How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto to Takayama. bus, train, public transportation. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

So you want to go from…

 

Hakuba…

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Getting around Hakuba alps. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

…to…

 

Takayama!

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Getting around Takayama. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

I did this trip in March 2019, and this is how I did it!

 

The quick list:

I stayed at this hostel in Hakuba and this hostel in Takayama.

I went from Tokyo to Nagano city by bus, spent a couple of days in Nagano city with a snow monkey pass, and then from Nagano to Hakuba by bus as well.

 

 

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And now…

A bit more details on how I went from Hakuba to Matsumoto!

This is how I went from Hakuba to Matsumoto anyway!

For both of the segments (Hakuba to Matsumoto and Matsumoto to Takayama), it’s not like the timings are incredibly frequent, so you do want to plan it out a bit.

For timings in these areas, what I generally might do is use online resources as a guide to give me an idea (like Google Maps and the Japan Travel Navitime app), and then I would confirm locally once I get to the place I’m departing from.

 

To give you a further idea, these were my timings:

  • 7:53am Depart Hakuba train station (I left from Kamishiro station)
  • 8:22am Arrive Shinano Omachi station
  • 8:37am Depart Shinano Omachi station
  • 9:33am Arrive Matsumoto train station
  • 2:05pm Depart Matsumoto bus station
  • 4:35pm Arrive Takayama bus station

 

There are more bus timings from Matsumoto but I wanted a couple of hours in Matsumoto, so I didn’t take the next available bus. I felt the 2:05pm bus was the most ideal as it gave me some time to visit the castle, and I could still arrive to Takayama before dark.

 

How much does it cost to go from Hakuba to Takayama?

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto train ticket cost. Backpacking Japan travel blog
Hakuba to Matsumoto train ticket

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto to Takayama bus ticket cost. Backpacking Japan travel blog
Matsumoto to Takayama bus ticket

 

So this is how much it cost me:

  • Hakuba to Matsumoto train – 1,140 yen (US$10)
  • Matsumoto to Takayama bus – 3,190 yen (US$30)

So in total, this was 4,330 yen (US$40).

I bought both tickets at the station.

 

 

Hakuba to Matsumoto train

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto train. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

There are a few different train stations in Hakuba in which you can catch a train to Matsumoto. So it will just depend on where you’re staying!

The place you’re staying will likely be able to tell you about the train timings to Matsumoto, otherwise at the train station there will likely be a timetable. And then of course you can also ask the train station worker!

There was a train transfer, but it was pretty straight forward. Google Maps can help a lot!

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto train. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto train. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto train. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Hakuba to Matsumoto train. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

See more about my Hakuba to Matsumoto train journey here.

 

 

Walk from train station to bus station

The walk from the Matsumoto train station to the Matsumoto bus station is around 5 minutes.

At the train station, you’ll want to take the “castle exit.” (The other exit is called the “alps exit.”) You can also look for the sigh pointing towards the bus terminal, inside the train station, and on the streets towards the bus station as well.

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto train station to Matsumoto bus terminal walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto train station to Matsumoto bus terminal walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto train station to Matsumoto bus terminal walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto train station to Matsumoto bus terminal walk. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

If you are planning to explore Matsumoto for a few hours, stop by the tourist information center at the train station so you can get a walking map of Matsumoto!

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto train station tourist information center. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto walking map. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

Put luggage inΒ coin locker at Matsumoto bus station

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There are coin lockers in Matsumoto at the bus terminal, and also in front of the Matsumoto train station.

This is convenient to be able to store your luggage for a few hours!

You can generally expect coin lockers in Japan to cost around $3-5 to use.

 

 

Where to buy the bus ticket to Takayama

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto bus ticket counter. where to buy bus tickets to takayama. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

You do need to buy a bus ticket before you get on the bus.

You might consider doing this before you start your walk around Matsumoto.

As soon as you enter the Matsumoto bus terminal building, you’ll see the bus ticket counter, as well as a small waiting area.

The building that the bus terminal is in might be another good place to spend some time! There’s a grocery store in the basement where you can pick up some snacks and ready-made meals. You can also find a restaurant and cafe here too.

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto bus ticket counter. where to buy bus tickets to takayama. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Food near Matsumoto bus terminal. grocery store. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Food near Matsumoto bus terminal. restaurant. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

See more of what you’ll find at the Matsumoto bus terminal.

 

 

A couple of hours walking in Matsumoto

And then using the walking map you picked up, you can walk around Matsumoto for a few hours!

From the bus station, you might consider:

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto walking tour streets. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto walking tour for food japanese street snacks. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto walking tour to visit matsumoto castle. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

 

Matsumoto to Takayama bus

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto to Takayama bus. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

And then you can head back to the Matsumoto bus station to catch a bus to Takayama!

If you get back to the bus station a little early, you can head down to check out what a Japanese grocery store looks like, or you can wait in the waiting area!

And then once it’s time…

You can board the bus!

There will be signs posted indicating where the bus to Takayama will be departing from.

 

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto bus timings. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto to Takayama bus. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto to Takayama bus. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto to Takayama bus. Backpacking Japan travel blog

How to get from Hakuba to Takayama. Matsumoto to Takayama bus station. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

See more about my Matsumoto to Takayama bus journey here.

 

 

HAPPY TRAIN AND BUS RIDE FROM HAKUBA TO MATSUMOTO!

 

 



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