The Central Honshu Information Plaza in Shinjuku Station is where you can purchase discounted highway-bus tickets to the Hokuriku area, which boasts the three highly popular tourist spots Matsumoto, Takayama and Shirakawa-go.
Central Honshu area have various attractions and different faces in each area: hot springs, great nature with hiking trails, ski runs, traditional festivals, and crow castle, while it even has a UNESCO world heritage site, Shirakawa-go.
The Information Plaza’s friendly staff can assist you in reserving accommodations, and can provide sightseeing tours to a variety of locations. They can also arrange for a chartered taxi to chauffer you to sites around Tokyo.
Matsumoto offers hot springs, hiking trails and ski runs, as well as being home to Crow Castle, nicknamed for its black walls, and nearby Nakamachi Street, lined with merchant houses reminiscent of 16th-century Japan.
The biannual Takayama Festival has been called one of Japan’s most beautiful festivals; and skiing resorts in the area, along with trekking on Mt. Norikura, bring you close to nature.
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site, Shirakawa-go lines the Shogawa River Valley, and is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old, distinguished by their steep thatched roofs.