Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. Perfect deal to get Takayama, Kanazawa, Shirakawago from Nagoya or Osaka

Takayama has lovely preserved street. It is one of most popular destinations in Japan. ©Akimasa Yuasa/©JNTO
Takayama has lovely preserved street. It is one of most popular destinations in Japan. ©Akimasa Yuasa/©JNTO

I have received many inquiries about trip to Takayama and Shirakawago from both Nagoya and Osaka. We have never had a deal for Takayama from Kansai area, such as Osaka and Kyoto. Now JR Central and JR West have released Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. This pass includes not only train trip to Takayama and Kanazawa but also bus trip to World Heritage Shirakawago from both Kanazawa and Takayama.

In this post, I would like to share the information about this useful deal, Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass with you. And I will compare the price of pass and single fare too.

*I posted about newer version of this pass. Please find the details about newer version of this deal, please see the link below:
http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html

Who is eligible

Visitors who land as “Temporary Visitor” status can purchase this pass.

Types and prices

There is only 5 days pass.

TYPES Adult Child (6-11yrs)
5 Days 10,500 yen 5,250 yen

*5 year old or younger child is free. Maximum 2 children per one adult.

The pass must be used in consecutive days. The validity of a rail pass starts from 12 O’clock at night.

ex) If you start to use 5 days pass on May 1, the pass is expired at 23:59 on May 5.

Sales location

You CANNOT purchase this pass in Japan. You have to purchase an exchange order before you leave your country. Please find the sales location at the link below:

Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass official site

*This pass will be sold until June 26, 2015.

*This pass will be on sale after July 1 as “Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass (Takayama Hokuriku Area Shusyu Kippu)”. The price will be higher at 13,500 yen for 5 days. But it will include Toyama and Kansai airport. And also it covers the bus between Shin-Takaoka and Shirakawago.Please find the details about newer version of this deal, please see the link below:
http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html

Coverage area and valid transportation

Kentrokuen garden is one of Three Japanese Gardens.  	© Kanazawa City/© JNTO
Kentrokuen garden is one of Three Japanese Gardens. © Kanazawa City/© JNTO

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The pass covers Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Gero, Gifu and Nagoya. This pass is very suitable for the tourist who travel from Osaka/Nagoya to Shirakawago via Kanazawa, from Nagoya to Shirakawago and Nagoya-Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Osaka/Kyoto (or revere).

As you see the map above, this pass covers the following trains and bus services:

JR train between Osaka/Kyoto and Kanazawa
JR train between Nagoya and Taayama
Nohi Bus lines between Takayama and Kanazawa via Shirakawago

You can take limited express, rapid and local on the segments above. But it covers only ordinary class. This pass covers reserved seat up to four times too.

Nohi bus is major public transportation to get Shirakawago and express bus service is operated. This bus service is covered by this pass fully but you need to book before on board. You can find the phone number and timetable at Nohi Bus Official Site.

This pass does not cover any train/bus services between Nagoya and Osaka/Kyoto directly. You cannot take Shinkansen either.

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So if you think about circle route, like, Nagoya – Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa – Osaka/Kyoto – Nagoya, you have to pay extra for the trip between Nagoya and Osaka/Kyoto. If you look for cheaper option than Shinkansen to Kyoto/Osaka from Nagoya, Kintetsu Rail Pass may be considerable.

Compare cost between pass and single fare

First of all, please see the fare table for major segments below:

One way fare

Osaka – Kanazawa by Limited Express reserved seat 7650 yen
Kyoto – Kanazawa by Limited Express reserved seat 6900 yen
Nagoya – Takayama by Limited Express reserved seat 6030 yen
Kanazawa – Shirakawago by Nohi bus 1850 yen
Takayama – Shirakawago by Nohi bus 2470 yen
Kanazawa – Takayma by Nohi bus 3390 yen

Let’s see the basic itineraries and compare costs.

Round trip to Shirakawago via Kanazawa from Osaka by Limited Express Thunderbird and Nohi bus

Limited Express "Thunderbird"
Limited Express Thunderbird runs between Osaka/Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Return fares by Limited Express Thunderbird between Osaka and Kanazawa 7650 yen X 2 = 15300 yen
Return fares by Nohi bus between Kanazawa and Shirakawago 1850 yen X 2 = 3900 yen
Total 19200 yen

Even if you don’t go to Takayama, this pass is still cheaper than single fare. If you depart from Kyoto, the pass is way cheaper than single fare too.

