|TOKYO - TAKAYAMA
|This site would like to explain several routes
(No1, No2, and No3) between beautiful mountain
town Takayama and one of the biggest city
in the world, Tokyo.
|No.1. FOR JAPAN RAIL PASS HOLDERS
|a: Limited Express (Wide View Hida) via Toyama Hokuriku Shinkansen (March 2015 started)
For JR PASS holders, this is by all means
the easiest and the fastest way to travel
between two places (Takayama and Ueno/Tokyo).
Takayama => Toyama => Ueno/Tokyo
11:00 => 12:26 / 12:58 => 15:22/15:28
13:15 => 14:44 / 15:11 => 17:22/17:28
b: Limited Express (Wide View Hida) via Nagoya Tokaido Shinkansen (since 1964)
For JR PASS holders, this
is by all means
the easiest and the fastest
way to travel
between two places (Takayama
Takayama => Nagoya => Tokyo
09:38 => 12:02 / 12:27 => 14:10
12:33 => 15:02 / 15:27 => 17:10
For Ueno station, Hokuriku Shinkansen is
better with only 1 transfer at Toyama. For
Tokyo Station, both ways (either via Hokuriku
Shinkansen or via Tokaido Shinaknsen) are
The Limited Express called Wide View Hida
has, as you assumed, has such a great view
along Hida River between Mino-Oota and almost
all the way to Takayama (precisely, the river
goes through Takayama is called Miyagawa
which joins to Jintsuu River and finally
to the bay of Toyama). Especially those who
can reserve the most front seat, wish you
enjoy the train driver's view. There are
10 train service everyday between Nagoya
and Takayama, but only 4 trains between Takayama
Shinkansen from Nagoya to Tokyo has every
10 minutes freaquent train (all 16 cars with
capacity 1,323 seats). Nozomi is the fastest
takes 1hour and 45 minutes, Hikari is a bit
slow takes 2 hours, and Kodama is the
slowest Shinkansen takes 2 hour and 50 minutes
between Nagoya and Tokyo.
Hakutaka (White Hawk) :
Mt.Tateyama has the
legend of Hakutaka.
Kagayaki (Shining!) : Named after shining
reflection of snow?! or the sea surface between
Russia and Japan?!
Nozomi (Hope) : What goes/runs/travels
than Hikari (light). We
shall better to have
Nozomi to live, especially
after the hopeless
events/news around the
world. 1 hours
and 45 minutes. JPY11,290.
minutes or less, which
means that there are
6 or more trains every
Hikari (Light) : The fastest object runs
in the universe. 2 hours. JPY11,080. There
are 2 trains every 1 hour. Not JR but discount ticket shop like Access Ticket in Yaesu exit of Tokyo main
station sells good price at around JPY9,950 for
Tokyo => Nagoya.
Kodama (Sound) : Speed of sound is used to
be representative of fastness. 2 hours
and 50 minutes. JPY8,100 on Ordinary Car
(2nd class, three-seats-aisle-two-seats)
or JPY9,100 on Green Car (1st class, two-seats-aisle-two-seats).
Platt Kodama details has this page.
|No.2. HIGHWAY BUS
|Highway Bus direct from Takayama to Shinjuku
There are 5 buses a day. Only Summer has
night bus. JPY6,690 one way, takes 5 hours
and 30 minutes.
|Bus from Takayama to Matsumoto
For those who would like to enjoy stopping
over at Matsumoto (and Kita-Alps, North-Alps),
you may take one of 4 buses a day from Takayama
to Matsumoto (JPY3,190 one way). Matsumoto
is directly connected by JR trains to Shinjuku
(and some all the way to Tokyo). More bus
information is available at this page and this page.
|If you are driving your own, Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road is highly recommended.
|No.3. SEISHUN 18 KIPPU
|Seishun 18 Kippu
Only available during students holiday time
(Winter, Spring and Summer). It can be JPY2,370
one way between Takayama and Tokyo with best
minimum 5 changes as shown below (please
note that usually needed 6 - 7 times
transfers). HyperDia would support finding your best time tables.
Takayama 07:14 - 09:38 Mino-Ota 09:55 - 10:36
Gifu 10:38 - 11:57 Toyohashi 12:03 - 12:38
Hamamatsu 12:51 - 14:00 Shizuoka 14:13 -
15:36 Atami 15:48 - 17:41 Ueno