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Let's travel with the Three-Star Route Option Ticket (One-way) that can be used to save the bus connecting Mitsuboshi Kaidou!
In Kanazawa, Gokayama, Shirakawa-go, Takayama and Matsumoto, there are multiple sites that have received a three-star ranking in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. These include Kenroku-en Garden, the old townscape of Hida-Takayama, the national treasure Matsumoto Castle, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Shirakawa-go and Gokayama villages. The road connecting these wonderful locations is known as the Mitsuboshi Kaidou Three-Star Road, and by using the Hokuriku Shinkansen, it is also possible to visit Zenkoji Temple in Nagano Prefecture, which is another three star location.
- Tōkyō ⇔ Nagano 1 hour 20 minutes (shortest travel time) Hokuriku Shinkansen
- Tōkyō ⇔ Kanazawa 2 hours 28 minutes (shortest travel time) Hokuriku Shinkansen
- Nagano ⇔ Kanazawa 1 hour 5 minutes (shortest travel time) Hokuriku Shinkansen
- Kanazawa ⇔ Osaka 2 hours 31 minutes (shortest travel time) Limited Exp. Thunderbird
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There are multiple sites in Kanazawa, Gokayama, Shirakawa-gō, Takayama, and Matsumoto that have received a 3 star ranking in the Michelin Green Guide Japan. These include Kenroku-en, the old town of Hida-Takayama, national treasure Matsumoto Castle, and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama villages. Here you will be able to experience traditional culture and crafts, abundant nature, and delicious foods that will all put you in touch with the real heart of Japan. By utilizing the Hokuriku Shinkansen it is possible to also visit national treasure Zenkoji Temple and the expansive Togakushi Shrine in Nagano prefecture. These locations are sure to delight.
Kanazawa, the castle town of the Kaga Domain. With places like Kenrokuen Garden, known for thekotoji stone lanterns and yukitsuri snow ropes in winter, former samurai residences, the ChayaDistrict and temple districts giving charm to the town, the traditional arts and crafts and food,which were encouraged to be developed by the heads of the Maeda clan of the Kaga Domain, continue tobe preserved here. On the other hand, there are also many new things that have been birthed here,for example Kanazawa Station, the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum, and the D.T. Suzuki Museum, whichhave been attracting much attention from both within Japan and abroad.Kanazawa will continue to evolve with new charms by synchronizing the old spirit of Japan with newsenses.
Nanto is blessed with an abundance of natural scenery. About 80% of the area is woodland, and theShogawa river and the Oyabegawa rapids flow right through the city.In the mountainous region, you can see the Gokayama Gasshozukuri villages (traditional structureswith steep, thatched rafter roofs), and enjoy the traditional folksongs performed as they have beenfrom years past.In the lowland, you can find the towns of Ecchu's Little Kyoto, Johana, with their quaint rows ofhouses, Fukumitsu, where the famous Japanese hanga (woodblock print) artist Shiko Munakata lived forseven years and Zuisenji temple and the woodcarving shop ” Kibori no Sato” in Inami echoes out intothe rich cultural heritage and fascinating history still available.
Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a Japanese mountain settlement in what was once considered awild and unexplored region. Because of the area’s natural environment, with high mountains and heavysnowfall, interaction with neighboring regions was limited. However, this also created theconditions for the development of unique cultural practices and lifestyles. Now registered as aWorld Cultural Heritage site, we hope that you will enjoy experiencing the culture and traditionsthat live on in Shirakawa-go today.
Takayama is called “Authentic Historical Town Takayama”, as it has a well preserved town scape fromthe Edo period about 400 years ago.Surrounded by rich nature with Northern Alps as our background, Hida Takayama has developed the ownculture that is a mixture of Edo culture and Kyoto culture, which are the totally different twomajor cultures of Japan. Enjoy staying at Onsen hotels and guesthouses, eating local dishes usinglocal ingredients, visiting historical buildings, and shopping for craft works.
