Takayama Station

Takayama Station


Takayama is a small but modern and busy station servicing the historic old town of and nearest major station to the villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. The Takayama Bus Terminal adjoins the station, from where, regular services connect Takayama to the nearby attractions of Kamikochi and Shirakawa-go and Gokyama.


Navigating the station is easy. Access to the platforms is from the second floor with only one set of ticket gates. A convenience store directly next to the gates sells snacks, drinks and ‘bento’ (lunch boxes), while a café, coin lockers and Tourist Information can be found on the first floor, just outside the station’s East Exit/Entrance.


Train lines running to and from Takayama Station


It is important to note that Takayama Station is not on any shinkansen line. The nearest shinkansen stations are: 1. Toyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line and 2. Nagoya Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line.  There is only one line running to and from Takayama, heading south through Gifu to Nagoya Station and north to Toyama Station.


Limited Express Hida


Originating at Nagoya Station, the Limited Express Hida service allows easy access to Takayama with services stopping at the following stations:


Nagoya – Owari-Ichinomiya – Gifu – Unuma – Mino-Ota – Shirakawaguchi – Hida-Kanayama – Gero – Hida-Hagiwara – Kuguno – Takayama – Hida-Furukawa* – Inotani* – Etchu-Yatsuo* – Hayahoshi* – Toyama*



*These stations are only stops on services to and from Toyama Station. Most services start and finish at Takayama Station so if you are intending to board or disembark at one of these stations make sure to check the specific service includes a stop at your preferred station.


Some services run all the way from Nagoya to Toyama via Takayama, and likewise from Toyama to Nagoya via Takayama. However, most services terminate at Takayama. It takes approximately 145 minutes and costs JPY5610 to travel between Takayama and Nagoya or 85 minutes and JPY2890 from Takayama to Toyama.


For the full schedule, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Hida Timetable’ page.


Japan Rail (JR) Passes covering travel to Takyama Station


There is no escaping the fact that travel using the shinkansen and other rapid services is expensive. Given the speed and distances covered by these trains, travelers should think of them much like taking a flight, with tickets accordingly priced. International visitors to Japan have the option of purchasing one of several passes which allow for unlimited use of the Hokuriku along with other services:


Japan Rail (JR) Pass


Covering all 9 shinkansen lines in Japan and many other train services, the JR Pass is a great option for visitors planning to use the shinkansen more than a handful of times and/or travel large distances. Travelers have the option of 7, 14 and 21-day passes covering either Ordinary or Ordinary and Green Cars.

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The JR Pass allows for use of any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost). It also covers the Limited Express (Wide View) Hida service to and from Takayama.


Purchasing a JR Pass


Passes can be purchased via the official website or via a JR-affiliated overseas sales office. Once you have completed payment, you will receive an exchange order. This is a proof of payment and looks almost like a flight ticket with your personal details, type of pass, and validity (three months from the date of issue). It is important to note that the exchange order is not your actual pass and will need to be exchanged for your pass once in Japan. Whatever you do, do not lose the exchange order and prioritise exchanging it for your pass when you arrive.


For full details please refer to the specific page for each pass (as listed above).


Activating a JR Pass


Prior to using your pass, you must actually get your hands on it by exchanging the order/proof of purchase you received online. This can be done a numerous JR Pass Exchange Offices found at any major train station or airport including Narita Airport and Haneda Airport.


If you have time to do so before leaving the airport, you can use the pass immediately. Tokyo Station is another popular place to exchange and activate a JR Pass at either of these offices:


JR East Travel Service Center (Marunouchi North Exit): 07:30 to 20:00
JR Central Ticket Office (Yaesu North Exit): 07:30 to 20:00


To exchange/activate your pass you will need your exchange order and passport. Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date).


Please note, passes cannot be exchanged/activated at Takayama Station. However, once your pass is activated, it can be used to travel to and from Takayama.


Bus services running to and from Takayama Station

Takayama is a common starting point for many visitors heading to the popular destinations of Kamikochi and the World Heritage-listed villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. The Nohi Bus Center is located next to the station, just outside the East Exit/Entrances. Tickets for the following services are purchased at the ticket window or machines and cannot be bought in advance:


To Kamikochi


Kamikochi can be accessed by frequent direct bus service from the Takayama Nohi Bus Center. Taking approximately 1 hour, this bus will take you as far as Hirayu Onsen where you will need to disembark and board the bus headed into Kamikochi – another 25 to 30 minutes.


Visitors coming to Kamikochi by their own car and approaching form the Takayama side will use the Akandana public car park and board the bus or taxi headed for the Kamikochi Bus Terminal.


Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama.


To Shirakawa-go & Gokayama


The Nohi Bus company operates multiple daily services to and from the village of Ogimachi. Roundtrip tickets are available to Ogimachi only or with the option of all three villages, including Suganuma and Ainokura, with options of multi-day tickets. For adults, expect to pay between JPY4800 and JPY9500 depending on which option you choose.


The bus journey from Takayama to Ogimachi takes approximately 50 minutes. Suganuma can be reached from Ogimachi using the local bus head for Shin-Takaoka – it takes around 30 minutes and costs JPY870. Ainokura can also be reached from Ogimachi using the local bus headed for Shin-Takaoka Station – it takes 45 minutes from Ogimachi and costs JPY1300.


Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama.


Hida Takayama Tourist Information Office


Located outside the station’s East Exit/Entrance, the Hida Takayama Tourist Information Office is open from 08:30 to 18:30 (Apr.-Oct.) and from 08:30 to 17:00 (Nov.-Mar.). General information, accommodation and transportation enquiries, and other services including baggage storage are available. Full-time English-speaking staff are also on-hand to assist.


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