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There are 3 ways to get from Kyoto to Takayama by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the train from Kyoto to Nagoya Shinkansen Nozomi / ...
  2. Take the train from Nagoya to Takayama Ltd Exp Hida

¥8724 - ¥13255

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Bus  •  4h 22m

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

¥3900 - ¥6000

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Drive  •  3h 16m

  1. Drive from Kyoto to Takayama 256.4 km

¥2800 - ¥4200

Kyoto to Takayama by bus

The bus journey time between Kyoto and Takayama is around 4h 17m and covers a distance of around 263 km. The fastest bus normally takes 4h 12m. Operated by Nouhi Bus, the Kyoto to Takayama bus service departs from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate and arrives in Takayama Bus Terminal. Typically 28 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
4h 17m
Fastest bus time:
4h 12m
Buses per week:
28
Cheapest price:
¥3900
Carbon emissions:
32 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
08:30
Last bus departs at:
18:05

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Kyoto to Takayama bus 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.
Kyoto → Takayama
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  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Takayama is 0120-565653.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Takayama is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Takayama is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0120-565653.

Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Kyoto to Takayama is to drive which costs ¥2800 - ¥4200 and takes 3h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Kyoto to Takayama is to drive which costs ¥2800 - ¥4200 and takes 3h 16m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate station and arriving at Takayama Bus Terminal. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 22m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kyoto to Takayama. However, there are services departing from Marutamachi and arriving at Takayama via Kyoto and Nagoya. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 59m.

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The distance between Kyoto and Takayama is 183 km. The road distance is 256.4 km.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Takayama without a car is to train which takes 3h 59m and costs ¥8500 - ¥14000.

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It takes approximately 3h 59m to get from Kyoto to Takayama, including transfers.

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Kyoto to Takayama bus services, operated by Nouhi Bus, depart from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate.

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Kyoto to Takayama train services, operated by Japan Railways Shinkansen, depart from Kyoto station.

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The best way to get from Kyoto to Takayama is to train which takes 3h 59m and costs ¥8500 - ¥14000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ¥3900 - ¥6000 and takes 4h 22m.

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Map of how to get from Kyoto to Takayama.
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  • Distance: 183.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 59m

What companies run services between Kyoto, Japan and Takayama, Japan?

You can take a train from Kyoto to Takayama via Kyoto, Kyoto, and Nagoya in around 3h 59m. Alternatively, Nouhi Bus operates a bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Takayama Bus Terminal 4 times a day. Tickets cost ¥3900 - ¥6000 and the journey takes 4h 22m.

Train operators
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
34 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
Japan Railways Limited Express
Website
hyperdia.com
Train from Nagoya to Takayama
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
¥4100 - ¥6500
Schedules at
hyperdia.com
Unreserved Seat
¥4100 - ¥6000
Reserved Seat
¥4400 - ¥6500
Green Seat
¥6000 - ¥8500
Bus operators
Nouhi Bus
Website
nouhibus.co.jp
Bus from Kyoto Station Hachijou gate to Takayama Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
¥3900 - ¥6000
Schedules at
nouhibus.co.jp

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Kyoto to Takayama bus services, operated by Nouhi Bus, arrive at Takayama Bus Terminal station.

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Kyoto to Takayama train services, operated by Japan Railways Limited Express, arrive at Takayama station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kyoto to Takayama is 256 km. It takes approximately 3h 16m to drive from Kyoto to Takayama.

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