I'd just like to get your opinion on which of these passes would be better for me. I am flying in from Central Japan Airport and plan to stay in Kanazawa, Takayama and Nagoya, respectively. Both passes cover all the major sites I want to hit (these three + Toyama), and cost the same at Y14,000 for 5 days.
Because I don't plan on going to Kyoto/Osaka (the advantage of the TH pass), it seems that Shoryudo is a better deal because it offers more nearby destinations I can fit into the itinerary, particularly Gujo-Hachiman and Matsumoto. HOWEVER, I have heard that trains are more convenient, does not *require* reservations, and arrive faster.
Is the difference between trains and highway buses in terms of convenience, timeliness, and reservations worth getting the TH Pass over the SHB Pass?
I am traveling with one other person mid-May, in case that has any bearing on my chances re reserving our seats.