The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists. It provides pass holders with five consecutive days of unlimited travel on JR trains connecting Nagoya with Takayama and Toyama, and Osaka with Kanazawa and Toyama, as well as on buses to Shirakawago.

Purchase the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
5 consecutive days
14,000 yen
15,000 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

Validity

The map below shows the train and bus lines covered by the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass:

  1. Unlimited use of JR limited express and local trains between Nagoya, Takayama and Toyama.
    Unlimited use of JR limited express and local trains between Osaka and Kanazawa.
    Unlimited use of the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen between Kanazawa and Toyama.
    Unlimited use of JR trains in central Osaka.
    Unlimited use of JR trains between Osaka and Kansai Airport.
    Unlimited use of buses between Takayama and Kanazawa (except Takayama-Toyama buses).
    Unlimited use of buses between Takaoka, Gokayama and Shirakawago.
  2. Pass holders can make up to four seat reservations on limited express trains for free (not including shinkansen and Haruka limited express trains to/from Kansai Airport on which the pass is only valid for unreserved seats).
  3. 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.
  4. Only foreign visitors to Japan (on a temporary visitor visa) 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

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

Most buses between Takayama and Kanazawa require seat reservations. Reservations should be made in advance by phone or at the bus terminal.

Points of Sale

The Takayama-Hokuriku 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, Osaka, Shin-Osaka and Takayama stations, as well as Osaka's Kansai Airport and 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 Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

Assessment

The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass is a good deal for travelers interested in visiting Takayama, Shirakawago and Kanazawa from Nagoya, Kyoto or Osaka. Other destinations accessible with this pass include Gero Onsen, Kaga Onsen and Fukui. The pass is likely to provide considerable savings over regular tickets.

Alternative Tickets

The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket covers a similar area as the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass (except the Kanazawa-Osaka section which is not covered), but can only be used on buses.