Matsumoto is perfectly surrounded by natural beauty and filled with pure mountain air. A superbcastle, a magnificent setting, cultural sophistication, civic pride... these are some of the thingsthat impress visitors about Matsumoto. It's also a compact city, still centered on the castle and anetwork of streets radiating from the castle walls and moat. It's quick and easy to get to know andfeel at home in Matsumoto. There is also a great deal to do and see in Matsumoto. You can pick andchoose from numerous museums, explore the castle, stroll around the old and new parts of the town,take a local bus to the charming villages on the city outskirts, or go up to the heights ofUtsukushigahara for a panoramic view of the whole region. Matsumoto is also the gateway toKamikochi, Norikura and other scenic areas in the Chubu Sangaku (Japan Alps) National Park.
Central Nagano developed historically as a temple town surrounding the Zenkoji Temple. The Zenkoji Temple is believed to have been built about 1,400 years ago, and people with power inthe olden days had great faith in it. The Edo period saw a rapid increase in the number of ordinarypeople who made a pilgrimage to the temple from all over the country. The daimyo procession of theKaga domain travelled between Kanazawa and Edo on routes maintained for a pilgrimage to the temple. Amida Nyorai, the main devotional object at the Zenkoji Temple, was brought from the continentsalong with the arrival of Buddhism and is said to be the oldest Buddhist statue in Japan. However,no one actually has seen the figure of the “absolute secret Buddha.” People have felt Nyorai, who isinvisible to the human eye, and deeply offered a prayer. The Zenkoji Temple, which conveys thehistory and the mind of a prayer, attracts some six million visitors each year.If you extend your trip to outside the central city, you will have access to a variety of Nagano’sappealing sightseeing resources, including rich nature, historical sites, hot springs, and skiresorts.
The Best of Kanazawa, Takayama and Matsumoto as well as Nagano and a World Heritage Site accommodation plan.
Include spots in Nagano to make your trip along the Mitsuboshi Kaidou Three-star Road even more memorable.
Fully enjoy all of the world heritage sites and other three-star locations that the area has to offer!
Just by adding the places you would like to visit in to the section “My Plan”, it will tell you the most efficient order to go around them. Let’s make your own Day Plan!
Select Places you want to visit.How to make your own plan
Kenroku-en Garden One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Gardens.
Kanazawa Castle Park
D.T. Suzuki Museum
Nomura Samurai House
Oyama Jinja Shrine
Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District
Higashi Chaya District
World Heritage Ainokura Gasshozukuri Village The houses in this village have a traditional steep rafter roof.
World Heritage Suganuma Gasshozukuri Village
Inami Betsuin Zuisenji Temple
Officially Designated Important Cultural Asset (Murakamike)
Johana Hikiyama (Float) Hall
Inami Chokoku Sogo Kaikan (Inami Carving and Sculpting Center)
Wood Carving Studio (Michinoeki Inami "Inami Kibori no Sato Soyukan")
Japanese paper making (Michinoeki Taira "Gokayama Washi no Sato")
Wada House This house has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
Gassho-zukuri Minkaen (Folklore Park)
Michi no Eki Shirakawago
Ji・Ba Craft Workshop
Oshirakawa Hot Spring Shiramizu no Yu
Fresh Vegetables House
Hida Takayama Town Museum
Takayama Festival Float Exhibition Hall
Kusakabe Folk Museum
Yoshijima Heritage House
Hida Folk Village
Shin-Hotaka Ropeway Enjoy the majestic vista of Japan's Northern Alps (Hida Mountain Range).
Matsumoto Castle This is one of five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan.
Former Kaichi School
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Zenkoji Temple This temple has been a place of worship for over 1400 years.
Former Sanada Residence
Bunbu Gakko (Old School for the Literary & Military Arts)
Okususobana Onsen Kinasa-no-Yu
Matsusiro Spa Matsushiro-so