Hida / Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture.
Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival at Chubu Centrair International Airport, clear customs with your baggage and make your way to the train station within the airport. To travel to Nagoya Station board the Meitetsu Railway Tokoname Line train service from the airport (JPY850 / 28 min).
Your accommodation at the Meitetsu Grand Hotel in Nagoya is a 1 minute walk from the Sakura-dori Exit of Nagoya Station.
After check-in, commence your exploration of Nagoya. Visit Nagoya Castle (JPY500/open 9:30am-16:30pm) where you can view five floors of antique exhibits relating to Nagoya’s history. The castle was built in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the then-shogun of the Edo government, and burnt down in 1945 during the World War II air raids, later to be rebuilt in 1959 as a reinforced concrete building with seven stories above ground and a basement. Since then, it has continued to be a beautiful symbol of Nagoya. To get to Nagoya Castle, board the Meguru Loop bus from the station. (25 mins/JPY200)
Surrounding the castle is Meijo Park; this scenic park contains a variety of flowers that bloom in different seasons, and is a popular walking place for local residents. To the east of Nagoya Castle is a part of the town that retains the atmosphere of the seventeenth century mansions and warehouses that still stand there.
Return to Nagoya Station on the Meguru Loop bus. (7 mins)
Stay: Meitetsu Grand Hotel - 1/2
Continue your exploration of Nagoya today by visiting the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. The Museum is a 20 min walk from Nagoya Station or one stop on the Meguru Loop bus.
The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (09:30 – 16:30/JPY500) is housed in parts of the original redbrick buildings which date back to the Taisho period (around the 1910s). The museum is home to around 4,000 exhibits which are spread over a number of areas including the Textile Machinery Pavilion, the Automobile Pavilion and Technoland.
Next, visit the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park - Central Japan Railway's train museum. To get there, return to Nagoya Station and board an Aonami line train to the end station Kinjofuto Station. The Railway Park is just a short walk from here. Learn about the latest train technology in Japan (high speed trains, magnetic levitating). The museum has several interactive exhibitions which is enjoyable for children and adults alike. Do not miss Japan’s largest train dioramas while you are there.
Return to Nagoya Station in the evening. Before you return to your hotel, activate your Japan Rail Pass at the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Corner (open 10:00am-18:00pm) located at JR Nagoya Station in the Concourse by the Central Ticket Gate.
Stay: Meitetsu Grand Hotel - 2/2
Check out of the Meitetsu Grand Hotel and make your way to Nagoya Station. Activate your 7 Day Japan Rail Pass at the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Corner (open 10:00am-18:00pm) located at JR Nagoya Station.
From JR Nagoya Station board the Limited Express (Wide View Express) Hida train to JR Takayama Station (2.5 hrs). This magnificent train journey through the Japan Alps (often compared to the Alps of Europe) will be one of the highlights of your trip to Japan.
Hida Takayama is a traditional medieval town located in the mountains of Gifu Prefecture. It is possible to walk across the centre of Hida Takayama in about 20 minutes with most of the attractions concentrated in the old part of town.
Your accommodation at the Hida Hotel Plaza is a 5 minute walk from the station's main exit.
Enjoy the afternoon strolling around this museum-like town visiting attractions including a variety of small museums devoted to traditional crafts embodying the town's long-standing tradition of the fine craftsmanship. Visit the old private houses that lie in the area between Miyagawa River and the famously lush and picturesque Shiroyama Park. This quiet residential area has shops selling traditional wares, antique shops, Japanese-style inns, sake breweries and restaurants serving local specialities.
Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 1/2
Today visit Shirakawago and Ainokura on your guided tour operated by Nohi Bus. Make your way to the Nohi Bus Centre (next to Takayama Station) by 08:20 and present your tour voucher at the ticket office.
At 08:30, your tour will take you to the Mt Gokayama Ainokura Gassho Village. Here you will have 60 minutes of free time to explore this UNESCO-protected village and its steep, thatched roofed houses, some of which date back to the 17th century. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. A local lunch is included on today’s program at a venue with beautiful scenery from the observatory.
