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How To Use Your Takayama Hokuriku Japan Rail Pass

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Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

Using your Takayama Hokuriku Pass


For first timers in Japan, getting around can be one of the most difficult things to do. Driving might not be an option for all, especially when you aren’t familiar with the roads and taxis can cost up to an arm and a leg. Luckily, the efficient public transport system provides more than sufficient coverage to most places!

If you’re planning to visit cities in the Kansai area like Kyoto and Osaka as well as the Nagoya area like Nagano and Shirakawa, the Takayama Hokuriku Japan Rail Pass will have you covered! However, if you’re just looking to visit Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, you might be better off with just the West Kansai JR Pass.

Read on to find out how to fully maximize your trip with the Takayama Hokuriku Pass!

Getting your Takayama Hokuriku Pass

Klook your Takayama Hokuriku Japan Rail Pass a hassle free trip around Japan! You won’t have to queue up at ticketing counters to purchase single trip tickets, plus it’s definitely a more cost efficient way of getting around!

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Transport lines covered by the Takayama Hokuriku Pass

The following JR lines are covered by your Takayama Hokuriku Pass:

  • Unlimited use of JR limited express and local trains between Nagoya, Takayama and Toyama.
  • Unlimited use of JR limited express and local trains between Osaka and Kanazawa.
  • Unlimited use of the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen between Kanazawa and Toyama.
  • Unlimited use of JR trains in central Osaka.
  • Unlimited use of JR trains between Osaka and Kansai Airport.
  • Unlimited use of buses between Takayama and Kanazawa (except Takayama-Toyama buses).
  • Unlimited use of buses between Takaoka, Gokayama and Shirakawago.
  • Unlimited use of the Sarubobo buses in Takayama.

You can also make up to four seat reservations on limited express trains for free (not including shinkansen and Haruka limited express trains to/from Kansai Airport).

Do note that a 10% cancellation fee applies if you wish to cancel your JR pass so be sure to check if the train you want to take falls within the list above before purchasing!

Cities covered by the Takayama Hokuriku Pass

This pass covers Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Gero, Gifu and Nagoya. Apart from popular Japanese cities like Osaka, you’ll also get to visit cities like Nagano and the postcard famous Shirakawago! Famous for farm houses with sloping roofs and of course snow monkeys!

(Photo Credit : jprail.com)

Exchanging your Takayama Hokuriku Japan Rail Pass

Once your booking is confirmed, you’ll be required to collect your Exchange Order Vouchers at the different pick-up locations or have it mailed to you. Be sure to select a pick-up date that is at least 3 working days from your checkout date. Also note that your exchange voucher will only be valid for 90 days so don’t book those passes too early.

Taiwan/West Malaysia/Thailand/Philippines/South Korea Exchange: Order Vouchers will be mailed to your address by registered post within 7 business days (excluding weekends and holidays).

Singapore Exchange Order Vouchers can be self-collected from: Klook Office, 13 Hong Kong Street Singapore 059656

Pick up time slots: 10:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-7:00pm Open Monday to Friday (closed on Public Holidays)

Do note that the JR Pass is only issued in Japan, and since the Exchange Order Voucher is linked with the personal details entered by the user, you must collect the passes in person with the original passport used when booking.

Takayama Hokuriku Highlights

Now that you’ve got your transport covered, here are some highlights in the Takayama Hokuriku area you cannot miss:

Osaka


1. Osaka Amazing Pass

An essential on your Osaka trip is definitely the Osaka Amazing Pass! The pass grants you unlimited travel on Osaka subways, tramway and buses within the city, covering all your transportation needs within Osaka. It also gives you free entry to some of Osaka’s iconic tourist attractions like the Umeda Sky Building, the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel and even the Osaka Tennoji Zoo.

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2. Universal Studios Japan

If you only have time to visit one place in Osaka, hop over to Universal Studios Japan. From causing mayhem with the minions in the Minion Park to going topsy turvy on the Flying Dinosaur and most importantly, realizing your wizard dreams at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we promise you a great day out!

