JR Owase Station is the main point of access to get to the small port town of Owase in the deep south of Mie Prefecture, just before the border with Wakayama Prefecture.
Owase Station opened in 1934 and is now on the JR Kisei Main Line with trains to Nagoya Station, Matsusaka and Shingu Station in Shingu (20 minutes).
The Kisei Main Line runs from Kameyama to Shingu and then on to Wakayamashi.
The first express train to Owase Station from Nagoya is the 8.05am Wide View Nanki that arrives in Owase at 10.45am. The present fare is 5570 yen for a non-reserved seat with journey time 2 hours, 40 minutes. The last Wide View Nanki in the opposite direction is at 6.18pm arriving in Nagoya at 8.49pm, though it is possible to return to Nagoya later with a change of trains at Taki and then Tsu for the Kintetsu Line.
If you are walking over the Magose-toge Pass on the Kumano Kodo, Owase Station or the previous station to the north, Aiga Station are the best starting points.
Local buses radiate out from the station and there is a taxi rank just outside. To get to the beginning of the Magose-toge Pass take either a Mie Kotsu Bus for Kii-Nagashima Station or Shimakatsu and get off at the Washige bus stop (about 13 minutes). Alternatively, take a Mie Kotsu Nanki Express Bus for Matsusaka and get of at Washige bus stop (about 12 minutes). Fureai buses also run to the nearby Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center.
There are a couple of small business hotels close to Owase Station which is also close to the Owase Fish Market "Ototo" (15 minutes on foot) which has a self-service restaurant and souvenir shops selling local produce. Owase Shrine with its large taiko drum and "married trees" is a 10 minute walk away.
7 Nakamuracho, Owase-shi
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