22 days in Chubu & Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

22 days in Chubu & Gunma Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Bus to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kusatsu-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course. Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Izu (Joren Falls Museum, Joren Waterfall, &more), Lumiere Winery (in Fuefuki) and Kengamine (in Fujinomiya). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Singapore in October, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature · Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Kusatsu-machi

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Yubatake and Takeuchi Golf Tennis Court Blueberry Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kusatsu-machi: Haruna Shrine (in Takasaki) and Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route (in Yamanouchi-machi).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu-machi trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kusatsu-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 14°C in Kusatsu-machi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Step out of the city life by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Kumeji Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Taiheiyo Club Karuizawa Resort (in Naganohara-machi), Karuizawa-machi (Stone Church & Tombo no Yu) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple and steep yourself in history at Matsushiro.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip builder website.

Getting from Kusatsu-machi to Nagano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. October in Nagano sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Nanto (Gokayama & Ainokura Gassho Community) and Thermal Spas (in Nanao). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, visit Nagamachi Neighborhood, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa travel planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Takayama

— 4 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get outdoors at Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, sample the tasty concoctions at Hirase Shuzo Brewery, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Takayama tour builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get in touch with nature at Nakasendo Magome-juku and Shinmaiko Marine Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, visit Sakae, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nagoya travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

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.

Gunma Prefecture travel guide

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Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Gunma Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the northwest corner of the Kantō region on the main Honshu island. Its capital is Maebashi.HistoryJapan was without horses until around the fifth century CE. The ancient province of Gunma was a center of the horsebreeding and trading activities for the newly immigrated continental peoples. The arrival of horses and the remains of horse-tackle coincides with the arrival of a large migration from the mainland. From this point forward, the horse became a vital part of Japanese military maneuvers, quickly displacing the older Yayoi tradition of fighting on foot.When Mount Haruna erupted in the late 6th century, Japan was still in the pre-historical phase (prior to the importation of the Chinese writing system during the Nara period). The Gunma Prefectural archaeology unit in 1994 was able to date the eruption through zoological anthropology at the corral sites that were buried in ash.In the past, Gunma was joined with Tochigi Prefecture and called Kenu Province. This was later divided into Kami-tsu-ke (Upper Kenu, Gunma) and Shimo-tsu-ke (Lower Kenu, Tochigi). The area is sometimes referred to as Jomo (上毛, Jōmō). For most of Japanese history, Gunma was known as the province of Kozuke.In the early period of contact between western nations and Japan, particularly the late Tokugawa, it was referred to by foreigners as the "Joushu States", inside (fudai, or loyalist) Tokugawa retainers and the Tokugawa family symbol is widely seen at public buildings, temples and shrines.

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