7 days in Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

7 days in Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

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7 days in Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Takayama
1
Takayama
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  9​h
End: Bangkok

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, get outside with Fukuchi Kabe no Aodaru, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary planning app .

Nagoya to Takayama is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, stroll around Chubu Park, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya journey planner.

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chubu Park
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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