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Stay in Kanazawa or Takayama

about 2 years ago
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Can anyone give me some advice on whether it would be better to spend 2 or 3 nights in Kanazawa or Takayama?

We are going to Japan for 3 weeks, this includes:

1 night in Tokyo on arrival
3 nights in Yakushima
1 night Osaka
1 night Koyasan
5 nights Kyoto
2-3 nights in Takayama or Kanazawa
6 nights in Tokyo

I was thinking that if we stay in either Kanazawa or Takayama we could do a day trip to the other destination and also a day trip to Shirakawa-go.

I would prefer to stay in 1 location rather than in both just to save the headache of taking luggage.

Does this sound feasible and which would be a better base location?

Any help would be appreciated.

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about 2 years ago
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Hi there,

You can't go wrong with either place both Takayama and Kanazawa are truly amazing places to visit. The best advice I can give you here is: read up on both places and pick the one that appeals to you the most.

Personally I would stay at Kanazawa as it is a bigger cities and there's more to see and do. At the same time Takayama has a very traditional atmosphere around it, something hardly found elsewhere. In addition, it would also be easier to access Kanazawa from Kyoto, as there's is a direct connection there using the Thunderbird ltd. express service.

Enjoy Japan!

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