12 days in Ise, Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

12 days in Ise, Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nagoya
Train:  1 h 30 min
1
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Nagoya
— 7 nights
End: Nagoya

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): head outdoors with Goza Beach, don't miss a visit to Daiozaki Lighthouses, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Izawanomiya, and finally examine the collection at Okageza. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise vacation builder site.

Nagoya to Ise is an approximately 1.5- hour train ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Shima
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Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

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 8th (Sun), head outdoors with Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Watanabe Sake Brewery, then get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takayama route planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in April, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Takayama. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Hida
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Funasaka Shuzo Brewery ©
Funasaka Shuzo Brewery
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

7
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.
Appreciate the collections at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Shop till you drop at Sakae and Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo. Get out of town with these interesting Nagoya side-trips: Nagashima Spa Land (in Kuwana), Tahara (Cape Irago & Koijigahama) and Gozaisho-dake (in Komono-cho). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yamazaki River, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Minami Chita Beach Land, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nittai-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Nagoya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ena, Tahara, Nakatsugawa, Saku-shima, Nagashima Spa Land
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
Iwamura Castle Ruins ©
Iwamura Castle Ruins

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