The Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists. It provides pass holders with five consecutive days of unlimited use of JR trains between Nagoya and Toyama, JR trains between Nagoya and Shinano-Omachi and transportation along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. In 2018, the pass can be used from April 15 to November 11.

Purchase the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass

Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
5 consecutive days
17,500 yen
18,500 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

Validity

The map below shows the lines covered by the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass:

  1. Unlimited use of local and limited express trains between Nagoya and Toyama (along the JR Tokaido and Takayama Line via Gifu) and between Nagoya and Shinano-Omachi (via the JR Chuo, Shinanoi and Oita Line via Matsumoto).
  2. Unlimited travel along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
  3. Pass holders can make up to four seat reservations on limited express trains for free.
  4. Pass holders cannot use the reservation system for the Tateyama Cablecar.
  5. The pass is valid on five consecutive days. The validity of the passes is based on calendar days (midnight to midnight) as opposed to 24-hour periods.
  6. Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.
  7. 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.
  8. The pass can be used from April 15 to November 11, 2018 and is on sale from February 1 to November 7, 2018.

Additional Notes

Holders of the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass cannot use the automatic ticket gates. They have to pass through the manned ticket gates, instead.

Points of Sale

From February 1 to November 7, 2018, the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass can be purchased online, at selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations in the area covered, including Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka and Takayama stations, as well as Nagoya's Central Japan Airport.

If purchased outside of Japan or via the internet, a voucher will be initially issued that has to be exchanged to the actual pass after arrival in Japan at a major station in the area covered within three months of purchase. At the time of exchange, you will specify a starting date for the pass which should be within one month of the current date. If purchasing the pass inside of Japan, the cost is slightly higher.

Purchase the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass

Assessment

The Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass is a very good deal for travelers interested in visiting the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route from Nagoya, as regular tickets for a similar trip or the alternative Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Kippu are considerable more expensive.