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.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

*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.

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

  1. Hi I bought the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. Can I use it to go straight from Kansai Airport – Takayama by train ? I use hyperdia and it show that the route is doable but I am not sure if my pass cover all the train. Or I must stop at Kanazawa and take the Nohi bus ?

    On my return can I use the pass from Takayama – Kanazawa via Toyama ?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Jackie,

      If you find the route of Kansai airport – Osaka – Nagoya (or Gifu) – Takayama, this route is NOT covered. You have to go through Kanazawa. After Kanazawa, you can take two routes, Kanazawa-Shirakawago-Takayama or Kanazawa-Toyama-Takayama.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi San,

    I’m flying in to Nagoya in late march. My travel plans are as such:
    d1: Nagoya
    D2: Takayama
    d3: Takayama – shirakawago – Kanazawa
    D4: Kanazawa
    d5: Kanazawa – Nikko
    D6: Nikko
    d7: Nikko – Tokyo
    D8: Tokyo
    D9: Tokyo
    D10: depart to airport Haneda

    May I know what pass I should get?

    1. Hi Fiona,

      You may use JR pass from day 2 to 8. You will stay in Nagoya and leave for Takayama on day 2, right? So you don’t need to use JR pass on day 1. JR pass does not cover anything on day 1, such as airport to Nagoya, Nagoya subway.

      JR pass does not cover bus for Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa. You need to add single fare.

      Other part of the trips from day 2 to 8 are covered but you may need to add some on day 8 because subway in Tokyo is not covered. And also after day 9, you need to add subway fare. Please see the link 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

      Single fare is okay for airport-Nagoya, Tokyo-Haneda.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thank you. My itinerary is amended as such:

        D1-D3: Nagoya – Takayama – shirakawago – Nagoya
        D4: Atami
        D5: kawazu
        D6-D7:DTokyo

        Can I check what would be the best pass to use? Also, is it worth it to use single ticket from Nagoya to Tokyo with stopover at atami and kawazu?

        1. Hi Fiona,

          Kawazu is not on JR lines but Izukyuko line. So you have to purchase a few separated tickets. In your trip, you have to purchase.

          Nagoya-Ito with stopover at Atami
          Ito-Kawazu
          Kawazu-Tokyo

          When you go to Kawazu from Atami, you don’t need to exit Ito station. You cannot purchase a ticket for Ito-Kawazu at Nagoya. But you can purchase it on the train from the conductor. You can show your ticket of Nagoya-Ito and tell him that you want to go to Kawazu. You can get a ticket on board.

          For Kawazu-Tokyo, you need to purchase it at Kawazu. You cannot purchase it at Nagoya. Please use Hyperdia to get the cost.
          http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Dear Takeshi,

    I’ve a plan using Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass from Kyoto to Daikokucho in Osaka, which one should be the best option ? or please kindly advise if you know any better way.

    1. Kyoto – Tennoji, Kuroshio (will this be covered by the pass ?)
    Tennoji – Daikokucho, Subway Midosuji Line 180 yen

    2. Kyoto – Osaka, Thunderbird [free seat reservation]
    Osaka – Tennoji, Osaka Loop Liner (will this be covered by the pass ?)
    Tennoji – Daikokucho, Subway Midosuji Line 180 yen

    3. Kyoto – Shin-Osaka, Thunderbird [free seat reservation]
    Shin-Osaka – Daikokucho, Subway Midosuji Line 280 yen

    Sorry for these cumbersome, thank you very much 🙂

  4. Hi,

    Below is my itinerary, appreciate if you could comment and advise the best and reasonable transportation ticket:-
    31 Dec Arrived osaka at8am
    01 Jan – travel to and overnight in Kanazana
    02 Jan – overnight in Kanazana
    03 Jan – travel to and overnight in Takayama
    04 Jan – visit Shirakawago from and overnight Takayama
    05 Jan – visit and overnight in Takayama
    06 Jan – Travel back to Osaka
    07 Jan – take return flight to homeland

    a) May i know whether Nohi Bus will available on 3rd -4th Jan?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Jessieh,

      Yokoso Osaka ticket for arrival day
      http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/yokoso.html

      Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass for Jan 1 to 5
      *Nohi bus runs on Jan 3 and 4.

      Nohi bus express bus to Osaka for Jan 6
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/osaka.pdf

      You can take one of the deals to KIX in the link below:
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Dear takeshi san,

        If im using TakayamaHorriku pass it is covered noshi buss travel to shirikawago n takayama right.BECAUSE iwill travelling up shirikawago on 3.1 n 4.1 takayama. I am concern, will there be out of seats for us? Can we make reservation on seats now ?