Round trip to Shirakawago via Takayama from Nagoya by Limited Express Wide View Hida and Nohi bus

Wide View Hida at Toyama station
Wide View Hida by KIHA85 series at Toyama station (C) JP Rail

Return fares by Limited Express Wide View Hida between Nagoya and Takayama 6030 yen X 2 = 12060 yen
Return fares by Nohi bus between Takayama and Shirakawago 2470 yen X 2 = 4940 yen
Total 17000 yen

Many travellers who stay in Nagoya want to visit Shirakawago. This pass is much cheaper than single fare as well.

One way trip to Nagoya from Osaka via Kanazawa, Shirakawago and Takayama

World Heritage Shirakawago has lots of traditional Japanese residences. ©Akimasa Yuasa/©JNTO
World Heritage Shirakawago has lots of traditional Japanese residences. ©Akimasa Yuasa/©JNTO

Single fare by Limited Express Thunderbird between Osaka and Kanazawa 7650 yen
Single fare by Nohi bus between Kanazawa and Shirakawago 1850 yen
Single fare by Nohi bus between Kanazawa and Shirakawago 2470 yen
Single fare by Limited Express Wide View Hida between Nagoya and Takayama 6030 yen
Total 18000 yen

If you arrive in KIX and depart from Chubu, this itinerary is very attractive and gives you a great deal

As you saw the above, this pass gives us a huge deal. Actually I have been looking for the deals to get Shirakawago and Takayama from both Nagoya and Osaka. This is that I have been looking for. I hope this pass will be sold as regular product.

327 thoughts on “Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. Perfect deal to get Takayama, Kanazawa, Shirakawago from Nagoya or Osaka”

  1. Hi Takeshi San,

    I’m flying in to Japan in November

    My travel plans as per below:
    Day 1: Reach Nagoya
    Day 2: Nagoya
    Day 3: Nagoya – Takayama
    Day 4: Takayama – Shirakawago
    Day 5: Shirakawago – Kanazawa – Kyoto
    Day 6: Kyoto
    Day 7: Kyoto – Osaka
    Day 8: Osaka
    Day 9: Osaka
    Day 10: Depart Osaka

    Can I check if a JR Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass (5 day) will be enough covering from Day 3 to Day 7?

    Any suggestion on other passes to get?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Seow Bee Hian san,

      I’m sure Takayama Hokuriku area pass is the best choice for day 3 to 7. But you need to add city deal in Kyoto on day 6. You can drop by Kyoto but this pass does not cover any local transportation in Kyoto. Please check the city deal in the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hii.. Takeshi
    I’m flying in to Japan in June My travel plans as per below:
    D1: Osaka-kaiyukan-universal city-umeda
    D2: Osaka-Kyoto-Osaka
    D3: Osaka-Toyama– shirakawago-Takayama-Toyama
    D4: Toyama-Tateyama-Matsumoto
    D5: Matsumoto-Kawaguchiko
    D6: Kawaguchiko-hakone-Gotemba-Tokyo
    d7: Tokyo
    D8: Tokyo
    D9: depart to Haneda Airport
    May I know what pass I should get?

    1. Hi Laina,

      You may use Takayama Hokuriku arch pass for day 1 to 3, and use Tateyama Kurobe option ticket for day 4 from Toyama to Shinano-Omachi.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/takayama-hokuriku-area-pass-perfect-deal-to-get-takayama-kanazawa-toyama-shirakawago-from-nagoya-or-osaka.html
      http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/

      Takayama Hokuriku area pass covers only JR trains. You can get USJ but you need to pay extra fare for taking subway when you go to Kaiyukan. And it’s very tight to see both places in one way.

      You can take JR train to get Kyoto by this pass. But you need to add other deal for sightseeing in Kyoto.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      On day 3, I think you want to drop off your luggage in Toyama. But you don’t have a time to drop by Toyama. You need to take a bus from Kanazawa to get Shirakawago. Takayama Hokuriku area pass does not cover Toyama-Shirakawago direct route bus. So you have to take the route, Osaka-Kanazawa-Shirakawago-Takayama-Toyama.

      The last express train depart from Takayama at 17:17. It takes 90 minutes to get Toyama from Takayama. After this train, there are several local trains. But it’s slow and you need to change trains at least once. Please use hyperdia and bus timetable in the link below to make this days’ plan. You need to be well prepared to do this.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

      Tateyama Kurobe option ticket covers until you get Shinano-Omachi. After that, there is no deals available unfortunately. You need to pay a regular fare one by one until you get Tokyo.

