Kii peninsula has many interesting spots, like Kumano Kodo, Nachi Falls and Shirahama Onsen. But this area is very wide and big. Travel time is long and trains do not run very often.
In this post, I show you how to access this peninsula by train.
Please see the map below.
If you want to go to Shingu or Kii-Katsuura, you can access from both Osaka and Nagoya. But if you go to west coast of Kii peninsula, such as Shirahama, Kii-Tanabe, Osaka route is much faster than Nagoya route.
Ise is located in this peninsula. But I wrote about access to Ise at the different post. Please see the post below to find the details:
Access from Nagoya by Limited Express Wide View Nanki
If you access from Nagoya, Limited Express Wide View Nanki takes you Shingu and Kii-katsuura directly. It takes 3.5 hours from Nagoya to Shingu. Kii-Katsuura is only 15 minutes away from Shingu. Please see the link below to find more information about this train:
You can get more information, map and layout of Nagoya station, please see JR Central official site to get the layout of Nagoya station.
Access from Shin-Osaka, Tennoji and Kyoto by Limited Express Kuroshio
Limited Express Kuroshio departs from Shin-Osaka. And some of them depart from Kyoto. All trains go through Tennoji. But this train takes a short cut route between Shin-Osaka and Tennoji. Therefore it does not stop at Osaka station and you need to go either Tennoji or Shin-Osaka. It takes 2.5 hours to Shirahama from Shin-Osaka and takes 4 hours to Shingu.
For more information about this train, Access to Kii mountains/peninsula from Osaka and Kyoto, Limited Express Kuroshio/a>.
Access from Kansai airport
Kansai airport is located between Tennoji and Wakayama. Many of Limited Express Kuroshio stops at Hineno station in the middle of this segment and Hineno is a branch point of the line to Kansai airport and the line to Wakayama. You can transfer from local train to Kuroshio at Hineno.
I would like to show you some stations in this area.
Kii Katsuura station
This station is a gateway to Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine and Nachi falls.
This station has three tracks and two platforms. And there is only one ticket gate. The station is very small and very easy to find the direction.
There is Kumano Kotsu bus office in front of Kii Katsuura station. You can buy a ticket and catch a bus to Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine here.
There are many coin lockers beside the stairs of the station and in Kumano Kotsu bus office.
Kii Katsuura is very popular hot springs resort. This town offers many accommodations.
This station is the gateway to Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine, Dorokyo gorge, Kawayu Onsen.
This station has also two platforms, three tracks and one ticket gate.
The bus ticket office is located in front of the station. You can catch a bus there to Hongu Taisha shrine.
There is an information center in the office too.
As far as I know, there are some coin lockers in the station building only. The number of the lockers are very limited. Please do not rely on these lockers.
Shingu is not an Onsen town. The accommodation around the station is very limited. Kii Katsuura is more attractive to stay overnight.
I have traveled this area in October, 2018. Please find the link below to read my trip report. I hope you will get some idea from this report.