How to travel between Toyama and Tokyo

By train

Tokyo and Toyama are directly connected with each other by the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen. The one way ride takes approximately two hours, costs around 12,500 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Hokuriku Arch Pass.

By bus

The one way trip between Tokyo and Toyama by highway bus takes about seven hours and costs about 7000 yen. There are daytime and overnight buses. Discount bus operators, such as Willer Express, offer one way fares from around 4500 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer, Japan Bus Online and kosokubus.com.

By air

ANA operates several flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Toyama Airport. Flight time is one hour. The regular one way fare is about 25,000 yen, however, discount tickets for around 12,000 to 13,000 yen are usually available. Buses connect Toyama Airport with Toyama Station (25 minutes, 410 yen one way).

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Orientation

Toyama City is a modestly sized city with Toyama Station as its transport hub. The station is served not only by the shinkansen, but also by several other train lines, trams and buses. Toyama's downtown area is relatively compact, with many of the main attractions such as the castle and the glass art museum situated south of Toyama Station. The city is walkable for strong walkers; others will find the tram network convenient for getting around the city.

The tram network consists of four lines by two companies. All lines depart from Toyama Station approximately every ten minutes. The Toyama Chiho Railway operates three of the lines that run through the city center south of Toyama Station, while the Toyama Light Rail's single line goes north away from the city center and terminates at Iwasehama, a few hundred meters from the coast. The fare is 200 yen per ride (180 yen with a local IC card; however, Suica and Icoca are not valid).

Toyama Airport is located about five kilometers south of the city center and connected to Toyama Station by bus (20 minutes, 410 yen one way). The bus also stops at the castle park along the way.

Tram in front of Toyama Station