Day Trips From Nagoya

I’ve had enough of Nagoya! I need to get out!

Just kidding, just kidding. Of course, I still love Nagoya my adoptive home very much.

But sometimes you just need a change of scenery right? You want to experience something new!

That’s where this post comes in. It is a list of the most amazing day trips from Nagoya.

Some of the places are so amazing that I actually recommend you stay for a night or two to really get to know them, more like a weekend trip or a side trip from Nagoya.

The places to visit near Nagoya have so much to offer and are very versatile, cities, towns, and nature are all a possibility.

Not to mention immersion in Japanese culture and the delicious Japanese cuisine.

But first…

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Find great deals and discounts for your trip to Nagoya on klook.com. I use this all the time when traveling around Japan!

 Now, let me introduce to you: 10 day trips from Nagoya you really shouldn’t miss!

-> Go directly to the Day Trip to Shirakawago post!

Shirakawago is a completely different world to Nagoya. A tranquil village in the Japanese Alps that has remained unchanged over the years (except for the masses of tourists arriving there every day).

The thatched-roofed houses are especially beautiful in winter when the whole village is covered in a thick blanket of snow but every other time of the year is also worth a visit.

Just stroll around the village with its gardens, rice fields and countless little streams crisscrossing your path.

Learn about the life of the farmers who have been living here for hundreds of years at one of the old farmhouses and have some freshly made Soba for lunch at one of the many restaurants.

Don’t forget to see the village from the observation point on top of the nearby hill. You can reach it via a little hike from the village below.

How to get to Shirakawago

Take the Gifu Bus from Nagoya’s Meitetsu Bus Center next to Nagoya Station.
The one-way trip takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and costs 3900 yen (39 US dollars).
Make a reservation through Willer.

Tours to Shirakawago

There are multiple tours you can book to visit Shirakawago and nearby Takayama in one day from Nagoya. 

Compare the different tours on klook.com and book the tour that suits you best.

To be honest, the tours are all relatively similar and have a similar price point so you might as well choose the one with the most bookings and best ranking: 

A Day in Shirakawa Village and Takayama

The tour includes the bus to Takayama, a buffet lunch, transportation to Shirakawago and the bus back to Nagoya at night.

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
Check out the details!

Ise

Image via Wikimedia Commons by Kanchi1979

Ise is home to the most important Shinto shrine in Japan, the Ise Jingu or Ise Grand Shrine.

Ise Jingu consists of two shrines, the inner shrine (called Naiku) enshrining the most important goddess in Shinto, the sun goddess Amaterasu, and outer shrine (Geku).

Many Japanese visit Ise during the new year’s season at the beginning of January to do Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year. They wish for good fortune and that their dreams come true. During that time it is incredibly busy but also an unforgettable experience to be part of.

The surrounding Ise town also has a lot to offer.

Most of the charming houses leading to the inner shrine house little shops, restaurants and food stalls and it is my recommendation that you arrive hungrily and try some of the delicious treats that can only be found here.

How to get to Ise

JR trains leave from Nagoya Station for Ise.

The train takes 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs 2300 yen (23 US dollars) one way, but is free of charge with a Japan Rail Pass.

A great way to explore Ise and the surrounding areas called Toba and Shima is the Hop-on hop-off bus of the area.

It costs less than 10 US dollars for one day! 

Check out the details and book via KLOOK.com.

If you don’t want to go all the way to Ise but still are interested in visiting an important and impressive shrine, you can do that in Nagoya as well, by visiting the Atsuta Jingu.

Gero Onsen

Image via Wikimedia Commons by 663highland

If you enjoy Onsen, the Japanese hot springs, then a day trip to Gero Onsen will be perfect for you. This little Onsen town in Gifu Prefecture has a lot of charm and some of the best Onsen water in all of Japan.

There are three public baths in Gero as well as countless baths in the Ryokan of the town. If you purchase a Yomeguri Tegata pass for 1300 yen you can visit 3 Onsen facilities of the more than 30 participating Ryokan.

While you can visit Gero Onsen as a one day trip, arriving in the morning and leaving in the evening, I recommend you spend the night at one of the cozy Ryokan. Stay in a tatami mat room with fluffy futon beds and have some delicious Japanese dinner dressed in a Yukata after a relaxing bath.

How to get to Gero Onsen

The JR Hida Limited Express takes 90 minutes from Nagoya Station to Gero Station. 

The one-way fare is 4500 yen, but it is free using the Japan Rail Pass.

