From Tokyo, We will be going to the Takayama Festival April 14, 15 2019.
On April 16 we would like to see the Snow Monkeys. How should we travel?
We can spend the night near the Snow monkeys if recommended (where?)
Then we are traveling to Kyoto/Osaka for a few days.
Your helpful suggestions are appreciated for modes of travel?
Thanks for your question.
One way to travel from Takayama to the Snow Monkeys is by train. First, take the Limited Express Hida from Takayama to Toyama Station, then change to the Hokuriku Shinkansen heading towards Tokyo, getting off at Nagano Station (160-200 minutes, 9,030-10,210 yen). Then, take the Shiga Kogen line bus from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park bus stop (42 minutes, 1,400 yen).
Or, if you’d like to stop in Matsumoto first, you could take the Takayama-Matsumoto line bus to Matsumoto (205 minutes, 3,190 yen), then take the Shinonoi line to Nagano (52-80 minutes, 1,140-2,330 yen), followed by the bus to the Snow Monkey park (42 minutes, 1,400 yen).
To travel to Kyoto/Osaka, take the Nagano Dentetsu train or Shigakogen line bus back to Nagano Station. Then, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa and change to the Limited Express Thunderbird train, getting off at Kyoto or Osaka Stations (220-260 minutes, 12,970-13,510 yen).
You may want to purchase a JR Pass while you’re in Japan to offset the cost of your transportation. One option is the Hokuriku Arch Pass, which covers the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Limited Express Thunderbird, and Tokyo monorail lines (travel between Toyama Station and Takayama Station would only be partially covered). Another option would be getting the Japan Rail Pass, which covers almost all JR lines throughout Japan.
Note: transportation between Nagano Station and the Snow Monkey Park is operated by a separate company, so it isn’t covered by JR passes.
I hope that answers your question. Let me know if you’d like help with anything else.