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New expressways have been built to Susami-minami IC in the west and to Kumano-Odomari IC in the east (with
some segments utilizing regular roads), making it easier to get around the area. If coming by train, utilize Shingu,
Kii-Katsuura, Taiji, Koza, and Kushimoto Stations, all of which are served by JR special express trains.

Japan Heritage “Living with Whales” Area Map

*Electronic topographical map data (tiles) published by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan have been used with the permission of the Director-General of that organization (approval number: 2016 No. 647).

From Tokyo and Nagoya

Nagoya-nishi IC About 180 km on Higashi-Meihan Expwy., Ise Expwy., Kisei Expwy., Route 42, and Kumano-Owase Road Kumano-Odomari IC About 25 km on Route 42 Central Shingu About 6 km on Route 42 Shingu-minami IC About 8 km on Nachikatsuura-Shingu Road Nachi-Katsuura IC About 9 km Mt. Nachi
Nagoya  Sta. About 3 hr. 40 min. by Limited Express of JR Kansai Line and Kisei Line Shingu Sta. About 20 min. by  Limited Express of JR Kisei Line Kii-Katsuura Sta. About 7 min. by JR Kisei Line  Taiji Sta. About 20 min. by JR Kisei Line  Koza Sta. About 10 min. by JR Kisei Line  Kushimoto Sta.

From Osaka

Suita IC About 28 km on Kinki Expwy. Matsubara JCT About 143 km on Hanwa Expwy., Yuasa-Gobo Road, and Hanwa Expwy. Nanki-Shirahama  IC About 25 km on Kisei Expwy. usami-minami IC About 25 km on Route 42  Central Kushimoto About 22 km on Route 42  Ichiya Entrance About 8 km on Nachikatsuura-Shingu Road Nachi-Katsuura IC About 8 km on Nachikatsuura-Shingu Road Shingu-minami IC
Shin-Osaka Sta. About 2 hr. 30 min. by Limited Express of JR Hanwa Line and Kisei Line Shirahama Sta. About 55 min. by Limited Express of JR Kisei Line Kushimoto Sta. About 10 min. by JR Kisei Line  Koza Sta. About 20 min. by JR Kisei Line  Taiji Sta. About 7 min. by JR Kisei Line  Kii-Katsuura Sta. About 20 min. by Limited Express of JR Kisei Line Shingu Sta.
  • Auto Road
  • Expressway
  • Local street
  • NEXCO-West0120-924-86306-6876-9031
  • NEXCO-Central0120-922-229052-223-0333
    • Wakayama information050-3369-6630
    • Kinki region expressway information050-3369-6768
  • Shinkansen
  • JR line
  • Private railload
  • JR-West0570-00-2486
  • JR-Central050-3772-3910

