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This local bus line is the best way to access Gokayama by public transportion. It runs between Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go and Takaoka Station. It also stops at Shin-Takaoka Station along the Hokuriku Shinkansen where you can transfer to trains to Tokyo and Kanazawa.

Along the way, the bus stops at various locations in Gokayama, including the villages of Suganuma and Ainokura. Between Ainokura and Takaoka, the bus also stops at JR Johana Station, the terminal station of the JR Johana Line, where budget conscious Japan Rail Pass holders can transfer to a train to Shin-Takaoka.


Takaoka - Gokayama - Shirakawago Valid as of April 1, 2021
Takaoka StationShin-Takaoka StationJohana StationAinokuraSuganumaShirakawago
A7:107:337:488:25
Z8:108:338:489:25
A8:108:259:059:289:4310:20
A9:359:5010:3010:5311:0811:45
Z11:0511:2811:4312:20
A10:4511:0011:4012:0312:1812:55
Z12:4513:0813:2314:00
A13:2013:3514:1514:3814:5315:30
A16:0016:1516:5517:1817:3318:10
ShirakawagoSuganumaAinokuraJohana Station (arr.)Johana Station (dep.)Shin-Takaoka StationTakaoka Station
A7:007:317:458:158:208:559:10
A9:159:4610:0010:30
Z10:1510:4611:0011:30
A11:4512:1612:3013:0013:0513:4013:55
Z12:5013:2113:3514:05
A13:5014:2114:3515:0515:1015:4516:00
A14:4515:1615:3016:0016:0516:4016:55
Z15:3516:0616:2016:50
A16:0016:3116:4517:1517:2017:5518:10
fare
Shirakawago - Takaoka/Shin-Takaoka1800 yen
Shirakawago - Ainokura1300 yen
Shirakawago - Suganuma870 yen
Suganuma - Takaoka/Shin-Takaoka1200 yen
Ainokura - Takaoka/Shin-Takaoka1000 yen

Several discount passes are available for this bus line:

  • Gokayama Free Kippu (2500 yen)
    Round trip between Takaoka Station and Johana Station and free use of buses between Johana Station and Gokayama, but not as far as Shirakawago. Valid for up to two consecutive days.
  • Gokayama-Shirakawago Free Kippu (3500 yen)
    Round trip between Takaoka Station and Johana Station and free use of buses between Johana Station and Shirakawago, including Gokayama. Valid for up to two consecutive days.
  • World Heritage 1-Day Free Kippu (2600 yen)
    Free use of buses between Shirakawago and Ainokura on a single calendar day. It costs the same as a round trip by regular tickets from Shirakawago to Ainokura, but becomes cheaper if you also visit Suganuma along the way.
  • Takaoka-Gokayama/Shirakawago One Way Free Kippu (2000 yen)
    One way trip from Takaoka Station to Shirakawago with stopovers allowed along the way between Johana Station and Shirakawago. Valid for up to two consecutive days. A similar ticket is available for one-way travel in the opposite direction.

Bus stop locations

Shirakawago
In Shirakawago, the buses stop at the Shirakawago Bus Terminal (see map)
Suganuma
"Suganuma" bus stop is located along the main road at the entrance to the village (see map)
Ainokura
"Ainokura-guchi" bus stop is located along the main road, a five minute walk from the village of Ainokura (see map)

Hotels

Top rated in Shirakawago & Gokayama
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    • Shiroyamakan
      Luxury
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Shiroyamakan offers accommodation in Shirakawa, 1.4 km from Shirakawago. Free private parking is available on site. The entire property is non-smoking. Free use of bicycles is available at this ryokan and the area is popular for cycling. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 47 km from the property.
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    • Shirakawago Terrace
      Budget-friendly
      Renovated in August 2017, Shirakawago Terrace, a century-old traditional Japanese wooden house, is located in Shirakawago, just a 10-minute walk away from the famous Shirakawago Ogimachi World Heritage site. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. The Shirakawago Ogimachi Bus Stop is a 10-minute walk from the property. The hostel is also conveniently located a 5-minute drive from the Shirakawago IC and a convenience store is located a 2-minute walk away. Chubu Centrair International Airport is a 3-hour drive from the accommodation. Featuring heating, each room at the hostel includes a private bathroom. Guests sleep in Japanese-style futon bedding on tatami (woven-straw) floors. A shared kitchen provides a place where guests of the hostel can prepare meals. An electric kettle, microwave and fridge are included. A shared lounge is also available. Parking is provided free of charge on site. Some lights are powered by on-site photovoltaic system.
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    • Onyado Yuinosho
      Luxury
      Located in Shirakawa, 200 metres from Shirakawago, Onyado Yuinosho provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Guests at the 4-star property can enjoy mountain views in the rooms and access to a sauna. The ryokan features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, each room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms at Onyado Yuinosho include air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a ? la carte or an Asian breakfast. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 49 km from Onyado Yuinosho.
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    • Guesthouse AntHut
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Ant Hut is located in Shirakawa-go village, a 20-minute walk from the bus terminal Ogimachi at Shirakawa-go World Heritage Village. Free private parking is available on site. Guests can make use of the free shuttle service offered by the property or take a local bus to access the guest house. The Ant Hut has a shared kitchen furnished with essential cooking appliances. The lounge is fitted with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. The guest house features a bathroom, 2 toilets and a hairdryer. Each bed has a private luggage shelf, power outlet, reading light and a fan. Free WiFi access is available throughout the entire property. The property is situated in a quiet location within walking distance to a convenience store and 2 popular local restaurants. Guests can engage in various activities around the region such as skiing and hiking. Property staff are able to recommend things to do around the village. Complimentary seasonal drinks are offered to guests upon arrival and coffee is provided in the mornings.
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    • Shirakawago Guest House Kei
      Budget-friendly
      600 metres from Shirakawago, Shirakawago Guest House Kei is set in Shirakawa and offers rooms with free WiFi. All rooms feature a kitchen and a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and luggage storage space for guests. All guest rooms in the guest house are fitted with a coffee machine. The units will provide guests with a microwave. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 46 km from the property.
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