How to travel between Okuhida and Matsumoto

Nohi Bus and Alpico Bus operate buses between Matsumoto and Takayama that make a stop in Hirayu Onsen, the transportation hub of Okuhida, along the way. The one way journey between Matsumoto and Hirayu Onsen takes about 90 minutes, costs 2370 yen and there are four departures per day. A round trip ticket is available for 4220 yen and must be used within seven days.

From mid July to late August additional buses operate between Matsumoto and Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, the terminal stop at the far end of Okuhida. The buses stop at Hirayu Onsen and the other Okuhida onsen towns along the way. The one way trip between the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway and Matsumoto takes about two hours and costs 2880 yen.

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Orientation

Okuhida is comprised of five onsen towns along a valley: Hirayu Onsen, Fukuji Onsen, Shin-Hirayu Onsen, Tochio Onsen and Shin-Hotaka Onsen. Hirayu Onsen, the largest of these towns and the regional transportation hub, lies along the national route that connects Takayama with Matsumoto.

Public transportation within Okuhida is provided by buses that run from Takayama to Hirayu and then serve all the other hot spring towns along the valley. Buses depart hourly from Takayama and stop at Hirayu Onsen (60 minutes, 1570 yen), Fukuji Onsen (70 minutes, 1810 yen), Shin-Hirayu Onsen (75 minutes, 1820 yen) and Tochio Onsen (80 minutes, 1890 yen) before terminating at Shin-Hotaka Ropeway (90 minutes, 2160 yen) at the far end of Shin-Hotaka Onsen.

Passes and Tickets

Various free passes are offered to visitors to Okuhida for unlimited use of buses along specified routes:

  • Takayama & Shin-Hotaka 2-Day Free Pass (4,110 yen)
    Unlimited use of Nohi Buses between Takayama, Hirayu Onsen and Shin-Hotaka Onsen on two consecutive calendar days. Sold at the Takayama Bus Center.
  • Okuhida Onsen 2-Day Free Pass (1,540 yen)
    Unlimited use of Nohi Buses between Hirayu Onsen and Shin-Hotaka Onsen on two consecutive calendar days. Sold at the Hirayu Bus Terminal.
  • Alps Wide Free Passport (10,290 yen)
    Unlimited use of most buses around Takayama, Gero, Shirakawago, Okuhida, Kamikochi and Matsumoto on four consecutive calendar days.

Alternatively, rental cars are a convenient option for exploring the Okuhida region, but there is a risk of encountering snow on the roads during the winter months. Rental car outlets can be found in Takayama and Matsumoto.