There is also a shuttle bus from Nagoya which takes 2,5 hours and costs only 2800 yen (28 US dollars) or 3700 yen (37 US dollars) round trip but it is only for overnight guests.

Book a Gero Onsen experience

If you only have one day in Gero Onsen you should seriously consider the ‘Gero Onsen Experience and Hida Beef Lunch‘ offered on klook.com.

You get to enjoy an amazing multi-course lunch with Hida Beef as well as time to relax in an indoor and outdoor hot spring bath in Gero.

Check out the details and book your Gero Onsen day trip today on klook.com!

Inuyama

Inuyama is home to Japan’s tinies original castle.

There are now only 7 original castles left in Japan and Inuyama might just be the cutest.

Situated on top of a hill overlooking the Kiso River Inuyama Castle is a great day trip from Nagoya.

If you visit Inuyama in the summer months you can become witness to one of Japan’s fascinating traditions, cormorant fishing, called Ukai, on the Kiso River. This 1300-year-old traditional fishing technique using cormorants to catch Ayu fish is unique and amazing to watch.

For a once in a lifetime kind of day trip to Inuyama I recommend renting a beautiful Kimono for the day.

You can book your experience on klook.com for around 35 US dollars.

Choose your favorite Kimono design and fully immerse yourself in the Japanese culture.

How to get to Inuyama

The Meitetsu train leaves from Meitetsu Nagoya Station directly to Inuyama station.

The one-way trip takes only half an hour and costs 550 yen (6 US dollars) on the express train.

You can also get an Inuyama Castle + Train Ticket combo for only 12 US dollars on klook.com.

You basically get the entrance fee to the castle for free!

Tour to Inuyama

Another more immersive alternative is a guided day trip to Inuyama Castle from Nagoya.

On this guided tour you will learn about Inuyama in-depth something very difficult to do on your own. 

Book today via klook.com!

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
Check out the details!

Iga

Iga has gained in popularity in recent years because of its Ninja past.

The people of Iga have embraced the Ninja and made it their main tourist attraction, very successfully I might add.

At the Iga Ninja Museum, you can learn about the real Ninja. What they wore, how they trained and what exactly their job was.

You can also visit a Ninja house with many secret doors, lookouts, and tunnels.

The highlight is the Ninja show where you can learn about fighting styles and weapons the Ninja used.

Also make sure to stop by Murai Bankoen Cafe to visit the Ninja Cat, an adorable cat in a red Ninja costume.

Take pictures and have some delicious desserts.

Don’t forget to have a chat with the owner, he is a really nice guy!

How to get to Iga

The most convenient way to get to Iga is by highway bus.

The one-way journey from the Meitetsu Bus Center next to Nagoya Station takes 100 minutes and costs 2000 yen (20 US dollars).

Takayama

-> Go directly to the Takayama Travel Guide

Takayama is an absolute treasure.

This little town deep in the Japanese alps has a lot of charm. The little streets are lined with old wooden houses, many of which are shops and restaurants.

You might want to pay a visit to Takayama Jinya the old government building where you can learn how the regions of Japan used to be governed under the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Don’t miss the morning market along the Miyagawa River. Here you can watch the locals do their grocery shopping. For sale are mainly fruits and vegetables but lately also cute souvenirs and snacks for the tourists.

There are a lot of Sake breweries in Takayama and if you show some interest you can learn a lot about Sake here (you can also taste countless different kinds until you find the one you like or are totally drunk).

The region around Takayama is famous for Hida Beef.

You might have heard about Kobe Beef before for being one of the best meats in the world, Hida Beef is not far behind and truly delicious.

You can try it at many restaurants in Takayama.

How to get to Takayama

If you have a Japan Rail Pass the best way to go from Nagoya to Takayama is the JR Hide Limited Express.

It leaves every hour and takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Takayama Station.

Without a JR Pass, the one-way train ride costs 6000 yen (60 US dollars).

So, I suggest you have a look at JRailPass.com to purchase your Japan Rail Pass before your trip!

Hamamatsu

Image via Wikimedia Commons by Plattard

The main draw of Hamamatsu is probably Hamamatsu Castle, a beautiful castle located in a park with hundreds of cherry trees, perfect for a visit during the cherry blossom season in April.

You might also want to check the Musical Instrument Museum. Hamamatsu is home to some of Japan’s finest musical instrument manufacturers such as Yamaha and Kawai and the museum houses an impressive collection of musical instruments.

How to get to Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu can be reached by Shinkansen in under 30 minutes, this is the best option if you are a Japan Rail Pass holder (find out more here).

