Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass user guide. Perfect deal to travel Takayama, Kanazawa, Toyama, Shirakawago from Nagoya or Osaka

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

This train pass has been very popular to travel Kanazawa, Takayama and Shirakawago. The train route to these destinations from Nagoya and Osaka are covered. However there are some restrictions. You may be confused how you use this pass.

In this post, I will clarify the condition and the coverage area of this pass. You will find what you can do and what you cannot do by this pass in this post. I also compare the price of pass and a regular fare. You will easily find how you can get the worth of this pass.

Who is eligible

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

Types, prices and conditions

There is only 5 days pass.

TYPESAdultChild (6-11yrs)
5 Days14,000 yen7,000 yen

*5 year old or younger child is free. Maximum 2 children per one adult. But one of your adult traveler must share the seat with the child who is 5 years old or younger.

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

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

You may book a reserved seat in the train up to 4 times by this pass. This four times booking seat fee is covered. But you cannot book a seat on Limited Express Haruka and Hokuriku Shinkansen. This four times reservation does not include Nohi bus reservation. I will tell you about this restriction later.

Sales location

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

Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass official site

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

The pass covers Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Gero, Gifu and Nagoya. Please see the coverage map below:

The coverage area of this pass is blue shaded.

Basically this pass covers JR trains, Nohi Bus and Kaetsuno Bus in the coverage area. I would like to show you the key train and bus services one by one.

Limited Express Haruka and Kansai Airport Rapid train

Limited Express Haruka connects Kansai airport, Tennoji, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto.

Haruka operation route shown by a bold red line

If you start using this pass right after you arrive in Kansai airport, you may take this train. This train has both reserved seat car and non reserved seat car. But this pass covers only non reserved seat car. This train does not stop at Osaka. Please see the link below to find more information about Haruka:

Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka

If you cannot take Haruka, you can take Kansai Airport Rapid train too. This is a sort of commute trains. Haruka has nicer interior.

Kansai Airport Rapid Service

Local train service in downtown Osaka

This pass covers a local train in Osaka, such as Osaka Kanjo line (Osaka loop line). You can get many places by this pass in Osaka. Please see the link below to find the information about JR local train service in Osaka:

Osaka train guide

Limited Express Thunderbird (Osaka, Kyoto – Kanazawa)

This train is a primary way to get Kanazawa from Osaka or Kyoto.

Limited Express Thunderbird operation route shown by a bold red line

You can book a reserved seat on this train by this pass. But you have to make a reservation after you arrive in Japan.

Nohi Bus (Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama), Kaetsuno Bus (Shin Takaoka – Shirakawago)

Both bus services are shown by a green line in the coverage map above.

Most of you take Nohi Bus to get Shirakawago. You also take this bus when you move between Takayama and Kanazawa. All bus services between Kanazawa and Shirakawago requires an advanced booking. You cannot book online and you have to make a call to book a seat. A few bus services can be taken without reservation between Takayama and Shirakawago. You can find the phone number and timetable at Nohi Bus Official Site.

If you want to visit Ainokura, Suganuma and/or Gokayama, you will take Kaetsuno Bus. Reservation is not required.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen (Kanazawa – Toyama)

The Shinkansen train runs very frequently between Kanazawa and Toyama.

Hokuriku Shinkansen route which is covered by this pass. (shown by a red bold line)

This pass does not allow you to book a seat on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. There are three kinds of trains running on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Those are Kagayaki, Hakutaka and Tsurugi. But the fastest train “Kagayaki” does not have any non reserved seat cars. You have to take other two trains, Hakutaka or Tsurugi on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Usually Tsurugi has lots of empty seats and easily can take a seat in non reserved cars.

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

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

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Limited Express Wide View Hida (Nagoya – Takayama – Toyama)

This is very popular train to get Takayama. The scenery is very nice from this train.

Limited Express Wide View Hida operation route (shown by a bold red line)

This train runs once an hour in daytime between Nagoya and Takayama. But this train runs only a few times between Takayama and Toyama. If you cannot take this train between Toyama and Takayama, you can take a local train. But there is no direct local train between Toyama and Takayama. You have to change trains at Inotani between Takayama and Toyama.

Please see the link below to find more information about Wide View Hida:

Limited Express Wide View Hida

You can book a reserved seat on this train by this pass. But you have to make a reservation after you arrive in Japan.

