34 days in Chubu Itinerary

34 days in Chubu Itinerary

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Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Ise
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 3 nights
Bus
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Okageza, observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, then head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise visit planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ise is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ise is 1 hour. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, plan for slightly colder days in Ise, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura), Fujinomiya (Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya & Kengamine) and Shinsekai Kanpai Street (in Fujiyoshida). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Mount Fuji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ryugatake, walk around Oishi Park, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip site.

Drive from Ise to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in September, expect Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Venture out of the city with trips to Azumino (Mt. Nagamine & Horigane Bussan Center) and Shimosuwa-machi (Yashimagahara Marsh & Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan, take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:

Karuizawa-machi

— 2 nights
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 2nd (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sentoji Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Namaste Ninjas Yoga in Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, head outdoors with Mt.Takatsuma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagano trip planning app.

Take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Nagano, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Tateyama-machi

— 2 nights
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
On the 7th (Thu), admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tateyama, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Shomyo Falls and then take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tateyama-machi trip itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Nagano to Tateyama-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Tateyama-machi, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
When in Kanazawa, make a side trip to see Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, approximately Hakui away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip tool.

You can drive from Tateyama-machi to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 13th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sampoiwadake, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory.

Discover how to plan a Shirakawa-mura trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Shirakawa-mura are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Takayama

— 3 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.
Takayama is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Takayama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Nagiso-machi

— 3 nights
Explore Nagiso-machi's surroundings by going to Mt. Hokendake (in Agematsu-machi), Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa) and Senjojiki Cirque (in Komagane).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagiso-machi online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagiso-machi takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nagiso-machi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (in Toyota) and Gujo Hachiman Castle (in Gujo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nagiso-machi in October since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 19°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

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.