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How to go to Shirakawago from Tokyo

September 01, 2016

How to go to Shirakawago from Tokyo


Known for gassho-zukuri sytle farmhouses, Shirakawago is a popular place to visit for travelers from all over the world.
With Gokayama, Shirakawago was registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Where is Shirakawago?

Shirakawago is located in the north of Gifu prefecture. Gifu prefecture is located in the central honshu, the main island of Japan. From Tokyo to Shirakawago, it is more than 450km drive, requiring over 5 hours.

How to go to Shirakawago?

Since there is no station in Shirakawago area, visitors need to drive or take a bus from the stations near Shirakawago.

From Tokyo to Shirawakago, the easy way is to take Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and then take a bus from Nagoya to Shirakawago.
From Tokyo to Nagoya, it takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes by Nozomi, the fastest bullet train. The bus from Nagoya to Shirakwago, it takes about 3 hours.

Another way is to take Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, then transfer to an express train from Nagoya to Takayama. From Takayama to Shirakawago, it is necessary to take a bus (or drive a car).
From Nagoya to Takayama, it takes 2 hours 20~30 minutes by the express train, Wide View Hida. From Takayama to Shirakawago, it takes about 50 minutes by bus.

In any ways, to take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya is a start.

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Shirakawago Gassho-zukuri

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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