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Buri Kaido — The Yellowtail Highway

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Buri Kaido is a route that once connected Toyama, Hida, Takayama, and present day Matsumoto for the purpose of transporting buri, or yellowtail. Although no longer in operation, this once vital route is now a surprisingly perfect guide through these four cities and showcases some of Japan’s most impressive art, natural beauty, cultural heritage, and history.
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Getting to Toyama

Toyama City occupies almost the entire central to southeastern part of Toyama Prefecture and is popular for its blend of preserved history and art museums, as well as views of the distant Tateyama Mountains.

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  • By Train: ~2hr 10min

    Board the Hokuriku Shinkansen at Tokyo Station, and disembark at Toyama Station.

  • By Bus: ~7h

    Take a highway bus from Tokyo (multiple departure stations available) to Toyama Station for a convenient and direct route.

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  • By Car: ~5hr 30min

    Drive from Tokyo to Toyama via the Joshin-etsu Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

  • By Train: ~3hr 30min

    Board the JR Thunderbird Limited Express train at Shin-Osaka Station, disembark at Kanazawa Station, and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen for Toyama Station.

  • By Bus: ~7h 50min

    Take an overnight highway bus from Shin-Osaka Station to Toyama Station for a convenient and direct route.

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  • By Car: ~4hr 45min

    Drive from Osaka to Toyama via the Hokuriku Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

Getting to Hida

Hida City, situated in northern Gifu Prefecture, is a picturesque destination renowned for its traditional townscape, age-old customs, carp-filled canals, encircling mountains, and slower pace of life.

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  • By Train: ~4hr 30min

    Board the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen at Tokyo Station, disembark at Nagoya Station, and transfer to the the JR Limited Express Hida for Hida-Furukawa Station.

  • By Bus: ~6hr

    Take a highway bus from Shinjuku Expwy. Bus Terminal to Takayama Bus Terminal. Then, take the Takayama Line (train) from Takayama Station to Hida-Furukawa Station.

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  • By Car: ~4hr 44min

    Drive from Tokyo to Hida-Furukawa via the Chuo Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

  • By Train: ~3h 35min

    Board the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka Station, disembark at Nagoya Station, and transfer transfer to the the JR Limited Express Hida for Hida-Furukawa Station.

  • By Bus: ~5hr 25min

    Take a highway bus from Higashi-Umeda Station to Takayama Bus Terminal. Then, take the Takayama Line (train) from Takayama Station to Hida-Furukawa Station.

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  • By Car: ~4h 15min

    Drive from Osaka to Hida-Furukawa via Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

Getting to Takayama

Located just south of Hida City in Gifu Prefecture, Takayama City is famous for its preserved historic district where alleyways lined with wooden merchant houses transport visitors to the Edo Period (1603–1868).

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From:
  • By Train: ~4hr 20min

    Board the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen at Tokyo Station, disembark at Nagoya Station, and transfer to the JR Hida Limited Express for Takayama Station.

  • By Bus: ~5hr 50min

    Take a highway bus from Shinjuku Expwy. Bus Terminal to Takayama Nohi Bus Center for a convenient and direct route.

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  • By Car: ~4hr 45min

    Drive from Tokyo to Takayama via the Chuo Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

  • By Train: ~4h

    Board the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka Station, disembark at Nagoya Station, and transfer to the JR Hida Limited Express for Takayama Station.

  • By Bus: ~5h 15min

    Take a highway bus from Higashi-Umeda Station to Takayama Bus Terminal for a convenient and direct route.

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  • By Car: ~4h

    Drive from Osaka to Takayama via Nishinomiya Line and Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

Getting to Matsumoto

Matsumoto City in Nagano is a bustling metropolis home to the iconic Matsumoto Castle. The city also serves as a popular gateway to the Japanese Alps and features a variety of museums.

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From:
  • By Train: ~2hr 30min

    From Shinjuku Station, take the JR Azusa Limited Express to Matsumoto Station.

  • By Bus: ~3hr 20min

    Take a highway bus from Shinjuku Expwy. Bus Terminal to Matsumoto Bus Terminal for a convenient and direct route.

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  • By Car: ~3hr

    Drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto via the Chuo Expressway for a convenient journey by car.

  • By Train: ~3hr 30min

    Board the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka Station, disembark at Nagoya Station, and transfer to the JR Shinano Limited Express for Matsumoto Station.

  • By Bus: ~5hr 50min

    Take a highway bus from Umeda Hankyu Sanbangai or Shin-Osaka Station or to Matsumoto Bus Terminal for a convenient and direct route.

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  • By Car: ~4hr 50min

    Drive from Osaka to Matsumoto via Nishinomiya Line and Chuo Expressway/Nishinomiya Line for a convenient journey by car.