| Centrip Editorial Board
The SHORYUDO Bus Pass: The Must-Have Ticket for a Trip Through Central Japan
Sample Tour: Matsumoto, Magome, Japanese Alps 3-Day Tour
1st Day: Arrive at Centrair, Centrair→Nagoya
We recommend purchasing a ticket from Centrair to Nagoya (¥890) instead of using the SHORYUDO Bus Pass as it is activated from its first day of use.
2nd day: Start the SHORYUDO Bus Pass, Nagoya→Magome, overnight in Hirugami Onsen
In the past Magome was a street connecting Tokyo and Kyoto. Even now, it maintains a strong Edo atmosphere, which is very popular among tourists!
Take the bus to Hirugami Onsen, which is famous for its Bihada-yu (Beautiful Skin Water). Here you can see the most beautiful sky in Japan, certified by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. Don't miss such a glorious sky.
|Morning||Bus: Nagoya→Magome (Reservations required) (1h by car)|
|Morning||Sightseeing in Magome|
|Afternoon||Magoma→Hirugami Onsen (Reservations required), overnight at Hirugami Onsen.|
3rd day：Hirugami Onsen→Komagatake Ropeway→Matsumoto, overnight in Matsumoto
Take Komagatake Ropeway featuring Japan’s largest elevation (950 meters), to watch the natural beauty of Senjojiki Cirque. The ropeway takes about 7 minutes.
|Morning||Bus：Hirugami Onsen→Magome (Reservations Required) (30m by car)|
|Morning||Bus：Magome→Komagane IC (Reservations Required) (50m by car)|
|Noon||Lunch at Komagane|
|Afternoon||Komagatake Ropeway (Reservations not required)|
|Afternoon||Bus：Chuo-do Komagane IC→Nagono Matsumoto (Reservations Required) (1h by car)|
|Evening||Arrive at Matsumoto for sightseeing and hotel|
4th day: Matsumoto→Nagoya
In Matsumoto, check out the Japanese national treasure, Matsumoto Castle, with its black walls, and the Matsumoto Museum of Art filled with art from the famous artist Kusama Yayoi. Matsumoto, a city with vast and traditional streets, is very comfortable for walking.
|Afternoon||Matsumoto→Nagoya (Reservations Required) (3h 30m by car)|
How to Get and Use Your Pass
There are 2 types of buses, one requires a reservation and the other does not. For the former, you must purchase a ticket at the service window, for the latter you can go directly to the bus stop.
How to Reserve a SHORYUDO Bus Pass
In addition, there are some domestic travel companies that sell SHORYUDO Bus Pass, and sometimes even with a discount!
Where to exchange your coupon for the SHORYUDO Bus Pass
After purchasing SHORYUDO Bus Pass online, the next step is to exchange your receipt for the ticket in Japan. While some service windows are available for all 3 types of SHORYUDO Bus Pass, others are only available for a specific type. Click here for more information.
Since the ticket service windows for SHORYUDO Bus Pass and reserved bus are different, Centrip recommends going to the Meitetsu Bus Center (Business Hours: 6:40am – 9:10pm) where you can exchange both tickets in one place. (Attention: You cannot reserve your bus seats at MEITETSU BUS CENTER.)
Check the table below for information regarding available routes and reservations of each package ticket
|Takayama Shirakawago Kanazawa Course 3-Day Tour||
●Nagoya⇔Takayama（Meitetsu Bus, Nohi Bus, JR-Tokai Bus）*Reservations Required
●Nagoya⇔Shirakawa-go（Gifu Bus）*Reservations Required
●Gifu⇔Takayama（Nohi Bus, Gifu Bus）*Reservations Required
●Takayama ⇔ Shirakawago ⇔ Toyama, Kanazawa, Takaoka *Some routes do not require reservations
●Kanazawa⇔Toyama（Hokutetsu Kanazawa Bus、Toyama Chitetsu）
●Kanazawa⇔Wajima（Hokutetsu Okunoto Bus）
●Kanazawa⇔Anamizu/Suzu（Hokutetsu Okunoto Bus）
|Wide Course 5-Day Tour||
In addition to the 3-Day Tour above, please check for more details below
●Takayama⇔Hirayu⇔Matsumoto（Nohi Bus, ALPICO Koutsu）
●Nagoya⇔Toyama（Meitetsu Bus, Toyama Chitetsu）*Reservations Required
●Nagoya⇔Matsumoto（Meitetsu Bus, ALPICO Koutsu）*Reservations Required
●Shinhotaka⇔Matsumoto（Nohi Bus, ALPICO Koutsu）*Specific dates only
|Matsumoto Magome Japan Alps Tour||
●Nagoya⇔Iida (Meitetsu Bus, Shinnan Koutsu) *Reservations Required
●Nagoya⇔Ina, Minowa (Meitetsu Bus, Shinnan Koutsu, Ina Bus)*Reservations Required
●Nagoya⇔Matsumoto/Nagano (Meitetsu Bus, Alpico Kotsu) *Reservations Required
●Iida⇔Nagano (Alpico Kotsu, Shinnan Koutsu, Ina Bus) *Reservations Required
●Matsumoto⇔Nagano (Alpico Kotsu) *Only weekdays
●Iida⇔Hirugami Hot Springs (Shinnan Koutsu)
●Komagane⇔Shirabidaira (Chuo Alps Kanko, Ina Bus)
●Takayama⇔Hirayu⇔Matsumoto (Nohi Bus, Alpico Kotsu)
●Takayama⇔Hirayu⇔Shinhotaka (Nohi Bus)
●Shinhotaka⇔Matsumoto (Nohi Bus, Alpico Kotsu) *Operating only on specified days.
