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

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Train

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Kanazawa

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Takayama Bus Terminal

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Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Nagoya
  2. Take the bus from Nagoya Meitetsu BC to Hatogaya

Drive

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama
Kyoto → Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is 0120-565653.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is 2 metres.

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The cost-effective way to get from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is to drive, which costs ¥3300 - ¥4800 and takes 3h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is to drive which costs ¥3300 - ¥4800 and takes 3h 22m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kyoto station to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama. However, there are services departing from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate and arriving at Gatsushonosato via Takayama Bus Terminal and Shirakawago. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 37m.

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The distance between Kyoto and Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is 184 km. The road distance is 279.4 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama without a car is to train which takes 3h 54m and costs ¥21000 - ¥29000.

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It takes approximately 3h 54m to get from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama bus services, operated by Nouhi Bus, depart from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is to train which takes 3h 54m and costs ¥21000 - ¥29000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥5000 - ¥10000 and takes 7h 37m.

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Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama bus services, operated by Nouhi Bus, arrive at Takayama Bus Terminal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama is 279 km. It takes approximately 3h 22m to drive from Kyoto to Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama.

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  • Distance: 184.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 54m

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

Japan Railways Limited Express operates a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa hourly. Tickets cost ¥5000 - ¥8500 and the journey takes 2h 17m. Alternatively, Nouhi Bus operates a bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Takayama Bus Terminal twice daily. Tickets cost ¥3900 - ¥6000 and the journey takes 4h 22m.

Train operators
Japan Railways Limited Express
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Kanazawa
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
¥5000 - ¥8500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved Seat
¥5000 - ¥8000
Reserved Seat
¥5500 - ¥8500
Green Seat
¥8000 - ¥11000
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.

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Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Kyoto to Nagoya
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
¥4400 - ¥6500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved seat
¥4400 - ¥6000
Reserved seat
¥5000 - ¥6500
Green seat
¥6500 - ¥9000
Bus operators
Gifu Bus
Phone
058-240-0489
Website
gifubus.co.jp
Bus from Nagoya Meitetsu BC to Hatogaya
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
¥3000 - ¥4000
Schedules at
gifubus.co.jp
Adult
¥3000 - ¥4000
Nouhi Bus
Website
nouhibus.co.jp
Bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Takayama Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
¥3900 - ¥6000
Schedules at
nouhibus.co.jp

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