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

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning to go to Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawa and Shizuoka in Dec. My itinerary is as follows:

    Day 1: Chubu airport – Nagoya – Shirakawago. Tour around Shirakawago then go to Takayama where i will stay a night.

    Day 2: Takayama – Nagoya – Shizuoka

    Day 3: Shizuoka

    Day 4: Shizuoka (might make a day trip to Izu)

    Day 5: Shizuoka – Nagoya

    Day 6: Nagoya

    Day 7: Nagoya – Chubu Airport.

    Is there a JR pass that will cover buses or trains for Days 1 and 2 and Shinkansen between Nagoya and Shizuoka?

    I am looking at the Shoryudo Bus Pass but I will have to buy the Shinkansen tickets individually.

    Thanks in advance!

    Janice

    1. Hi Janice,

      JR pass is better choice than Shoryudo pass as you think. You can take train to Takayama from Nagoya. But JR pass does not cover bus to Shirakawago from Takayama. And also train/bus between Nagoya and Chubu airport is not covered either. Basically JR pass covers only JR trains. It does not cover non JR trains and buses.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail

          1. Is the cost of reservation on the Ltd Exp wide view hida train and the shinkansen between nagoya and shizuoka included in the cost of the 7 days JR pass?

          2. Thanks for the reply. I have calculated, train rides to and fro takayama and nagoya plus the shinkansen to and fro nagoya and shizuoka, costs lesser than the cost of a 7 days JR pass (22680 vs 29110).

            And it does not cover the bus ride between takayama and Shirakawago.

            Wouldn’t it be more worthy to get the shoryudo pass + individual shinkansen tickets be better?

            Sorry for the questions.

          3. Hi Janice,

            You are right. I miscalculated. In my calculation, round trip fare to Takayama from Nagoya with limited express reserved seat charge is 12,060 yen. Round trip fare to Shizuoka from Nagoya with Shinkansen reserved seat fee charge is 12,700 yen. It’s different from your calculation but it’s cheaper than JR pass anyway.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for your fast repy.

    Is osaka 1 day pass and osaka visitor ticket same ? What the different?

    Thank you in advance.

    Regards,
    Esther.

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I would need some advise from you on my itinerary. I will be travelling mid February 2018 and will be using the Takayama hokurika area pass.

    Day 1 – Kansai airport – kanazawa
    Day 2 – kanazawa – Nagoya ( which limited express is available if I use this pass ? )
    Day 3 – Nagoya – takayama
    Day 4 – takayama -shirakawago – takayama
    Day 5 – takayama – shin Osaka via kanazawa

    1. Hi Michelle,

      When you go to Nagoya from Kanazawa, limited express Shirasagi from Kanazawa to Maibara and Shinkansen from Maibara to Nagoya is most common way.
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/limited-express-shirasagi.html

      However these trains are not covered fully. You need to add around 5,000 yen if you take this route. If you want to get Nagoya without extra, you need to take Hokuriku Shinkansen from Kanazawa to Toyama and Limited Express Wide View Hida from Toyama to Nagoya (or bus from Kanazawa to Takayama via Shirakawago and Limited Express Wide View Hida from Takayama to Nagoya). This route is much slower than Shirasagi. It takes 2 hours+ by Shirasagi and Shinkansen, take 4 hours+ by Shinkansen and Wide View Hida.

      Other segments are covered.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you again for your reply.

    Where i can buy osaka visitor ticket in kansai airport ? At travel desk or jr ticket office or information center?

    Thank you in advance.

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I have another question,

    1. With takayama hokuriku area pass,
    can we change reserved seat i
    already reserved ? Do i need to pay
    charge?

    2. If i miss the train which i had
    reserved, can i go with another
    train with unreserved seat ?

    3. Where i can change my booking
    order of takayama hokuriku area
    pass & kansai 3 day pass at the
    kansai airport ? At the jr west ticket
    office or travel desk or both ?

