Planning our September holiday and I was trying to squeeze Kanazawa, Shirakawa-go and Matsumoto in a three day trip using public transport but am now thinking renting a car might be the more sensible option.
Couple of questions though:
- What is the scenic mountain route to take through the area as I've read a new toll-highway has recently been completed and opened (which I want to avoid)
- Is it straightforward enough to drive around the area, not speaking or reading a single word of Japanese?
- Is Kanazawa (overnight stay) - Shirakawa-go (overnight stay) - Matsumoto (overnight stay) too ambitious a plan to get a taste of this part of the world?
Thanks in advance for any info