15 days in Nagoya, Shirakawa-mura & Kanazawa Itinerary

15 days in Nagoya, Shirakawa-mura & Kanazawa Itinerary

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15 days in Nagoya, Shirakawa-mura & Kanazawa Itinerary

Start: Nagoya
1
Nagoya
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Nagoya

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Hikone Castle (in Hikone), Toba (Toba Aquarium & Mikimoto Pearl Island) and Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Okage Yokocho, & more). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Chubu Centrair International Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Osaka International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Kuwana, Toba, Hamamatsu, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kanda house, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Myozenji Temple. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakusan, don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community, take a stroll through Gokayama, then contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura trip maker app .

Drive from Nagoya to Shirakawa-mura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in April since evenings lows in Shirakawa-mura dip to 8°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Mount Hakusan
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kenrokuen Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Tojinbo Cliff (in Sakai), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Darumaya (in Awara). There's much more to do: make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Darumaya, Tojinbo Cliff, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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