[From Apr. 1, 2020] Alps Wide Free Passport: 4-Day Ticket for Unlimited Train & Bus Rides in Takayama, Shirakawago, Kamikochi and Matsumoto

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Departs from :

Tour Brand :

Chubu (Nagoya, Kanazawa, Takayama, etc.) Transportation Pass / Ticket

change(s) from the previous year :

Price(Lowest) :

¥9,000 ~ (until Mar., 2021)

Overview :

1. Enjoy 4 days of unlimited rides on buses and trains in the Takayama, Shirakawago, Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Norikura, Gero, and Hirayu Onsen areas!
2. Save as much as JPY 4,700 when going through Matsumoto - Kamikochi - Hirayu - Takayama - Shirakawago.
3. This ticket allows convenient access to popular sightseeing areas in the Japan Alps area such as Matsumoto Castle and mountain resort area Kamikochi. Save yourself the hassle of purchasing tickets for every transfer!
4. The route from Takayama to the Matsumoto area is a treasure trove of Japanese-style ryokan accommodations and secluded hot springs scattered about. Enjoy sightseeing in popular areas at your preferred time and route while taking time out to stay at accommodations!
5. Recommended sights to see are the Norikura snow corridor in May and June, and the autumn leaves of Kamikochi and Norikura from late September to late October.



Pick up the Alps Wide Free Passport At the time of booking, select one from the following 3 locations:
- Matsumoto Bus Terminal
Tel: 0263-32-0910 (6:00 - 20:00 daily)
- Shin-Shimashima Station (window near the ticket gate)
Tel: 0263-92-2511 (6:00 ~ 19:00 daily)
- Takayama Nohi Bus Center
Tel: 0577-32-1688 (9:00 ~ 18:00 daily)
Free time sightseeing using the Alps Wide Free Passport Free time sightseeing after picking up the Alps Wide Free Passport.
- Takayama City
This popular sightseeing destination is a place that everyone wants to visit at least once. Take a stroll around the so-called "Little Kyoto," the Takayama Old Town filled with nostalgic streets reminiscent of olden day Japan in the Kami-Sannomachi and Kami-Ninomachi areas. Enjoy shopping for souvenirs as well.

- Shirakawago
After visiting Takayama, take a step farther to Shirakawago! Experience being amidst Japan's unspoilt landscape in a historic village, a registered World Heritage Site, where thatched-roof houses can be seen.

- Matsumoto Castle
A place certainly worth seeing, this famous castle has the country's oldest wooden keep.

- Kamikochi
The scenery of Kamikochi is renowned throughout the country, and incredible natural beauty stretches as far as the eye can see, starting with Taishoike Pond on the approach. Enjoy taking a stroll at this mountain resort situated 1,500 meters above sea level.
*The Kamikochi mountain area is open to visitors until Nov. 15.

- Norikura Kogen
This is the highest point in Japan that can be reached via bus. Enjoy outdoor leisure activities such as trekking and skiing. Revel in the rich nature at a resort in the highlands, and see a treasure trove of Takayama's plant life at Tatamidaira, a garden in the sky.

- Shirahone Onsen
Warm up in these hot springs in Shinshu nestled in the bosom of Mother Nature. It’s said if you bathe in these hot springs for three days you won’t catch a cold for three years.
Free Itinerary Matsumoto -- Utsukushigahara Onsen -- Shin-Shimashima -- Norikura Kogen -- Kamikochi -- Hirayu -- Takayama -- Shirakawago Day 1: via route bus: Matsumoto Station -- Matsumoto City Museum (visit Matsumoto City Museum of Art) -- Kokubuncho (Nawate-dori shopping street) -- Daimyocho (stroll around Nakamachi) -- Nawate-dori -- Matsumotojo-Shiyakushomae (visit National Treasure Matsumoto Castle) -- Matsumotojo-Shiyakushomae -- stay at Utsukushigahara Onsen

Day 2: via route bus: Utsukushigahara Onsen -- Matsumoto Station -- Shin-Shimashima -- Norikura Kogen (stroll around Norikura) -- Haruyama Bus (recommended for those who want to see the snow corridor and enjoy snow sports *scheduled to operate Apr. 20 - June 30) -- Norikura Kogen -- stay at Kamikochi

Day 3: via route bus: Kamikochi -- Hirayu (visit Hirayu Great Falls, day trip hot spring experience) -- Takayama (stroll around old town) -- Hida no Sato (visit Hida Folk Village) -- stay at Takayama

