[Osaka/Kanazawa/Takayama] Make the Most of the “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass”!

Have fun exploring central Japan! Visit the bustling metropolis of Osaka, the historic city of Kanazawa, and the World Heritage Site at Shirakawa-go

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Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass
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Enjoy a rich variety of Japanese experiences with a Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

Day 1

Experience the vibrant city life and delicious food of Osaka


Depart Kansai International Airport for Osaka Castle

Take the Haruka Limited Express train to Tennoji Station (36 minutes) and transfer to the JR Osaka Loop Line. Get off at Osakajo-koen Station (12 minutes).

Kansai-Airport Express HARUKA

Kansai-Airport Express “HARUKA”

The Haruka Limited Express train conveniently links the airport and the city of Osaka.


Tour of Osaka Castle, the symbol of Osaka

Around 20 minutes’ walk from Osakajo-koen Station

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

From the top floor of the castle you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

The moat surrounding the castle is also a good place to take a cruise on the gozabune sightseeing boats.


Get your fill of the many delicious foods on offer in Dotonbori and stay overnight in Osaka

Get on the JR Osaka Loop Line at Osakajo-koen Station and proceed to Shin-Imamiya Station (14 minutes). Transfer to the JR Yamatoji Line and proceed to Namba Station (4 minutes). Dotonbori is around 15 minutes’ walk from Namba station.



Osaka is a treasure trove of culinary delights, from casual meals to fine dining. The signs of the stores and restaurants that line the streets of Dotonbori are very photogenic.

Day 2

Experience the historic city of Kanazawa with all five senses


Depart Osaka Station on a comfortable ride to Kanazawa with the Thunderbird

Limited Express train (2 hours 45 minutes)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Around 10 minutes by bus from Kanazawa Station

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

One of the most prominent contemporary art museums in Japan, where both adults and children can experience art up close.


After lunch, take a walk in the garden at Kenrokuen

Kenrokuen is within walking distance of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.


One of the three greatest Japanese-style gardens in the country, Kenrokuen is a must-see, and extremely beautiful no matter the season.


Stroll along the Higashi Chaya-gai at night and stay overnight in Kanazawa

Around 20 minutes’ walk from Kenrokuen

Higashi Chaya-gai

Take a leisurely stroll through Kanazawa to the popular Higashi Chaya-gai.

Enjoy the evening at a bar or izakaya (Japanese-style pub).

Day 3

Be amazed by a World Heritage Site


Take the bus from Kanazawa Station to Shirakawa-go

Around 1 hour and 25 minutes by local bus


A scenic Japanese landscape that evokes nostalgia

A UNESCO World Heritage Site



The impressive Gassho-zukuri village is unique to Japan.

Some of these distinctive structures also serve lunch inside.


Board the bus for Takayama

Around 50 minutes by local bus


Explore the old town of Takayama and stay overnight there

Around 12 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station

Takayama Traditional Buildings Preservation Area

Takayama Traditional Buildings Preservation Area

Visitors can enjoy a relaxing stroll through an area that still retains the atmosphere of the Edo period (1603–1868).

It is also a good idea to take a break at a cafe located in one of the neighborhood’s quaint renovated houses.

Day 4

Meet the locals at the morning market!


Get up early and go to the morning market

Around 10 minutes’ walk from Takayama Station

Takayama Asaichi (Morning Markets)

The morning market is lined with stalls offering a variety of local goods.

Enjoy conversation with the shop owners.


Head to Shinhotaka Ropeway overlooking the Northern Alps

Around 1 hour and 45 minutes by local bus (not included in the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass)


Ride through the sky on the Shinhotaka Ropeway

A double-decker gondola offering spectacular views

The Shinhotaka Ropeway

After getting off the ropeway, you can visit the observatory and other facilities.


Stay overnight at Shinhotaka Spa

Our sample itinerary ends here. You can continue your trip further by heading to Nagoya and the surrounding area.