How to go to Shirakawago from Tokyo
Known for gassho-zukuri sytle farmhouses, Shirakawago is a popular place to visit for travelers from all over the world.
With Gokayama, Shirakawago was registered as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Where is Shirakawago?
Shirakawago is located in the north of Gifu prefecture. Gifu prefecture is located in the central honshu, the main island of Japan. From Tokyo to Shirakawago, it is more than 450km drive, requiring over 5 hours.
How to go to Shirakawago?
Since there is no station in Shirakawago area, visitors need to drive or take a bus from the stations near Shirakawago.
From Tokyo to Shirawakago, the easy way is to take Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, and then take a bus from Nagoya to Shirakawago.
From Tokyo to Nagoya, it takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes by Nozomi, the fastest bullet train. The bus from Nagoya to Shirakwago, it takes about 3 hours.
Another way is to take Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagoya, then transfer to an express train from Nagoya to Takayama. From Takayama to Shirakawago, it is necessary to take a bus (or drive a car).
From Nagoya to Takayama, it takes 2 hours 20~30 minutes by the express train, Wide View Hida. From Takayama to Shirakawago, it takes about 50 minutes by bus.
In any ways, to take Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagoya is a start.
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