Japan Alps Norikura 360 Bus Tour from Takayama

Norikura Sky & Echo Line

Travel by bus on Japan’s highest road to Mt. Norikura and Norikura Kogen!

Map for Norikura Kogen Mt. Norikura Tatamidaira Zengoro Falls Sky Line Sanbon Falls Ichinose enchi Echo Line

Mt. Norikura is a mountain in the Northern Japan Alps located along the border between Gifu and Nagano prefectures and listed among Japan's 100 famous mountains. The highest peak (Kengamine) at 3,026 meters, is the third highest of the Northern Japan Alps. It is a well known hiking destination and an easy mountain to climb by using the road (Norikura Sky Line and Norikura Echo Line). We are able to reach 2,700 meters at Mt. Norikura Tatamidaira by bus and the ride makes us feel like walking above the clouds!

Norikura Kogen is at 1,200 to 1,800 meters, a scenic nature highland at the base of Mt. Norikura with a number of attractions, including hiking, waterfalls, hot springs and ski resort. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of each season.

The best mountain retreat between Kyoto/Osaka and Tokyo!

Breathtaking panoramic (360 degrees) mountain views

You will be amazed by the spectacular panoramic mountain views of Japan Alps once we arrive at Mt. Norikura.

The only tour bus to visit Mt. Norikura and Norikura Kogen in one day

Private cars are not allowed on the road to Mt. Norikura. You do not need to change buses to Mt. Norikura and Norikura Kogen. Save time and access easier than route buses!

Accompanied by English speaking guide in nature wonderland

An English speaking tour conductor accompanies you and explains about Norikura from A to Z. Free time on arrival at Mt. Norikura after listening to the travel tips from our tour guide on the bus. Hiking with our guide to the waterfalls, lakes and park to indulge in nature!

A perfect place to escape from the heat in summer

The average temperature of Mt. Norikura is between 11 and 16 °C. You can enjoy the splendid colors of blooming alpine flowers garden at 2,700 meters and walking along the wooden path in summer (July, August).

Brilliant colors over Norikura’s autumn landscape

The autumn colors descend from the upper part of the Mt. Norikura around late September to the bottom of Norikura Kogen in mid-October.

Mountain bike course accompanied by a professional guide

In Norikura Kogen, you can choose to join the mountain bike course if you are interested in biking around in nature. Beginners are welcome too! On the contrary, if you are not confident of your stamina, we recommend Ichinose Enchi bus course.

Tour fee

Course A: Ichinose Enchi Bus Course
Course B: Mountain Bike Course
  • Guests who do not meet the height requirement (120 cm) may not join in Course B.
  • Please specify your preferred plan (1 or 2) and course (A or B) in the tour request form.
  • 500 yen discount for guests staying at J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guesthouse
Plan 1: Round-trip from Takayama Adult (above 12 years old)
Course A: 8,300 yen
Course B: 12,200 yen
Lunch: + 1,000 yen

Child (3-12 years old)
Course A: 6,300 yen
Course B: 10,200 yen
Lunch: + 800 yen

Infant (0-2 years old without seat): 100 yen

>> Here are alternative plans in case the tour is canceled due to insufficient number of participants.
Plan 2: Overnight stay at Norikura Kogen *Including an accommodation fee at Norikura Kogen. Excluding transportaion from Norikura Kogen to Takayama.
Adult (above 12 years old)
Course A: from 9,300 yen
Course B: from 13,200 yen
Lunch: + 1,000 yen

>> Here is the deitals of Plan 2
>> Here are alternative ways to go to Mt. Norikura and Norkura Kogen in case our tour is canceled due to insufficient number of participants.

Minimum required number of total participants

12 people (16 people: In case all the guests select Plan 2)

Tour date (from July to October)

Every Wednesday and Friday (All schedule is subject to change due to bad weather)
*If your group consists of more than 12 people, the tour can be arranged on any day of your choice.
*In case all the guests select Plan 2, we need more than 16 people to proceed the tour.

Tour schedule

8:00 Depart from Takayama JR station
9:30 Arrive at Tatamidaira (Mt. Norikura)
Free time and lunch
11:30 Depart from Tatamidaira (Mt. Norikura)
12:30 Arrive at Norikura Kogen
Visit waterfalls (Sanbon falls or Zengoro falls)
13:15 Arrive at Norikura BASE
Course A: Visit Ichinose Enchi by bus or free time
Course B: Mountain bike tour with a professional guide
15:00 Depart form Norikura BASE
Plan 2: Drop you off at your accommodation in Norikura Kogen
Possible stop-by at Shirahone Onsen upon request on the way back to Takayama
The bus does not pass through the Norikura Skyline.
16:30-17:00 Arrive at Takayama
*Schedule is subject to change depends on weather and traffic conditions.

Cancellation and Modification

  • You can cancel/modify your reservation at any time with the following charges.
  • All charges are quoted in Japanese yen.
  • This policy does not apply for groups of more than 5 persons. Please contact us for the said policy.
  • If you would like to cancel the tour 1 day before or on the date of the tour, please call +81-577-62-9545 by 18:00 (Japan time).
Number of days prior to departure Charge (per person)
3 - 5 days prior 50% of the tour fee
2 days or less / no show 100% of the tour fee


Domestic: 0577-62-9545 From overseas: +81-577-62-9545 (Business hour: from 8am to 10pm in Japan time)

The office is in J-Hoppers Hida Takayama Guest House (how to access).

Send request form from the below.