          1. Dear Takeshi san,

            Day 1- KIX to Kyoto= (Haruka) + Kyoto Sighseeing Pass
            Day 2- Kyoto = Kyoto Sigh Seeing Pass
            Day 3- Kyoto to kanazawa= Kyoto Subway Line pass + activate Takayama Horriku pass
            Day 4- Kanazawa = Local bus pass(cannot use Takayama Horriku pass for local bus i assume)
            Day 5 – Shirikawago = Takayama-Horriku Pass(Noshi bus )
            Day 6-Takayama -Kanazawa – Kyoto = Takayama Horriku Pass
            Day 7- Kyoto= Kyoto Sigh Seeing Pass (Takayama Horriku Pass no use in Kyoto)
            Day 8- Osaka= Takayama Horriku Pass Last day.
            Day 9- Osaka = Day Pass
            Day 10 = Osaka to KIX= Haruka

            I am using Takayama Horiku Pass from Day 3 to day 8. It is more accurate for me to use Horriku Kansai 7 Pass( need to buy Noshi boss add on) to cover more area from Day 3 to Day 10 ? Cause we still decided to go Naoshima from Osaka on Day 8 or 9 still.

            Thanks SO much Takeshi san..

          2. Hi Helen san,

            If you are sure to visit Naoshima, Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass is better choice. So you have to make sure whether you go or not before you leave. Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass cannot be purchased in Japan.

            If you use Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass, you cannot use it on day 8. It’s valid for 5 consecutive days. If you start to use it on day 3, it’s expired at 23:59 on day 7.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi. Based on my itineary. Wats the best pass to save money. Takayama horiku or kintetsu?
    30.12- Day 1. 8am Kansai Airport to Kyoto.
    31.12 – Kyoto
    1.1 – Kyoto
    2.1 – Kyoto to Kanazawa
    3.1- Kanazawa to Shirigawago bk to kanazawa
    4.1 – Kanazawa to Takayama .Back to Osaka
    5.1- Osaka
    6.1-Osaka
    7.1- Osaka
    8.1- Morning Fly bk Malaysia

    Thanks for ur help

      1. dear takeshi san,
        Thanks for your fast reply. I need your advise on the train traffic condition on new year eve, where the human flow is horrible. Im going kanazawa on 2.1 , which is opposite traffic congestion right? (People already back home celeb new year) I come bk from kanazawa to kyoto on 4 which i think this maybe difficult since ppl is coming bk to town from rural?

  6. Hello Takeshi-san,

    I am planning to travel from Tokyo to Shirakawago and back to Osaka.
    Which will be the best option and pass that I should get?

    Thanks in advance.
    Tracy

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    I am travelling to Japan( Osaka ) on 5/12and will be staying in Osaka for 3 nights. My question is
    1. Should I buy the Kansai Thru Pass during my 3 days stay in Osaka and can I use this Kansai Pass to travel from KIX airport to the city. How and where can I redeem the ticket if I purchase my Kansai Thru Pass ticket online.
    2. Then I will be moving on from Osaka to Kanazawa for 2 nights. Then should I get the Takayama Hokuriku Area pass to travel from Osaka to Kanazawa via JR thunder rapid train. And can I also use this pass within Kanazawa city eg. The loop bus
    3. Then I will be travelling from Kanazawa to Kyoto and will be staying there for another 2 nights. Can I use the Takayama Hokuriku Area pass ticket to travel to Kyiti. And in Kyoto can I use this pass for buses and subway too.

    Thanking you in advance

    Regards
    Mee Ling

    1. Hi Mee Ling,

      1. If you purchase it online, you have to exchange it at Nankai railway Kansai airport station.

      2. You can get Kanazawa by Limited Express Thunderbird by this pass. But this pass does not cover any local transportation in Kanazawa.

      3. It does not cover any local transportation, such as subway and bus in Kyoto either.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi,

    I plan to go from kyoto-shirakawago on 30 december then stay overnight and heading back to tokyo on 31 december after lunch.

    – will it be cheaper if i buy takayama horikuka area pass? Because it doesnt cover my trip from takayama/kanazawa to tokyo.

    – is there any tour at shirakawago? I plan to stay overnight there. I have found out that most of the bus tour pick you up at takayama.

