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The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket is a bus pass available exclusively to foreign travelers, which provides unlimited use of designated buses in the Chubu Region and airport access to Nagoya's Central Japan Airport and Komatsu Airport near Kanazawa. There are two version: a 3-day pass valid between Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa and Toyama, and a 5-day pass with a wider area that also covers Okuhida and Matsumoto.

Purchase the Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket

Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket
3 consecutive days
7,000 yen
5 consecutive days
14,000 yen

Validity

The map below shows the bus lines covered by the Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket:

  1. Unlimited use of highway buses on the following routes: The 5-day pass additionally includes the following highway and local bus routes:
  2. Two tickets good for airport transfer to/from Central Japan Airport (by Meitetsu Railway from Nagoya Station) and/or Komatsu Airport (by Hokutetsu Bus from Kanazawa Station.
  3. The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket is valid for three or five consecutive days. The validity is based on calendar days (midnight to midnight) as opposed to 24-hour periods.
  4. Only foreign visitors to Japan (on temporary visitor status) can use the pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.
  5. The pass can only be used by a single person. It cannot be transferred between multiple persons. The pass holder has to carry his/her passport at all times.

Additional Notes

Advance reservations are required to ride some of the buses. Reservations can be made at the ticket windows of bus terminals (such as the Meitetsu Bus Center in Nagoya, the Takayama Nohi Bus Center or the Hokutetsu bus terminal in front of Kanazawa Station) up to the time of departure.

Points of Sale

The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket can be purchased online or through a travel agent outside of Japan. You will initially receive a voucher that has to be exchanged for the actual pass at a designated exchange location at Central Japan Airport, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Takayama, Toyama or Komatsu Airport. Only the 5-day pass can also be exchanged in Matsumoto. At the time of purchase, you will specify a starting date for the pass. The exchange order must be redeemed by this date.

Purchase the Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket

Assessment

The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket is a good deal for travelers interested in visiting the region covered, especially if starting and ending in Nagoya. It easily pays off in just a few bus rides and is likely to provide considerable savings over regular tickets.

Alternative Tickets

The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass is more expensive but also includes travel between Kanazawa and Kyoto/Osaka over a total of five consecutive days. Other passes of interest to travelers to the region may include the JR Hokuriku Area Pass and JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass.

Page last updated: September 24, 2015