      For sightseeing in Tokyo, please see the links below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/how-to-access-from-haneda-airport-to-downtown-tokyo.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi,
    May I know if the pass covers the Osaka Loop Line? As I will be staying between the Nippombashi and the Osaka-Uehommachi Stations, I was wondering what would be the best way to travel there after Kanazawa. I understand that the pass allows me to travel from Kanazawa to Osaka Station. From there, I can choose to take the Osaka Loop Line to Tsuruhashi Station before transferring to the Kintetsu Nara Line to the Osaka-Uehommachi Station. So I just wonder if the pass covers the Osaka Loop Line.

    We did the same trip previously but stopped at Kyoto, so the 5 days expired before we headed out of Kyoto to Osaka. This time round, we are travelling directly to Osaka, so I am wondering if the pass can cover JR lines inside Osaka to allow us to travel as close to our accommodations as possible so we can make full use of the pass.

    Thanks.

  4. Hi, i want to go to shinhotaka ropeway from Osaka and stay overnight at takayama and next day to shirakawago. I will use JR pass since I’m going to Nikko, Nagano, Mt Fuji , Kamakura all. Is there any pass that i can use to cut down my expenses? Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Rathi,

      You will have JR pass and can take you train to Takayama. Unfortunately there is no additional deals to visit Shirakawago and Shin-Hotaka. You have to pay single fares to take bus to visit these places.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi San,

    Thank you so much for all your responses.
    These are of great help for travelers like us.
    God will reward you for these generous acts.

    Albert

  6. Hi Takeshi San,

    I’m flying in to Japan in December My travel plans as per below:
    d1: Osaka
    D2: Takayama
    d3: Takayama – shirakawago Takayama
    D4: Takayama
    d5: Tokyo
    D6: Tokyo
    d7: Hakone
    D8: Tokyo
    D9: Tokyo
    D10: depart to Haneda Airport

    May I know what pass I should get?

    1. Hi Selvi san,

      You may use JR pass 7 days for the first 7 days of your trip. If you arrive in Kansai airport, you can start using it right after you arrive there.
      JR Pass does not cover bus to Shirakawago from Takayama. You need to pay extra.
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

      When you go to Hakone, you have to take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Odawara. Otherwise you cannot get the worth of JR pass.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      For day 8 to 10, you can add subway pass.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Single fare is okay to get Haneda.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        I’m flying with my daughter to Nagoya on March 9. My travel plans as per below:
        d1: Nagoya . Sleep Nagoya
        D2: activate my Takayama hokuriku pass. Visit Takayama. Sleep Takayama
        d3: Visit shirakawa go, Kanazawa, Toyama. sleep Takayama
        D4: ………. Any trip suggestion ( is there a place with snow… My daughter will love to see one ) ?leave Takayama about 3pm Sleep Nagoya
        d5: …… Any trip suggestion ( to maximize our pass )? Sleep Nagoya
        D6: explore Nagoya…. Leave for airport at 5pm.
        Will wait for your reply. Thank you in advance.

        1. Hi Albert,

          I think it’s too much to see Shirakawago, Kanazawa and Toyama in one day. If you leave from Nagoya in the morning, you can visit Shirakawago on day 2. Or you can visit Toyama on day 4 before leaving Takayama and visit Shirakawago and Kanazawa on day 3.

          Hida-Furukawa is very small lovely town. It’s only 15 minutes away from Takayama by train. The pass covers this trip too. It’s easy to add on day 4.
          http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5975.html

          At this point, Takayama still have some snow in the city. Shirakawago has more.

          There is no more places to visit other than Gero Onsen by this pass. But Gero Onese is located between Takayama and Nagoya. You can drop by there on the way to Nagoya if you want.
          http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5990.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

    2. Hi Takeshi San,

      Thank you for the reply.

      Is the Toyama chiho railway from Toyama to tateyama included in the pass?
      Is it advisable to travel from Toyama to bijodaira on March 12 just to view some snow for my daughter?

      Thank you,
      Albert

      1. Hi Albert san,

        Toyama Chiho railway is not covered by Takayama Hokuriku area pass.
        By the way, Bijodaira is located on Alpine route. This route is open on April 10. You cannot access there in March.

        Cheers,

        Takeshi / JPRail.com

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