After lunch, your next stop on the tour will be the traditional UNESCO World Heritage village Shirakawago. Located in a gorgeous mountain valley, the natural setting is divine. You will find more of the same traditional "gassho zukkuri" houses here as you did in Gokayama Ainokura, some which have been renovated into museums, shops and cafés. You will have two hours to spend in this peaceful village. Make sure you walk up to the viewpoint to admire the panoramic view over the area. Your tour will conclude upon arrival at the Takayama Nohi Bus Centre at 15:10.
For dinner tonight we recommend you walk in to town and try one of the many restaurants which specialise in the Japanese "hida beef" which is delicious in sukiyaki or grilled on a hotplate.
Stay: Hida Hotel Plaza - 2/2
Check out of your hotel and from Takayama Station, board a Limited Express Wide View Hida line train to Nagoya Station. (2 hrs and 20 min) Within Nagoya Station, change trains to a Hikari bullet train and get off at Shin Osaka Station. (70 min) At Shin Osaka Station, change trains to a Sakura bullet train and get off in Hiroshima. (1.5 hrs)
Your accommodation at the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima is a 2 minute walk from Hiroshima Station.
Hiroshima was a city left in ashes after the Atomic bomb was dropped. Hiroshima has made a remarkable recovery and has been rebuilt as a modern thriving city. The area which felt the full force of the bomb has been transformed into a Peace Memorial Park with gardens of great beauty and nearly forty memorials to the victims of the atomic explosion. Hiroshima is now known as the "International City of Peace" dedicated to a total ban on the use of Atomic weapons. A visit to the Peace Memorial Park should be included in every Hiroshima itinerary. To visit the Park, board a tram in front of Hiroshima Station and get off at Genbaku Domu-Mae (Atomic Bomb Dome) stop (cost 180 yen - 15 min.).
Using your tour map, visit a number of exhibits including the Atomic Bomb Dome: Positioned below the epicentre, this skeleton of melted steel and concrete has been left as it was after the bomb was dropped. It stands as a stark reminder of the city's August 6, 1945 bombing.
The highlight of the Park is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. This state of the art museum focuses on Hiroshima both before and after the explosion. It also tells the story of Hiroshima's rapid rebuild into the beautiful city it is today.
On the way back to station, make sure you visit Hiroshima Castle. This castle was first built in 1589 until its destruction in 1945. Having been rebuilt in all its glory, it is now used to exhibit historic artefacts from Japan's feudal past.
Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 1/2
Enjoy a day of exploration upon the sacred earth of Miyajima Island (Shrine Island).
From Hiroshima Station board the JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi Station (26 min). Miyajima is reached by JR ferryboat (10 min / using your JR Pass) from Miyajimaguchi Pier, a few minutes walk from JR Miyajimaguchi Station.
The entire 30 sq. km. island is designated by the Japanese government as a Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. The must see Itsukushima Shrine, built in the sixth century, is dedicated to the maritime guardian goddesses. The shrine buildings are connected by corridors which stretch out over the water giving it the appearance of floating on the sea at high tide. The giant red wooden O-Torii (Grand Gate) is the most noted symbol of Miyajima.
Be sure to take the 1.7km ropeway (JPY 1,800 round trip) to Mount Misen's summit to absorb one of the three most spectacular panoramic views in Japan. Keep your eye on the summit's mischievous monkeys before descending on a peaceful walk through the ancient forest.
Return to Hiroshima early evening to feast upon the city's popular delicacy Okonomiyaki - a savoury, layered noodle pancake cooked on an iron hotplate at your table. The locals are very proud of their contribution to Japanese cuisine!
Stay: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima - 2/2
Check out of the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima hotel and leave your luggage at the porter's desk to collect on a later return.
Complete any final sightseeing and shopping in Hiroshima.
In the early afternoon, return to Hotel Granvia Hiroshima to collect your luggage. Return to Hiroshima Station and board a Sakura bullet line train to Shin Osaka Station. (1.5 hrs) If you are departing from Kansai International Airport, board the Limited Haruka Express train to Kansai International Airport. (50 min)
If you are departing from Nagoya, board a Hikari or Kodama bullet train to Nagoya Station. (70 min) From Nagoya Station board the Meitetsu Railway Tokoname Line train service to the Central Japan International Airport Centrair (JPY850 yen / approx. 28min).
Be sure to check in for your scheduled flight at least 2 hours prior to its departure.
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