Enjoy the cutting edge of VR entertainment at SKY CIRCUS, Japan’s leading VR facility, before heading to Gokayama village, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its traditional thatched-roof houses. Here visitors can witness an architectural beauty born of the wisdom of everyday life. Take a precious journey from the latest cutting-edge technology to the everyday wisdom unique to the snow-covered countryside.
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Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport
The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.
Tokyo Metropolitan Area
SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observatorymore
The "Sky Circus Sunshine 60 Observatory" has evolved from a simple viewing platform into a platform you can experience!
It is a whole new panoramic experience that stimulates the senses through sight, touch, emotion, and surprise, with new experiences for you to enjoy, such as Tenku 251, Kaleido Scape, Sky Bridge, Sky Party, and Cafe Quu Quu Quu.
You can also enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view from the observation deck 251m above the ground.
JR Yamanote Line
(20 minutes/200 yen)
Known by the nickname Akiba, Akihabara, or the area mainly around Chuo Street and Kanda Myojin Street, is known as one of the world's largest electronics towns. The area is dotted with stores of various sizes, from major retailers carrying the latest computers and smartphones to small stores carrying parts for electronics. Akiba is also known as a Mecca for otaku from around the world who love to hang out at shops carrying Japan's latest anime, comics or idol goods, or maid themed cafes. The spot under the elevated tracks of JR Akihabara Station has been transformed into a new destination through redevelopment. Just a short walk from the main street is Kanda Shrine, which has been around for close to 1,300 years.
JR Sobu Line local train
JR Yamanote Line
(20 minutes/170 yen) *From Akihabara to Harajuku
Harajuku Takeshita Streetmore
Harajuku’s main street loaded with kawaii goods from across Japan. This 350-meter long street is lined to the brim with shops selling fashion items, sundries, crepes, print club machines, and 100-yen shops for the young, among others. The street is often crowded with people, including many foreign visitors, on the weekend and summer vacation. There are also back alleys lined with popular restaurants that have lineups to get in. The Harajuku Tourist Information Center is located near the intersection at the end of Takeshita Street.
Tokyo Metropolitan Area
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Toyama Kitokito Airportmore
The gateway of sky to Toyama, where you can enjoy various scenes such as the start of your sightseeing, Toyama cuisine, souvenir shopping, and more. Enjoy a refreshing 360 degree panoramic view from the observation deck. Also take in the view of the Tateyama mountains in the east and the lush green river landscape in the west that is unique to Toyama! The first floor of the airport has an exhibition corner of historical model airplanes on display. There is also plenty of Toyama cuisine to be had! There are four Japanese-style restaurants and cafes, including Kaiten Toyama Sushi, where you can enjoy fresh fish from Toyama Bay, and specialty Himi udon noodles. Maidohaya souvenir shop offers a range of special products from Toyama prefecture, such as Masuzushi (raw fish served on a bed vinegared rice), processed seafood products, and crafts. The somewhat unusual medicine souvenirs from Kokando, with its history of selling medicines that can only be found in Toyama, are recommended. It is an airport where everyone traveling in Toyama or who are leaving on a trip can have a good time.
Toyama Kitokito Airport--> Toyama Ekimae
Around 20 minutes / 410 yen
Around Toyama Station (sightseeing near the station)more
Sightseeing spots are concentrated around Toyama Station within a small area. The Centram connecting the station to the inner city, and the Portram connecting the station to the port town offer tram services, while visitors may also enjoy cruising and a variety of other forms of transport on the rivers and canals for easy exploring of tourist facilities and strolls around sightseeing spots. There is also a shopping mall in the station, plus souvenir shops, restaurants, and a tourist information center for foreigners (certified Category 3). You can also find Toyama's delicacies and specialties here, so you can buy and enjoy the seasonal tastes of Toyama just by visiting the station.
JR Hokuriku Shinkansen (from Toyama Station to Shin-Takaoka Station)
Around 10 minutes
Shin-Takaoka Station--> Koutsu Hiroba
Around 60 minutes
Inami (Yokamachi Dori)more
Thriving as a village in front of Zuizen-ji Temple, built in the 14th century, it has now grown into Japan's biggest woodcarving town, and it is the only place in the world where the street is lined with the studios of woodcarvers.
The stone-paved streets filled with the pleasing echoes of wooden mallets and the fragrance of trees are decorated throughout with wood sculptures, making the town a woodcarving art museum.
In May 2018, it was recognized as a Japanese heritage, and is a sightseeing spot where you can enjoy the history and culture of Japan.
Inami --> Johana (Inami Chokoku Bus: Around 25 minutes)
200 yen one way
Johana --> Ainokuraguchi (World Heritage Bus: Around 30 minutes)
730 yen one way
Historic village of Gokayamamore
Take one step and slip back in time to the unspoiled landscape of the Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style village. You forget time, and, surrounded by the scenery of the four seasons, you find yourself tranquil for some reason. The village is lit up daily and for every season, and is not to be missed! Captivated by this fantastic space, you find it incredibly satisfying. Taking in the entire view of Ainokura from the observation area overlooking the village, you know you want to visit there. The thatched roof houses built in the Gassho style are a very precious design of traditional house which can only be found in this part of Japan, with 23 Gassho-style buildings in existence in Ainokura Gassho village. Why not forget about daily life and spend some quiet time taking in a traditional lifestyle in a small village in the mountains?
Historic village of Gokayama
(World Heritage Bus: Around 85 minutes)
1,000 yen one way
10 minutes from Takaoka Station
National Treasure Zuiryu-ji Temple, Takaokayamamore
This was the family temple of the founder of Takaoka, Toshinaga Maeda, and it was built by the third lord, Toshitsune Maeda. The Sanmon gate, the Buddha Hall, and the Lecture Hall were designated as national treasures in 1997. Moreover, the Somon gate, the Meditation Hall, the Priest's Quarters, the Tea House and the Cloister have been designated as important cultural properties. They are regarded highly as examples of early Edo Period Zen temple architecture.
Takaoka City where Zuiryu-ji Temple is located, is also designated as Japan Heritage, offering visitors a chance to experience and see the variety of traditional culture.
Shin-Takaoka --> Toyama (JR Hokuriku Shinkansen)
Takaoka --> Toyama (Ainokaze Toyama Railway)
Around 20 minutes, 360 yen one way
Dentetsu Toyama --> Tateyama (Toyama Chihou Railway)
Around 60 minutes
One way. Adults: 1,200 yen
Children: 600 yen
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Routemore
This is an alpine sightseeing route that passes through the Japan Alps with a series of mountains over 3,000 m in height. Visitors can enjoy a series of dynamic scenery by traversing the area in cable cars, ropeways and trolley buses. There are numerous courses ranging from those for beginners to experienced climbers, with routes offering easy hiking to serious mountain climbing. Other than that, along the alpine route are Japan's tallest dam, Japan's oldest mountain hut, Japan's highest altitude station, and a variety of other No. 1 sightseeing spots.
The route offers full enjoyment of the dynamic scenery that nature has to offer during different seasons of the year.
Ougizawa--> Nagano Station East Exit
About 100 minutes / 2,600 yen
Nagano Station-->Tokyo Station
JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Show details
October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.