Hokuriku Shin-Etsu / Chubu

Travel to View Scenes Retaining Good Old Japan and Appreciate Japanese Traditional Crafts

You will travel the Shoryudo (meaning a rising dragon in Japanese) route from north to south. You will enjoy, in addition to shopping, delicious Japanese dishes such as Hida beef and Nagoyameshi which is a collective name of foods originally invented in the Nagoya region, vies the “Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama” registered as one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and having traditional Japanese houses of gassho-zukuri (meaning the Japanese traditional style of architecture with a steep thatched roof in Japanese) and experience great nature, and enjoy snowy landscapes of Takayama and taking the hot water of beauty of the Gero Onsen hot spring which is a traditional spa in Japan.

Travel to View Scenes Retaining Good Old Japan and Appreciate Japanese Traditional Crafts

Complete Process :Three nights and four days
inn Komatsu Airport (Stay in Kanazawa)
Kanazawa Station
Travel Time:About 75 min

BusBus:About 75 min

Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village Houses【UNESCO World Heritage Site】pic
Travel Time:About 67 min

BusBus:About 67 min

Historical Townscape in Takayama Citypic
Travel Time:About 43 min

TrainTrain:About 43 min

inn Gero Onsen Hot Springpic
Gero Onsen Hot Spring
Travel Time:About 115 min

TrainTrain:About 115 min

Seki Sword Tradition Museum/Gifu Cutlery Hallpic
Travel Time:About 105 min



Toki Premium Outletspic
Travel Time:About 60 min



inn Nagoya City Centerpic
Osu Shopping District (Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)pic
Travel Time:About 60 min

TrainTrain:About 60 min

Chubu Centrair International Airportpic

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Introduction to Spots
Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Village Houses【UNESCO World Heritage Site】
There remain about 60 houses of gassho-zukuri (the Japanese traditional style of architecture with a steep thatched roof) built 100 to 200 years ago. The houses attract their viewers in all four seasons, and especially in winter their viewers can enjoy fantastic snow illuminations with the houses lit up.
Historical Townscape in Takayama City
 There remain a street, event and festival with which visitors can experience and feel old Japanese traditions of the city, including the city’s historic townscape which is selected as one of Japan’s important preservation districts of historic buildings, a morning market and a festival called Takayama-matsuri.
Gero Onsen Hot Spring
The Gero Onsen hot spring has a history of 1000 years, and is called as one of the three major hot springs in Japan. It is loved by many people as a “therapeutic spa,” and is also popular among young women as “hot water of beauty.”
Seki Sword Tradition Museum/Gifu Cutlery Hall
 Seki produces the largest volume of cutlery in Japan. This is the only place in Japan where visitors can watch traditional old-style forging of a Japanese sword, and can see real Japanese swords and an associated history and culture.
・Holidays: Tuesday and Next Days of National Holidays (excluding national holidays)
・Opening Times: 9:00 - 14:30
・Location: 9-1 Minamikasuga-cho, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
・TEL: 0575-23-3825
・Entrance Fee: JPY 200 (JPY 150) for an adult, JPY 100 (JPY 50) for a child, where figures in the parentheses represent group discounts, and no Entrance Fee will be charged on public open days.
 ・Website URL: http://www.city.seki.lg.jp/category/2-7-4-0-0.html
Toki Premium Outlets
This is one of the largest outlets in Japan. This is a facility surrounded by beautiful mountains in the Chubu region and having scenic beauty and excellent views, like Colorado in the U.S.A.
・Holiday: Once a Year (the 3rd Thursday of February)
・Opening Times: 1000 – 20:00 for shops/food courts, 11:00 – 21:00 for restaurants, and refer to the outlets’ Website for others.
・Location: 1-2 Tokigaoka, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
・TEL: 0572-53-3160
 ・Website URL: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/toki/
Nagoya City Center
Osu Shopping District (Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)
 The district is an active down town with an old Japan ad a modern Japan mixed. An event called a first World Cosplay Summit was held in the district, and it is called a holy place for cosplay (dressing in costume, esp. as a manga character, etc.).
・Website URL: http://osu.co.jp/
Chubu Centrair International Airport
The Centrair International Airport is a gateway to the Shoryudo route. There is an area in the airport where there are many shops such as the “Chochin-yokocho” section which mimics shukuba (meaning a Japanese post town in Japanese), the “Renga-dori” section and Centrair Official Shop Sora Mono, and you can enjoy shopping.
In Tokoname City’s streets, you can visit Tokoname-yaki potteries, and enjoy walking a sightseeing course which is focused on Tokoname-yaki potteries and called Yakimono-sanpomiti.