It takes sooo long time to go to Takaoka from Tokyo, but you can enjoy looking at the scenery from the train window. First, getting on Joetsu Shinkansen for 1.5 hour. The train goes into mountains.
Then, transferring to Hakutaka (white hawk) Express at Echigoyuzawa station.
It takes 2 hours to get toTakaoka.
The train runs through snow mountains in winter, and after, runs along Japan sea.
Finally the train arrived at Takaoka station. You can go to the Great Buddha by street car or on foot.