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Nankai Koya Line “Koya Flower Railway”
A railway service to the world heritage site, Mt Koya. Throughout its course are various sights; and the sightseeing railway “Tenku” runs.
The Nankai Koya Line bridges Namba, the center of Osaka Minami District, and Mt. Koya, the spiritual world heritage. The course between Hashimoto and Gokurakubashi (Heaven Bridge” is dubbed by locals as the “Koya Flower Railway”. Sceneries along the way include Mt. Kudoyama, where the samurai warlord, Yukimura Sanada studied. The “Tenku” sightseeing railway runs in this popular sightseeing course.
The “Koya Flower Railway” is Japan’s few mountain trains, and is filled with continuous sudden curves, as well as steep hills. stops include retro, wooden station buildings. Every station and bridge in the course is designated as “Mt. Koya Pilgrimage Related Heritage” as part of “Japan’s Modern Industrialization Heritage”, as chosen by the Ministry of Economy.
The sightseeing train “Tenku” is a special train that only accepts reservations. It runs a 45 minute course between Hashimoto and Gokurakubashi 2-3 times per day. On the train are large windows and observation decks, making it a popular destination to enjoy a grand mountainous view.
At the last stop, “Gokurakubashi” Station is where visitors can transfer to a cable car for Mt. Koya. In 2020, it was renewed as “Gokurakubashi, the first spiritual spot”. The concourse is laden with beautiful ceiling murals, and is popular as a photogenic spot.
Japan’s few mountain railways with a grand view.
The sightseeing railway, “Tenku” is available.
Every station is Japan's Modern Industrialization Heritage”.
Gokurakubashi Station is a photogenic spot.
Lots of scenery in the course including Mt. Kudoyama.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- Hashimoto City, Kosada1-4-51, Wakayama Prefecture (Hashimoto Station)
Nankai Telephone Center: 06-6643-1005
“Tenku” railway reservation: 0120-151519 (9am - 5pm)
- 44 minute train ride aboard rapid express “Koya” or “Rinkan” from Nankai Dentetsu Line Namba Station to Hashimoto Station. 50 minute ride on Rapid Train with the same course as above.
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)