5 days in Takayama & Kanazawa Itinerary

5 days in Takayama & Kanazawa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kanazawa
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
End: Kanazawa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the striking features of Takayama City Hall, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally contemplate the long history of Wada House. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, contemplate the long history of Residence of Miyaji, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

Kanazawa to Takayama is an approximately 2- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wada House
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Nukumori no Sato (in Nanto). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

Before you visit Kanazawa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Nukumori no Sato
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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