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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2016
Shoryudo 3-day pass  (2 Answers)

I'll be arriving in Chubu Centrair International Airport and will be staying in Takayama for 2 nights before going back to Nagoya. I'm thinking of purchasing the Shoryudo 3-day pass. May I check if the pass covers airport transfer from Chubu Centrair International Airport to Nagoya? Do I take the highway bus from Nagoya station to Takayama? I will be travelling with a big luggage. Can the highway bus accomodate the luggage? May I also check if the pass can be used on the buses in Takayama and also on the bus to and fro Shirakawa-go from Takayama. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2015
How to get to Takayama from Tokyo with JR Pass  (4 Answers)

Can anyone tell me how to get to Takayama from Tokyo using the JR Pass, and also, how to get from Nara to Hiroshima using the Pass aswell?

thank you for any help given!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2015
How many days in Takayama and Nara?  (3 Answers)

Hi. I have 3 days left on my trip to Japan and was thinking of Nara and Takayama. We are taking the train from Tokyo and after those 3 days we head to Hiroshima for 2 nights.

My 2 questions are:

1) How many nights in Nara or Takayama (we only have 3 altogether)
2) are 2 nights enough for Hiroshima?

Thank you for your feedback!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2014
Where can I find the best Hida beef?

Hi everyone,

Can you guys recommend me a nice affordable place that serves Takayama's best Hida beef?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2014
Driving to Takayam in April  (3 Answers)

We are driving to Takayama, Okuhida onsen village and Shiragawa-go in mid April 2014. May I know what the road condition will be ?

Do we need to get the car fixed with snow tyres, or just get snow chain for standby, or better to hire a SUV / 4WD ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2013
Takayama coming from Matsumoto going to Kanazawa  (2 Answers)


Curling our Japan Tour we also want to see some more rural areas. Coming from Tokio we want to go to Matsumoto, then Takayama and then Kanazawa. To Matsumoto and from Kanazawa we will take a train.

First I was thinking of renting a car, but the dropoff at another location is very expensive.

Alternatively there is the Bus option, which has two Main downsides for me: 1.we have all our luggage we always have to carry arround and have to store somewhere. 2. we cannot stop when we want Ort do sidetours (i.e.S-go).

Do you think this Tour is possible by Bus?
Ort any ideas where to get a rental Car without High dropoff fees.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2012
Shin Hotaka Ropeway Bus Terminal's Lockers?  (1 Answer)

1. Are there any locker or luggage storage facility at the Shin Hotaka Bus Terminal?
1. Would anyone know whether taxi fare is reasonable around there? Four of us plan to stay the night at Yarimikan, which is 10 minutes by bus from the ropeway. Wondering whether it is cheaper to share a cab vs taking the bus...

Tq, Mel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2011
Toilet in Bus running Matsumoto-Takayama-Kanazawa?  (2 Answers)

Hi Guys,

May I check with you whether the highway buses have toilet onboard? If not, how often do they stop? I am considering Tokyo-(maybe Matsumoto)-Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Toyama-Alpine Route-
Matsumoto-Tokyo. Still deliberating which mode of transport to use in term of cost, scenery and timing... But should be taking the bus between Takayama and Kanazawa at least, and perhaps from Matsumoto to Takayama. So specifically, does the Nohi Bus between Matsumoto, Takayama and Kanazawa have toilet?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2011
Faster route?  (1 Answer)

Hi guys,

We are interesting in visit Takayama coming from Tokyo or Kyoto.
Wondering witch way would be faster. We are planning on visiting the three locations. The idea is to take the Shinkansen to-from the locations.
Any alternative fast route?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2010
Takayama Night Markets

I've heard that there are night markets in Takayama. Does anyone know about this, or has anyone been? Are they open every night and if so, whereabouts?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2009
Takayama AND Kanazawa?  (3 Answers)

Should we visit both Takayama and Kanazawa or only one and if so which? we will only have around 17 days for our trip , and otherwise will be in Tokyo, Kyoto and HIroshima.Travelling by train its doable but maybe better to spend more days in one location.. thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2009
Takayama Accomodation  (2 Answers)

I am travelling to Takayama and am looking for a place to stay ( budget guest houses, Not hotels pl) in November of 2009 ( 4th, 5th, and 6th)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2009
Places to see in Takayama  (5 Answers)

What are the must-see places in Takayama?

Anyone? Please post your faves here so I may have initial ideas
on where to start my trip. Thanks!

Would two days and two nights be enough to explore Takayama? I'm basically after the folk village, and seeing more of nature this side of Japan.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2009
Budget Traveler Need Advice  (5 Answers)

Hi! I'm planning a trip to Takayam sometime in October 2009. I would like to spend some time in Tokyo first, then on to Takayama. As I've never traveled to Japan before, and I hear everything is just so pricey, around how much do I have to prepare if I wanted to stay for about 3 days in Tokyo and two days in Takayama?

Also, anybody got some advice on budget places to stayin both Tokyo and Takayama? And least expensive routes to Takayama from Tokyo and back?

