Nohi Bus
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Special bus tour with English speaking guide Visit two UNESCO world heritage sites!
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GClife
Gold Coast, Australia1,566 contributions
Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Kana was our guide and provided useful information along the way, was very clear in her directions and advice We loved Ainokura Village, less crowded than Shirakawago, felt more authentic, we visited just after the snow, simply stunning. Would have liked a little longer here. Next was Shirakawago, a light lunch, already waiting for us, then the viewpoint over the village. We are dropped at one point at the village and the bus collects us from a second point which allows optimum time. You also have the option of staying later and returning on an express bus at no additional charge. Also included is entry into the open air museum, which is located next to where you catch the bus, we really enjoyed the tranquility of the open air museum, you can visit the traditional homes without an additional cost. Can highly recommend this tour
Written February 7, 2020
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HARTONO T
Medan, Indonesia739 contributions
This is one of the bus company that serving Takayama, Shirakawa and Toyama. As Japanese have high precision in timing, those buses always on time. Book in advance as they sold out very quick especially in holiday season. Ticket can be bought 30 days before the departure date. They have office at Kanazawa Station at East exit. Buses departing Takayama dan Shirakawago usually depart from gate 2 at east gate Kanazawa Station.
Written January 8, 2020
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BabyboomerWA
Dunsborough, Australia177 contributions
I have used the Nohi Bus company on a few occasions in Takayama, and always have found staff professional and excellent. I did a trip with them to the Gatton Go Railway in 2019 which involved bus and taxi travel and entry to the railway. I worried that the different components of the trip might not work, but Nohi had everything organised and it all went like clockwork! Will always use Nohi when I'm visiting Takayama. They have some good bus tours!
Written March 13, 2021
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Caroline R
Berkshire, UK147 contributions
Great day trip from outside Takayama station to Shirakowa, includes lunch and excellent English speaking tour guide.Very comfortable coach. Easy and better value than arranging trip yourself.
Written February 11, 2020
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HeidiKenton
Denver, CO138 contributions
Couples
Nohi Bus provides most of the bus tours and bus access to sights in this region. I do not know their safety record, as I couldn't find any other reviews. Unfortunately, our experience turned into a terrifying incident.

We were coming back from seeing the thatched roof houses in Shirakawa-go. Driver seemed to be nursing the bus, pushing the gas on and off. Three alarms went off at one point. Air conditioning shut down, smelled antifreeze, a/c came back on.

Then a loud bang and cabin filled with steam and smelled like antifreeze. People screaming. People in front of me almost jumped from moving bus. Bus finally stopped.

My husband and I had to climb over seats and jumped out a bus window. We were covered in a film of antifreeze. Bus had several inches of antifreeze on floor.

At least 20 people were SEVERELY burned. The bus did not have any first aid supplies. After 20 minutes, emergency services finally arrived and eventually transported people to hospital.

Those of us not injured where still covered in antifreeze. I could still smell and taste it. Using Google translate, I tried to get water from the bus company to rinse our mouths and faces, to remove this toxic chemical. They said they could not do that.

After an hour and a half, they finally got a new bus for those of us not hurt. Nohi Bus company refused to refund our trip! Nor accommodate us for our ruined clothing and a cell phone damaged in the incident.