    4. Can i make reservation for nohi
    bus ( for takayama-shirakawago-
    kanazawa) at kanazawa bus
    terminal ?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Esther,

      1. You can. But this pass allows you to reserve a seat at four times. If you change it, you will lose one of four times.

      2. You can take non reserved seat as many as you want.

      3. JR ticket office.

      4. Yes, you can. But I strongly recommend you to book it on the phone in advance. Last minutes booking may be hard. Bus is always busy in these days.
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi takeshi,

    I would need some advises on my itinerary at early april 2018

    Day 1 : kansai airport – kanazawa ( by
    Haruka & thunderbird)

    Day 2 : kanazawa.

    Day 3 : kanazawa – takayama ( via
    toyama). By hokuriku
    shinkansen & hida.

    Day 4 : takayama – shirakawago-
    kanazawa- osaka – shin
    imamiya. ( by nohi bus,
    Thunderbird, jr lines)

    Day 5 : shin imamiya, tennoji, kyoto. (
    by jr lines & haruka).
    Kyoto – gion- kyoto ( single fare)
    Kyoto – tennoji- shin imamiya (
    by haruka , jr lines).

    Day 1- 5 : takayama hokuriku area pass.

    Day 6 : osaka ( single fare).
    Day 7 : shin imamiya- tennoji- kyoto-
    arashiyama( by jr, haruka, san
    in line).
    Arashiyama – osaka- shin
    imamiya ( by jr lines).

    Day 8 : shin imamiya, himeji, kobe,
    Shin imamiya. ( by jr kobe line).

    Day 9 : shin imamiya- tennoji- nara (
    by jr lines).
    Nara- tennoji- kansai airport (
    by jr, haruka).

    Day 7-9 : kansai 3 day pass.

    Do you think this pass suitable for my itinerary ?
    Did nohi bus at day 5 operating at saturday & sunday ?

    Thank you in advance.

  7. Hi,

    I would like to ask which is the best ticket for my itinerary:-

    12/1 (night) – Kansai airport to Osaka
    13/1 – Osaka to Kanazawa
    14/1 – Kanazawa
    15/1 – Kanazawa to Shirakawa-go to Takayama
    16/1 – Takayama
    17/1 – Takayama to Osaka
    18/1 – Osaka
    19/1 – Osaka to Kansai Airport

    1. Hi Tan,

      Takayama Hokuriku area pass is the best choice for 13th to 17th. You can use other deal for 12th, 18th and 19th. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.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

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hi Takeshi,

    I would need some advices on my itinerary to Kansai Area and Shirakawa-go at end of October.

    Day 1
    Arrive Kansai Airport- explore osaka
    Checked in Osaka

    Day 2
    Osaka to Kyoto (East)
    Explore Kyoto- back to Osaka

    Day 3
    Osaka to Kyoto (Arashiyama)
    Explore Kyoto- back to Osaka

    Day 4
    USJ

    Day 5
    Osaka to Nara
    Explore Nara – back to Osaka

    Day 6
    Osaka to Kanazawa(via Thunderbird) -Nohi bus to Shirakawa-go
    Stay at Shirakawa-go

    Day 7
    Shirakawa-go – Kanazawa – Osaka
    Explore Osaka

    As round trip from Osaka-Kanazawa cost 19200 yen while this pass cost only 14000yen. And this pass covers some JR train in Osaka city as well. Do you think this pass is suitable for my itinerary?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi dendi13,

      Yes. You can use this pass for day 3 to 7. I also suggest you to visit Kyoto in this 5 days period. This pass does not cover any local transportation in Kyoto, such as city bus, subway and even JR local train. But you can get Kyoto station by JR train. You may add single fare for Kyoto to Arashiyama and just add bus pass when you visit the other places in 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

      And Nara is not covered by this pass. So if you can switch day 2 and 5, it is better. In this case, just add single fare to get Nara. You may use Kansai one pass instead of single fare. It does not give you unlimited ride but it gives you convenience and discount at many attractions.
      https://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

      You can find the other deal for day 1. If you intend to use ICOCA and Haruka, you can add Kansai one pass instead of ICOCA.
      https://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

  9. Hello Takeshi-San

    Would appreciate your advice/suggestion on my itinerary and type of passes for my trip in early December.