Train which is not covered at all or partially

This pass does not cover any train services between Gifu and Kyoto. This means you cannot make a circle tour by this pass. I would like to show you some trains which are not covered by this pass and how much you have to pay extra.

The Tokaido Shinkansen (Nagoya – Kyoto – Shin Osaka)

It is not covered at all. Even though the Shinkansen runs partially between Kyoto and Shin-Osaka in the coverage area, it is not covered at all. You may consider using Platt Kodama for this segment. Please see the link below to find more information about Platt Kodama:

Platt Kodama (The Shinkansen Kodama deal)

Osaka departure of Limited Express Wide View Hida (Osaka – Kyoto – Gifu – Takayama)

One round trip of Wide View Hida runs between Osaka and Takayama. However this train runs outside the coverage area partially.

This train runs outside the coverage area between Kyoto and Gifu.

If you take this train, you have to pay for Kyoto – Gifu. The one way extra cost (the base fare and the reserved seat fee) is 4,290 yen. Reserved seat fee is covered in the coverage area. But you have to use two of four times seat booking for Takayama – Gifu and Osaka – Kyoto. If you take this route, you have to book a seat for both inside coverage area and outside coverage area at same time. You can get a same seat all the way.

Limited Express Shirasagi (Kanazawa – Nagoya)

If you move between Nagoya and Kanazawa, Limited Express Shirasagi is the fastest way. However this train runs outside the coverage area partially.

The segment between Tsuruga and Gifu is outside the coverage area.

If you take this train, you have to pay for Tsuruga – Gifu. The one way extra cost (the base fare and the reserved seat fee) is 3,360 yen. Reserved seat fee is covered in the coverage area. But you have to use two of four times seat booking for Nagoya – Gifu and Kanazawa – Tsuruga. If you take this route, you have to book a seat for both inside coverage area and outside coverage area at same time. You can get a same seat all the way.

If you want to avoid this extra cost, you can take one of these following routes:

  • Limited Express Wide View Hida (Nagoya – Toyama), Hokuriku Shinkansen (Toyama – Kanazawa)
  • Limited Express Wide View Hida (Nagoya – Takayama), Nohi Bus (Takayama – Kanazawa)

These routes are covered by trip time is much longer than Limited Express Shirasagi. If you take Limited Express Shirasagi, the trip time is 3 hours and get Nagoya from Kanazawa without changing trains. But if you take one of these above routes, the travel time is 4.5 hours and you have to change trains or train/bus. Please think which choice is better for you, spending 1.5 hours or spending 3,360 yen.

Local train service in downtown Kyoto

You can get Kyoto by this pass. But after you arrive in Kyoto, this pass does not help you at all. You cannot get even some spots in Kyoto by this pass. JR lines connect Arashiyama and Fushimi from Kyoto station. But this pass does not cover these lines.

Trip to Nara, Trip to Kobe

These cities are a step away from Kyoto or Osaka. But these cities are not in the coverage area. Please do not think using this pass even partially. Just pay as you go or think about using other deal:

Kansai ticket guide

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 seat2330 yen
Kansai airport – Kyoto by Limited Express NON reserved seat2850 yen
Osaka – Kanazawa by Limited Express reserved seat7650 yen
Kyoto – Kanazawa by Limited Express reserved seat6900 yen
Nagoya – Takayama by Limited Express reserved seat6030 yen
Toyama – Takayama by Limited Express reserved seat3360 yen
Toyama – Kanazawa by Hokuriku Shinkansen NON reserved seat2810 yen
Kanazawa – Shirakawago by Nohi bus1850 yen
Takayama – Shirakawago by Nohi bus2470 yen
Kanazawa – Takayama by Nohi bus3390 yen
Shirakawago – Shin-Takaoka by Kaetsuno bus1800 yen

I show you some itineraries and compare costs. You may find more information about the access to Takayama and Kanazawa at the links below:
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

This deal is highly recommended if you visit Takayama, Shirakawago and/or Kanazawa from Osaka, Kyoto or Nagoya. Especially the coverage of Nohi Bus and Kaetsuno Bus offers a big deal.

I hope this post helps you to build your trip plan.

