How to Use Buses and Taxis
How to Catch a Bus
It is almost same process to catch the Takayama city line bus, route bus and express bus.
※A fare for Machinami bus,
a brown bus, is 100 yen per ride,
a child before school age is free.
A fare for Sarubobo bus is 210 yen per ride (Child age 6-12 is 110 yen)
Nohi Bus Phone 0577-32-1160 ( English is available)
Buy a ticket at the Ticket Office (basic English is spoken)
Confirm the terminal number and departure time on the electric display board.Terminal numbers 1 to 6 are indicated for individual destinations.
Get on the bus from the front door (show your ticket to driver)
*Fare display board
*Take a numbered ticket below the red arrow
If you get on a bus other than at the bus center, take a numbered ticket and pay the relevant fare when you get off. Fares are shown on the display board in front of the bus. A fare for a route bus varies depending on the travel distance.
*Even fare is applied for Machinami bus and Sarubobo bus.
Press the button when your destination bus stop is announced.
Please press the button so that your driver knows you are getting off.
Get off the bus from front door.
If you bought a ticket from the bus center, please give it to the driver or put it in a box next to the driver’s seat. If you got on the bus other than the bus center, put your numbered ticket and the fare shown on the front display board in the fare collecting box. Please prepare some coins from the change machine as no change is available at the collecting box.
In case you have a one day open ticket, show it the driver and get off the bus.
Once you exit from JR Takayama Station, you will find the Nohi Bus Center behind the police box (KOBAN). Loop bus services within Takayama City and for Okuhida and express bus services for Shirakawa-go, Tokyo and other cities are available from here.
There is another handy service available here; you can check in your larger luggage which cannot fit in a coin-locker for 500 yen a day.
People tend to think a taxi is more expensive than public transport; however, hiring a taxi privately could be more affordable and efficient depending on the number of visitors in a group. Sometimes a taxi is the only transportation if your accommodation is far from a bus stop. Different from big cities, you have to call a taxi company or wait for a taxi at the taxi stand near the Takayama Station or at busy streets. If you call a taxi, an extra 100 yen is additionally charged.
The initial fare for a taxi is 630 yen and 20 to 30 percent will be added at night.
Please note that more people use a taxi on weekends, at the end of the year or on snowy days and sometimes you have to wait more than one hour.
No tips are required for a taxi in Japan.