6 days in Ueda & Shirakawa-mura Itinerary

6 days in Ueda & Shirakawa-mura Itinerary

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6 days in Ueda & Shirakawa-mura Itinerary

Start: Ueda
1
Ueda
— 2 nights
Train + Drive:  3 h
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive + Train:  3 h
End: Ueda

2
nights
Ueda

Ueda ©
Nestled at the start of Japan's "Romantic Road," the city of Ueda established itself in the 16th century as a prominent castle town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsumoto Castle and Kitamuki-kannon Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Shiga Kogen. Take a break from Ueda with a short trip to Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Uedajo Castle.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ueda attractions planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Toyama Airport and Komatsu Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Ueda can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ueda

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Zenko-ji Temple
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

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Shirakawa-mura

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.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Shirakawago, then contemplate the long history of Okuzaemon, and then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and then hit the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

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You can do a combination of train and car from Ueda to Shirakawa-mura in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ueda in January; daily highs in Shirakawa-mura reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House)
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House