Major bus routes

Major bus routes in Shingu, Nachikatsuura, Taiji, and Kushimoto

Bus route Bus company Fare(from start
to finish)
Travel time
(from start to
finish)
Number of buses
Shingu Sta. - Nachi Sta.-mae - Kii-Katsuura Sta. Kumano Kotsu 620 yen About 47 min. 1 to 3 buses per hour
Kii-Katsuura Sta. - Nachi Sta. -
Daimon-zaka
Chushajo-mae - Nachi no Taki-mae -
Kumano Kotsu 620 yen About 25 min. 15 buses per day
Shingu Sta. - Shiko Kumano Kotsu 1080 yen About 38 min. 9 buses per day
Shingu Sta. - Shiko - Kawayu Onsen - Yunomine Onsen -
Hongu Taisha-mae
Kumano Kotsu 1540 yen About 1 hr.
19 min.
9 buses per day*(1)
Kushimoto Sta. - Shiono-misaki Todai-mae -
Shiono-misaki Kanko Tower
Kushimoto Town Community Bus 200 yen About 17 min. 11 buses per day
Kushimoto Sta. - Kushimoto Ohashi -
Kanayama Tozan-guchi - Oshima-ko -
Kashino - Kashino Todai-guchi
Kushimoto Town Community Bus 1540 yen About 44 min. 5 buses per day
Kushimoto Sta. - Kushimoto Marine Park Kushimoto Town Community Bus 200 yen About 13 min. 5 buses per day
Taiji Sta. - Kujira-kan Taiji Municipal Shuttle Bus
(routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, D, E, and F)
100 yen About 5 min. 11 buses per day
Kii-Tanabe Sta. - Yunomine Onsen -
Watarase Onsen - Kawayu Onsen - Hongu
Taisha-mae (- Hosshinmon-oji)
Ryujin Bus 2060 yen
(2290 yen)
About 2 hr.
20 min.
5 buses per day
Shirahama Airport - Shirahama Bus Center -
Kii-Tanabe Sta.-mae - Hongu Taisha-mae -
Shiko - Shingu Sta.
Meiko Bus (Rapid bus "Kumano-kodo") 3400 yen About 3 hr.
15 min.
1 bus per days
Bus route Shingu Sta. - Nachi Sta.-mae - Kii-Katsuura Sta.
Bus company Kumano Kotsu
Fare(from start
to finish)
620 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 47 min.
Number of buses 1 to 3 buses per hour
Bus route Kii-Katsuura Sta. - Nachi Sta. -
Daimon-zaka
Chushajo-mae - Nachi no Taki-mae -
Bus company Kumano Kotsu
Fare(from start
to finish)
620 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 25 min.
Number of buses 15 buses per day
Bus route Shingu Sta. - Shiko
Bus company Kumano Kotsu
Fare(from start
to finish)
1080 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 38 min.
Number of buses 9 buses per day
Bus route Shingu Sta. - Shiko - Kawayu Onsen - Yunomine Onsen -
Hongu Taisha-mae
Bus company Kumano Kotsu
Fare(from start
to finish)
1540 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 1 hr.
19 min.
Number of buses 9 buses per day*(1)
Bus route Kushimoto Sta. - Shiono-misaki Todai-mae -
Shiono-misaki Kanko Tower
Bus company Kushimoto Town Community Bus
Fare(from start
to finish)
200 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 17 min.
Number of buses 11 buses per day
Bus route Kushimoto Sta. - Kushimoto Ohashi -
Kanayama Tozan-guchi - Oshima-ko -
Kashino - Kashino Todai-guchi
Bus company Kushimoto Town Community Bus
Fare(from start
to finish)
1540 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 44 min.
Number of buses 5 buses per day
Bus route Kushimoto Sta. - Kushimoto Marine Park
Bus company Kushimoto Town Community Bus
Fare(from start
to finish)
200 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 13 min.
Number of buses 5 buses per day
Bus route Taiji Sta. - Kujira-kan
Bus company Taiji Municipal Shuttle Bus
(routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, D, E, and F)
Fare(from start
to finish)
100 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 5 min.
Number of buses 11 buses per day
Bus route Kii-Tanabe Sta. - Yunomine Onsen -
Watarase Onsen - Kawayu Onsen - Hongu
Taisha-mae (- Hosshinmon-oji)
Bus company Ryujin Bus
Fare(from start
to finish)
2060 yen
(2290 yen)
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 2 hr.
20 min.
Number of buses 5 buses per day
Bus route Shirahama Airport - Shirahama Bus Center -
Kii-Tanabe Sta.-mae - Hongu Taisha-mae -
Shiko - Shingu Sta.
Bus company Meiko Bus (Rapid bus "Kumano-kodo")
Fare(from start
to finish)
3400 yen
Fare(from start
to finish)
About 3 hr.
15 min.
Number of buses 1 bus per days
*(1) Four buses do not stop at Kawayu Onsen or Yunomine Onsen. Service is also available from Nara Kotsu and Meiko Bus.
  • Ryujin Bus0739-22-2100
  • Meiko Bus0739-42-3378
  • Kumano Kotsu0735-22-5101
  • Nara Kotsu0742-20-3100
  • Taiji Municipal Shuttle Bus0735-59-2335
  • Kushimoto Town Community Bus0735-62-0556

By air

Haneda Airport ←→ Nanki-Shirahama Airport

Japan Airlines (JAL)0570-025-071

Flight number HanedaNanki-Shirahama
JAL213 7:25 am8:40 am
JAL215 10:25 am11:40 am
JAL219 4:25 pm5:40 pm
Flight number Nanki-ShirahamaHaneda
JAL212 9:25 am10:30 am
JAL214 12:10 pm1:15 pm
JAL218 6:35 pm7:40 pm
*Until February 28, 2017. Please inquire about service after that date.