Takaoka is located on the JR West Hokuriku Main Line. Its location between Toyama and Kanazawa means that a high number of limited express trains stop here every day. You can reach Toyama by local train in 20 minutes (¥320); limited express trains are slightly faster and more expensive, but with a Japan Rail Pass you can simply hop into a non-reserved car to make the short journey at no charge. The trip to Kanazawa takes 40 minutes (¥740); limited express trains make the run in about 25 minutes.
From Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa and change to the Hakutaka limited express to Takaoka. The journey takes 2 1/2 hours at a cost of ¥12000. Japan Rail Pass holders must pay ¥1450 for the portion of the trip between Echigo-Yuzawa and Naoetsu, operated by Hokuetsu Railway. JR East Rail Pass do not have to pay the Hokuetsu fare, but must pay the ¥3500 fare to continue from Naoetsu to Takaoka over JR West territory.
Takaoka is a stop on the Twilight Express overnight train from Sapporo, and the Nihonkai overnight service from Aomori.
The Hokuriku Shinkansen, under construction, will reach the new Shin-Takaoka station by 2014.
Fushiki-Toyama Port (伏木富山港 Fushiki-toyama-kō) is located a fair distance from central Takaoka. From the port, it's a ten-minute walk to JR Fushiki station, three stops away from Takaoka on the JR Himi Line (氷見線) — which, incidentally, means "Ice-Watching Line". While JR Rail Passes are valid for this trip, beware that if you're entering Japan this way, the passes cannot be validated at Fushiki station; the nearest station that officially accepts them is Kanazawa, over 100 km away.
The Far East Shipping Company , represented in Japan by Bisintour , has services roughly once a week between Takaoka and Vladivostok, Russia. The ferry crossing takes two nights and one day, leaving around 6 PM and arriving around 9 AM both ways. Fares start from US$360/person sharing a 4-berth cabin, with meals. Students can travel for US$330, while return tickets are US$600.
- station list
- JR Hokuriku Railroad
- 北陸本線(Hokuriku Line)：（越中福岡(Ettyu-Fukuoka) - 西高岡(Nishi-Takaoka) - 越中高岡(Ettyu-Takaoka)
- 羽高線(Ukou Line)：（越中高岡(Ettyu-Takaoka) - 越中中川(Ettyu-Nakagawa) - 能町(Noumachi) - 伏木(Fushiki) - 越中国分(Ettyu-Kokubu) - 雨晴(Amaharashi)－ (Hakui direction)
- 城端線(Jouhana Line)：（越中高岡(Ettyu-Takaoka) - 二塚(Futastuka) - 林(Hayashi) - 戸出(Toide) - Jouhana direction)
- 高岡万葉電鉄(Takaoka Manyo Electric Railway)
- 射水本線(Imizu Line)：越中高岡駅前(Ettyu-Takaoka Front of the station) - 末広町(Hirosuemachi) - 片原町(Kataharacyou) - 坂下町(Sakashitacyou) - 本丸会館前(Honmarukaikanmae) - 広小路(Hirokouzi) - 志貴野中学校(Shikino-Cyugakko) - 高岡市民病院(Takaoka-Hospital) - 江尻(Eshiri) - 旭ヶ丘(Asahigaoka) - 荻布(Ogino) - 新能町(Shin-Noumachi) - 米島口(Yoneshimaguchi) - 能町口(Noumachiguchi) - 南吉久(Minami-Yoshihisa) - 吉久(Yoshihisa) - (Toyama direction)
The Man'yōsen Tram Line  trundles through town, starting at JR Takaoka station. Fares are ¥150-350 depending on the distance.
There are a few sights of mild interest in Takaoka.
- Takaoka Great Buddha Statue (高岡大仏 Takaoka Daibutsu), (near tram Sakashita-machi (坂下町) stn). Claims to be one of Japan's Top 3 Buddhas, although it's actually only in the top three if the height of the halo is included. edit
- Zuiryū-ji Temple (瑞龍寺), (10 min from JR Takaoka south exit), . Daily 9 AM-4:30 PM. A large Soto Zen temple, three of whose buildings have been designated as National Treasures. ¥500. edit
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- Gokayama — World Heritage village famous for its gassho-zukuri houses
- Kanazawa — perhaps the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country
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