I need to get from Takayama to Niigata. I can take 1 or 2 days to do it. I think I have a few options, but would appreciate feedback.
1. Direct, 1 day- Take an early 7.42am non-wideview train, since wideview seems to only be once a day(?) and leaves Takayama 11am, but normal train makes *many* stops, but gets in to Toyama ~10am. Toyama 11am to Niigata is 3 hrs. LTD Express all the way or via Nagaoka link with Shinkansen - btw Hyperdia tells me I can go via Echigo-Yuzawa but I thought that line is not JR and I have private lines unticked?
2. Go via Tateyama-Kurobe Alpen route, and stay overnight somewhere? Hukuba? suggestions? Would this be a really long day leaving from Takayama?
3. Go via Kurobe Gorge - Not a heap of info on this. I'm not sure it's open (April 19th)? I'm not sure if I can transfer from JR train in Kurobe? I have no idea how long the trip takes, ie. from Kurobe city round trip including gorge railway, ie. how far along the 80 minute trip would you go? Just to Kuronagi?
Appreciate all suggestions and tips.
Domo arigatou gozaimasu.