5 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

5 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then look for gifts at Takayama Usagiya, then visit Sanmachi Suji, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary builder.

Yokohama to Takayama is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of subway and train; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yokohama in February; daily highs in Takayama reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji


Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shirakawa-mura: Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Gokayama) and Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha (in Takaoka). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and take in the views from Deai Bridge.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House