Day 4: Takayama -- Shirakawago (stroll around thatched roof village) -- Takayama
Free Itinerary Takayama -- Gero -- Takayama -- Shirakawago -- Hirayu -- Norikura Kogen -- Shirahone Onsen -- Shin-Shimashima -- Matsumoto Day 1: via route bus: Takayama Station (stroll around Takayama) -- stay at Gero

Day 2: via route bus: Gero -- Takayama Station -- Shirakawago (stroll around thatched roof village) -- stay at Takayama

Day 3: via route bus: Takayama -- Hirayu (visit Hirayu Great Falls, day trip hot spring experience) -- Norikura Sancho (stroll around Norikura Sancho) -- Norikura Kogen (enjoy trekking or snow activities depending on the season) -- stay at Shirahone Onsen

Day 4: via route bus: Shirahone -- Shin-Shimashima - Matsumoto Station -- Matsumotojo-Shiyakushomae (visit National Treasure Matsumoto Castle) -- Matsumotojo-Shiyakushomae


Remarks:Conducting Company: Alpico Kotsu Co., Ltd. 
Address: 2-1-1 Igawajo, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture
[Reception Method]
At reception, please show a printed copy of the reservation confirmation sheet or a printout of the reservation confirmation e-mail. Simply showing the confirmation on a mobile device screen will not be accepted.
[Exemptions/Itinerary Guarantee: Itinerary/Destinations]
- Refunds, use period extensions, and alternative transportation methods will not be provided for any reason even if services customers planned to use are suspended due to inclement weather or other factors.
- The pass use start date will be the day of departure. Please pick up the pass from one of the pick-up locations by the use start date. Customers cannot board using their reservation confirmation sheet.
- This ticket is valid for 4 consecutive days from first use. Buses and trains within designated areas may be used. Please make sure to have the ticket stamped before use. Tickets without a stamp are not valid for use. Please show the ticket to the driver or staff when boarding (Show the side with the validity period).
- The operating days may change for some routes depending on the season, so please make sure to check in advance. Also, in case of direct transfer from the JR Line to the Alpico Kotsu (Matsumoto Dentetsu) Kamikochi Line, there will be a fare adjustment.
Please go to the fare adjustment window at Shin-Shimashima (the last stop) and pay the adjusted fare which includes the fare from Matsumoto to Shin-Shimashima.
*The Kamikochi Line will open and operate from Apr. 17 (Fri.). Please be aware that it will not operate before then.
- Some route buses require a numbered ticket in addition to this ticket.
If boarding from Kamikochi Bus Terminal:
At the Kamikochi Bus Terminal ticket window, a numbered ticket will be issued (usable from the same day until 2 days after) for route buses that depart from the Kamikochi Bus Terminal (bound for Shin-Shimashima / Matsumoto, Norikura Kogen and Shirahone Onsen). Please bring the passes for all applicable members of the group and specify the date and hour of use start.

Please finish the procedure by 10 minutes before bus departure time, and board in order of the numbered ticket. Make sure to bring the pass and numbered ticket with you.

*Seats are not guaranteed with numbered tickets. Please note that if customers are not present at the ticket window even if they have numbered tickets, other customers may be attended to instead.

*Numbered tickets are valid only for boarding at Kamikochi Bus Terminal. Please note that the bus cannot be boarded partway in some areas.

*Buses from Kamikochi to Sawando (bound for Shirahone Onsen and Norikura Sancho) operate once every 30 minutes, while buses bound for Shin-Shimashima and Matsumoto operate once every hour.
For timetables, please check the following:
- May not be used for services between Takayama and Shirakawago that require reservation.
For more details on routes and other information, please check the following website.
- May not be used for Toyama-Chiho Railway between Hirayu Onsen and Shinhotaka Ropeway.
The Alps Wide Free Passport can be shown at participating locations to receive a discount. Please ask at the pick-up window regarding participating locations and details on discounts. Also, participating locations and discounts are subject to change without notice.
[Important Notes/Supplements: Meeting/Pick-up/Pick-up Location]
Pick-up Counter (any 1 of 3):
Be sure to select the pick-up location at the time of booking. Changes to the pick-up location may not be made on the day.
- Matsumoto Bus Terminal
Tel: 0263-32-0910 (6:00 - 20:00 daily)
- Shin-Shimashima Station (window near the ticket gate)
Tel: 0263-92-2511 (6:00 ~ 19:00 daily)
- Takayama Nohi Bus Center
Tel: 0577-32-1688 (9:00 ~ 18:00 daily)
[Important Notes/Supplements: Regarding Children/Infants]
- Up to 1 young child (0 to 5 years old) may accompany each adult participant for free. The child rate will be required for additional children. Customer age refers to the age of the customer on the date of use. This ticket does not guarantee a seat on transportation.