    Thank you
    Ivana

    1. Hi Ivana,

      Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass is the best choice for your trip. You can get Nagoya by this pass. And you can add single fare for Nagoya to Tokyo. This is most economical way.
      As far as I know, there is no tours from Shirakawago. Because you can walk in the village of Shirakawago. You can get other village, like Suganuma, Ainokura by bus that is covered by Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi again Takeshi,

    Regarding the segments Kanazawa – Shirakawag – Takayama, I like to clarify a couple of things:

    I looked through the timetable you posted :
    http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

    And even the Nohi Bus Reservation Web site.
    It is in Japanese, but I clicked the box below that says:

    高山・白川郷-金沢・富山

    It opened up with the departure date
    出発日 but when I tried to type in the expected date of travel (August 18th) in the box, it does not work at all!
    検索された日程では現在予約可能な便は見つかりませんでした saying the current departure times are not found.

    And the telephone number at the Nohi bus reservation, do they speak English?

    If it is not possible to buy the bus tickets for the above segments prior to departure, can I get the tickets upon arrival in Kanazawa station itself?

    After leaving Nagano, I will take the Hokuriku Shinkansen direct to Kanazawa, put luggage in lockers and set aside maybe 3 hours to see Kanazawa.

    So upon arrival at the Kanazawa station, can I just buy the tickets on that day for departure to Shirakawago and onward to Takayama?
    Would it be too late and risky to do it on the same day since only a few hours before departure from Kanazawa??

    Also, when buying the ticket, should I say from Kanazawa- Takayama or need to indicate that I like to stop for a few hours at Shirakawago??
    Is there a difference in fare with or without the stop at Shirakawago?

    And can I reserve the seats on the same day of buying the bus tickets?
    If I am traveling around August 17th- August 19th, would it be a problem with lots of crowd?

    Thanks for your time in addressing my concerns.
    Best,
    Juliet

    1. Hi Juliet,

      I recommend you to make a call before you go to Kanazawa. Because August is school summer break. Aug 18 is not the busiest day but it’s busier than usual. Please see the link below to find the busiest period to travel in Japan in 2016.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/2016-busiest-period-to-travel-by-train-tips-to-book-your-seat-in-even-busy-period.html

      Nohi bus reservation can communicate in English. And also online is not recommended even if you understand online booking. I used this online booking in last February. I spent many minutes to get an actual ticket at the convenience store. If you book by this online, you have to use the machine in convenience store and it’s in all Japanese.

      You have to purchase two tickets, Kanazawa to Shirakawago and Shirakawago to Takayama. You cannot use Kanazawa to Takayama and make a stopover at Shirakawago. If you buy Kanazawa to Takayama one way ticket and get off the bus at Shirakawago, your ticket is expired and you have to purchase another ticket for Shirakawago to Takayama.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thanks again for your advice.
        I think I would not be caught in the crowd if I arrive around Aug. 12th or 13th.
        This is the weekend of the Obon festival so I guess all the people will leaving Tokyo, while I am moving in the opposite direction.

        By the way, I like to backtrack a little on something we spoke previously.
        So sorry but I am still a bit confused….just need to be sure.

        Remembered I mentioned that I like to spend 1 night in Yamanouchi (Nagano) if possible.
        It may be very busy and hectic.
        In the event if not possible, I will make a day trip to Nagano from Tokyo via the Hokuriku Shinkansen (JR).

        Then later, I would leave Tokyo direct for Takayama on the Hikari Shinkansen train (JR) to Nagoya and transfer to the Ltd. Express Hida.

        Do I need to go to a ticket counter in Tokyo Station on the day I travel to reserve a seat for both trains if it is on August 17th or 18th??

        And from Takayama again take the Limited Express Wide View Hida (JR Pass) direct to Kyoto.

        This is the same train I should take if I leave Kanazawa direct for Kyoto (assuming if staying overnight in Nagano and leaving from Kanazawa next day)

        Did I get all the trains and routing right?

        By the way, this link on the Nohi bus does not work anymore.

        http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

        Do you have an updated one?

        Yes, I will call Nohi bus when in Tokyo. Hopefully they understand me.

        Thanks so much again.
        Truly appreciate all your help!

        Juliet

        1. Hi Juliet,

          First of all, you can book all tickets when you exchange the pass. Even though you will travel on other direction, it’s busy season anyway. Try to secure your seats on all trains that you will take as early as possible. You don’t need to book it on your trip day. You can book all seats in advance. I complete all bookings when I use JR pass. Once you done all bookings, your trip will be easier and more comfortable.

          Even if you change your mind and need to change your schedule, you can return your ticket and rebook without any extra.

          The link of Nohi bus still works. I could access it. Please try it again. If it still does not work, try to access Nohi bus website and access to timetable.
          https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hello Takeshi again,

            Thanks for your previous response.

