When you plan to visit Wakayama, you will notice two stations there. Those are Wakayama station and Wakayamashi station. Both stations are located in Wakayama city but the locations are different.
In this post, I would like to show you these two stations’ layout and location. You will find the difference of these stations and which one the better location is.
Wakayama station is JR station. Wakayamashi station is Nankai Railway station. Both stations are connected by JR Kisei line. Please see the map below:
I will tell you about access between these two stations later.
JR Wakayama station
Kishuji Rapid runs frequently between Osaka and Wakayama. It stops at many stations in downtown Osaka, such as Nishikujo, Kyobashi, Tennoji, Shin-Imamiya.
Wakayama station is located on the way to southern part of Wakayama. Shirahama, Kii-Tanabe, Shingu, Kii-Katsuura can be accessed by Limited Express Kuroshio from Wakayama.
Local trains run between Wakayama and Wakayamashi, and local train runs on Wakayama line between Wakayama and Oji as well. Private train company, Wakayama Dentetsu (Wakayama Electric Railway) also depart from Wakayama station.
Station structure, tracks and platforms
Unfortunately there is no maps in English available. Please find Japanese map in the link below:
All platforms are located on the ground level. And these platforms are connected by the underground path and the viaduct. Elevators are available at the viaduct.
|#1||The limited express Kuroshio||Tennoji, Shin-Osaka, Kyoto|
|#2,3||Kishuji Rapid Train||Hineno, Tennoji, Osaka|
|#4||Kishuji Rapid Train||Hineno, Tennoji, Osaka|
|#4||The limited express Kuroshio||Shirahama, Kii-Tanabe, Kii-Katsura, Shingu|
|#4||Kinokuni line local train||Gobo, Kii-Tanabe|
|#5||Hanwa line rapid, local train||Hineno, Tennoji|
|#5||Kinokuni line local train||Gobo, Kii-Tanabe|
|#7||Wakayama line local train||Hashimoto, Gojo|
|#8||Kiei line local train||Wakayamashi|
|#9||Wakayama Electric Railway|
Wakayama station has several ticket gates at both sides of the station.
At west side, there are three ticket gates, Central, Mio second floor and Mio underground. Central ticket gate is the primary gate and most of you use this ticket gate. Mio second floor and Mio underground gates are connected with shopping complex “Mio” which is attached with JR Wakayama station. There are other department store and hotels around west side of Wakayama station.
At east side, there is one ticket gate which is East gate. This side is much quieter than west side. Most of you do not use this side.
Wakayama Electric Railway gate
Wakayama Electric Railway is different train company from JR. But this railway’s platform is located in JR Wakayama station. When you take this train, you need to go through JR ticket gate and enter Wakayama Electric Railway gate at the platform. As you see the above, Wakayama Electric Railway’s platform is track #9. You cannot purchase a ticket for this train at JR ticket office. You can go through JR ticket gate without any ticket. But you need to go through man’s gate and tell station staff that you want to take Wakayama Electric Railway.
You may find some more information in the link below.
Nankai Railway Wakayamashi station
Wakayamashi station is a bit away from the center or Wakayama downtown. Especially since major department store in Wakayamashi station was closed in 2014, it has been very quiet around this station. Local businesses are shifting to JR Wakayama station and Wakayama castle area. Wakayama castle is located between JR Wakayama station and Wakayamashi station. Most of business are now concentrating in these areas. There is no big shopping complex and hotels around Wakayamashi station. Honestly JR Wakayama station is much more convenient location to stay. JR Wakayama station is two stations away by JR local train from Wakayamashi station. You can find some more detailed information about these two stations access later in this post.
At this point, the station building is in under construction. Main building will be demolished soon. City library and small shopping places will be rebuild after that by 2020. In this post, I use the photos which I took in fall 2017.
Station structure, tracks and platforms
Unfortunately the station map is available in Japanese only but the station layout is simple. Please see the link below to find it.
All platforms are located on the ground level. These are connected by the viaduct. The elevators are equipped beside the viaduct.
|#2||JR Kisei line local train||Wakayama|
|#3||Kada line local train||Kada|
|#4,5||Limited Express Southern|
|#6||Express, Local||Namba, Shin-Imamiya|
|#7||Wakayamako line local train||Wakayamako|
Track #6 and #7 are located at same platform and same side. Half of platform is used as track #6 and the rest of the half is used as track #7.
There are two ticket gates of Nankai Railway. One gate is the primary gate and the other one is transfer gate to JR Kisei line. JR ticket gate is located just in front of Nankai Railway transfer gate. JR does not have any station staffs in Wakayamashi station. If you use IC card, such as ICOCA, Kansai one pass, Suica, you can tap at the gate to enter JR Wakayamashi station. Otherwise you can purchase JR ticket at Nankai Railway ticket vending machine.
All ticket gates are connected with main exit at east side. There is only one way to exit and enter in this station building.
How to move between Wakayama station and Wakayamashi station
As I mentioned a few times in this post, Wakayama station (JR) and Wakayamashi station (Nankai Railway) are different. It is more than 2 km away each other. The distance of these two stations is walkable. But it is not recommended. If you want to try walking, please see the link below. I walked from Wakayama station to Wakayamashi station via Wakayama castle. You can find the trip report:
I would like to tell you again. JR Wakayama station is located in downtown core of Wakayama city. It is much more convenient location than Wakayamshi station.
I hope this post will help you to get some idea for your trip.