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

Tanabata festival decoration in Takayama ©Y.Shimizu/©JNTO
Tanabata festival decoration in Takayama ©Y.Shimizu/©JNTO

Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass was released in 2014 and it has been one of the most popular deals so far. But it is supposed to be discontinued at the end of June 2015 because this deal is Shinkansen 50th years anniversary product. I have received many comments that said this deal would be continued to sell or not after July 1, 2015.

Now JR Central and JR West have made a decision to continue this product. I think they noticed this is very popular and lots of demand. The price is higher but coverage is bigger. In my opinion, it is good change even though price is higher.

In this post, I would like to share the information about this deal, Takayama – Hokuriku Area Pass with you. I will tell you the difference from Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass (available until end of June) and compare the price of pass and single fare too.

This deal will be on sale after July 1, 2015. If you travel before Jun 26, please use the following deal.
Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

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 14,000 yen 7,000 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.

So the price is 3,000 yen higher than Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass. But the coverage area is bigger and I will tell you later about coverage.

Sales location

You CANNOT purchase this pass in Japan. You have to purchase an exchange order before you leave your country. I believe sales location is same as current pass Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass:

Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass official site

This pass will be sold after July 1, 2015. But of course, you can purchase it in advance because this pass cannot be purchased in Japan. Since the official announcement has just placed, only PDF information is available at official site.

JR Central Tourist Pass official site

I think the detailed online information will come up soon at the site above.

Coverage area and valid transportation

Kentrokuen garden is one of three best Japanese Gardens.  ©JTA/ ©JNTO
Kentrokuen garden is one of three best Japanese Gardens. ©JTA/ ©JNTO
Coverage map of Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass (Click to enlarge)
Coverage map of Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass (Click to enlarge)

The pass covers Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Gero, Gifu and Nagoya as same as old version. And this pass also covers JR trains in Osaka city area, Kansai airport, JR Takayama line between Takayama and Toyama, Hokuriku Shinkansen between Toyama and Kanazawa, and Kaetsuno bus between Shirakawago and Shin-Takaoka. Now you can access to Toyama, Gokayama / Ainokura area, and Kansai airport. This additional coverage is a big difference for some travellers. Especially you can start to use this pass right after arrival in Kansai airport. This makes your trip be much easier.

I just want to list up of trains and bus services that are covered by this pass:

JR train (limited express Haruka) between Osaka and Kansai airport
JR train within Osaka city limit
JR train (limited express Thunderbird) between Osaka/Kyoto and Kanazawa
Hokuriku Shinkansen between Toyama and Kanazawa via Shin-Takaoka
JR train between Nagoya and Toyama via Takayama
Nohi bus between Takayama and Kanazawa via Shirakawago
Kaetsuno bus between Shirakawago and Shin-Takaoka

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. And also you cannot use reserved seat on Limited Express Haruka (Kansai airport – Shin-Osaka/Kyoto) and Hokuriku Shinkansen. There are non reserved seats available on these train. So you still can take these trains. But the fastest train “Kagayaki” on Hokuriku Shikansen does not have any non reserved seat. You cannot take Kagayakai on Hokuriku Shinkansen. You have to take other two trains, Hakutaka or Tsurugi on Hokuriku Shinkansen.

Please find more details about Hokuriku Shinkansen at the following link:

Hokuriku Shinkansen, Direct access to Kanazawa, Nagano and Toyama from Tokyo

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 also covers another bus line, Kaetsuno bus that runs between Shirakwago and Hokuriku Shinkansen station, Shin-Takaoka. Now you can access to Gokayama and Ainokura by this pass without any extra.

This pass does not cover any trains and bus services between Nagoya and Osaka/Kyoto directly. You cannot take Shinkansen either. It is same condition as old version of this pass.

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If you want to make circle tour, Osaka / Kyoto – Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama – Nagoya – Osaka, Kintetsu Rail Pass may be considerable

If you are okay with taking same route to go back to Osaka or Kyoto in 5 days, you do not need to pay any extra. Now this pass covers Takayama – Toyama. So you can take a different route to go back to Osaka. You do not need to take same bus service from Takaymaa to Kanazawa via Shirakawago.

But some of you want to go down to Nagoya and make a direct access to go back to Osaka. But you have to pay around 6500 yen to go back to Osaka by Shinkansen reserved seat. If you are okay with this additional charge, you can go for it. If you want to save your extra cost, Kintetsu Rail Pass may be considerable. Kintetsu Railway’s Limited Express has same quality as JR’s Limited Express trains. It is much slower than Shinkansen. But it is cheap and also if you go to Namba, Kintetsu takes you there directly. Please find more information about Kintetsu Rail Pass, please refer the following link:

Kintetsu Rail Pass, Most affordable deal for Osaka/Kyoto-Nagoya and access to Ise.

