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The Best of Kanazawa, Takayama and Matsumoto as well as Nagano and a World Heritage Site accommodation plan.

Include spots in Nagano to make your trip along the Mitsuboshi Kaidou Three-star Road even more memorable. Fully enjoy all of the world heritage sites and other three-star locations that the area has to offer!

Day1

9:20
Nagano Station
9:50
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NAGANO City

Zenkoji Temple

The foundation of Zenkoji temple is believed to be around 1,400 years ago. The present main hall is a majestic wooden architecture rebuilt in the Mid-Edo period (1707 A.D.), spans 24 meters wide and 54 meters long. It has a unique structure called...

13:30
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NAGANO City

Togakushi Shrine

The famous mystical power central! “Togakushi Shrine” This shrine was developed as the base for the mountain worship towards Mt. Togakushi. It used to be a temple that assembled a number of pilgrims’ lodgings, and was turned into a Shinto shrine t...

17:00
ACOMMONDATION
Nagano Station

Day2

8:30
Matsumoto Station
9:00
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MATSUMOTO City

Matsumoto Castle

This 5-roofed, 6-storied tower was built in 1593-94 and is Japan's oldest existing castle. Matsumoto Castle is designated as a national treasure as the original structure, which has 420 years of history, has been preserved to this day.

10:30
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MATSUMOTO City

Soba (buckwheat noodles) Making Experience

Soba (buckwheat noodles) is one of the most popular food in Japan and the quality of buckwheat in Matsumoto is known to be the best. Souvenir shop Takagi has a Soba restaurant and Soba making (hands-on experience) is available from 2 persons. Let'...

13:00
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MATSUMOTO City

Nakamachi Street

The main feature of the Nakamachi area is the black and white geometric design of the Namako-Kabe of the old storehouses lining the street. Traditional crafts and small cafes are some of the highlights of this charming area.

14:00
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MATSUMOTO City

Nawate Street

With a long history in Matsumoto, the stone-paved Nawate Street with its many tiny shops is a charming place to stroll.

15:00
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MATSUMOTO City

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

A huge outdoor sculpture by Yayoi Kusama, who was born in Matsumoto, greets visitors at the entrance of the museum. This museum holds many unique exhibitions as a means of showcasing the local art of Matsumoto.

18:30
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TAKAYAMA City

Hirayu Onsen

This is one of the oldest hot springs in Oku-hida Onsen Village. Located near the Gifu entrance of the Abo Tunnel that links Gifu Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture, this is easily accessible from the Kanto area. There are also shuttle buses running...

18:45
ACOMMONDATION
Hirayu Onsen

Day3

8:30
Hirayu Onsen
9:00
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TAKAYAMA City

Shin-Hotaka Ropeway

First-in-Japan double-decker gondolas will take you 2,200 meters above sea level. Enjoy the majestic vista of Japan's Northern Alps (Hida Mountain Range). Climbers can use the ropeway to begin their trek.

14:00
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TAKAYAMA City

food & culture walk

Visit a Edo period sake brewery and the traditional morning market with a dedicated guide. Enjoy a 2.5 hour walking tour that teaches you about the unique Hida Takayama food culture.

17:30
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SHIRAKAWA Village

Shirakawago Bus Terminal

This bus terminal is located to the north of the Cultural Heritage site, and provides easy access to the Wada House and Shiroyama Park Observation Deck. There is a waiting room, toilet, and tourist information center (bus ticket counter) in the bu...

18:00
ACOMMONDATION
World Heritage Shirakawago or Gokayama Gakuraku

Day4

8:30
Shirakawago Bus Terminal
9:00
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SHIRAKAWA Village

Gassho-zukuri Minkaen (Folklore Park)

This is an outdoor museum constructed by moving and preserving the gassho-zukuri houses that are no longer in use in the Shirakawa village. The lifestyle led back in the old times is recreated and showcased here.

12:30
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NANTO City

World Heritage Ainokura Gasshozukuri Village

On a terrace about a stone's throw from the surface of the Shogawa River, the village is found spread across a long, thin plateau. Of the 27 houses there, 20 are in the traditional sloping-roof Gasshozukuri style. Many of them were built from th...

13:30
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NANTO City

Japanese paper making (Michinoeki Taira Gokayama Washi no Sato)

A variety of Ecchu washi (Japanese paper), Gokayama washi is designated as one of Japan's traditional craft products. At the Washi Taiken Kan, you can experience this hand-made process for yourself. Are you up to the challenge? A traditional bu...

17:00
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KANAZAWA City

Kanazawa Station

Kanazawa Station is JR West Railway's major station located in Kanazawa. The reconstruction of the surrounding area is still making progress for the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (a bullet train) from Kanazawa to Osaka. There is a glass dom...

17:30
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KANAZAWA City

Kazue-machi Chaya District

Historical Rows of Houses Designated as Japan's Cultural Assets Kazue-machi is an old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge. Gaisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose sk...

18:30
ACOMMONDATION
In Kanazawa city

Day5

6:30
In Kanazawa city
7:00
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KANAZAWA City

Kenrokuen Garden

One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Gardens Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan...

8:00
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KANAZAWA City

Kanazawa Castle Park

Ruins of Castle Where Maeda Family of Kaga Clan Resided In 1583, Lord Maeda Toshiie, who was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's first retainer, moved to Kanazawa. The Maeda family resided in Kanazawa Castle and governed the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and ...

9:00
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KANAZAWA City

Oyama Jinja Shrine

The shrine that enshrines Maeda Toshiie was moved to the present location in 1873. The main gate is a peculiar mix of traditional Japanese, Chinese, and European religious architectural elements. This gate, which was designated as Japan's importan...

10:00
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KANAZAWA City

Ohmi-cho Market

The Omi-cho Market was established about the middle of the 18th century. Since then, it has been supporting the gastronomic culture of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. There are as many as 170 stores including a large number of fish stores that s...

11:00
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KANAZAWA City

Naga-machi Buke Yashiki Rest House

The institution surrounded by mud walls is rest facilities for tourists, and provided with a lobby and restrooms. Sightseeing volunteer guides stand by here and guide visitors (in Japanese only) around the Naga-machi samurai (feudal powerful milit...

13:00
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KANAZAWA City

D.T. Suzuki Museum

Daisetz Suzuki, known internationally as D.T. Suzuki, is a Kanazawa-produced buddhist philosopher. The museum building is located next to his place of birth, and comprises three wings: the Entrance Wing, the Exhibition Space Wing, and the Contempl...

15:30
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KANAZAWA City

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa as a new-style art museum different in image from conventional art museums was opened in October 2004. This art museum is round in shape as if it were the sight of a UFO that has touched down, ...

15:30
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KANAZAWA City

Kaikaro Teahouse

Kaikaro is a refurbished chaya house originally existed more than 180 years ago. The interior of the house includes vermilion-lacquered stairs, vegetable-dyed tatami (mats made of woven straw), fusuma-e (paintings on sliding-door panels) created b...

17:00
Kanazawa station

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