I would not recommend this company. Poor bus maintenance. Poorly trained driver. Poor response to emergency. Poor customer service after a serious incident. Such a scary incident!
Written April 26, 2016
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tatami5
12 contributions
Family
I joined the Nohi Bus Company trip from Takayama to Magome/Tsumago on opening day. Departure was at 8:10 am and we arrived at Magome around 11 am. As soon as we arrived, I was struck by how well-preserved this old town is. Not only was the scenery fantastic, the town seemed exactly how it was left long ago; the streets were lined with houses and shops that had never been touched or rebuilt. As a part of the opening campaign, we were gifted with a stick of gohei-mochi, sticky rice balls with walnut miso glaze, which were so delicious we had to go back and buy another one at the end! It was cold on this day and the warmth and flavor of these treats really hit the spot. The Nakasendo Road is the road that connects what was then called Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto, that was travelled by feudal lords in ancient times to reach their families and fulfill their duties to periodically navigate between the two cities. This road is 8.3 kms long, and travels through both flatlands and mountains, so be prepared to WALK! At the beginning of the road there were several places to buy souvenirs and grab a little snack, and after walking up the cobblestone road, there was a viewpoint where we were able to take in the entire landscape of Mt. Ena. It was an amazing 360 degree panoramic view, and the cloudy skies that day only added to the mystique of the scenery. The road soon led to a trek through the mountains, where some parts were flat and easier to walk and others were quite steep and treacherous. It is important to wear comfortable, preferably waterproof shoes that are suitable for hiking, and also dress warm, as it does get quite cold in the middle of the mountain. Through the trek, we encountered several stone statues and shrines that we could only imagine were built long ago. Towards the end of the trail, we took in the majestic view of the Odaki and Medaki waterfalls, which made the long walk worth the hard work. At the Tateba Tea House, there were many tourists who were stopping for a short break. We had worked up quite an appetite by the time we reached our destination, Tsumago. We looked for somewhere to eat and chose a soba noodle restaurant, where we had the Maitake Mushroom Tempura Soba, which was delicious and filling. After our meal, we were still in the mood for a snack, so we bought a few oyaki buns, both sweet (white walnut bean paste) and savory (eggplant and nozawana green leaf), which were amazing! Our time at Tsumago came to a conclusion around 3 pm, and we boarded the bus and made our way back to Takayama, arriving around 6 pm. The trip was all-around fantastic, and it was amazing to see the well-preserved old town and think about all of the people that travelled the same road long ago. The scenery and food were also great, and we were very satisfied with our trip. The only caution we would warn others to look out for is that this trail is not suitable for those with weak legs or the elderly, as the trek is quite hardcore and sometimes slippery, and can be dangerous for those who are not confident in their physical strength or endurance. Also, we would recommend borrowing a walking stick at the beginning, that can be returned once you reach Tsumago. However, the visit was a success, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere unique to visit!
Written April 5, 2019
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joyce siew choo... L
Malaysia10 contributions
Family
From Kyoto to Takayama, I took direct train. Then I realized how much more easier it is if I had taken Nohi bus. On the way back from Takayama to Kyoto, I took Nohi bus. As I compare these 2 direct options, Nohi bus journey is longer by only 10 mins but the price is cheaper almost by half. Its even less of a hassle as the train station is more complicated than the bus station. The ride is smooth and comfortable, not winding at all.
Written February 21, 2018
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Heidi A
Sydney, Australia183 contributions
Couples
Booked our tickets really early (first day of ticket release) and we managed to seat right in the front ! Bus always on time and they're almost always fully booked. You can get your tickets on the day but make sure you don't miss the last bus to your destination.

We caught the Nouhi bus from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-go then to Takayama. Cruisy ride and great service. They have space down below for your suitcases. We went on busy winter holiday season. Make sure you print your tickets to show them to the driver.
Written March 15, 2017
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Saskia Veldkamp
1 contribution
Friends
Bought return tickets from Takayama station to Hirayu Onsen. Told the lady we purchased the tickets off that we were doing a day trip to the onsens. Turns out every single onsen is closed in the town, and subsequently so are all the cafes, making it a ghost town. Very annoyed that we spent over 6000 yen and a whole afternoon for nothing. When we returned to Takayama the people at customer service admitted they knew the main three onsens weren’t open (the others are all tiny baths within guest houses that were also closed) and refused to refund our tickets. Totally unacceptable from a company that specialises on trips to tourist locations. Extremely disappointed.
Written December 5, 2018
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Andrea P
New York10 contributions
Couples
We booked for the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama(Ainokura) Sightseeing Bus through JapanBusOnline but the local tour operator was Nohi Bus. We got Chinami Yamashita as our guide and we could not get more lucky! She was very systematic in organizing the day as well as the tour. Chinami was very sincere and friendly in dealing with each one of us with our queries and concerns. During the bus ride to Ainokura, she carefully explained the day's itinerary and even provided visual aids in introducing the places we will be visiting as well as the history and culture behind each place or UNESCO site. The visual aids as well as actual musical instruments and house models made us appreciate the places even more. She gave us ample time to visit each site/place including visiting the observatories in each area. Lunch was at Shirakawa and it was a sumptuous Japanese lunch to keep you warm on a cold winter's day. After lunch, Chinami took us to a special area in the Shirakawa observatory exclusive to Nohi bus guests where we were able to take photos away from the horde of tourists. She gave us some options after the observatory on how to explore Shirakawa-go. She also took us to a place where we have the option to try the red bean soup and Sake ice cream. After the tour at the Nohi bus station in Takayama, she assisted each and everyone in getting back to their trip back home or places to visit around Takayama. Definitely a bang for the buck!
Written January 29, 2018
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