12 days in Nagoya, Takayama & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

12 days in Nagoya, Takayama & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Nagoya
— 4 nights
2
Takayama
— 4 nights
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights

4
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 Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Okage Yokocho, &more) and Hikone (Itoju Honten & Hikone Castle). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
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.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Kanazawa (Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Takayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Pond Tashiro, thensnap pictures at Kappa Bashi, and finally explore the activities along Taisho Pond. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, thenwander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, thenexplore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally visit Nakamachi Street.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto visit website.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Matsumoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond

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