Gifu 2-day Tour Itinerary


 
After taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya, and taking the train from Nagoya to Takayama, take a 93-minute bus ride on the Nohi bus bound for Shinotaka-onsen. You will arrive in a town full of things to do. First, you can ride the gondola, which will take you high above the clouds to see the beautiful Japanese Alps. Snowy or not, these mountains will look great, and there is also a natural park at the top. From there, you can head to the Shinotaka Hot Springs, where there are a variety of festivals and even a mixed gender onsen.
Day 2
Leave for Takayama station again, and you can take a stroll around the old-fashioned streets, which have stores that sell traditional Japanese snacks and crafts. If you are lucky, you may even be able to catch the Takayama Spring Festival, which occurs April 14th and 15th, where large Japanese floats are carried through the town with marionettes on board. From there, you can head to Shirakawa Village to visit the UNESCO Heritage site including Gassho-zukuri houses, and stay for a night if you’ve reserved beforehand.

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