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minamisenju metro station, tokyo to takayama using jr pass.

Minamisenju metro station, Tokyo to Takayama using JR Pass.

Hello
Having checked out this route on Hyperdia, i have a query!
Is the journey really over 5 hours and 500+ kms?
My lonely Planet guide book suggests a journey of around 2.5 hours.
What is the best route?
Your help would be appreciated.
Paul

phancock5
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Hi there!

Simplifying things to the best route, which is from Tokyo to Takayama via Nagoya, then yes, the total fastest journey time is around 5 hours and 500km. I'm not sure what LP is suggesting, but it sounds wrong as even driving directly will take around 5 hours.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Hi Paul!

Like like Mari says I am not sure why they say it is a 2.5 hour journey, unless you take a plane perhaps.
Even an express bus takes 5.5 hours at the very least! http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/tokyo.html

Taking traveling time aside the trip alone is worth making for sure! Once you are in the train for Nagoya to Takayama the train will follow a river through mountains and the view of the Japanese in-land is breath taking, once you arrive in Takayama which is not that big, it really feels like you are in a different world compared to the big cities of Japan.

-Enjoy your Trip! Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks Mari and Daniel-San
At least the journey time to Kyoto is shorter.
Regards
Paul

phancock5
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No problem!

I agree with Daniel-san, the ride from Nagoya to Takayama is great, especially on the wide-view train which has huge windows. Be sure to reserve your places near to the window on this train as you won't want to miss it :)

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mari
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