Nagoya is Chūbu’s transport hub. The mountainous inland is served by the JR Takayama and Chūō lines, roughly parallel from north to south with hubs in Takayama (Takayama line) and Matsumoto and Nagano (Chūō line). The JR Hokuriku line follows the coast along the Sea of Japan, linking Fukui, Kanazawa and Toyama.
Bus is the main form of transport in Chūbu’s mountains, but schedules can be inconvenient or, between November and May, stop entirely (except for ski resorts). For some destinations – particularly Noto-hantō, Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama – hiring a car makes sense.