8 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Gifu Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Komatsu Airport, Drive to Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 1 day
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 3 nights
Drive to Komatsu Airport, Fly to Auckland International Airport

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Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): snap pictures at Deai Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then stop by Gokayama, and finally contemplate the long history of Akiba Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, and then don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura tour planning website.

Auckland, New Zealand to Shirakawa-mura is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Shirakawa-mura is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in April, plan for colder nights in Shirakawa-mura, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

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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 Hida Sashiko. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, learn something new at Hida Sashiko, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Takayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

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Shirakawa-mura

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, steep yourself in history at Nagase house, examine the collection at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then contemplate the long history of Myozenji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Motorcar Museum of Japan, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sampoiwadake.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip planning app.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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