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:
- 1 Who is eligible
- 2 Types and prices
- 3 Sales location
- 4 Coverage area and valid transportation
- 5 Compare cost between pass and single fare
Who is eligible
Visitors who land as “Temporary Visitor” status can purchase this pass.
Types and prices
There is only 5 days pass.
|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.
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:
*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:
Coverage area and valid transportation
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.
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
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
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
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
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.