11 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

11 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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11 days in Nagoya & Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  11​h 15​min
1
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shirotori Garden and Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan. Venture out of the city with trips to Gozaisho-dake (in Komono-cho), 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone) and Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Grand Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online day trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nagoya is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Nagoya. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get much colder in Nagoya: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saimyo-ji Temple, 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, Gozaisho-dake, Toyota Automobile Museum, Tsubaki Grand Shrine
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Gozaisho-dake ©
Gozaisho-dake
Shirotori Garden ©
Shirotori Garden
Tsubaki Grand Shrine ©
Tsubaki Grand Shrine

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, snap pictures at Momosuke Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya, then get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, and finally get curious at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Iwamura Castle Ruins, then fly down the slopes at Heavens Sonohara Snow Wolrd, then trek along Ropeway Heavens Sonohara in Fujimidai Highland, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Tsukechi Gorge.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nakatsugawa road trip website .

You can drive from Nagoya to Nakatsugawa in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Nakatsugawa are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Nagiso-machi, Achi-mura, Iwamura Castle Ruins
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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
Iwamura Castle Ruins ©
Iwamura Castle Ruins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, then make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Takayama online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

3
nights
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 31st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Kanda house, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Amo Natural Park, examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Shirakawago.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura journey website .

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Amo Natural Park
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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