8 days in Takayama, Matsumoto & Nagoya Itinerary

8 days in Takayama, Matsumoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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8 days in Takayama, Matsumoto & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Hirayu Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Oyama Shrine), Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner .

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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Takayama due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in October, things will get much colder in Takayama: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. You'll set off for Matsumoto on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Fugan Unga Kansui Park
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, and then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, & more) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nagoya vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can 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 a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone Castle
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

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