10 days in Nagoya, Gifu Prefecture & Matsumoto Itinerary

10 days in Nagoya, Gifu Prefecture & Matsumoto Itinerary

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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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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.
Kokeizan Eihoji Temple and Iwamura Historical Town will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Doganji Kannondo and Furukawa Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagahama (Shakudoji Temple, Kinomotojuku, &more) and Oribe Hills (in Toki). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiroyama Hachimangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Cultural Path Futaba Museum, and make a trip to Kosho-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip itinerary app.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nagoya is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Nagoya. In September, Nagoya is a bit cooler than Bangkok - with highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Shopping · Classes · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial, admire the sheer force of Ubagataki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Akiba Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Ogimachi.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Shirakawa-mura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in September since evenings lows in Shirakawa-mura dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Osakacho Waterfalls, get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally stop by Harada Sake Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiou-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Takayama vacation planner.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kamikochi Tourism Center. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, then get advice or help at Kamikochi Tourism Center, then hike along Ogahana, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zensanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinashinmeigu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gofuku-ji Temple, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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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