Thank you so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2009
VT Meeting in Takayama on april 9th 2009 ?

Hello everybody

I travel on my own to japan for the first time, and I will spend a night in Takayama on april 9th 2009.

I would be pleased to meet local people for a drink, and discovering the city by night.

Hoping you will have a little time to meet me,
Thank you,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2009
Sanno Festival (14-15Apr) 2009

Hi fellow VTs,
I'm heading to Takayama for the Sanno Festival 2009.

1. Which of the 2 days are more festive and when do the puppets make their appearance? Will it be daytime on the 1st day or night-time? Is there anything spectacular on the 14th night and 15th? I want to enjoy the whole experience but I can't get a room on the 14Apr (unless someone here lives in Takayama and don't mind lending a sofa / futon / pillow for the night :-))

2. Is the train station safe to spend the night (as a last resort)? else I have to catch the last train out to Osaka at 8pm.

3. Anyone else making their way to the festival?

Thanks all.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2009
Sanno Matsuri Spring Festival PLEASE HELP!  (1 Answer)

Hi, my friend and I are planning to go to Takayama on 15th April to catch the festival. Actually we are pretty much clueless about how to get there. Would it be better to go on the 14th? We are thinking of staying in Tokyo then taking the train with the JR pass to get to Takayama. Or is it better to stay in Takayama. Also, what is the timing and location of the festival? I have searched online that it is associated with the Hie shrine, but I don't really know where we should head. Please help us with this :D Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2008
Takayama April festival

Hello, we will be in Takayama for 1 day either 14 or 15 April 2009. We want to see the Spring Festival. Could anyone please tell me whether it is best to be there late on the 14th for the evening festival and spend the 15th in the town, or whether all the events are focused on the 14th April and therefore we should arrive early on that day? I have heard there are 2 parades - what are the dates and times of these? Any help is appreciated.
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2007
Must see places in Takayama  (5 Answers)

Hi there. We will be in Takayama on 6 and 7 Nov. We are not young and energetic so please tell us what are the must see places and must eat places. we are also budget travellers but we would like to taste the local cuisine. we love nature and we do not mind walks or hikes rather than to temple much to see and do. so little time, money and energy. PLEASE HELP! tHANK U

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2007
Weather in late September

Dear fellow VTers

I'll be in Takayama/Kanazawa/Shirakawa between 20 Sep to 26 Sep. Check of the weather report history shows rainy weather. As we'll be driving from Takayama towards Gokayama, I notice some roads are closed in the event of heavy rain.

Any advice on some good routes and whether the weather will clear up by then?

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2007
When do the leaves turn red in Takayama?  (1 Answer)

Those who visited Takayama for the October Festival, or those who just happen to live in the area: do the leaves turn at the beginning of October or later? Takayama's tourist page says "early Sept- early Oct". I think it's BS. No way it can start so early. Or can it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2006
Accomodation for the October Festival  (3 Answers)

I'm making my first visit to Japan in October and when I found out the festival was on I decided I should see it. But it must be very popular because all the accomodation I've found (via the web) is booked out for 9th Oct.

Can anyone suggests any alternative lists that I (non-Japanese speaking) can use to try and locate some more obscure or less obvious accoummodation that just might still be available for 9th Oct.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2006
Oct.9-10 festival  (2 Answers)

What will happen during Oct.9-10 festival? Will there be any float parade on the street? If so, where will be the usual path/route for the parade? Where will be the best place (and when the best time) to experience the event in Takayama?

If we arrive at Takayama in the early afternoon of Oct.9, will we miss something important of that morning? Our original plan is to arrive on Oct.8, but just wonder if there is any other option.

Thanks for any info/advice/suggestion!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2006
How many days in Takayama (Gifu ken)?  (2 Answers)

We would like to see the Oct.9/10 festival - IF I can book a hotel, so far it seems all hotels are fully booked! :(

Q1: How many days would it take to see the festival (2 days) and tour the small town?
Q2: Is there any other day trip one can take from Takayama? E.g., is there any bus tour taking us to "Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go or Gokayama", going by ourselves seem to be rather time consuming (need multiple transfers)?
Q3: Any suggestion on booking a hotel for the time?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 28, 2006
Earliest/fastest way from Tokyo to Takayama, and back  (1 Answer)


I need to get from Tokyo to Takayama, on friday, 14th of April. What is the earliest and fast way i can get there, and what is the latest time i can leave in order to get back to Tokyo?

I heard the bus at 5.5 hours is the best way - but the website is in japanese, so i cant tell what's the earliest time the bus departs tokyo, and the latest time a bus departs Takayama back to tokyo!

I hope you can help,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2006
Suggestions for a ryokan or minshuku in Takayama and Kananzawa?  (5 Answers)

Planning on visiting both Takayama and Kananzawa and was hoping that somebody could recommend a good ryokan or minshuku. Would like to have a Japanese room and use an onsen. Would like to have meals there as well to have the full experience. Thanks in advance for the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2004
Kanji reader  (3 Answers)

I need to translate a Kanji inscription. From what I've seen it looks incredibly complex.

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