Travel Plan

6 Best Travel Plans to Get Around the Holy Land of Samurai and Ninja

Travel Summary

Utilizing the Shoryudo 5-Day Pass, this course tours the greater Central Japan area, visiting three castles, places related to the Ninja, and the popular Takayama and Kanazawa areas.

  • Day 1

    • Nagoya Castle
    • Tokugawa Garden
    • Arimatsu
    • Atsuta Jingu
    • Osu 
    • Matsumoto
  • Day 2

    • Matsumoto Castle
    • Ueda Castle
    • Zenkoji
    • Togakushi Ninja Museum
    • Takayama
  • Day 3

    • Shinhotaka Ropeway
    • Takayama Jinya
    • Old Town
    • Gero
  • Day 4

    • Shirakawago
    • Gokayama
    • Kanazawa
  • Day 5

    • Kenrokuen
    • Kanazawa Castle
    • Higashi Chaya District
    • Toyama Castle Park
    • Nagoya

Day 1

  • Start
    Take the train about 30 minutes from Central Japan International Airport Station to Meitetsu Nagoya Station
    Head off to your first destination, Nagoya Castle!
    If you want to explore the city of Nagoya, the Meguru one-day unlimited bus ticket is your best bet. You can enjoy sightseeing spots in the city and also receive discounts and special offers when you show the ticket.
  • Nagoya
  • Take the express bus about 210 minutes from Meitetsu Bus Center to Matsumoto Bus Terminal
  • Matsumoto Matsumoto overlooks the mountains of the Japanese Alps. Sample the hearty local delicacy Sanzokuyaki!

Day 2

  • Matsumoto
  • Take the express bus about 90 minutes from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Hirayu Onsen
  • Okuhida (Takayama)
  • Take the local bus about 45 minutes from Hirayu Onsen to Tochio Onsen
  • Okuhida Hot Spring Village Okuhida Hot Spring Village has over 100 thermal springs. There are a variety of hot springs, from casual foot baths to private baths and open-air baths.

Day 3

  • Take the local bus about 30 minutes from Tochio Onsen to Shinhotaka Ropeway.
    *Separate ticket required
  • Shinhotaka (Takayama)
  • Take the local bus about 100 minutes from Shinhotaka Ropeway to Takayama Bus Terminal
  • Takayama
  • Take the local bus about 85 minutes from Takayama Bus Terminal to Gero Eki Mae
  • Gero Soothe your travel fatigue in the famous hot spring known as Bijin-no-yu(Beauty water). Spend the day strolling the streets of the hot spring resort.

Day 4

  • Take the local or express bus about 130 minutes from Gero Eki Mae Station to Takayama Hida Bus Center. Or take the express bus from Takayama Bus Terminal to Shirakawago
  • Shirakawago (Takayama)
  • Take the local bus about 45 minutes from Shirakawago to Ainokuraguchi
  • Toyama
  • Take the local bus about 50 minutes from Ainokuraguchi or Suganuma to Shirakawago
  • Takayama
    Return to Shirakawago and depart for Kanazawa!
    Take the express bus about 75 minutes from Shirakawago to Kanazawa Station East Entrance
  • Kanazawa Kanazawa is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan. Eat to your hearts content!

Day 5

  • Kanazawa
  • Take the express bus about 60 minutes from Kanazawa Station East Entrance to Toyama Station
  • Toyama
  • Take the express bus about 220 minutes from Toyama Station to the Meitetsu Bus Center
  • Nagoya
    Take the train about 30 minutes from Metetsu Nagoya Station to Central Japan International Station
  • Goal
    Chubu Centrair International Airport Your trip is almost over. Have you left anything undone?
    Don't worry. There are many souvenir stores and restaurants inside the Central Japan International Airport Centrair, where you can taste the local specialties of the Central Japan Region.