How to Get to Toyama
As a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line running from Tokyo to Kanazwa, Toyama Station is a convenient point from where to explore Central Japan.
Located nearby the popular Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route and as an access point to Japan’s north coast including the beautiful Noto Peninsula, Toyama has a lot of offer.
We hope the following information assists with planning your visit to Toyama and Central Japan.
Toyama Station and Nagano Station are both stops on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – along with Kanazawa, Karuizawa and Tokyo. There are four services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line – the Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Asama and Tsurugi – however only the Kagayaki and Hakutaka services connect Toyama and Nagano.
From the Jigokudani Monkey Park
To reach Toyama from the Jigokudani Monkey Park takes time but is relatively straight-forward when done via Nagano Station. From the park, you have the option of: 1. a direct express bus from the park to Nagano Station or 2. a local bus to Yudanaka Station followed by an express train to Nagano Station.
Starting from the park, the express bus costs JPY1500 each way and takes 55 minutes to reach Nagano Station. In comparison, taking the local bus from the park to Yudanaka Station followed by the train, takes 15 minutes and costs JPY310 before the limited express train to Nagano takes 45 minutes and costs JPY1290 – a total journey of around 60 to 70 minutes and costing JPY1600.
Both Kanazawa Station and Toyama Station are stops on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, making the journey between the two quick and easy. From Kanazawa, take the Hakutaka or Tsurugi services – 20 to 25 min / JPY2860.
A stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, take the shinkansen from Karuizawa Station to Toyama Station – 90 to 95min / JPY9370– and follow the directions above.
Tokyo Station is the southern terminus of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, making it easy and convenient to travel from the capital to Toyama. Using the Hakutaka, the journey from Tokyo to Toyama takes 155 to 165 minutes / JPY12,430.
From the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route
Taking approximately 60 minutes, regular services run to and from Tateyama.
From Shirakawa-go & Gokayama
The Nohi Bus company also operates several daily services from Ogimachi – the main village of the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama grouping – to Toyama Station. This bus service also continues on to nearby Takayama. It takes approximately 60 minutes to reach Toyama from Ogimachi. Adults should expect to pay around JPY1730 one-way or JPY3120 return.
Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Toyama.
For further details, please refer to our ‘Shirakawa-go & Gokayama’ page.
Most visitors choose to use the Limited Express Wide View Hida on the Takayama Main Line from Takayama Station to Toyama.Covered by the Japan Rail Pass, this train line is particularly beautiful making the journey itself part of the experience.
Taking approximately 90 minutes, there are only two or three convenient services each day and the line is popular with tourists, so if you have the chance to book ahead it can be helpful.
To reach Toyama from Kamikochi you must first head to Takayama. From the Kamikochi Bus Terminal, take the bus to the Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal – 25 to 30 minutes – and then switch to the bus headed to Takayama – another 60 minutes.
Please see the following page for information including timetables and fares to and from Takayama. Once in Takayama, follow the directions above.
The Limited Express Wide View Hida service runs from Nagoya Station to Toyama. It takes approximately 4 hours and costs JPY7260. This is a beautiful train journey through the forests and mountains of Central Japan.
The train stops at Takayama, making it worthwhile to spend at least one night in the historic town from where you can also easily visit Shirakawa-go and Gokayama along with Kamikochi, before heading onto Toyama.
From Osaka and Kyoto
From Osaka and Kyoto, take the Limited Express Thunderbird service to Kanazawa Station and then switch to the Hokuriku Shinkansen bound for Toyama. Frequent services run between the cities and involve the following travel times and costs: 150 to 155 minutes / JPY7260 from Osaka and 125 minutes / JPY6490 from Kyoto.
Private Charters to/from Toyama
Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.
We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!
Why choose us?
Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.
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