I have a route planned out so far Osaka - Kyoto - Takayama but then I get a bit stuck! I want to go to Nikko from Takayama by the cheapest way possible, probably bus. I was hoping to pop in and see the snow monkeys in Nagano.
1) Is it possible to get from Takayama to Nikki by bus?
2) Is it possible to leave Takayama in the morning, stop off and visit the snow monkeys in Nagano and then continue on to Nikki in the same day?
3) I was hoping to not backtrack or go to Tokyo to get to Nikki. Can anyone suggest an interesting alternative route to Nikki? If I have to miss out, then I can go another time?