We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our Shoryudo Bus Pass Adventure where we visited Inuyama, Takayama and Shin Hodaka in “Shoryudo” which means the “Dragon-rise Region”. The name originated from the fact that there are nine prefectures in Chubu and Hokuriku and they coincidently formed the shape of a rising dragon. From Takayama, we are moving on to Part 2 of our adventure where we explore Toyama, Takaoka and Kanazawa. Grab your Shoryudo Bus Pass and join us on the adventure!
SHORYUDO Bus Pass – Moving Onto Toyama
From Takayama, you can take a 2.5 hours bus ride using SHORYUDO Bus Pass to explore Toyama. One of the places which you can explore is Toyama Glass Art Museum located at 5-1 Nishicho, Toyama City, Toyama 930-0062, Japan. The floor plan is designed to surround the stairwell that stretches diagonally from the 2nd floor to the 6th floor.
Do visit the Glass Art Garden when you can see the installation by the great master of contemporary glass art, Dale Chihuly in the display. Five pieces from Chihuly’s representatives art series, such as the Persian Ceiling” and “Mille Fiori” are in this exhibition.
One of the hotels which you can choose to stay in is Toyama Oyado Nono Hotel. One interesting highlight of this hotel is that the hotel room has its own mini onsen where hot spring water will flow to fill up the bathtub and you can enjoy a nice soak after a long day.
The buffet breakfast in the hotel is a dream come true for seafood lovers. One of the main highlights is the fresh seafood on rice which you make on your own. This means you can top up as much seafood, like salmon, sweet prawns and crab meat as much as you want.
SHORYUDO Bus Pass – Next Stop Takaoka
To go to Takaoka Station from Toyama, you can first take the free shuttle bus from the hotel to Toyama Station and from there, you can use the SHORYUDO Buss Pass to hop onto a bus that brings you right to Takaoka Station. From there, you can choose to place your luggage in the lockers located in the Station so that you can explore Takaoka freely, without having to pull your luggage around.
One of the must go places in Takaoka is Fujiko. F. Fujio Hometown Art Gallery where you can know more about the history of Manga artist Fujiko. F. Fujio, also the creator of Doraemon. You are not allowed to take any photos of the exhibits except the statutes of Doraemon outside the entrance near to the Gallery Shop.
SHORYUDO Bus Pass – Hello Kanazawa!
Going to Kanazawa is very easy by using the SHORYUDO Bus Pass to board Bus 7. This bus will bring you to Kanazawa Station. Do buy the Hokutetsu Bus One Day Pass which cost 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children to explore Kanazawa City. There are various restaurants where you can grab your lunch before continuing your tour if you are hungry. One of them is Gozzo where you can try out the sushi rice bowl.
If not, do take a walk at the Higashi Chaya District. Chaya means a teahouse, a traditional place of feasts and entertainment. The row of old teahouses, characterised with a beautiful lattice, is reminiscent of old days. The area is designated as Japan’s cultural asset. Quite a few of the old houses have been converted into cafè, souvenir shops and so on.
A good place to rest for the night is ANA Holiday Inn Kanazawa SKY. The neighbourhood around this hotel features many store and machiya-style homes, giving the feeling of being in a jokamachi. You will get to enjoy the scenic views from each floor and the unbeatable location near spots where Kanazawa’s culture can be experienced.
One of the recommended location to walk around is the Naga-machi Buke Dashiki District. Naga-machi is an area where samurai used to reside. You can still see the earthen walls and experience an atmosphere similar to that of the Edo era. Another highlight is the scenery surrounding the canal, which is a beautiful sight to look at.
While you are there, do visit the ancient site of a samurai house (The Family of Nomura). This is part of the ruins of samurai houses. Only parts of the old gate and the wall around the ancient houses are left as they were.
Boasting a steep 290-history, this is one of Japan’s pre-eminent markets and is always crowded. Not only can you buy fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables,
SHORYUDO Bus Pass – Final Destination Nagoya
For those catching an early flight back home or those who reach the Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport later part of the day, Centrair Hotel is an option to stay in. It is a very comfortable and modern hotel with a bathtub for those who want to have a nice soak. This hotel also has a Hello Kitty Room which is available for booking. It comes with Hello Kitty amenities as well.
We hope you enjoyed our long journey to various parts of Japan. Navigating around Japan is actually easy and convenient with the SHORYUDO Bus Pass. With it, you can enjoy savings while travelling around Central Japan and enjoy special benefits and discounts. To purchase the SHORYUDO Bus Pass, you can get it from a travel agency outside of Japan or visit here. Have fun and see you in Japan soon!