12 days in Nagoya, Takayama & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

12 days in Nagoya, Takayama & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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12 days in Nagoya, Takayama & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Hikone (Itoju Honten & Hikone Castle) and Ise (Ise Grand Shrine, Okage Yokocho, & more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online travel planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Nagoya sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can 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
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). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Takayama using our trip planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough 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
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, explore the activities along Pond Tashiro, then take in the views from Kappa Bashi, and finally explore the activities along Taisho Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matsumoto tour itinerary maker website .

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow 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
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

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