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There are 4 ways to get from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama by train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Train, bus via Nagano  •  6h 44m

  1. Take the train from Kofu to Matsumoto
  2. Take the train from Matsumoto to Nagano
  3. Take the train from Nagano to Shin-Takaoka
  4. Take the bus from Shintakaokaeki4ban to Gatsushonosato

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  7h 53m

  1. Take the train from Kofu to Matsumoto
  2. Take the bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Takayama Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Takayama Bus Terminal to Shirakawago

2 alternative options

Bus  •  10h 6m

  1. Take the bus from 甲府駅バスターミナル to 富士急ハイランド
  2. Take the bus from Fujikyu-Highland Station to Takayama Bus Terminal
  3. Take the bus from Takayama Bus Terminal to Shirakawago
  4. Take the bus from Shirakawago to Gatsushonosato

Drive  •  3h 23m

  1. Drive from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama 232.1 km

Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama by bus and walk

The journey time between Kōfu and Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is around 26h 5m and covers a distance of around 319 km. This includes an average layover time of around 18h 51m. The fastest journey normally takes 26h 5m. Operated by Fujikyuko bus, Nouhi Bus, Hokutetsu Transportation and others, the Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama service departs from 甲府駅バスターミナル and arrives in Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
7h 14m
Layover time:
18h 51m
Total time:
26h 5m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
26h 5m
Journey distance:
319 km
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
¥6062
Carbon emissions:
39 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:40
Last service departs at:
07:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama bus and walk schedules

Bus services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is to drive which costs ¥2700 - ¥4100 and takes 3h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is to drive which costs ¥2700 - ¥4100 and takes 3h 23m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama. However, there are services departing from 甲府駅バスターミナル and arriving at Gatsushonosato via Fujikyu-Highland Station, Takayama Bus Terminal and Shirakawago. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 6m.

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The distance between Kōfu and Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is 172 km. The road distance is 232.1 km.

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The best way to get from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama without a car is to train and bus via Nagano which takes 6h 44m and costs ¥8500 - ¥16000.

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It takes approximately 6h 44m to get from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, including transfers.

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Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama bus services, operated by Fujikyuko bus, depart from 甲府駅バスターミナル station.

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Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama bus services, operated by Kaetsuno Bus, arrive at Gatsushonosato station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is 232 km. It takes approximately 3h 23m to drive from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama. Prices start at ¥11250 per night.

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Map of how to get from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.
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  • Distance: 171.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 44m

What companies run services between Kōfu, Japan and Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan?

You can take a bus from Kōfu to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama via Fujikyu-Highland Station, Takayama Bus Terminal, Shirakawago, and Gatsushonosato in around 10h 6m.

Train operators
Japan Railways Limited Express
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kofu to Matsumoto
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥2700 - ¥4100
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved Seat
¥2700 - ¥3900
Reserved Seat
¥2900 - ¥4100
Green Seat
¥3900 - ¥5500
Train from Matsumoto to Nagano
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥1900 - ¥2900
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved Seat
¥1900 - ¥2800
Reserved Seat
¥2000 - ¥2900
Green Seat
¥2700 - ¥3700
Japan Railways (JR)

Japan Railways operates a large proportion of Japan's main intercity routes, including the high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) service and commuter rail service. Covering 1665 stations across 7458km, Japan Railways carries an average of 17 million passengers per day. Trains are clean, comfortable and punctual. There are several rail passes on offer for customers, such as the extremely popular national JR Pass and regional Hokkaido Pass, JR Kyushu Pass and JR West Pass, among others.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kofu to Matsumoto
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥1500 - ¥2200
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Train from Matsumoto to Nagano
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥950 - ¥1500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Japan Railways Shinkansen

Japan’s famous bullet trains, operated by Japan Rail, are known for their comfort, punctuality and efficiency. They run at speeds of up to 320km/h and connect most of the country’s major cities. Most shinkansen trains offer two classes – Ordinary and Green Car – although some also offer Gran Class (comparable to first class). Seat reservations can be made on all trains for a small fee, although it’s not mandatory apart from on a handful of routes.

Contact Details
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Nagano to Shin-Takaoka
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥5500 - ¥8000
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥5500 - ¥7500
Reserved seat
¥6500 - ¥8000
Green seat
¥8000 - ¥11000
Bus operators
Kaetsuno Bus
Website
kaetsunou.co.jp
Bus from Shintakaokaeki4ban to Gatsushonosato
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
¥750 - ¥1100
Schedules at
kaetsunou.co.jp
Bus from Shirakawago to Gatsushonosato
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
¥340 - ¥480
Schedules at
kaetsunou.co.jp
Nouhi Bus
Website
nouhibus.co.jp
Bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Takayama Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
¥2000 - ¥3500
Schedules at
nouhibus.co.jp
Bus from Takayama Bus Terminal to Shirakawago
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥1600 - ¥2600
Schedules at
nouhibus.co.jp
Bus from Fujikyu-Highland Station to Takayama Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
¥3400 - ¥5000
Schedules at
nouhibus.co.jp
Hokutetsu Transportation
Phone
81762375115
Website
hokutetsu.co.jp
Bus from Takayama Nouhi BC to Shirakawago
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
¥1100 - ¥3600
Schedules at
hokutetsu.co.jp
Fujikyuko bus
Website
bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp
Bus from 甲府駅バスターミナル to 富士急ハイランド
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥1200 - ¥1700
Schedules at
bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp

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