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.

*I posted about newer version of this pass. Please find the details about newer version of this deal, please see the link below:
https://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:
https://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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    Thanks for the reply.

    For Day 2, do u mean that I can use Takayama Hokuriku area pass to ride JR Train to USJ and other places in Osaka?

    Day 3-5 – I am thinking to take the train all the way to & from Takayama because people in my travel group (9 ladies) mostly will bring along big luggages, so i am afraid it would be inconvenient to drag it on the bus. We will be staying at Takayama for 2 nights and will use the pass to go to Shirakawago/Hida-Furukawa after we drop-off our luggages ^^; From Takayama to Shirakawago/Kanazawa, if we want to use Nohi bus, do we still need to call to book tickets or can directly go to Takayama Nohi Bus Center to get the tickets? Should I call them 1 month earlier or a day earlier is ok?

    About the Kansai One pass, maybe I should buy at Kansai Airport when I arrived and use it from Day 1 @ Osaka (instead of buying Osaka Amazing Pass) and continue using it to Kobe/Kyoto/Nara.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. Hi Syara,

      You can use this pass to take JR local train in Osaka. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Most of express bus has a big luggage space. You don’t need to keep your luggage at your seat. But most of train do not have luggage space. You need to have your luggage at your space.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/baggage/managing-luggage-how-to-carry-your-baggage-on-board-and-how-to-store-your-baggage-at-the-station.html

      So for example, when you travel from Kanazawa to Takayama, I mentioned two ways, bus from Kanazawa to Takayama and train from Kanazawa to Toyama to Takayama. In this case, bus is better choice if you have a big luggage.

      I highly recommend you to book a seat for the bus one month earlier. Your group is a big. Shirakawago is very very popular in these days. You can take some buses from Takayama without reservation but it’s first come first serve basis. If you take a bus from Kanazawa, reservation is required. Anyway advanced reservation is required.

      You should get Kansai one pass. Don’t mix up with Osaka amazing pass and Kansai one pass. Kansai one pass is sort of ICOCA. It does not give you unlimited ride. It gives you convenience and discount. Osaka amazing pass includes major attractions and unlimited subway ride in Osaka. If you are sure to visit many places in Osaka, Osaka amazing pass is better. It’s totally up to your trip plan.

      And also you didn’t mention you will arrive in Kansai on day 1. You said Osaka-Kobe-Osaka. But if you arrive in KIX on day 1 and make a trip to Kobe, you should use Kansai thru pass 3 days for day 1, day 5 to Nara and either day 6 or 7.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      This is cheaper than using Kansai one pass

      And also if you will go to KIX from Kyoto on day 7, you should start using Takayama Hokuriku area pass on day 3. You can take express train Haruka from Kyoto to KIX by this pass.
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/kansai-airport-limited-express-haruka.html

      You may use Osaka amazing pass or Kansai one pass or other deal for day 2 in this case.
      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

  2. Hi Takeshi,
    I am going to Osaka end of next month. Pls advise whether is it worth to take Takayama – Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass for D3 to D5 based on my draft plan below:-

    D1: Osaka-Kobe-Osaka (ICOCA)
    D2: Osaka-USJ- around Osaka (Osaka Amazing Pass)
    D3: Osaka-Takayama (without bus)
    D4: Takayama-Shirakawago-Takayama-Hida Furukawa-Takayama
    D5: Takayama-Kanazawa (without bus) -Kyoto-Nara
    D6: Kyoto (ICOCA)
    D7: Kyoto (ICOCA)

    thank you!

    1. Hi Syara,

      You can use Takayama Hokuriku area pass for day 2 to 5. Even if you use Osaka amazing pass on day 2, you need to take JR train to USJ which is not covered by Osaka amazing pass.

      On day 3, you need to go to Kanazawa first. And then take a bus to Takayama via Shirakawago. Or take Shinkansen from Kanazawa to Toyama and another train from Toyama to Takayama. So if you leave early morning from Osaka on day 3, you can drop by Shirakawago or Hida-furukawa on the way to Takayama if you like.

      On day 5, you cannot go to Nara by this pass. It covers the trip until you get Kyoto. After arriving Kyoto, you need to add single fare or using ICOCA. You can use Kansai one pass instead of ICOCA. It’s same type card as ICOCA. But Kansai one pass offers discount at many attractions. It’s better choice than ICOCA.
      https://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

      On day 2, do you really need Osaka amazing pass? You have to visit at least three attractions. If you go to USJ, you will spend many hours there. Actually even if you spend one full day in USJ, it may not be enough. I think USJ + 3 attractions in one day is very very tight. Please make sure where you want to go.
      https://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/facility/free

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hello Takeshi,

    I want to ask you whether the Takayama Hokuriku Pass will be appropriate for my trip.

    19/9 – Osaka – Kyoto
    21/9 – Kyoto – Takayama (via Kanazawa)
    22/9 – Takayama – Shirakawago – Takayama
    23/9 – Takayama – Osaka (via Kanazawa)

    Can i use the Takayama Hokuriku Pass?

    Cheers.

      1. So,

        19/9 – Osaka – Kyoto via LTD EXPRESS THUNDERBIRD

        21/9 – Kyoto – Takayama (via Kanazawa) via LTD EXPRESS THUNDERBIRD & NOHI BUS

        22/9 – Takayama – Shirakawago – Takayama via NOHI BUS

        23/9 – Takayama – Osaka (via Kanazawa) via LTD EXPRESS THUNDERBIRD & NOHI BUS

        Correct?

          1. Yay, thanks alot for the reply!

            One more question, Kansai Airport – Kyoto via LTD EXPRESS HARUKA is also included in the Takayama Hokuriku Pass right?

            Cheers.

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