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Save Money While Traveling! The SHORYUDO Bus Pass is the Must-Have Ticket for a Trip Through Central Japan

When traveling through Central Japan, it would be a waste to only visit one place. There are tons of places to go like Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, and more! Your travel expenses could skyrocket though. Don't fret! The SHORYUDO Bus Pass, created especially for foreigners, can save you up to 50% off bus fares and can be used for a number of days.

This time, Centrip will teach you how to use “SHORYUDO Bus Pass” to enjoy Central Japan. This guide includes model courses designed by Centrip, as well as instructions for how to book and use the bus pass, including the latest revision from April 2021. With this guide, you won't miss any details regarding the “SHORYUDO Bus Pass”.


“SHORYUDO Bus Pass” is a set ticket for foreigners only, available in Takayama, Shirakawago, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Nagano, and other Central Japan viewpoints. With this ticket, it is not necessary to pay extra for the buses in these areas. The more buses you take, the more money you can save!

The sales period for the SHORYUDO Bus Pass is 2021/4/1 to 2021/11/30. It is available to all non-Japanese passport holders. In other words, not only tourists with short-term visas but also foreigners living in Japan with long-term visas can buy it.

There are 3 plans for the “SHORYUDO Bus Pass”. First, the most popular one, a 3-Day Tour in Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa (¥9,000). Second, a 3-Day Tour in Matsumoto, Magome, Japanese Alps (¥8000). And finally the most widely used one, a 5-Day Tour wide area course (¥14,000). Details are as follows.

What “SHORYUDO Bus Pass” plan should you choose?

Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa (3-Day Tour)

Including Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and Toyama, the most popular areas in Central Japan. It is also the best-selling plan.

■Recommended: First time visitor to Central Japan, wanting to experience the classic trip.
■Additional Notes: The bus route "Nagoya ⇋ Takayama ⇋ Shirakawa-go ⇋ Kanazawa" can easily fill-up. Please make an appointment in advance.

Wide Area Course (5-Day Tour)

If plan to visit Central Japan for more than 5 days, and want to travel to "Matsumoto, Shinhotaka, and Gero", as well as "Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and Toyama", the Wide Area Course is your best choice.
Those who want to visit "Tateyama Kurobe" can purchase "JR Tateyama Kurobe Option ticket" after arriving Toyama. What you need to pay attention is that it is a one-way ticket. You must first go to "JR Nagano Station" from Toyama, so the transportation fee from Nagano to Matsumoto has to be paid separately (this route is not included in Wide Area Course).

■Recommended: For those planning a long trip, who want to visit all viewpoints of Central Japan at one time

Matsumoto, Magome, Japanese Alps (3-Day Tour)

For those who have visited Central Japan many times and dislike the typically crowded sightseeing points, this route may be a good choice. Magome, Nagano, Matsumoto, Gero, Shinhotaka, and Takayama are all included in this plan.

■Recommended: Good for previous visitors to Central Japan, who prefer special viewpoints.

Model Course: recommendations for those who have not plan their trip yet

Model Course: Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa (3-Day Tour)

1st Day: Arrive at Centrair, Centrair→Nagoya

The Bus Pass includes a ticket from the Centrair to Nagoya. However, as the ticket can only be used for 3 days from its first use, and it is very difficult to visit all the viewpoints in such a short time, we recommend purchasing a ticket from Centrair to Nagoya (¥890) and allowing yourself one extra day.

2nd Day: Start using “SHORYUDO Bus Pass”. Nagoya→Shirakawa-go, overnight in Takayama.

Leave Nagoya to visit Shirakawa-go, a fantastic place where you can see gassho-zukuri (thatched) houses. Pay attention that the route from Nagoya to Shirakawa-go is very popular so an early reservation is necessary.

