How to travel between Takayama and Nagoya

By JR limited express train

Hourly JR Hida limited express trains connect Nagoya and Takayama in about 150 minutes. The one way fare is around 6000 yen and fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

By JR local trains

By local trains along the JR Takayama Line, the one way journey between Nagoya and Takayama with good connections takes about four hours and requires at least one transfer of trains. The one way fare is 3410 yen.

By highway bus

Hourly highway buses, operated by JR, Meitetsu and Nohi Bus, run directly between Nagoya and Takayama. The one way trip takes a little over 2.5 hours and costs 3100 yen. A round trip ticket costs only 5400 yen, but the return trip has to be made within four days of the outward journey.

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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.

Four tourist bus lines are available: the Sarubobo Bus runs every 30 minutes between the station and Hida no Sato, with every second service continuing to the Matsuri no Mori, while the Machinami Bus and the two Takumi Bus lines run around the town center. The fare is 100 yen per ride or 500 yen for a 1-day pass that 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 per rickshaw are also available.

Hotels around Takayama

Recommended Hotels
Best Western Hotel Takayama
Conveniently located a short walk from Takayama Station.
Agoda Booking
Super Hotel Hida Takayama
Inexpensive, no-frills business hotel conveniently located in central Takayama.