Takayama (高山) is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. To differentiate it from other places named Takayama, the city is also commonly referred to as Hida-Takayama. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. It now ranks as one of the prime candidates among travelers wishing to add a rural element into their itineraries.
Kumano Kodo, which was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, is the general term for the five pilgrimage routes to Kumano Sanzan, a set of three Grand Shrines including Hongu (Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine), Shingu (Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine) and Nachi (Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine). The Kumano Sanzan became highly popular for religious devotees from ancient times to medieval times, and many people have made their pilgrimage to Kumano since early times. In recent years, Kumano Kodo has been attracting attention as a place filled with mystical energy.
Wakayama Area has a wealth of natural landscapes such as Nanki Shirahama and Kushimoto Marine Park. Adventure World, where seven giant pandas are bred, and Tama the 2nd Stationmaster of Wakayama Electric Railway are also popular.
Suzuka is famous for its Formula 1 race course, while Matsusaka, is well-known for its delicious beef brand “Matsusaka beef,” and Kii-Katsuura is where you can enjoy delicious tuna!
With the Ise Kumano Wakayama Area Tourist Pass, you can tour around these spots as well as Nara, which flourished as the ancient capital, Iga-Ueno ninja village, and Seki, an old post station of the Tokaido 53 stations that stretched from Nagoya or Osaka.
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The World Heritage Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan. Japanese people have worshipped the country’s beautiful and highest mountain and have created various art works inspired by the mountain. The Mt. Fuji area is full of tourist spots, including not only Miho-no-Matsubara, the Five Lakes of Mt. Fuji and Mishima Skywalk, where you can enjoy superb views of Mt. Fuji, but also famous spas such as Atami, one of the most famous hot springs, Shuzenji, Shimobe and Kanzanji, as will as various commercial facilities, including Fuji-Q Highland, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Izu Fruit Park, Chibi Maruko-chan Land and Hamamatsu Flower Park, Numazu Port, Sumpu Castle and the Nakatajima Sand Dunes!
The “Mt Fuji Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass” grants unlimited rides on various JR trains, buses, private railroad trains where you can view at Mt. Fuji from all angles!
The JR Alpine Takayama Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass is a special discounted pass available only to foreign travellers visiting Japan under the entry status of “Temporary visitor”. Visitors can use this pass to travel from Nagoya to as far as Toyama. It is valid on five consecutive calendar days of your choice from the date of first use indicated on the day of the exchange. This pass avails unlimited rides on JR conventional lines running between Nagoya – Gero – Takayama – Toyama, and between Shinano-Omachi – Matsumoto – Nagoya. Furthermore, this pass is also valid on all transportation services within the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Between Toyama and Shinano Omachi).
* Sales Period : From Wed. 01 Feb. 2017 to Wed. 08 Nov. 2017
** This pass is not available to purchase in Japan.