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What to do in Osaka, Nara and Mt. Koya in 4 Days

Day 1. Osaka

Buy an Eco Card. This is a one day ride-all-you-ride ticket for Osaka’s subways.

Kema Sakuranomiya Park

Osaka Castle

Sumiyoshi Taisha

Shintennoji Temple – Gokoraku-jodo Garden, Treasure House

HEP Five Ferris Wheel

Dotonbori

Shinsekai

Day 2. Nara

Buy a Single Ticket.

How to get there from Nagahoribashi Station: Take Sakaisuji Line subway towards Tengachaya and get off the train at Nipponbashi Station (1min, 1stop). Walk to Kintetsunipponbashi Station (7min to make a transfer). Take Kintetsu Nara Line towards Kintetsunara (36min, 7stops). Get off at Kintetsunara Station and then walk to Gangō-ji (14min).

Gangou-ji Temple

Sanjo Dori

Kofuku-ji Temple

Himuro Shrine

Yoshikien Garden

Isui-en Garden

Nara Park

Todai-ji Temple

Nigatsu-do

Kasuga-taisha Shrine – Botanical Garden

Kasuga-yama Hill Primeval Forest

Shin-Yakushi-ji

Walking from one temple to another takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Day 3. Mount Koya (You may buy a Koya San Free Service Pass which is available at stations on the Nankai Dentetsu Line. This is a set of round-trip tickets to Koya-san and a free bus pass for the Koya-san area. This ticket also entitles you to a 20% reduction on the admission charge at some of the temples.)

How to get there from Nagahoribashi Station: Take Sakaisuji Line subway towards Tengachaya and get off at Tengachaya Station (8min, 4stops). At Tengachaya Station – Platform 1, take Nankai koya Line train towards Hashimoto (46 min, 12stops). From Hashimoto Station take Nankai Koya Line towards Gokurakubashi and get off at Gokurakubashi Station (37min, 9stops). Take cable car towards Koya-San (5min, 1stop). Take a 17-minute bus ride from the station to Daimon.

Danjo Garan Temple

Reihokan Koya-san Museum

Kongobuji Temple

Kongou Sanmai-in Temple

Okuno-in Temple

Day 4. Universal Studios Japan

How to get there from Nagahoribashi Station: Take Sakaisuji Line subway towards Tengachaya and get off at Nipponbashi Station (1min, 1stop). Walk to Kintetsunipponbashi Staiton (5min to make a transfer). Take Kintetsu Nara Line towards Amagasaki. Stay on board as the train travel towards Amagasaki. Alight at Nishikujo Station. Take JR Sakurajima Line train towards Sakurajima (4min,2stops). Universal City Station. Walk to USJ (5min).

Travel tip: Wear a pair of comfortable shoes. If you are visiting Mount Koya, make sure to bring a light jacket because the weather on top of the mountain is cold.

You may want to check the hotel where I stayed at here and photos here.


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My name is Gianella and I am a thirty-something year old who loves reading, cooking, travelling and photography! And because the daily grind can be frustrating, I sometimes want to escape the hustle and bustle of city and work life. I love to share photos and stories about my travels, experiences, adventures and whatnots!



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