Skip the long lines at the ticketing counter when you Klook your Universal Studios Japan tickets and enter the park directly with your mobile e-tickets. If you want to skip the lines for the rides, get yourself a Universal Studios Japan Express Pass!

Nearest JR station: Universal City Station

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3. Harukas 300

Pay a visit to Japan’s tallest skyscraper, Harukas 300! With floor to ceiling glass panels, you can get ready to take in unobstructed panoramic views of the entire city. Check out our guide to Harukas 300 for all the details you’ll need for your visit there.

Be sure to Klook your open dated Harukas 300 ticket to ensure you’ll get the best views with the clearest skies. Plus, you’ll also get a free discount coupon for your shopping in the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Department Store.

Nearest JR station: Tennoji station

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Kyoto


1. Fushimi Inari Shrine

You can’t say you’ve been to Kyoto without a photo in front of the iconic orange torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine! Better yet, combine your visit to these vermillion gates with a trip to a traditional sake brewery. Wander into the breweries, learn the secrets behind the brewing process and even get to taste test the unique flavors of this much loved Japanese rice wine drink.

Klook your sake brewery and Fushimi Inari Shrine tour and have a local guide tell you about the history and the secrets of the place. Plus, with convenient hotel pick ups, you won’t have to make your own way there.

Nearest JR station: JR Inari Station

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2. Guenpin Fugu

We all know Japan is notorious for exotic foods, so where better to try a bite of fugu (puffer fish)! Drop by Guenpin Fugu, Japan’s number 1 puffer fish restaurant for a taste of this poisonous fish. Whether it’s raw fugu sashimi or even fugu hot pot, you’ll find professionally handled and delicious fugu options in Guenpin.

Klook your Guenpin fugu set meal, make your reservations and get ready to feast!

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3. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Golden Pavilion Temple and Todai-ji Temple

If you’re looking to cover all of Kyoto’s best attractions in a day, you’ll probably need an expert guide to take you around. Delve into the depths of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and take in the serenity of the forest as you stroll past endless rows of bamboo.

After that, head to the Golden Pavilion Temple and check out the two levels covered in gold leaves. It definitely is a site to behold. Complete the day with a trip to the Nara deer park where the friendly and polite Japanese deers just might photobomb you or return your greeting with a bow.

Your last trip of the day would be to the Kobe Mosaic mall, where you can enjoy scenic views of the Kobe nightscape as well as enjoy some Japanese Kobe beef - guaranteed to melt in your mouth!

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Nagoya


1. Shirakawago and Gokayama Aniokura Village

Home to 2 UNESCO World Heritage site, Nagoya is definitely not to be missed. The Shirakawago village is a must-visit in Nagoya! The roofs of the huts are said to resemble a hands clasped in prayer position and these sloping rooftops also help get rid of the heavy snow that falls on the place.

Also not to be missed is the Japanese folk town - Gokayama Ainokura Village and the Gasshozukuri Minkaen Outdoor Museum and soak in the history and culture of these picturesque sites.

Klook your Shirakawago and Gokayama tour and enjoy the convenience of the bus taking you to your destinations but time on your own to explore the villages for yourself.

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2. Zenkoji temple

Take in the best of “Hell’s Valley”, more commonly known as Nagano City. Get your picture perfect moment with the red faced snow monkeys as they soak in the hot springs before heading to the first ever Buddhist statue in Japan at the Zenko-ji temple!

End off the day at a sake brewery where you’ll get to taste a variety of sake produced with the clean spring waters of Nagano.

Klook your Nagano tour and meet up with your friendly local guide at the Nagano station and get ready to experience the beauty of the city!

Nearest JR Station : JR Nagano

(Photo Credit: http://tokyoandaroundtokyo.com/seasonal_attractions/1265)

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4G WiFi Device

Be sure to pick up a 4G WiFi device to stay connected throughout your trip! It’ll definitely come in handy when you’re trying to translate Japanese signs or find your way around the towns.

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Universal Studios Japan Express Pass

Skip the long lines for your favorite rides with your Universal Studios Japan Express Pass!

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