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Getting to Takayama

By train via Nagoya
  • 4.5 h
  • ¥ 14,500
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya (100-120 minutes, several trains per hour) and transfer to the JR Hida limited express train to Takayama (140 minutes, one train per hour). The entire one way journey takes about 4.5 hours, costs around 14,500 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass if using a Hikari train between Tokyo and Nagoya (as opposed to Nozomi trains which are not covered by the pass).

By train via Toyama
  • 4-5 h
  • ¥ 15,500
Covered by: Japan Rail Pass

Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Toyama and transfer to the JR Hida limited express train to Takayama (90 minutes). There are only two or three good connections per day that take about four hours one way; otherwise, the journey takes around five hours. The one way ride costs around 15,500 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

By train and bus via Matsumoto
  • 5.5 h
  • ¥ 10,000

This slower but more direct route through the Northern Alps leads via Matsumoto:
1) How to get from Tokyo to Matsumoto
2) How to get from Matsumoto to Takayama

Holders of a JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass note that they can access Takayama with a discounted round trip bus ticket (4500 yen instead of 5760 yen) from Matsumoto. The discount ticket can be purchased at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Station or Matsumoto Bus Terminal. The train ride between Tokyo and Matsumoto is fully covered by the JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass.

By highway bus
  • 5.5 h
  • ¥ 6,500 - 7,000

There are several daytime highway bus round trips per day between Tokyo (Busta Shinjuku) and Takayama operated by Keio and Nohi Bus. The one way trip takes 5.5 hours and costs 6,500 or 7,000 yen depending on the date of travel. During some periods of the year, there is also an overnight bus. Online reservations can be made through Willer.

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Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

JR Takayama Station and the adjacent Takayama Hida Bus Center are located about a ten minute walk from Takayama's old town on the opposite side of Miyagawa River.

Most of Takayama's attractions are within easy walking distance in the city center, except for the Hida no Sato open air museum and the Matsuri no Mori festival museum, which can be accessed in longer walks or 10-15 minute bus rides from Takayama Station.

The Sarubobo Bus is a bus for tourists that runs every 30 minutes between the station and Hida no Sato, with every second service continuing to the Matsuri no Mori. Furthermore, the Machinami Bus and the two Takumi Bus lines run from Takayama Station around the town center. The fare is 100 yen per ride on any of these buses or 500 yen for a 1-day pass, which provides unlimited rides on all four lines on one calendar day.

Guided tours on rickshaws (jinrikisha) are available in the old town. A 30 minute tour for two persons costs 7000 yen. Shorter and longer courses for up to three persons are also available.

