-san will be well worth it. The overnight stay at a temple is a great cultural experience, particularly if you take the opportunity to attend prayer services in the morning. The Okunoin Temple and Cemetery may be the most interesting site I have visited in Japan.

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How high is Mount Koya?

Mount Koya (Koyasan) Mount Koya is located about 45 km east of Wakayama city, and is called "Koyasan" in Japanese. There isn't the mountain named Koya here. Here is a small basin at an altitude of about 800 meters, and eight mountains about 1,000 meters high surround the basin.

How do I get from Kyoto to Mt Koya?

To get from Kyoto to Mount Koya by train, you will need to take a JR train to Osaka and then travel by taxi or subway to Osaka's Namba Station. From there, Nankai Railways' Nankai Koya Line takes you to Hashimoto, where you must transfer to a local train headed to Gokurakubashi Station.

What does koyasan mean?

Koyasan is a basin running 2 km north-south and 4 km east-west, surrounded by 1000m-high mountains, and located in the Kansai region of Wakayama prefecture. It is one of the holy sites afforded to Kobo Daishi Kukai by the emperor as a place for eternal meditation in 816.

Where is the largest cemetery in Japan?

The forest surrounding Mount Koya (Koyasan) in Wakayama, a sacred mountain and temple complex founded by the monk Kobo Daishi, serves as a huge cemetery. So huge, in fact, that Okunoin Cemetery, as it is called, is the largest in all of Japan.

How do you get from Mount Koya to Osaka?

An alternative route is to take the Osaka Loop Line from Osaka Station to Shin-Imamiya Station. This takes 13 minutes and only costs 180 yen. This second route is advantageous if you want to make the best use of your Japan Rail Pass. Also you can join the Nankai Koya Line directly at Shin-Imamiya Station.

How long is the train from Tokyo to Kyoto?

Tokyo and Kyoto are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen. Nozomi trains require about 140 minutes to reach Kyoto from Tokyo, Hikari trains about 160 minutes and Kodama trains about four hours.

How long does it take to get from Osaka to Koyasan?

The journey takes 15 minutes and costs 280 yen. From there you can walk to Nankai Namba Station in approximately 8 minutes.

Is Nankai JR a line?

The Nankai Koya Line is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but there are alternatives. The Kansai Thru Pass will cover the cost of the Nankai Koya Line and also cover other private rail, bus and subway journeys in the Kansai region. Please note that it does not cover JR trains.

How do I get from Osaka to Kyoto?

The best way to travel between Osaka Station and Kyoto Station is by the Special Rapid service on the JR Kyoto Line. The Special Rapid Train will get you to Kyoto Station in 29 minutes for 560 yen. At Osaka Station Special Rapid trains depart from platforms 8, 9 and 10. These trains are covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

How do I get Koyasan World Heritage Ticket?

You can buy it at counters. Sales location: Major Nankai Railway stations (Kansai Airport, Namba (Service Center on the 2nd floor, Limited Express ticket sales counter on the 3rd floor), Shin-Imamiya, Tengachaya, etc.) Click here for details (Japanese).