Access to Takayama
You can use the JR pass for all major train lines leading to Takayama, except for some Shinkansen trains. Ask for an English Shinkansen schedule at any station.
Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Shinjuku station to Nagoya (100-120 minutes, several trains per hour) and transfer to the JR Hida limited express train to Takayama (140 minutes, one train per hour).
There are 5-7 direct highway bus round trips per day between Tokyo (Keio Highway Bus Terminal in Shinjuku) and Takayama operated by Keio and Nohi Bus. The one way trip takes 5.5 hours.
Upon Arrival at the Takayama Station – Zenkoji Hostel is only a 5 to 7 minute walk away.
Takayama Attractions near Hostel Zenkoji