Turn back time and discover traditional Japanese life as it would have been 300 years ago. If you’re looking for an escape from the clamor of the city (or a break from modernity in general), the village of Gokayama and Shirakawa-go area easily a must-visit, and accessible from either Nagoya or Takayama. The Illumination Tour only takes place a handful of times per year, making it a truly magical and breath-taking event. The idyllic snowscape, punctuated by unique A-shaped homes is nestled amid an impressive mountain landscape so make sure to wrap up warm and wear comfy walking shoes. For the best vantage point and ultimate photo-taking spot, head to the Shiroyama viewpoint. Note that the viewpoint is only accessed via a walking trail that may be closed off during bad weather.