There are several famous sightseeing places around Nagano prefecture. Today, we introduce Takayama and Shirakawago that both are located in Gifu prefecture. Nagano and Gifu prefectures are next to each other. If you come to Nagano, please go to Gifu!
TAKAYAMA GIHU JAPAN
Takayama (高山) is one of the most famous sightseeing destinations in Gifu prefecture. Historic townscape is always full of tourists. A visitor must feel “It’s like a time slip!”. There are a lot of characteristic shops, restaurant, cafe, and souvenir shops.
ACCESS TAKAYAMA FROM TOKYO
Takayama from Tokyo bus or train (JR Pass)
When you use a train, you need to change the train. This route is a little bit expensive. We recommend the JR RAIL PASS FOR CENTRAL JAPAN. A Visitor who takes this ticket can visit Nagoya, Takayama, Toyama Kanazawa, Kyoto, Osaka only 14,000yen while 5 days!
1, Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes, Tokyo Station to Toyama Station (12,530 yen/ Hokuriku Shinkansen)
2, Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, Toyama Station to Takayama Station (3,160 yen/ Express Hida)
If you want to take a bus from Tokyo, you must get on the bus from Basuta Shinjuku to Takayama Eki Mae about 5 hours 30 minutes.
Takayama tour trip from Tokyo is good choice
Takayama is located in a far place from Tokyo. In case you get on the train, you need to change the train. It may be a little difficult for those who have come to Japan for the first time. There are many tours from Tokyo to Takayama. There is a guide person on the tour, you can feel relieved!
Takayama to Shirakawago Nouhi bus
There is a bus about 15 per days from Takayama to Shirakawago. Bus company’s name is Nouhi bus. For more details, please refer to the link below.
TAKAYAMA THINGS TO DO
Looking to Takayama historic district, historic building
The historic townscape of Takayama is reminded Edo (samurai) era’s atmosphere. This townscape is registered as a Nationally-selected Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings by Japanese goverment and Three-star place by Michelin, which called “A small Kyoto”.
Takayama market morning Japan
A morning market (朝市) is opened every day at near Miyagawa and a front of Takayama Jinya that is an old sleeping building of military. Visitor can buy local vegetables and fork arts and well-known products.
SHIRAKAWAGO GIHU JAPAN
Shirakawago (白川郷) is located deep in the mountains in Gifu prefecture. In 1995, Shirakawago was registered as a World Heritage Site. Big Japanese traditional houses are called “Gassho Dukuri”. There are attractive events each season.
ACCESS SHIRAKAWAGO JAPAN FROM TOKYO
Shirakawago from Tokyo by Bus or Train (JR PASS)
There is nothing a station around Shirakawago. In case of visitor gets on the train, use a Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station. After Shinkansen, a visitor needs to get on the bus from Kanazawa Station to Shirakawago.
1, Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station (15,620 yen/ Hokuriku Shinkansen)
2, Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, Kanawaza Station to Shirakawago (2,000 yen/ Takayama Noubi Bus)
Shirakawago tour trip from Tokyo is good choice
Shirakawago is located deep in the mountains and a far place from Tokyo. In case you get on the train, you need to change the train. It may be a little difficult for those who have come to Japan for the first time. There are many tours from Tokyo to Shirakawago. There is a guide person on the tour, you can feel relieved!
Shirakawago to Takayama Nouhi Bus
There is a bus about 15 per days from Shirakawago to Takayama. Bus company’s name is Nouhi bus. For more details, please refer to the link below.
SHIRAKAWAGO THINGS TO DO
Shirakawago things to do spring, summer
In the spring season, there’s still a lot of snow in Shirakawago. After melting snow, visitors can see many kinds of spring plants.
In the summer season, around the mountains are covered with green forests. There are a lot of fireflies dancing in the middle of July.
Shirakawago things to do autumn, winter
There are rice fields around Shirakawago. The wild rice harvest is held in the autumn. On the other hands, visitor can look to beautiful autumn leaves landscape.
It will snow from mid-December to late March in Shirakawago. While the winter season, there is a light-up event every year. Please enjoy the collaboration between snow and illumination and traditional houses.