986 thoughts on “Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass user guide. Perfect deal to travel Takayama, Kanazawa, Toyama, Shirakawago from Nagoya or Osaka”

  1. Hi Takeshi..
    Does Takayama-Hokuriku pass cover Dentetsu Toyama Station to Unazuki Onsen Station (Toyama Chiho railway) for Kurobe Gorge? Thanks.

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,

    Planning to visiti Osaka(3 nights_, Kyoto(3 nights), Kanazawa,(One night) Shiragawa-go(day trip) and Takayama (2nights) in Mid Dec

    Shall I go

    1) KIX Airport -Kyoto – Kanazawa or Takayama
    2) KIX Airport – Kanazawa or Takayama – Kyoto – Osaka

    Is it worth to buy the Takayama Hokuruiku Pass?
    I am very worried about the luggaged. Should I stay in osaka upon arrival and keep the luggage with the hotel and ck-in again as final destination/

    Please advise.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Jesline san,

      You may use Takayama Hokuriku area pass and Option 2 is better because you can use Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass right away. In Kansai airport, there are some luggage shipping services available. You can find it at the arrival level in Kansai airport terminal. If you don’t want to travel with the luggage, you can use it. It costs about 2,000 to 3,000 yen per luggage. You can receive it usually on next day. You can ship anywhere in Japan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi San,
    Would the Tateyama Hokuriku pass be the best transport pass for the following itinerary in late June-early July?

    I want to start my journey in kyoto and hit most of these spots as well as Kurobe Gorge, the kiso valley nakasendo and matsumoto.

    The Itinerary is currently:
    Day 1 – Kyoto to Toyama and visit Kurobe Gorge. Overnight in Toyama (I would start using the pass here)
    Day 2 – Toyama to Takaoka and take a bus to Ainokura. Overnight in Ainokura
    Day 3 – Take a bus to Shirakawago and transfer to another bus for Takayama
    Day 4 – Takayama to Kiso Valley via Nagoya. Overnight in Magome (the pass would cover the trip from Takayama to Nagoya)
    Day 5 – Travel from Nakatsugawa to Matsumoto. Then overnight in Kofu.
    Day 6-8 – Multiday hike in the Southern Alps (Shirane Sanzan). Overnight bus from Kofu back to Kyoto/Osaka.

    I’ve been to Kanazawa already in a previous trip so I don’t need to necessarily make a stop there. I know there’s also an option for the alpine-takayama-matsumoto area pass which also covers some areas but I’ve also been up and down the tateyama-kurobe alpine route so I don’t really need to make the trip again and it also doesn’t cover the Gokayama/Shirakawago section of the trip.

    Thanks so much for your help!
    Tim

    1. Hi Tim san,

      As you think, Takayama Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass is the best choice. Even though you have to add the regular fare after Nagoya, there is no other better deals available.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi san,

    The information you have just shared is such of big help for our planned trip this coming Winter. As much as I want to go through each one of them, may I also seek for your expertise in suggesting the most convenient and economical way of doing the multi city tour?

    We are planning to purchase the JR Pass (7 days) since our tour will be for 8 days (first day having to only be from 8:20 -12 midnight so I plan to limit the cost additional travel without activating the JR pass in Day1)

    We have 2 Planned Routes being studied and need your advise on what is geographically correct:

    Day 1: Arrival at 8:20pm via Chubu/Centrair (no JR pass to get out of the airport, JR is not covered here anyway)

    Option 1.
    Day 1: Centrair>Nagoya station (sleepover until JR activates in Day 2)
    Day 2 >Tokyo>Ueno>
    Day 3 Nagano>
    Day 4,5 Kanazawa>( go to Takayama/Shirakawa-go/Tomaya/Alphine Route)>
    Day 6,7,8 Stay in Shin-Osaka for accommodation (go to Kyoto/Osaka/Naga & Hiroshima if time permits) )>Kansai Airport

    Option 2.
    Day 1 Centrair>Takayama>
    Day 2 Shirakawa-go>Tomaya (Do we need to go to Kanazawa for the Alpine Route?)>
    Day 3 Nagano>
    Day 4,5 Ueno>Tokyo>
    Day 6,7,8 Stay in Shin Osaka for accommodation (Osaka/Kyoto/Naga & Hiroshima if time permits)>Kansai Airport

    Day 8: Kansai departure is at 9pm

    Question are:
    1. Which is the correct route if we will not use JR pass on day 1 (waiting 4 hours before JR pass is activated
    2. Do you suggest we get the 7 days JR pass or do you suggest a regional pass if some of the areas that we plan to go to are not covered by JR pass? What are those pass that you think is best to purchase as foreign visitor? (5 days/3 days/1 days option/busses/subway/one way tickets)

    Thank you for your time in looking into our query.
    Have a great day ahead.

