Discover Takayama

Takayama, an ancient city nestled high in the mountains, offers a unique and immersive experience for visitors to Japan. Home to the enchanting Utsue 48 Waterfalls, the city is also steeped in culture with a wealth of shrines, temples, museums, markets, and breweries. Explore the historic districts, sample local delicacies, and embrace the rich heritage of Takayama for a truly unforgettable adventure.

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Getting around in Takayama

The easiest way around Takayama is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. 

If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from one of the bigger cities in the vicinity. You can check-out our listings for car rentals nearby, in the FAQ menu below. 

Travelers can also opt to buy the following passes to get around:

  • 1-Day Bus Pass
    • Coverage: all 4 tourist buses within Takayama
    • Duration: 1 day
    • Price: 500 Yen
    • Where to buy: information booth at Takayama Station
       
  • Takayama & Shin-Hotaka 2-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage: all Nohi Buses between Takayama and the onsen towns of Hirayu Onsen and Shin-Hotaka in Okuhida

    • Duration: 2 days
    • Price: 4190 Yen
    • Where to buy: Takayama Bus Center

 

Getting to Takayama

Public transportation: 

 

To get from Nagoya to Takayama by public transportation, travelers can take the JR Limited Express "Hida" from Nagoya Station to Takayama Station. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

 

Bus Passes:

  • Takayama & Shin-Hotaka 2-Day Free Pass

    • Coverage: all Nohi Buses between Takayama and the onsen towns of Hirayu Onsen and Shin-Hotaka in Okuhida

    • Duration: 2 days

    • Price: 4190 Yen

    • Where to buy: Takayama Bus Center

Rail Passes

  • Japan Rail Pass

  • JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass

 

Rental Cars:

How long to stay in Takayama

We recommend staying here between one and two days.
 

Hotels in Takayama

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