Hiking the Koyasan Choishi Michi Pilgrimage Trail

Wakayama, Japan

The Facts

  • Start or End: I started and finished at Yodoyabashi Subway Station (Google Map Directions), Osaka (near my hotel). My experience of travelling to and from the trail is a little different than usual. From Yodoyabashi I took the subway to Namba Subway Station (Google Map Directions) on the Midosuji Line. I then walked underground to Namba Train Station (Google Map Directions) and caught the Nankai-Koya Line all the way to Kudoyama Train Station (Google Map Directions), the start of the trail (pretty normal up to here). Once I completed the trail at Koyasan I took the bus (you cannot walk to the station, the only option is the bus) to the Koyasan Cable Car Station (Google Map Directions). Unfortunately, due to typhoon damage the cable car was out. If it was still in operation, the cable car would have taken me to Gokurakubashi Train Station (Google Map Directions) on the Nankai-Koya Line (and then back to Osaka). Instead, I had to catch a replacement coach back down the mountain to Hashimoto Station (Google Map Directions) on the Nankai-Koya Line (the coach took forever).
  • Length: 21.0 km (13.0mi) in about 7hrs
  • Grade: Medium to Hard. I took the uphill option, but the climb was not overly strenuous. The path is well worn and there is plenty of signage to guide you. At 21km it is a long hike though.
  • Date Walked: 21st of November 2017

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Counting down the 180 stone stupa on the ascent of sacred Koyasan.

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