            With regards to this Nohi bus tickets, if I call them in Tokyo, they would be able to speak some basic English, right?
            So can I just buy the bus tickets over the phone and pay with credit card?
            Then after paying, how do I get the tickets?

            And I cannot make any reservation and secure seats until I purchase the bus tickets?

            Actually I read in the link you sent for the Nohi bus, that tickets can be purchased at:

            JR East Travel Service Center
            Tokyo Station (Marunouchi North Entrance)
            Narita Airport Terminal 1 / Narita Airport Terminal 2

            So maybe I should check the bus tickets upon arrival at Narita airport …this would be better option than calling the Nohi bus.

            Also, I may be getting only the 7 day JR pass before I leave for Japan, I plan to activate it only on the day leaving for Nagano,

            But if I arrive at Narita airport on Aug. 12th, can I ask the pass to be activated later (eg. August 17th)?
            Can the pass be activated at the Tokyo and Ginza stations if I do not do it at Narita airport?

            So while in Tokyo, I will get Suica card for Tokyo metro subway.
            Is there any difference in getting the Sucia vs. the Pasmo?

            Many thanks!
            Juliet

          2. Hi Juliet,

            Actually I know they speak English but I don’t know the procedure because I have never used it. Please follow the staff of Nohi bus.

            You can exchange the pass at Narita. So even though I’m not sure Nohi bus ticket is sold at Narita, you may exchange JR pass in Narita in advance and you can purchase it at same time there.

            Suica and Pasmo are basically same. But if you take subway more than 3 times, subway pass is cheaper. It’s only 800 yen per day and gives you unlimited ride.
            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

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. Hi Takeshi,

            Thanks again!

            Regarding the travel sectors from Takayama- Shirakawago- Kanazawa (in the event I cannot stay 1 night in Nagano as planned, but have to do it as a day trip from Tokyo!):

            Do I buy a return bus ticket from Takayama – Kanazawa?
            And do I need to buy a separate one from Takayama – Shirakawago?

            I am staying 1 night in Takayama, so will make a day trip to see Shirakawago and Kanazawa, and then return back to Takayama.

            After finishing Kanazawa, I will go straight back to Takayama.
            So I will see Shirakawago on the way after leaving Takayama.

            How many tickets in total do I need to buy for this day trip travel?
            You mentioned that each time I get off the bus the ticket expired so need to get another ticket for the remaining sector.

            Thanks so much!

            Best,
            Juliet

          4. Hi Takeshi,

            Ok…thanks again.

            Is it possible to stop over at Matsumoto after leaving Takayama?
            I saw on the map these 2 towns are quite close by.

            But if I take the JR Limited express Wide View Hida from Takayama to Kyoto, I would need to get off the train if stopover for a few hours to see Matsumoto.

            But this Limited express Wide View Hida is only once a day.
            So that means I need to hop onto a different shinkansen to continue my journey to get to Kyoto or make a transfer at Matsumoto station?
            Please advise.

            Thanks.
            Juliet

  10. Hi,

    I’m going to Nagoya in September. I’m planning to purchase the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. Can i use the pass by starting my journey from Nagoya to Kanazawa which will stop by Maibara? Stay 2 nights at Kanazawa then head towards Toyama. Subsequently from Toyama to Osaka. In order to check the timetable for the train, can I use hyperdia? If yes, which are the train category which is not included in the Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass? Pls advise. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lee,

      You cannot take the route via Maibara by this pass. You have to take the route via Takayama. So when you check the timetable, you have to click “More option” and put “Takayama” in “Via 1”. There are some direct trains to Toyama from Takayama. In this case, Toyama is on the way to Kanazawa. So you can switch Toyama and Kanazawa. And your trip is easier.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Is there any luggage storage at shirakawago? I plan to leave from toyama to shirakawago. Subsequently, will go to kanazawa after shirakawago. In order to save the travel timing of going back to toyama to pick up my luggage bag, was wondering any luggage storage at shirakawago just for few hours.

        1. Hi Lee,

          Yes. There are lockers at information center. If it’s full, information center will take care of it. Information center is located just beside bus stop.
          I visited Shirakawago in this past February. The following link shows you trip report to Shirakawago. You will get some more info.
          http://jprail.com/travel-informations/trip-report/2016-winter-tohoku-chubu-chugoku/trip-to-tohoku-chubu-and-chugoku-in-2016-winter-part-6-takaoka-to-shirakawago-via-himi-line-johana-line-and-shirakawago.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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