How to get from Kanazawa to Takayama

Go from Kanazawa to Takayama with the Hokuriku Shinkansen and the Hida Express Train!

Trip Duration Approx. 2 hours 10 mins
First & Last Departure 7:19 AM/ 4:48PM
💶 Cost From 6,770 yen
🚆 Distance 112 kilometers
🚉 Departing/Arriving Station Kanazawa Station/
Takayama Station
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The term "golden marsh" is derived from the name Kanazawa and is aptly reflected in numerous attractions inside the city. A city highly recognized for its artistic talent, a multitude of crafts from this area make use of gold details, and one can view them in a plethora of diverse workshops and galleries located all throughout the city. And sweet tooths will love the soft-service ice cream at dessert stations throughout, which is garnished with gold leaves. Wearing traditional yukata, many tourists from both inside and outside of Japan stroll around this region of Kanazawa. Naturally, the area has cafes and restaurants, stores offering trinkets and handicrafts, and traditional tea houses. See Yamano-o, a traditional Japanese ryokan and kaiseki restaurant run by the same family for five generations, at the top of the hill overlooking Higashi-chaya. 

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle



Higashi-chaya, Kanazawa


One of the main draws in the area is Shirakawago, a small village with traditionally built thatch-roofed homes and buildings. Despite being a historic UNESCO heritage site, this is a rather crowded region, which adds to the authentic and lively character of the town. The quaint, charming town of Hida is located not far from Shirakawago. The town's heart is traversed by the Furukawa River, and there are numerous little stores and eateries there. An internationally recognized feature of Takayama is its award-winning Wagyu beef, which is produced in the area. There are dishes everywhere that showcase the exquisitely marbled beef; some of them even have Michelin stars.

Takayama, Gifu


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