Local Bus From Takayama to Hirayu Onsen / Kamikochi
The Nohi Bus Company is the main bus operator in Takayama City, connecting visitors to major cities like Nagoya, Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka as well as the region’s most popular alpine destination, Kamijkochi. Nohi also operates many of the local buses covering Takayama City and the surrounding area.
Nohi operates comfortable express coaches complete with spacious luggage storage. Your journey to Kamikochi, the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, one of the several mountain hot spring villages including Hirayu Onsen, and just about anywhere else starts at the Takayama Nohi bus center right next to Takayama Station.
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LOCAL BUS FROM TAKAYAMA TO HIRAYU / KAMIKOCHI
The Local Bus connecting Takayama with Hirayu Onsen operates year-round. The bus from Hirayu Onsen to Kamikochi runs from mid-April to mid-November. All buses depart Takayama from the the Takayama Nohi Bus Center, right next to Takayama Station.
Finding the Takayama Nohi Bus Center could not be any easier. Exit Takayama Station via the East Exit and look to your left. The Bus Center is right there.
The bus for Hirayu Onsen departs from Bus Stop 5. The trip to Hirayu Onsen takes about an hour. Buses for Kamikochi depart from Bus Stop 2 outside the Hirayu Bus Terminal. The ride to Kamikochi takes 25 minutes.
Buses bound for Hirayu Onsen depart the Takayama Nohi Bus Center up to twenty times daily. Note that none require reservations. The same applies to buses returning to Takayama from Kamikochi and Hirayu Onsen.
While Hirayu Onsen is also a stop along the bus route between Takayama and Matsumoto, you have to purchase a separate ticket at Hirayu if you want to visit Kamikochi. It is better, simpler, and cheaper to buy a ticket for Kamikochi via Hirayu at the Takayama Nohi Bus Center. If you are visiting Kamikochi and returning to Takayama, ask for a round-trip ticket, valid for seven days. If you are continuing on to Matsumoto, purchase a one-way ticket to Kamikochi, then get your ticket to Matsumoto at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal ticket counter.
FARES & TIMETABLE
One-way bus fare from Takayama to Kamikochi via Hirayu Onsen is JPY2,650 per adult and 1,330 for children ages 6-12. Round trip fare is 5,130 for adults, 2,570 for children.
Keep in mind that if you are planning to visit Kamikochi and then continue on to Matsumoto you must buy two separate tickets, one for Kamikochi at the Takayama Nohi Bus Center and one for Matsumoto at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal.
As a side note, some buses departing Takayama for Matsumoto are operated by the ALPICO Bus Company, based in Matsumoto.
For the current timetable for the Takayama-Hirayu-Kamikochi express buses see our ‘Takayama-Kamikochi Express Bus Timetable’ page.
BUYING TICKETS FOR BUS
How you purchase your ticket to Kamikochi depends on how you are getting there.
To purchase bus tickets from Takayama to Kamikochi or to Matsumoto, simply go to the ticket counter inside the Takayama Nohi Bus Center next to the Takayama Station. You can pay with cash or credit card. Foreign currency exchange machine is also available.
Reservations are not required for Kamikochi-bound or Matsumoto-bound buses departing from Takayama.
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