8 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive to Kanazawa, Train to Tokyo

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Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Okage Yokocho, Aramatsurinomiya, &more) and Toba (Former Toba Elementary School, Toba Aquarium, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Tokyo to Nagoya is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 14:

Nakatsugawa

— 1 night
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku, then get outside with Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and then cool off at Kur Resort Yubunesawa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nakatsugawa trip builder.

Getting from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Nakatsugawa can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Spas · Baths · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), visit Sanmachi Suji, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally head outdoors with Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

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Drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in March, Takayama is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
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 (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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