Hotels around Takayama

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    • Iori Stay
      Luxury
      Renovated in 2015, Iori Stay is nestled in Takayama. This traditional Japanese-style townhouse was created in collaboration with local artists and boasts designs with both modern and traditional Japanese influence. Guests will have the entire property to themselves during their stay. Free pick-up from JR Takayama Station is available upon request. All units are entirely non-smoking and have a kitchen equipped with a microwave and fridge. A stove-top and kettle are also available.There is a private bathroom with slippers in every unit. Towels are provided. A traditional Japanese-style breakfast is served on site. Vegan and vegetarian meals are available upon request.
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    • Sumiyoshi Ryokan
      Luxury
      Located just a 1-minute walk from popular Miyagawa Morning Market in the heart of Takayama, Sumiyoshi Ryokan offers homely Japanese-style accommodation in the historic townhouse building. Free WiFi is available at the lobby and guestrooms. This hotel was selected as one of the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Japan by TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2015. The inn is a 12-minute walk from JR Takayama Station. Takayama Jinya, an old government building, is a 7-minute walk away, and the streets full of old merchantsf houses can be reached within a 10-minute walk from the property. Rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. A low table and a TV with satellite channels are provided. Guests can relax in the room with free green tea. Ryokan Sumiyoshi has a spacious public baths and a small Japanese garden. There are many antiques like pots and samurai armours displayed at the lobby. Carefully prepared Japanese multi-course dinner, including Hida Beef sukiyaki dish, can be enjoyed at the guest room. Guests can choose to have either Japanese or Western breakfast to satisfy their appetite in the morning.
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    • Guesthouse Tomaru
      Budget-friendly
      Just a 2-minute walk from JR Takayama Train Station and Takayama Nohi Bus Center, Guesthouse Tomaru offers an renovated 80-year old Japanese-style accommodation. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Sanmachi Important Preservation District is a 10-minute stroll. Guests at Guesthouse Tomaru can experience Japanese-style futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor in the private rooms. Dormitory rooms have futon bedding as well; bottom bunks sit directly on the tatami flooring, and top bunks use a wooden bunk bed frame. Free coffee and tea are provided at the kitchen, which is equipped with a microwave, a rice cooker, a hot plate, a toaster, a fridge and some kitchenware. You will find a shared bathroom and shower room comes with free toiletries. Safe deposit is available free of charge. Friendly staff can assist guests with local tourist information. The guest house is a 8-minute walk to Miyagawa Morning Market, and a 10-minute walk to the Takayama Jinya historical government outpost and Jinya Morning Market. Higashiyama Temple is a 15-minute walk. A Family Mart convenience store is just a 1-minute walk away, and there are some dining options within a 10-minute stroll.
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    • Residence Hotel Takayama Station
      Luxury
      Set in Takayama and with Takayama Station reachable within 200 metres, Residence Hotel Takayama Station offers a fitness centre, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a terrace. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Private parking is available on site. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a private bathroom with a shower. At Residence Hotel Takayama Station all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near Residence Hotel Takayama Station include Fuji Folk Museum, Yoshijima Heritage House and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 83 km from the hotel.
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    • HOTEL WOOD TAKAYAMA
      Luxury
      Conveniently situated in Takayama, HOTEL WOOD TAKAYAMA provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Featuring a bar, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around less than 1 km from Takayama Station, a 3-minute walk from Fuji Folk Museum and 600 metres from Yoshijima Heritage House. The property is allergy-free and is located 2.9 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a desk. At HOTEL WOOD TAKAYAMA each room comes with bed linen and towels. An Asian breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Guests at HOTEL WOOD TAKAYAMA will be able to enjoy activities in and around Takayama, like cycling. Speaking English and Japanese at the reception, staff are ready to help around the clock. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall, Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine and Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 84 km from HOTEL WOOD TAKAYAMA.
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    • Oyado Koto No Yume
      Luxury
      Just a 2-minute walk from Takayama Station, Oyado Koto No Yume offers Japanese-style rooms with a colourful touch. The hotel features hot-spring baths, a restaurant serving breakfast and free WiFi throughout the property. This ryokan is introduced in Michelin Green Guide Japan. Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and traditional futon bedding. They are equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, fridge, coffee maker and green tea set. Attached bathrooms come with a shower, bathtub and toiletries. Japanese-style hotel Koto No Yume Oyado is only a 2-minute walk from Kokubunji Temple. The Miyagawa Morning Market and the historical Old Private Houses are less than a 10-minute stroll away. Guests at Koto No Yume Hotel can soak in an indoor or outdoor hot-spring bath, or in a semi-outdoor hot tub for private use. Massages are available. In addition, staff are readily available to help guests put on Japanese yukata robes. A Western or Japanese breakfast is available at Oyado Koto No Yume. Shirakawago can be accessed within a 50-minute bus ride; the bus terminal is located a 2-minute walk from the property.
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    • Sakura Guest House
      Budget-friendly
      Sakura Guest House is a 10-minute walk from Hida Takayama-mura Folk Village, and offers private and dormitory rooms with free Wi-Fi and shared bathrooms. The entire interior is non-smoking, and parking is free. Refurbished in 2011, rooms at Guest House Sakura are carpeted and offer mountain or nature views. Private rooms have seating area. JR Takayama Train Station is 1.3 km from the guest house, and Shiroyama Park is a 10-minute drive. Hida Gokoku Shrine and Hida Takayama Museum of Art are both 300 metres away. Bicycle rental is available. The hostel is just a 1-minute walk from Yuukou-no-Oka bus stop, which is a 10-minute bus ride from the Takayama bus terminal. A free-use internet station and a coin launderette are provided. The common area has a wood-burning stove and a TV. A microwave is included in the free-use kitchen.
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    • eph TAKAYAMA
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, eph TAKAYAMA is situated in Takayama, 2.3 km from Hida Minzoku Mura Folk Village and 600 metres from Fuji Folk Museum. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 100 metres from the city centre and 200 metres from Takayama Station. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. The rooms include a kettle, a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box, while some rooms are fitted with a balcony and some have city views. At eph TAKAYAMA every room comes with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or a continental breakfast. With staff speaking English and Japanese, advice is available at the reception. Popular points of interest near eph TAKAYAMA include Yoshijima Heritage House, Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall and Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 83 km from the hotel.
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    • Ryokan Asunaro
      Luxury
      On just a 6-minute walk from Takayama Station, traditional Japanese-style Ryokan Asunaro offers comfortable rooms with a seating area and free WiFi. The hotel features a relaxing public hot-spring bath and free yukata robe rental for women. Meals provided at this ryokan features local ingredients for guests to enjoy. The traditional decor of the rooms evokes a warm atmosphere with paintings by local artists on the fusuma sliding doors. Each room includes an LCD TV, minibar and electric kettle make for a convenient stay. Rooms have tatami-mat flooring and futon bedding. Complimentary bottle of water is provided in every room. From Asunaro Ryokan it is a 7-minute walk to the morning market, and a 10-minute walk from Old Town and Takayama Jinya. Shirakawa-go Village is located a 50-minute bus ride away, and the bus stop for the village is a 5-minute walk away. Guests at the Asunaro can soak away the day's fatigue in the hot public bath, which is made of granite stone. Also, private shower booths are available for staying guests.The ryokan features a garden and drinks vending machines, and offers bicycle rentals. The property offers traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast at the banquet hall. Western breakfast can be arranged with a prior request. Complimentary coffee can be enjoyed in the lobby every morning.
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    • Temple Hotel Takayama Zenkoji
      Luxury
      Set in Takayama and with Takayama Station reachable within 500 metres, Temple Hotel Takayama Zenkoji offers a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge. This 4-star hotel offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. Private parking is available on site. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Fuji Folk Museum, Yoshijima Heritage House and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall. The nearest airport is Toyama Airport, 84 km from Temple Hotel Takayama Zenkoji.
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