10 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

10 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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10 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: London


Gifu ©
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gifu: Gujo Hachiman Castle (in Gujo), Tokiwa Shrine (in Ogaki) and Ibigawa-cho (Mount Kanmuri Trail & Tokuyama Dam). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, and take in panoramic vistas at Gifu City Tower 43 Observation Room.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Gifu trip planner.

London, UK to Gifu is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Gifu due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Gifu reach 29°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Nakatsugawa.

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Ibigawa-cho, Gujo Hachiman Castle, Tokiwa Shrine
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Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Gujo Hachiman Castle ©
Gujo Hachiman Castle


Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Meotoiwa, get to know the fascinating history of Nakatsugawajuku, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ena Weston Park, then trek along Nakasendo Walking Trail, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Magome-juku.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nakatsugawa travel route planner .

Drive from Gifu to Nakatsugawa in 1.5 hours. September in Nakatsugawa sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Takayama.

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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Nakatsugawajuku ©


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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Takayama online holiday planner .

You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji