Advice for getting around Takayama

While Takayama is very beautiful and naturally preserved,  it’s a much smaller town than Tokyo or Nagoya. You may need some tips and tricks on how to prepare yourself to make sure you have the best time possible.

  • Takayama is about 2.5 hours away from Nagoya, or 1.5 hours away from Toyama on JR express trains.
  • If you’re not using a JR Rail Pass this time, there are a number of express buses that you can take to and from Takayama. They’re significantly cheaper than individual train fares, though they may take a little bit longer to get you to where you’re going.
  • When you arrive, there is a visitor information center right outside the exit of Takayama Station. It’s definitely worthwhile picking up a map from there so you can quickly get your bearings. There are also coin lockers available if you need to temporarily store some luggage.
  • Payment by card isn’t that widely accepted in Takayama, so make sure you always have enough cash on you to get you through the day.
  • Compounding the cash-on-hand issue above, ATMs are also hard to come by. However, on the other hand currency exchange is not too hard to do, with a handful of banks near the station offering the service if you still have local currency that you want to change..
  • 7-Elevens are often the most reliable place to withdraw money for travelers in Japan, though they do have a withdrawal fee for international cards.
  • Most of the buildings in Takayama close at around 5PM, and there aren’t too many businesses in Takayama geared toward nightlife activities. Make sure you know where you’re going to eat and what you’re going to do before then!

Just a tiny bit of preparation goes a long way! We hope you enjoy your stay in Takayama!

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