7 days in Takayama, Matsumoto & Nagoya Itinerary

7 days in Takayama, Matsumoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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7 days in Takayama, Matsumoto & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  11​h
1
Takayama
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hirayu Onsen as well as Hirayu Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Takayama road trip planning site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Takayama is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Takayama. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in October; daily highs in Takayama reach 24°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Baths Spas

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Matsumoto City Museum. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the activities along Taisho Pond and then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, then experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, and then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto online trip maker .

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi

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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip planner .

Take a train from Matsumoto to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, Nagoya is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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