Alternatively, you can also take a local train from Nagoya Station to Toyohashi Station and from there to Hamamatsu.

The one-way trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and costs under 2000 yen (20 US dollars).

Takasu

If you visit Nagoya in winter and you want to enjoy some winter sports head to Takasu, with its many ski resorts.

You can rent your equipment at one of the many shops in town before heading to the slopes.

The lift tickets are especially cheap on weekdays and that is also the best time to visit because lines at the lifts are short and it is the most fun when there are not too many other people on the slopes.

How to get to Takasu

The bus is the best way to get from Nagoya to Takasu, it takes 2 hours and 10 minutes and costs around 3400 yen (34 US dollars).

The best way to experience Nagoya is on a Nagoya Meshi Food Tour.
8 foods and snacks in 3.5 hours with in-depth info will make this one unforgettable experience.
Check out the details!

Nagashima

Just south of Nagoya is Nagashima Island.

On the island, you can find Nagashima Resort, an excellent amusement park, an outlet shopping mall, and Japanese hot springs.

One island over you will find the recently opened Legoland Japan (get the 1 day Legoland pass on klook.com and skip the line at admission).

Also part of Nagashima Resort is Nabana no Sato, a flower garden with a winter illumination dwarfing all other illuminations in Japan.

Not only is it the most beautiful it is also one of the largest and longest (starting in October and ending in May each year).

How to get to Nagashima

From the Meitetsu Bus Center next to Nagoya Station buses leave for Nagashima Onsen.

The one-way trip costs 1060 yen (10 US dollars) and takes 50 minutes.

If you want to get off at Nabana no Sato the bus fare is 890 yen (9 US dollars).

Kiso Valley – Magome & Tsumago

The Kiso Valley in Nagano Prefecture is on the Naksendo, the former street connecting Kyoto and Tokyo.

On its way, little post towns were founded so the travelers could rest their weary feet at night and to find a hot meal.

Two of these post towns are called Magome and Tsumago which have been preserved to look as they did during the Edo Period.

They are beautiful to explore and close enough together for a day hike from one town to the other.

The trail leads along the old road and in beautiful nature which makes for one of the nicest Nagoya side trips.

How to get to the Kiso Valley

To get from Nagoya to Magome take the JR Shinano limited express to Nakatsugawa Station.

The one-way trip takes 50 minutes and costs around 3000 yen (30 US dollars) if you are not a Japan Rail Pass holder.

From there Magome is a 30-minute bus ride away.

Tour to Magome

If you only want to explore Magome you can also participate in a tour from Nakatsugawa Station which includes the transport from and to Magome and a delicious Soba lunch in Magome. 

Book this experience now on klook.com!

Day Trips from Nagoya Map

On the below map you can see where all the day trip destinations are located in relation to Nagoya.

Car Rental in Nagoya

While there is usually a convenient way to do your day trips from Nagoya by public transport it might make sense for convenience or if you are a group of people to rent a car in Nagoya for your day trip.

You can do this through rentalcars.com.

Just be aware that as a driver in Japan you need to have an international driver’s license which you can only get in your own country before arriving in Japan.

And don’t forget to also book an insurance policy for your rental.

JR Pass

Some of the trains on your day trips from Nagoya can be free if you hold a Japan Rail Pass, the convenient tourist pass for JR trains.

Be advised that it only makes sense to buy a JR Pass if you are planning to use many (long distance) trains in a short period of time, or else it might just be cheaper to buy your train tickets separately.

If you want to find out more about the Japan Rail Pass you can read all about it here.

If you want to buy a pass conveniently from home visit JRailPass.com. They deliver your voucher within a couple of days worldwide, even if you are already in Japan.

Ready to Book your Trip to Nagoya?

Find the cheapest flights on skyscanner.com, book amazing hotels in Nagoya on booking.com and reserve discounted tours and other activities on klook.com!

The best way to get around Japan is a Japan Rail Pass, book your Japan Rail Pass now on jrailpass.com.

Final Thoughts

These 10 day trips from Nagoya sound amazing, right?

If you are still looking for more information on Nagoya check my Nagoya Travel Guide for all the information you need when visiting Nagoya.

Did you know that the Kansai region, where Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Kobe are located are also just an hour away by Shinkansen bullet train?

If you have a JR Pass these cities might also be great for a day trip from Nagoya, especially Nara and Kobe, because you can explore both of these cities in one day.

For Osaka and Kyoto, you might want to spend a couple of nights there to really get to know them.

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