    Jonas

    1. Hi Jonas,

      Your choice is option 1 because you cannot reach Takayama on day 1. The arrival time is too late to catch the last train to get Takayama. Actually the last train to Takayama depart from Nagoya at 20:19. Your arrival time is way too late to catch this.

      So as you think, you will stay in Nagoya and start using JR pass 7-day on day 2. This is the best option.

      Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route should be squeezed between Nagano and Kanazawa. If you don’t want to travel there with luggage, you can use luggage transfer service.
      https://www.alpen-route.com/en/transport_new/baggage.html

      This segment is not covered by JR pass. You may add Tateyama Kurobe option ticket:
      http://www.jrtateyama.com/e/

      You have to take a bus to get Shirakawago. This is not covered by JR pass but there is no deals.

      And also you may need to add some other deals, such as subway pass in Tokyo, Kyoto and/or Osaka. Please see the links below to find the coverage of JR Pass in the links below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      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
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Dear Takeshi san,

        Thank you for sharing the link and the additional subway pass we need to purchase on top of our JR 7 days pass.

        After going through Option 2 with all JR 7days whole japan pass, we are then trying to determine how we can realistically go to all the destinations with about 2 to 4 hours destination leaving us with a day per area.

        Since this trip is already being booked for January – winter, I don’t see that Alpine Route being available. We may have to limit our tour to the places where we can spend Winter in Japan.

        Option 2 is still our option, maximizing JR whole Japan pass so itinerary now is:

        Day 1 Sleep in Nagoya until next day and activate JR pass in Day 2
        Day 2 Nagoya – Ueno (accommodation) with day and night tour in Tokyo
        Day 3 From Ueno to Nagano (accommodation in Yudanaka) visit snow monkey/ski resort
        Day 4 From Yudanaka – go to Shirakawa go (Day tour) and go to Takayama (Sleep over)
        Day 5 Takayama to Shin Osaka (Accommodation for the rest of the 3 days)
        Day 6 Shin Osaka to Hiroshima and back to Shin Osaka
        Day 7 Shin Osaka – Kyoto -Shin Osaka
        Day 8 Shin Osaka (Check out) and spend the rest of the day in Osaka and depart via Kansai Airport

        With the above itinerary, I do see the best option being JR 7 Day Whole Japan. Do you suggest that we stay in Ueno and Shin Osaka area for accommodation?
        I plan to purchase 24 hour Tokyo subway. Would you be able to suggest what is the best pass to purchase to add for Osaka/Kyoto area during the last two days?

        I have also reviewed 5 days Takayama-Hokuriku Pass and would cover most of the destinations I have planned out, except for Toyko/Nagano and Hiroshima. Unless you have any great suggestion that can be added for a Nagano and Hiroshima trip as I see these being to pricey on round trip without the JR pass?

        Again, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge to us.

        Sincerely, Jonas

        1. Hi Jonas san,

          Ueno and Shin-Osaka is okay to stay overnight. Those are very convenient locations.

          You may use JR Pass for Osaka to Kyoto return. And also you may be okay with JR Pass to see in Osaka. I gave these following links in the previous reply but please read these again. You can find how much you can use JR pass in Osaka and Kyoto.
          https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
          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
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html

          If you need to access the location where JR Pass does not cover, please see the links below to find some deals:
          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/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

          JR Pass is the best choice for your trip.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hello, I’m interested in taking this rail pass. We are going to Takahama in JR Obama Line (Higashimaizuru specifically). I’m just wondering if this will be covered because it is close to Fukui and Tsuruga. We are planning to start in Kanazawa then change in Tsuruga.

