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Central Japan & Nagoya Itinerary: Easy and Concise

Do you want to travel to Japan but are worried about making a schedule? Too many places to see, too many tour packages to book?
Centrip has you covered. To understand the needs of travelers to Central Japan, Centrip put together 3 sets of itineraries for first-time visitors. A long stay for 8 days & 7 nights, a medium stay for 5 days and 4 nights, and a short stay for 4 days 3 nights. We've recommended the most cost-effective packages, and we hope you can enjoy your trip without having to worry about all that pesky planning!


Suggestions for Traveling in Central Japan

Getting Around

The region of Central Japan is loaded with historical and cultural heritage and vast natural landscapes. This results in many scenic spots being far apart from each other. Schedules consist of trips crossing multiple areas and cities. So it's important to know how you'll get around. There are a ton of options to choose from, but with proper care, you can make bank on savings.

Nagoya Convenient Transportation

Although many people overlook Nagoya, it can be a great place to spend a few days when your time is limited. Nagoya's attractions are in easy reach and nearly all are within walking distance of public transportation.

Shopping in Nagoya

Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Tateyama Kurobe are far from convenient. You'll be hard-pressed to find a department store, let alone a supermarket. Nagoya, on the other hand, has it all.

4 days and 3 nights: Around Nagoya

Day1 Chubu International Airport→ Osu Shopping in Sakae ( Oasis 21 & TV Tower )
Day2 Breakfast in NagoyaNagoya Castle ( Lunch at Kinshachi Yokocho )→ Nagoya Aquarium & Port of Nagoya
Day3 Breakfast at Yanagibashi Central Market Inuyama Castle & Inuyama Castle Town ( Meiji Mura )→Nagoya Station( Shopping & Eating )
Day4 Shiratori Garden Atsuta Shrine ( Try eel at Atsuta Horaiken restaurant )→Chubu International Airport( Flight Of Dreams )


Day 2 buy a Nagoya subway one day ticket
Day 3 buy the Inuyama Castle Town package


1. This tour only covers Nagoya and Inuyama, a suburb of Nagoya. You can take your time and explore Nagoya at your leisure.
2. The Nagoya Aquarium on Day 2 can also be switched with Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens if you prefer.
3. For breakfast, check out any coffee shop in Nagoya for the Morning Special. For the price of a coffee, you get a free boiled egg and a thick slice of toast.
4. For dinner, we recommended Nagoya-style fried chicken wings at Yama-Chan or pork cutlets at Yabaton. These are locally born restaurant chains that you can find all over Nagoya.
5. Accommodation options include hotels near Sakae Station, Fushimi Station, and Nagoya Station.
6. On the last day, go to Chubu International Airport. Be sure to check out Flight of Dreams if you have some extra time.

Sakura Season Itinerary

Inuyama & Nagoya Castle are wonderful places to see cherry blossoms. We recommend you check out Tsurumai Park , famous for cherry blossom viewing in Nagoya. Every year it is filled to the brim with people enjoying the cherry blossoms.

For Autumn

We recommend you replace Inuyama on Day 3 with Korankei , a famous spot for viewing the autumn leaves, in Toyota City. Shiratori Garden is also a great spot to see them.

5 days and 4 nights: Nagoya/Takayama/Shirakawa-go/Kanazawa

Day1 Chubu International Airport→ OsuShopping in Sakae ( Oasis 21 & TV Tower )
Day2 Takayama Day Trip (Accommodation in Takayama)
Day3 Takayama Morning MarketShirokawa-go Half-Day Tour →Kanazawa (Accommodation in Kanazawa)
Day4 Day trip to Kanazawa (Accommodation in Kanazawa)
Day5 Kanazawa→ Nagoya Station Dinner →Chubu International Airport


The 3-day Shoryudo Pass (Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa route) is recommeneded for day 1- 3
On Day 4 in Kanazawa use the Hokutetsu Rail/Bus one-day free ticket .



1. This itinerary is a bit tightly packed but covers the most popular areas such as Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Kanazawa. It's great for first-time visitors who want to experience Central Japan in a short amount of time. These three attractions are recommended by everyone who lives in Central Japan!
2. Day 1 Arrive in Japan, and go Nagoya to get a feel for the city. Have a taste of Nagoya's famous fried chicken wings, eat Hitsumabushi (eel), and other Nagoya delicacies. Then get some rest for your long journey on day 2.
3. Day 3 Arrive in Kanazawa in the evening. Head to Omicho Fish Market for dinner , and get ready for the mouth-wateringly-delicious sashimi, sushi, & seafood that Kanazawa is famous for.
4. There are many scenic spots to visit in Kanazawa. If you feel pressed for time, you might want to spend a bit less in Takayama and Shirakawago.

8 days and 7 nights: All of Central Japan

Day1 Chubu International Airport→ OsuShopping in Sakae ( Oasis 21 & TV Tower )
Day2 Takayama Day Trip (Accommodation in Takayama)
Day3 Takayama Morning MarketShirokawa-go Half-Day Tour →Kanazawa (Accommodation in Kanazawa)
Day4 Day trip to Kanazawa (Accommodation in Kanazawa)
Day5 Kanazawa Half-Day Tour→ Toyama Half-Day Tour (Accommodation in Toyama)
Day6 Kurobe Tateyama Day Trip →Matsumoto(Accommodation in Matsumoto)
Day7 Matsumoto Day Tour →Nagoya Station( Shopping Eating )
Day8 Breakfast in NagoyaNagoya Castle ( Kinshachi Yokocho )→ Chubu International Airport( Flight Of Dreams )


Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Ticket (8-day pass) (Hida route) is recommended.
On Day 4 in Kanazawa use the Hokutetsu Rail/Bus one-day free ticket .



1. The itinerary includes Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Toyama, Tateyama Kurobe, and Matsumoto. Everything Central Japan has to offer!
2. Be aware that Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is only open from mid-April to the end of November (Differs slightly every year).
3. The Takayama Kurobe Alpine Route Ticket (Hida route) can be used for the entire trip, except for Shirakawago → Kanazawa & Kanazawa → Toyama, additional tickets are required for those legs.
4. During the cherry blossom season, Kanazawa and Matsumoto are spectacular places to view the cherry blossoms!


Central Japan is often overlooked by visitors to Japan. However, once you've come, you'll fall in love with everything Central Japan has on offer. There is so much to see you might end up visiting Central Japan over and over again! We hope that this Easy and Concise Itinerary will remove any difficulties and worries you may have when coming for the first time. We hope it makes things easier for you and that you'll be able to experience all the wonderful areas Central Japan has.

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