Compare cost between pass and single fare

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

One way fare

Kansai airport – Shin-Osaka by Limited Express NON reserved seat 2330 yen
Kansai airport – Kyoto by Limited Express NON reserved seat 2850 yen
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
Toyama – Takayama by Limited Express reserved seat 3360 yen
Toyama – Kanazawa by Hokuriku Shinkansen NON reserved seat 2810 yen
Kanazawa – Shirakawago by Nohi bus 1850 yen
Takayama – Shirakawago by Nohi bus 2470 yen
Kanazawa – Takayama by Nohi bus 3390 yen
Shirakawago – Shin-Takaoka by Kaetsuno bus 1800 yen

Let’s see the basic itineraries and compare costs. You may find more information about access to Takayama and Kazawa at the links beloiw:
How to access to Takayama by trains and buses
How to access to Kanazawa and Toyama from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

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 and make this route in 5 days, you also include Kansai airport to Osaka. This itinerary is very attractive and this pass gives you a great saving!

Small circle trip from/to Osaka via Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama and Toyama

Most of  train is operated by this fleet, E6 / W6 series.
Most of train is operated by this fleet, E6 / W6 series.

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 Shirakawago and Takayama 2470 yen
Single fare by Limited Express Wide View Hida between Takayama and Toyama 3360 yen
Single fare by Hokuriku Shikansen and Limited Express Thunderbird between Toyama and Osaka via Kanazawa 8910 yen
Total 24240 yen

Now you can make a different route on the way back to Osaka by this pass. You have only 5 days. But you can include Toyama. this pass does not cover any local transportation in Toyama. But you can visit Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route when you are in Toyama.
*You cannot go through Alpine route to Shinano-Omachi in this itinerary. It is completely outside coverage area. You have to make a round trip to Murodo or other point on Alpine route.

Suggested itinerary
Day 1 Osaka – Kanazawa
Day 2 Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama
Day 3 Takayama – Toyama
Day 4 Toyama – Alpine route – Toyama or Kanazawa
Day 5 Toyama or Kanazawa – Osaka or KIX or Kyoto

Yes. You can do it in 5 days. If you arrive in Kansai airport early morning, you can start this sample right after you arrive in Kansai. You can reach Kanazawa on day 1.

Small circle trip from/to Nagoya via Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama and Toyama

Single fare by Limited Express Wide View Hida between Nagoya and Takayama 6030 yen
Single fare by Nohi bus between Takayama and Shirakawago 2470 yen
Single fare by Nohi bus between Shirakawago and Kanazawa 1850 yen
Single fare by Hokuriku Shikansen between Kanazawa and Toyama 2810 yen
Single fare by Limited Express Wide View Hida between Toyama and Nagoya 7650 yen
Total 20810 yen

It is similar plan as above but depart/arrive in Nagoya. You can make a trip to Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route in this itinerary too.

Suggested itinerary
Day 1 Nagoya – Takayama
Day 2 Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa
Day 3 Kanazawa – Toyama
Day 4 Toyama – Alpine route – Toyama
Day 5 Toyama – Nagoya

Assessment

As you saw the above, even though price is higher than old version, this pass is still a great deal. Actually when old version of this pass was on sale, I said “I hope this pass will be sold as regular product.” I love JR Central and JR West decisions. This deal will be

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

  1. Dear Takeshi-san,

    I am planning for a 6D trip at the end of October.
    D1 Arrival Nagoya
    D2 Nagoya- Matsumoto- Alpine Route- Toyama
    D3 Toyama- Kurobe Gorge Railway day trip
    D4 Toyama- Gokayama- Shirakawago
    D5 Shirakawago- Takayama- Nagoya
    D6 Depart Nagoya

    I researched online and plan to buy Alpine-Takayama Pass but there seems to be no bus that covers Toyama-Gokayama-Shirakawa-Takayama section with 1 ticket.

    Do you suggest doing it in clockwise direction or any similar itineraries?

    Thank you in advance.

  2. Konnichi wa Takeshi san,
    I would appreciate any advice you could give me about my trip.
    Day 1 : Kansai airport to Kyoto
    Day 2 -6 : Kyoto and Osaka surroundings
    Day 7 : Kyoto to Gero
    Day 8 : Gero
    Day 9 : Gero to Takayama
    Day 10: Takayama
    Day11: Takayama
    Day 12 : Takayama to Kanazawa
    Day 13: Kanazawa
    Day 14: Kanazawa to Matsumoto
    Day 15: Matsumoto
    Day 16: Matsumoto to Mount Fuji
    Day 17 :Mount Fuji
    Day 18: Mount fuji to Tokyo
    Day 19- 21 : Tokyo
    Day 22 : Tokyo to Narita airport.

