Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket

The Shoryudo Highway Bus Ticket is a little known, little used bus pass for central Japan, allowing for 3 or 5 days of unlimited travel on the Meitetsu bus network. The 3 day bus allows access to the main cities of Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Nagoya. The 5 days additionally includes wider access to cities such as Matsumoto, Gokayama and Hiraya (which has connections to Kamikochi). A great way for budget travellers to explore the region.

What does it cost?

3 days (northern area only): 7000 yen (around $66)

5 days: 14000 yen (around $133)

When can I use it?


Is it worth it?

A highway bus from Nagoya to Takayama will be at least 4000 yen, so if you travel to a few locations you will save loads of money.

What are the rules?

  • Can only be used on Meitestu buses.
  • Cannot be used on any trains or trams.
  • Valid for 3 or 5 consecutive days.
  • Also includes access 1 ticket to Central Japan International Airport near

Where can I buy it?

The pass can be purchased at the official website.

How do I use it?

Once you have the pass, reservations (if required) are made at the ticket offices in any of the pass’s main stops (see map below). Just show your pass and reservation to the bus driver.

Pass Map


Official website (with timetables)

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.