Additional Information

Morning Bus: Meitetsu Bus Center → Shirakawa-go (Reservations Required) (2h 42m by car)
Afternoon Shirakawa-go
Afternoon Bus: Shirakawa-go → Takayama (Reservations not required) (1h 5m by car)
Evening Go to Takayama for dinner and hotel
3rd Day: Takayama→Kanazawa, overnight in Kanazawa

During the morning, take a look around Takayama, a place with a traditional Japanese atmosphere! You can go to the morning market, visit the old street, and then take a bus to Kanazawa after lunch.

Additional Information

After arriving at Kanazawa in the afternoon, you can go to the historic "Chaya-gai Street", and enjoy traditional craft stores, Japanese snacks, and the gold foil experience. In the evening, you can taste seafood dishes at "Korinbo", the most crowded shopping street in Kanazawa.

Additional Information

Morning Takayama sightseeing, lunch
Noon Bus: Takayama→Kanazawa (Reservations Required) (1h 15m by car)
Evening Go to Kanazawa for sightseeing and hotel
4th Day: Kanazawa→Takayama,Takayama→Centrair
Kanazawa Castle

In the early morning, head to Kenrokuen, a Japanese Garden, and Kanazawa Castle. After returning to Takayama for lunch at noon, you can take the bus to Nagoya. Then go to Centrair from Nagoya Station (you can use the ticket included in “SHORYUDO Bus Pass”).

Morning Kanazawa
Noon Bus: Kanazawa→Takayama (Reservations Required) (1h 15m by car)
Afternoon Lunch in Takayama
Afternoon Bus: Takayama→Meitetsu Bus Center (Reservation required) (2h 40m by car)
Evening Meitetsu→Centrair

For the trip mentioned above, the normal transportation fee is ¥17,290. With SHORYUDO Bus Pass, you only need to pay ¥9000, for a savings of ¥8,290, almost half of the price. Don't miss this discount for foreigner visitors only.

Model Course: Wide Area Course (5-Day Tour)

1st Day: Arrive at Centrair, Centrair→Nagoya
2nd Day: Start using “SHORYUDO Bus Pass”. Nagoya→Shirakawa-go, overnight in Takayama.
3rd Day: Takayama→Kanazawa、overnight in Kanazawa

For the first 3 days of the schedule, please refer to the 3-Day Tour( Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa) mentioned above.

4th Day: Kanazawa→Hirayu Onsen, overnight in Hirayu Onsen.

On the 4th day, after morning sightseeing in Kanazawa, take the bus to Takayama. From Takayama, transfer to Hirayu Onsen and enjoy the hot springs of Okuhida Onsenkyo.

Morning Sightseeing in Kanazawa
Noon Bus: Kanazawa→Takayama (Reservations required) (1h by car)
Afternoon Bus: Takayama→Hirayu Onsen (Reservations not required) (1h by car)
Evening Stay overnight at Hirayu Onsen
5th Day: Shinhotaka Ropeway→Matsumoto, overnight in Matsumoto

Take the double-decker cable car at Shinhotakato, and enjoy the beauty of Northern Alps from an altitude of 2156 meters! Get a ¥300 discount with the “SHORYUDO Bus Pass”.

Afterwards do some sightseeing while spending the day in Matsumoto City.

Morning Bus: Hirayu Onsen→Shinhotaka Ropeway (Reservations not required) (45m by car)
Noon Sightseeing on the Shinhotaka Ropeway
Afternoon Bus: Shinhotaka Ropeway→Matsumoto Bus Terminal (Reservations not required) (1h by car)
Evening Eat dinner & stay overnight in Matsumoto.
6th Day: Matsumoto→Nagoya→Centrair

In Matsumoto, there is a Japanese national treasure, the black "Matsumoto Castle" and "Matsumoto Museum of Art" which has a large number of artworks from a well-known artist, Kusama Yayoi. Matsumoto, a city with vast and traditional streets, is very comfortable for walking.

Additional Information

Morning Matsumoto
Afternoon Bus: Matsumoto→Nagoya (Reservations Required) (3h 30m by car)
Evening Bus: Nagoya→Centrair

Click the next page below to read more about the 3-day tour in Magome & the bus pass deal!

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