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Travelling from Gion to Koyasan

2 months ago

Any great advice is appreciated on getting from Gion, Kyoto to Koyasan. Thanks!

55.2 miles
7 replies
Australia
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2 months ago

Take the train and the cable car.

http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=KYOTO&arv_node=KOYASAN&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2020&month=02&day=17&hour=07&minute=36&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7

That’s a pretty ugly link but just copy and paste the whole thing into your browser. Adjust the date and time and the point of origin to wherever you’re starting from.

Australia
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2 months ago

There's a direct bus currently trialling from Kyoto station to Kyoasan and is operating for the next few weeks https://en.visitwakayama.jp/good-to-know/accessible-wakayama/kyoto-koyasan-direct-highway-bus/

Australia
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2 months ago

We took this bus. It was great. Quick and easy. You can't book it in advance however.

United States of America
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2 months ago

Take Tony’s advice - train and cable car per my own personal experience.

United States of America
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1 month ago

This is fantastic advice. Thank you, Tony, Zoe, Son and Cherie! Not leaving until middle of March 2020, so doesn't look like the bus runs then. Great links and SO helpful! Any helpful tips re: pocket Wi-Fi and ICOCA v JP rail? Staying mostly in Kyoto and considering day trips. Interested mostly in gardens, hiking, genuine only-locals-know places. No manic Tokyo experiences. This trip is a pilgrimage as my son passed in February (think Koyasan). Thoughts?

Australia
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1 month ago

ICOCA v JP rail

By JP rail, I assume you mean a JR Pass?
A 7 / 14 / 21 day JR Pass and an ICOCA (or Suica or Pasmo etc.) card serve entirely different purposes.

A JR Pass (which permits unlimited travel on JR trains) is only of value if you do sufficient long distance (train) travel in the validity period. As you have not said where you are going in Japan, it is impossible to know whether a Pass is worthwhile. However, if you are just in and around Kyoto, the standard (national) JR Pass is unlikely to be worthwhile. However, if you’re visiting other places (Hiroshima, Himeji, Kobe etc.) there are various regional JR Passes that may be of interest.

An ICOCA card (one variation of an IC card) is a stored value / prepaid card that can be used to pay for local trains (both JR and non-JR), subway and buses in most major Japanese cities, as well as at convenience stores, some cafes, restaurants, vending machines, supermarkets and left luggage lockers. Buying and adding value to the card is cash-only. However, if you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can add a virtual Suica card (but not an ICOCA) to Apple Wallet and top it up with any card you have in Apple Pay. ICOCA and Suica are effectively interchangeable (for the tourist).

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361.html

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2357.html

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_003.html

If you’re arriving at KIX and going to Kyoto, you may be interested in the ICOCA + Haruka package. If you have - or buy - an ICOCA card, you can get a discounted ticket on the Limited Express Haruka to Kyoto.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2359_icoca_haruka.html

If you can provide some more details on your intended itinerary (where and when etc.) it’s easier to provide advice on JR Passes etc.

United States of America
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20 days ago

So helpful, Tony. Thank you. I will be traveling from Kyoto to Koyasan (overnight) and then back to Kyoto for five days. Then from Kyoto to Osaka for two days and leaving from KIX. Does it make sense to purchase the JR for times traveling on Namba to purchase JR with so many dates in between or just separate tickets? Trying to save where I can. And I hope you are safe in Australia. I'm so very sorry about the fires. Tragic.