    Arigato gozaismasu
    David

    1. Hi David san,

      Your trip plan is good. I don’t see any issues.
      Unfortunately there is no deals available for your trip. Only JR Pass covers your trip but you will travel slowly and easily. You cannot get the worth of the pass. You may add local deal in Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo. But single ticket is your choice for other trips.

      KIX to Kyoto
      ICOCA and Haruka
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      Kyoto
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      Osaka and other places
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html

      Tokyo
      https://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

      1. Takeshi san,
        I appreciate your time spent on looking at this for me.
        Thank you very much for your help
        Arigato gozaimasu
        David

  3. Hi Takeshi-San 🙂

    I will be travelling to Osaka, Kyoto, and Takayama next month.

    DAY 1 to DAY 5: Buy TAKAYAMA-HOKURIKU PASS.
    D1 – 20/10 – Reach KIX @ 5:40am – Stay @ Takayama
    D2 – Takayama
    D3– Shirakawago
    D4 – Hida-Furukawa
    D5– Head to Osaka – Stay @ Osaka (SAKURAGAWA)

    DAY 6 to DAY 9: Use 3-days Kansai Thru Pass
    D6 – Kobe
    D7– Kobe-Sanda Outlet (*** I will NOT use Kansai-Thru Pass today)
    D8– Osaka Day 1
    D9 – Kyoto Day 1

    DAY 10 to DAY 12: Use another 3-days Kansai Thru Pass
    D10 – Kyoto Day 2
    D11 – Nara
    D12 – Osaka Day 2

    DAY 13: I will use Kaiyu Ticket: Osaka City Plan
    DAY 14- 2/11 – Flight @ 9:55am – Use 1-way ticket to KIX

    Questions:
    1. I just want to ask if the Passes i chose are correct?
    2. I know that Takayama-Hokuriku Pass requires purchases outside Japan.. What about Kaiyukan and 3-day Kansai-Thru Passes?
    3. I think for our stay at Sakuragawa, the Kansai-Thru pass is better option than Japan Rail pass. I hope i am right 🙂

    Thank you very much Takeshi-San.

    Regards,
    Ling-san

    1. Hi Ling san,

      1. I don’t know you need Kansai thru pass for day 8. The difference between 2 days and 3 days is 1200 yen. There are lots of deals available under 1200 yen for Osaka.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      If you intend to visit many attractions, Osaka Amazing Pass is better choice than using Kansai thru pass.

      2. You need to get Takayama Hokuriku area pass only outside Japan. You cannot purchase other two passes outside Japan.

      3. JR pass is not required anyway.

      When you use Takayama Hokuriku area pass on day 1, you need to take the route, KIX to Shin-Osaka, Shin-Osaka to Kanazawa, Kanazawa to Takayama via express bus. You may take the train from Kanazawa to Toyama and Toyama to Takayama. If you take express bus from Kanazawa, you need to book it in advance even though Takayama Hokuriku area pass covers.
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

      You cannot take KIX to Shin-Osaka, Shin-Osaka to Nagoya, Nagoya to Takayama route. Actually this is the primary route to get Takayama from Osaka. But Shin-Osaka to Nagoya is not covered by Takayama Hokuriku area pass. Just keep it in your mind.

      P.S.
      When you use “san”, you can put it after other person’s name. It’s like “Mr” or “Ms”. But it’s wrong way to use “san” after own name. I just want to let you know.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Takeshi-San,

        Thank you for noting the points to me! Highly appreciated 🙂
        I will read into the links that u had attached.

        Question:
        On Day 5, when i travel from TAKAYAMA back to OSAKA using the Takayama-Hokuriku Pass.. May i know how whether this pass covers OSAKA MUNICIPAL LINE as well?
        This is because i will be staying in SAKURAGAWA..

        Regards,
        Ling 🙂

        1. Hi Ling,

          No, you can’t. This pass covers only subway train. The closest JR station is JR-Namba. It’s less than 1km away. When you don’t have a luggage, it’s easy to access between Sakuragawa and JR-Namba by walk.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Noted.
            I tried using Hyperdia to check whether i can get from Namba (Subway) to Sakuragawa (Osaka).. It says i can use Osaka City Subway Sennichimae Line for NODAHANSHIN..

            Question:
            1. This is Private Railway right?
            2. If Yes, then are this Namba (Osaka) different from the Namba JR u mentioned?
            2. If the distance is walkable between the 2 stations, Since i will be carrying luggages with my family of 5 (include me), It is better to buy 1 way ticket to Sakuragawa than to walk?

