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Elderly couple traveling to Shirakawa-go (from Tokyo)

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Elderly couple traveling to Shirakawa-go (from Tokyo)

Hi there,

My mom and dad want to visit Shirakawa-go in early June but they are an elderly couple, one of whom tires quite easily. I was wondering if someone could suggest a very gentle travel plan, since from what I've researched, there seem to be long train/bus rides required to reach the village. Thank you so much!

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1. Re: Elderly couple traveling to Shirakawa-go (from Tokyo)

Probably the easiest way is to break up the trip by staying overnight in Toyama. One day take the train from Tokyo to Toyama and spend the night. Then the next morning take the bus to Shirakawa-go (90 min or so). Return to Toyama or Kanazawa depending on where they go next. Again stay one night.


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2. Re: Elderly couple traveling to Shirakawa-go (from Tokyo)

How long will they be in Japan. If they want to go to Shirakawa-go they can stay in Takayama OR Kanazawa and visit Shirakawa-go as a day trip from one of those locations. Or they can stay at one and stopover at Shirakawa-go on the way to the other location.

Either location will need to use the bus. You can reserve bus online one month prior to date you want to go.


After Kyoto, I did the above before moving onto Tokyo. I spent 1 night in Takayama, next morning I took the bus to Shirakawa-go and spent about 3 hrs there. Then took another bus to Kanazawa for a 2-night stay. They can stay longer in Shirakawago for a gentle pace. Just check bus schedule as there are some with reserved seatings and some buses non-reserve. I also took advantage of luggage forwarding. At my Kyoto hotel, I had my luggage shipped to my Tokyo hotel and just had my carry-on with me for the 3 nights in between.

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3. Re: Elderly couple traveling to Shirakawa-go (from Tokyo)

From Tokyo take Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa direct in 2.5 hours. Stay there for 2 days to visit various spots.

Shirakawa-go is an easy day trip by Nohi bus in about 90min - the outbound bus requires reservation in advance.


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4. Re: Elderly couple traveling to Shirakawa-go (from Tokyo)

I think the easiest and most comfortable way for your parents to do this would be to take the shinkansen to Kanazawa and stay overnight there. They could do a tour from there to Shirakawago, either in the afternoon when they arrive, or the next day, returning to Tokyo afternoon/evening. They might also enjoy seeing Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa.

The reason I think this is the best way is that it is shinkansen all the way to Kanazawa with no transfers required. That makes it fast and comfortable.

There seem to be a number of tours going from Kanazawa to Shirakawago.





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