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takayama hokuriku pass validity

Takayama Hokuriku Pass Validity

Hi, since hokuriku pass will only valid until June 2015, what kind of pass may I use for same purpose as hokuriku pass in Dec 2015?

mardyah
mardyah

Hi there,

The Hokuriku pass is not going away as far as I know. Could you please let me know where you read about it being valid until June 2015?

Thank you!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Daniel,

I read it from here:
http://touristpass.jp/en/takayama_hokuriku/

Mardyah

mardyah
mardyah

Hi Mardyah,

I can see how that can cause confusion. As for as I know, the pass is only getting an upload (in price and coverage area) but will remain.

Also see this website.

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Daniel-san
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Actually, the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass and the JR Hokuriku Area Pass are not the same. The former, as mentioned, is only valid until June. Its info is also mirrored on

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_takayama_hokuriku.html

Unless it is extended, which given the other pass coming out is doubtful, unfortunately. The big difference is that for the former, you can use it from Osaka and take it all the way to Nagoya. The latter sadly only covers some Hokuriku lines, although it does extend a bit into Noto, Johana and Kurobe. You'd need to also get a JR Kansai Wide Area Pass to add the trains from Osaka. One alternative also is a bus pass, but that only works out of Nagoya:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2357_shoryudo.html

There are a number of new passes coming out in March, with some being discontinued. Unfortunately, losing the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass is really a step backwards for the consumer.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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