            Thank u 🙂

          2. Hi Ling,

            1. It’s not private line but municipality subway line. It’s not JR anyway and not covered by that pass.

            2. JR Namba and Namba stations are different. There are several Namba stations. Please see the link below:
            https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/namba-stations-guide-how-to-change-the-trains-among-nankai-kintetsu-hanshin-subway-and-jr.html

            3. How far is your accommodation from Sakuragawa. As you read the link about Namba stations above, JR-Namba is closer to Sakuragawa than other Namba stations. If it’s located between Namba and Sakuragawa, you may be able to walk from JR-Namba. If it’s closed to Sakuragawa station, you can take subway. You may catch taxi at Namba station too. It’s not hard to catch taxi there but one taxi is not big enough to 5 passengers with luggage. You need two taxis. I think the fare is around 1000 yen per taxi.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. Oh i get it already! Thank u for clarifying the difference.
            We are staying at Minamihorie area. . Should be 10-15mins walk from Namba (JR) station according to google map.
            If the distance is walkable, we might just walk 🙂

            So, when i leave from Kanazawa back to Osaka, i will have to:
            1st – Take thunderbird From Kanazawa to Osaka (reserved seat)
            2nd – Take Osaka to Shinimamiya then finally to Namba (JR)

            Is this correct?
            Is this route covered by the Takayama Pass? 🙂

            Thank you

          4. Hehe thank u!!!

            Also, i took your advise and i am considering Osaka 1-day Visitor Pass for one of my “Osaka only” day (not going to Kyoto/ Nara/ etc), because 3-day Kansai Thru Pass and 2-days have a difference of ¥1200.

            Question:
            Osaka 1-day Visitor Pass covers all subway in Osaka? Including the route to Ikeda (Hankyu)? Because my little brother would like to visit Momofuku Ramen Museum 🙂

            The reason i am asking is because i am a little confused between the difference of Osaka 1-day Visitor Pass and Osaka Amazing Pass.

            THank u 🙂

          5. Thank you Takeshi-San.

            I have just only purchased the Takayama Hokuriku Pass, tickets pending delivery this Friday.
            May I know how do I reserve the seats on JR limited express trains and Nohi Buses?
            Do i reserve it before i fly to Japan, or before i Board the train.

            Thank you 🙂

          6. Thank u Takeshi-san for your help. I will book for the Bus accordingly 🙂

            A question regarding Kobe-Sanda Outlet:
            Is Direct Express Bus from JR Station the only way to Get Kobe-Outlet? I realized the time we need to leave back to JR station is 4:10pm.. which is quite early.

            Can we also take the direct bus from Sannomiya Station on the day we Visit Kobe ??? Not sure if this route is available.
            We only want to Eat Kobe beef in Kobe.. so i thought of eating in Kobe, then shopping 🙂

  4. Hi, Takeshi San,
    I need some advice for my coming trip in Dec.
    We plan to visit Nagoya and Shiragawago direct from Osaka airport upon arrival on 18th morning, then return to Osaka Station by 20th noon. we only hve 3days.
    Should we buy Takayama Hokuriku 5D pass or other passes?
    Many Thanks
    Ying

    1. Hi Ying san,

      Takayama Hokuriku area pass does not cover Osaka-Nagoya direct route. But you may use this pass if you want to take Nagoya-Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Osaka route. Even if you take this route, you need to add the fare for Kyoto to Nagoya. You can get Kyoto by limited express Haruka from kansai airport:
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kansai-airport-limited-express-haruka.html

      But you need to add the fare to take Shinkansen from Kyoto to Nagoya which costs around 6,000 yen.

      If you want to go back to Nagoya after visiting Takayama and Shirakawago, you need to add another 6,000 yen.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi,
    I would like to clarify below.
    I want to make a loop from Osaka to Kanazawa – Shiragawa-Takayama and back to Osaka.
    If I use Takayama – Hokuriku Area Pass, the trip from Takayama back to Osaka is not covered? So my option is either
    1. I pay single fare from Nagoya to Osaka?
    2. I go back to Kanazawa – Osaka using the same route
    Are there other more alternatives?

      1. Thank you Sir.
        I prefer to travel by train.
        If I purchase a one way ticket by shinkansen from Nagoya to Kyoto, would the Takayama Hokuriku area pass cover me from Takayama to Nagoya and from Kyoto to Osaka?

