8 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagoya
— 3 nights
2
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
4
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
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 Toba (Former Toba Elementary School, Toba Aquarium, &more) and Ise (Okage Yokocho, Aramatsurinomiya, &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 °C, while days are slightly colder, around °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

Side Trips

Ise, Toba
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
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Mikimoto Pearl Island

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
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, thenget 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Baths Spas Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku

2
nights
Takayama

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.
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, thencontemplate 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), thenadmire 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 °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

Side Trip

Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
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Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
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 (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, thenget engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, thenget 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

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