Discover Takayama

This ancient city, high in the mountains, promises an experience quite unlike any other during your time in Japan. Takayama is home to the Utsue 48 Waterfalls and steeped in culture, due to a large number of shrines, temples, museums, markets, breweries, historical districts and much more.

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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

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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Day trips from Takayama

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