        1. Hi Cheah,

          Takayama Hokuriku area pass does not cover Shinkansen from Nagoya to Osaka even though it’s in the coverage area. Takayama to Nagoya is covered but you need to pay full fare for Nagoya to Shin-Osaka by Shinkansen.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi-san

            I’m planning to arrive Japan on 30 Dec.
            If I purchase the the Takayama Hokuriku JR pass can I book an advance ticket from Osaka to Kanazawa, and by Nohi bus from Kanazawa to Shiragawa and to Takayama.
            I plan to travel on 1 Jant to Kanazawa , spend one night then to Shiragawa on 2 Jan. I’m worried if I only arrive in 30 Dec to book my tickets to Kanazawa there won’t be any seats left since it’s peak time and Japan major holiday.

          2. Hi Cheah san,

            Unfortunately you cannot book a ticket for Osaka to Kanazawa in advance. But I’m very optimistic. Actually January 1st is not busy day. Please see the link below:
            https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/2017-busiest-period-to-travel-by-train-tips-to-book-your-seat-in-even-busy-period.html#New_Years_holidays

            You can book a seat for Nohi bus in advance but you need to make a call. Online is not available for Takayama Hokuriku area pass user.
            https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

            The bus to Shirakawago is always busy. Advanced reservation is highly recommended.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. Hi Takeshi-san

            Thank you for your reply.

            You mentioned I can book the Nohi bus in advance if I have Takayama Hokuriku area pass. Question:
            1) Is the bus ticket available for reservation from 1 month in advance? So if I want to travel on 2 Jan, I can book from 2 Dec onwards?
            2) At that time, I would I haven’t arrived in Japan yet and my JR pass haven’t been activated yet, can I book?

  6. Dear Sir

    If my travel plan is as follow, should i get a Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass to cover for the first 5days or a JR pass for 7days? Kindly advise. Thank you.

    Day 1 Nagoya Chubu International airport to Takayama
    Day 2 Takayama to Shirakawago (to/fro)
    Day 3 Takayama to Nagoya JR Station
    Day 4 Nagoya to Hikone
    Day 5 Hikone to Kyoto
    Day 8 Kyoto to Osaka
    Day 10 Osaka to KIX airport

    Regards
    KT

    1. Hi Katherine,

      JR pass is too expensive for your trip. Takayama Hokuriku area pass is suitable but you need to pay the extra fare for Gifu to Hikone, and Hikone to Kyoto. So basically Takayama Hokuriku area pass covers when you pass Gifu on day 4. Gifu is located on the way to Hikone from Nagoya. You don’t need to get off at Gifu. When you get Hikone, you can show your Takayama Hokuriku area pass and station staff tell you how much you pay. If you want to know the fare, please check the fare for Gifu to Hikone at Hyperdia:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      You may use Shoryudo bus pass for the first 3 days. It’s cheaper:
      http://www.meitetsu.co.jp/eng/ticket-info/shoryudo.html

      After Hikone, you will use regular ticket for city to city. You may add the deal in Kyoto, Osaka and trip to KIX. Please see the links below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      https://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

        Thank you very much for your quick reply.
        May i know if this pass covers the meitetsu line from Chubu international airport to Nagoya station?

        Best Regards
        Katherine

  7. Hello Takeshi-san

    Would appreciate your advice/suggestion on the type of pass to get for my trip in early December.

    Day 1 : arrive Nagoya Chubu Int’l Airport — travel to Takayama directly
    Day 2 – 3: Stay Takayama, visit Shirakawago, Shinhotaka Ropeway
    Day 4 -7: To Kyoto (stay in Kyoto), visiting Himeji, Arashiyama, etc.
    Day 8 – 12: To Osaka (stay Osaka(, visising Nara, etc.

    Base on the above itinerary, which rail pass should I get.

    Many thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Cara san,

      I recommend you to use Takayama Hokuriku area pass until you get Kyoto. But when you go to Kyoto, you need to go through Kanazawa. You cannot go back to Nagoya because Nagoya to Kyoto is not covered by this pass.

      After you arrive in Kyoto, you can use the deal in the links when you are in Kyoto and Osaka:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      For trip to Nara and Himeji, you can use Kansai thru pass.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      I recommend you to visit Nara from Kyoto and Himeji from Osaka. Osaka is much closer to Himeji than Kyoto.

      If you leave from Osaka, please see the link below to find the deal:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hello Takeshi-san, Can you share with me a sample itinerary for 10 days kyoto, nara, osaka, takayama Kanazawa and Shirakawago?

    Is it possible?

    1. Hi Eugene san,

      Sorry but I cannot do it. If I have it in my site, I can show you. But I don’t have it now and I cannot make it personally. If I do it, I need to make it whenever I receive request. Please understand it.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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