Hida City is a fairly large mountainous region in northern Gifu, with most of its attractions built up around two main areas: Hida Furukawa and Kamioka.
- Hida Furukawa, the old town district in the city's center, is very easy to explore by foot, with all major attractions within a 10–15 minute walk of the main station. This is where most visitors to Hida will first arrive.
- Kamioka is about a 30-minute drive to the north-east of Hida Furukawa. It's home to a number of attractions and local festivals.
For those looking to venture beyond the old town, bicycle tours are a popular way to see Hida's countryside.
Getting Around Hida City
Medix Taxi (Miyagawa branch) is located just across the road from Hida-Furukawa Station. It provides rental bicycles for 200 yen per hour, falling to 500 yen for 3 hours, or just 1,000 yen per day.
Guided Taxi Tour
Medix Taxi (Miyagawa branch) provides a chartered taxi service for about 8,550 yen per 90 mins. English guidance is also available. See here for details.
If you're heading towards the mountains for hiking or winter sports, a rental car is the way to go.
For convenience, it is much easier to rent a car at one of the many operators near Takayama Station (like NicoNico Rent A Car or Toyota Rental Car), before making the 25-min drive up to Hida:
|Service||NicoNico Rent A Car|
|Access||3 mins walk from Takayama Station|
|Address||4 Chome-111 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0026, Japan|
|Booking||Website / 0570-042-525 (enquiries)|
|Service||TOYOTA rental car Takayama ekimae|
|Access||1 min walk from Takayama Station|
|Address||5 Chome-20 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0026, Japan|
|Booking||Website / 0577-36-6110 (enquiries)|
Getting Around the Hida Region
From Takayama to Hida
- By train: 16 mins on JR Takayama Line (3 stops). One or two trains run every hour.
- By car: it's a 25 min drive north from Takayama to reach Hida Furukawa, following National Route 472.
From Shirakawa-go to Hida
- By bus & train: Both Hokutetsu or Nohi buses operate daily services between Shirakawa-go and Takayama, where you can then take the train to Hida Furukawa. The bus journey takes 50 minutes (see bus timetable) and costs 2,600 yen one-way (1,300 yen child) or 4,600 yen for a round-trip (2,300 yen child).
- By car: it's a 55-minute drive to the east from Shirakawa-go to Hida Furukawa. This fastest route follows the Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway (E41) before switching to prefectural road 90 [Google Map]. If avoiding tolls, you should take a longer 1.5 hr route which loops further south following roads 156, 158 then 90.