9 days in Nagoya & Takayama Itinerary

9 days in Nagoya & Takayama Itinerary

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Start: Nagoya
1
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Nagoya

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana), Toba (Toba Aquarium & Mikimoto Pearl Island) and Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Okage Yokocho, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Chubu Centrair International Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Osaka International Airport. In April in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ise, Inuyama, Toba, Nabana no Sato
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
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 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Takayama tour itinerary site.

Drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Takayama when traveling from Nagoya in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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