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Route from Tokyo to Shirakawa-go 2009/8/3 10:33

I am planning for a trip to Tokyo in end November and probably stating around Hotels at Shinjuku. I read about Shirakawa-go and was impressed by the farmhouses. I would appreciate if you could share with me the route and the types of transport and the estimated transportation cost that is required to travel from Shinjuku to Shirakawa-go. Alternatively, is there a local tour from Tokyo to Shirakawa-go?

Hope to hear from you.

Many thanks !

by Japfriend  

... 2009/8/3 17:26
It is explained on the following page:
by Uji rate this post as useful

Long way, but worth it! 2009/8/3 23:44
Hi Japfriend. Shirakawa-go is lovely, but a LONG way from Tokyo. I suggest you plan to break the journey with a night or two along the way. If you like traditional stuff try Tsumago or Takayama. And if you go to Shirakawa-go, stay overnight for the full farmhouse experience. The Koemon is greatapparently - A friend booked it (and some other stuff) with Inside Japan Tours.
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From Shinjuku, railroad as possible 2009/8/4 04:04
- Shirakawa Village: Tourist info

A route on which you utilize railroad as much as possible....
| 20 min.: JR: Yamanote Line's inner loop train (for Shibuya)
| 100 min.: JR: Tokaido Shinkansen HIKARI or NOZOMI
| 130 - 150 min.: JR: Ltd. Express (WideView) Hida
| 50 min. or more: Nohi Bus
If you start your trip from Shinjuku around 6 am, you will arrive in Shirakawa-go around 1 pm.
Transportation Cost (one way, ordinary class on JR, in November 2009):
- when you get there on the same date: 15,940 to 16,900 yen;
- when you lodge near Nagoya Station: 16,990 to 18,210 yen + some in Nagoya.
- Purchase all JR tickets together at once.
- JR cost for a round trip surpasses the price of a 7-day Japan Rail Pass (28,300 yen)
when you take reserved seats in a Shinkansen and a Ltd. Express.


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