11 days in Chubu Itinerary

11 days in Chubu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chubu trip itinerary planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Komatsu
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Komatsu
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Sado
— 1 night
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Nagano
— 3 nights
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Komatsu

— 2 nights
Komatsu is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan.As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 109,285 with a population density of 294 persons per km². On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, see the interesting displays at Motorcar Museum of Japan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, then sample the tasty concoctions at Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Tojimbo Cliff and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Komatsu trip planner.

New York City, USA to Komatsu is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Komatsu are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Komatsu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, visit Pia Bandai, take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, then don't miss a visit to The Old Saito Residence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marinepia Nihonkai, enjoy the sand and surf at Nishikaigan Park, then look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, and finally pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Niigata tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Komatsu to Niigata takes 4.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Sado.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Sado

— 1 night
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Doyu no Warito, steep yourself in history at Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, contemplate the waterfront views at Senkakuwan, then walk around Toki no Mori Park, and finally visit Sado Steamship.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sado planning site.

You can drive from Niigata to Sado in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Sado

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Matsumoto (Matsumoto Alps Park & Matsumoto Castle) and Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kagami, browse the different shops at MIDORI Nagano, and don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Nagano tour site.

Traveling by car from Sado to Nagano takes 6.5 hours. July in Nagano sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Chubu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.