    Thank you so much for your help

  6. Dear Takeshi,

    Thank you for putting up such an informative website! It’s really helpful in my planning for my trip. I’d like to ask, if it’s possible to travel from from Kyoto to Nagoya, then from Nagoya to Osaka using the Takayama-Hokuriku pass? My plan is as below:
    Day 1-Day 6: Kyoto
    Day 6: (Activate Takayama-Hokuriku pass) Kyoto to Takayama (Visit Kanazawa on the way). Overnight Takayama
    Day 7: Visit Shirakawago, Gokayama & Shirokuma as day trip. Overnight Takayama
    Day 8: Takayama to Nagoya. Overnight Nagoya
    Day 9: Go to Kiso Valley (Nakasendo trail hiking) as day trip. Overnight Nagoya
    Day 10: Nagoya to Osaka (Back track)
    My question is, can I use the last day of the Takayama-Hokuriku pass to travel from Nagoya to Osaka? How long would it take, as I need to change several trains right? Is it better to back track like this or buy extra ticket to go to Osaka straight from Nagoya?

    Many thanks in advance for your advice.

    Regards,
    SL

    1. Hi Sher,

      Unfortunately Nagoya to Osaka direct route is not covered. Please see the chapter of “Train which is not covered at all or partially” in the post above. You should add the extra fare for this segment because if you use the pass without extra charge, you have to go through Takayama and Kanazawa. It’s is a big big detour. If you pay about 6,000 yen to take Shinkansen, it’s one hour trip. But if you don’t pay and take Takayama and Kanazawa route, you will spend more than 5 hours and need to change trains at least twice.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi san,
    Need your advice on which pass should I get for my japan trip in coming April. Below is my itinerary:
    Day 1: arrive KIX. Stay near nippombashi for 4 nights
    Day 2: Osaka – Kaiyukan and surrounding
    Day 3: Osaka >Kobe, Arima Onsen
    Day 4: Osaka >Nara
    Day 5: Kyoto- Kiyomizudera
    Day 6: Kyoto- Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, Ginkakuji
    Day 7: Kyoto- Arashiyama, Kinkakuji
    Day 8: move to Nagoya or Kanazawa
    Day 9: Takayama, Shirakawa-go day trip
    Day 10: from Nagoya or Kanazawa, move to Tokyo. Stay near Komagome station for 4 nights
    Day 11: Around Mt.Fuji
    Day 12: Hakone
    Day 13: DisneySea
    Day 14: depart from Haneda

    Please advise which pass should I take? And to get to Shirakawa-go, which place should I stay, Nagoya or Kanazawa or Takayama? I do not prefer to travel with luggage as we are in a group of 11 including children.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi YV Tan san,

      Kanazawa is better location to visit Takayama and Shirakawago because it’s much closer than Nagoya.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-get-shirakawa-go-%E7%99%BD%E5%B7%9D%E9%83%B7.html

      Just use Nohi bus regular fare ticket for Kanazawa-Shirakawago-Takayama.
      https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

      And you may use the following deals:

      Nankai Railway and subway deal for day 1.
      https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/chikatoku.html

      Please see the link below for day 2:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Please see the link below for day 3:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/osaka-kyoto-kobe-and-nara/guide-to-take-trains-in-kobe-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Hokuriku Arch Pass is recommended for day 4 to 10. Bus to Shirakawago is not covered and you need to add the city bus in Kyoto.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/tokyo-osaka-hokuriku-arch-pass-user-guide-clarify-valid-trains-coverage-area-and-compare-single-fare-and-pass.html

      Express bus by a regular fare to Fuji, Hakone Free Pass for Hakone and a regular fare to Disney and Haneda.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-fuji-area-various-sample-itineraries-of-fuji-five-lakes-and-5th-station.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi san,
        Thanks for your prompt reply. Regarding the horkuriku Arc Pass that you advised to activate from day4-10. I think I can only use for below route:
        OsakaNara: 1600
        Kyoto >Kanazawa: 6900
        Kanazawa >komagome: 13910
        The total value is around 22000.
        Any other pass better for my itinerary?
        Thanks

        1. Hi Yy tan san,

          You are right. I mis-calculated the cost. You still can use the pass from Osaka to Kyoto by limited express Haruka (Tennoji to Kyoto @ 1,890 yen) and take JR local train in Kyoto (to Fushimi, Arashiyama, less than 1,000 yen) . But total cost is still slightly less than Hokuriku arch pass price. But the difference is smaller.

          There is no better deals available unfortunately. The regular fare ticket is cheaper and it is most affordable choice. But if you want a convenience, Hokuriku arch pass is easier to handle than purchase a regular ticket one by one.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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