●Takayama⇔Gero (Nohi Bus)
●Gero⇔Gassho-mura (Nohi Bus)
●Gero⇔Kashimo (Nohi Bus)
●Kashimo⇔Nakatsugawa (Kitaena Kotsu)
●Nakatsugawa⇔Magome (Kitaena Kotsu)
●Ena⇔Enakyo (Tohnoh Tetsudou)
●Gifu⇔Takayama (Nohi Bus, Gifu Bus) *Reservations Required
Bus Reservation Window
|Nagoya⇔Takayama||Meitetsu Bus Center, JR Tokai Bus Nagoya Travel Center, Takayama Bus Terminal|
|Nagoya⇔Shirakawa-go||Meitetsu Bus Center, Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal|
|Gifu⇔Takayama||Meitetsu Gifu Bus Terminal, Takayama Bus Terminal|
|Takayama ⇔ Shirakawago ⇔ Toyama, Kanazawa, Takaoka*||Takayama Bus Terminal, Shirakawa-go Bus Terminal, Toyama Chitetsu Ticket Center, Hokutetsu Station Center (Kanazawa), Kaetsunou Bus Ticket Center (Takaoka)|
|Nagoya⇔Toyama||Meitetsu Bus Center, Toyama Chitetsu Ticket Center|
|Nagoya⇔Matsumoto/Nagano||Meitetsu Bus Center, Matsumoto Bus Terminal, Alpico Kotsu Nagano Station Information Center|
|Nagoya⇔Iida||Meitetsu Bus Center, Iida Station Ticket Office|
|Nagoya⇔Ina/Minowa||Meitetsu Bus Center, Ina Bus Terminal|
|Iida⇔Nagano||Iida Station Ticket Office, Alpico Kotsu Nagano Station Information Center|
*Some buses on the Takayama ⇔ Shirakawa-go route do not require a reservation.
Q1: After purchasing the SHORYUDO Bus Pass, can I reserve a bus seat by the Internet or phone?
Users of the SHORYUDO Bus Pass cannot make reservations in advance, by internet or telephone, for buses that require a reservation.
Q2: How do I make a reservation for the buses? Can I make all the reservations in the same ticket window?
Each bus company has a different window for taking seat reservations. Please make your seat reservations at the appropriate company’s window.
Q3. We will arrive at Chubu International Airport before the ticket's starting date. Can we exchange our coupons for ticket?
Yes, you can. You can exchange your coupons for a ticket at any time at a designated exchange location, the tickets won't be activated until their first use.
Q4: Can I make a reservation for the bus a few days ahead?
You can make a reservation for a bus at most 1 month ahead of time. Do not forget to make a reservation for your buses as soon as you arrive in Japan.
Q5: I will arrive at Centrair after 21:00. Is it still possible to exchange the bus pass?
There are two exchange places in Chubu International Airport, Central Japan International Airport Station, on the second floor of terminal 2, is open until 11:30pm, so don't worry. Look below for details.
Central Japan International Airport MEITETSU Tourist Information Center / Business hours: 10:00 – 19:00
MEITETSU CHUBU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT STATION /
Business hours: the first train of the day (around 5:30am) until 8:30am & 5:30pm until the last train of the day(around 11:30pm)
Q6: Can I exchange the coupon in other ways such as with my smartphone’s screen?
If your e-ticket has a QR code, you can show it at the counter.
Q7: Can I buy SHORYUDO Bus Pass in Japan?
No, you have to buy it from the website. The Ticket Service Window in Japan offers ticket exchange service only.
Timetables listed are subject to change without notice. Check the website of each bus company for up-to-date information.