    Day 1: Arrive Narita Airport-Hotel, Asakusa & explore Tokyo
    (I’m wondering 24hours Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket)

    Day 2: Shinagawa-Nagoya-Takayama-Shirakawago

    Day 3: Shirakawago-Gokayama-Toyama-Kanazawa-Kyoto-Kinkakuji-Kiyomizu dera temple-Fushimi Imari Takisha Shrine

    Day 4: Nara Park-Osaka Castle-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi

    Day 5: Depart from Kansai Airport

    Not sure this itinerary possible to make it in limited days, hope to get your advise.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Thanks,
    Connie

    1. Hi Connie san,

      You will use three tickets, Keisei Skyliner & Tokyo Subway Ticket, single ticket for Shinagawa to Nagoya, and Takayama Hokuriku area pass.
      And also you need to add the fare for local transports, such as subway and city bus in Kyoto, Osaka and trip to Nara. These are not covered by Takayama Hokuriku area pass.

      I think day 3 is impossible. You cannot see Gokayama, Toyama, Kanazawa and a few places in Kyoto in one day. If you spend 1-2 hours each at Gokayama, Toyama and Kanazawa, you will be in Kyoto in late afternoon or early evening. It’s too late to start sightseeing in Kyoto.

      In my opinion, you can remove Toyama. And choose either Kanazawa or Gokayama. In Gokayama, Ainokura and Suganuma are popular spots. But you don’t have a time to stop both. Pick up either Ainokura or Suganuma even if you give up Kanazawa. You need at least half day to see Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera and Fushimi Inari.

      Other part of your trip are okay.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thanks for your valuable advice.

        Do you recommend to purchase a Suica card for transportation in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara ?

        Besides, I have made some changes on Day 3 and Day 4 itinerary as follow:

        Day 1: Arrive Narita Airport-Asakusa and explore Tokyo

        Day 2: Shinagawa-Nagoya-Takayama-Shirakawago

        Day 3: Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Kyoto-Kiyomizu dera Temple

        Day 4: Fushimi Inari Takisha Shrine-Osaka-Nara Park-Osaka Castle-Dotonbori-Shinsaibashi

        Day 5: Osaka-Kansai Airport

        I wish to go to Kiyomizu Dera Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, but I’m not sure my day 3 and day 4 itinerary can make it or not Or Takeshi San have better idea for me?

        Lastly, is this Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass cover from Kyoto to Osaka and Osaka to Kansai Airport?

        Thanks in advance.

        Warmest regards,
        Connie

        1. Hi Connie san,

          I think day 4 is too tight. You should visit Nara after Fushimi Inari but if you do so, you need to pay for Kyoto-Inari-Nara-Kami. Kami is on the way to Osaka from Nara. This is not covered by Takayama Hokuriku area pass. Kami is a border station of coverage area. Osaka castle must be next after Nara. And also luggage may be issue. But this is only way to make all places where you want to visit.

          Takayama Hokuriku area pass covers Shin-osaka to KIX.

          I don’t think you need Suica. If you use Suica from Nara to Osaka, you need to get off at Kami. If you don’t use Suica, just buy a ticket for Nara to Kami. You don’t need to exit at Kami.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  10. Hi, Takeshi.

    I intend to ride from Namba to Nara on the JR Yamatoji Line. However, I’m aware that this pass only covers up until Kami station.

    With that being said, will I have to disembark at Kami station and purchase an additional ticket for Nara, or, will I be able to pay for the extra charges upon arrival at Nara at the manned ticket gates.

    In which case, if it is too much of a hassle do you reckon that I might as well purchase the tickets from Namba to begin with?

    I’m sorry if my question sounded silly and thank you.

    Regards,
    Kayel

    1. Hi Kayel,

      You don’t need to exit at Kami. You can proceed to Nara and pay extra fare which is 470 yen at man’s gate. You can show your pass and they let you know the fare.

      By the way, you can take Kintetsu railway from Namba to Nara at 560 yen. Kintetsu Nara station is closer to the tourist spots than JR Nara station. And in many cases, you need to change trains on the way to Nara from JR Namba by JR trains. If you take Kintetsu, it’s direct and faster. You need to pay only 90 yen extra. That is just recommendation. You can take either way.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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