60 days in Kansai, Chubu & Kanto Itinerary

60 days in Kansai, Chubu & Kanto Itinerary

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Osaka
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tanabe
— 2 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 3 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 4 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
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Tateyama-machi
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Shimoda
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Osaka

— 4 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Itami Sky Park and Umeda Sky Building. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and explore the galleries of Mint Museum.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you're off to Toyooka.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Toyooka

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 22nd (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then explore the activities along Takeno Coast, then learn more about the world around you at Gembudo Museum, and finally walk around Genbudo Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): stroll around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, make a trip to Awaga Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, then admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijoji Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Toyooka online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in September, you will find days in Toyooka are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
On the 24th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House, then take some stellar pictures from Amanohashidate View Land, then explore the activities along Amanohashidate, and finally make a trip to Manai Shrine. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kasamatsu Park, contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya, sample the fine beverages at Mukai Shuzo, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, and finally snap pictures at Yura River Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Miyazu road trip planning tool.

Drive from Toyooka to Miyazu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Miyazu can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kamogawa River and Kyoto Railway Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Sagawa Art Museum (in Moriyama) and Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine (in Otsu). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Miyazu in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 68°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Tanabe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:

Tanabe

— 2 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Mizunosato Hidakagawa Ryuyu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ryujin Onsen, and then take in panoramic vistas at Takahara Kirinosato. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get to know the resident critters at Adventure World, explore the striking landscape at Senjojiki, head off the coast to Engetsuto, then kick back and relax at Shirarahama Beach, and finally stop by Mifune Ashiyu.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tanabe online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Tanabe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tanabe, with lows of 66°F. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach, explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Ise

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sarutahiko Shrine and Izawanomiya. Explore Ise's surroundings by going to Soni Highland (in Soni-mura) and Shima (Yokoyama & Hotel Shima Spain Mura). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa Rocks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Asama, and steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ise online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October: highs in Ise hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 66°F. You will leave for Nagiso-machi on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Nagiso-machi

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Fri), take in the views from Momosuke Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, then take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nakasendo Magome-juku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hokendake, hit the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, take an in-depth tour of Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall, explore the activities along Achi River, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ropeway Heavens Sonohara in Fujimidai Highland, and finally make a trip to Cherry Blossom of Komatsunagi.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Ise to Nagiso-machi in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Nagiso-machi when traveling from Ise in October, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiso-machi (Kaidakogen Plateau & Kisomanosato). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Takayama itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a stroll through Ogimachi, contemplate the long history of Okuzaemon, see the interesting displays at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then steep yourself in history at Nagase house, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of MIBORO Dam Side Park MIBORO Electricity Museum/Shokawa Zakura Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Old Toyama Folk House Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura tour planner.

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, trek along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., then explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, then admire the striking features of Tateyama Murodo, and finally don't miss a visit to Nisekiji Temple. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Midagahara, take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount. Tsurugi, get great views at Shin Tembo Hiroba Rainbow Terrace, then admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, and finally explore the activities along Kurobe Lake.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tateyama-machi driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Tateyama-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Shirakawa-mura in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tateyama-machi: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natadera Temple and Maruoka Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Komatsu (Motorcar Museum of Japan & Ishikawa Aviation Plaza), Fukui (Yokokan Garden & Dinosaur Station at Fukui Station) and Kaga (Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice & Kakusenkei Gorge). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

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You can drive from Tateyama-machi to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 24:

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Snow Monkey Resorts and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagano: Takayama-mura (Matsukawa Valley & Kaminaridaki Falls), Yugama (in Kusatsu-machi) and Myoko (Imori Pond & Mount Myōkō). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, explore and take pictures at Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple, and delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagano: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Happo Pond and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Pond Shirakoma (in Sakuho-machi), Chino (Otome Falls & Tateshina) and Shimosuwa-machi (Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya & Yashimagahara Marsh). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Myojin Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ushidome Pond.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. October in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:

Shimoda

— 2 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirahama Jinja Shrine, see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, take in the dramatic scenery at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, then admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, then take some stellar pictures from Senganmon, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Terraced Paddies in Ishibe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hino Broccolini Garden, walk around Yusuge Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Tarai Misaki Yuhodo, then steep yourself in history at Perry Road, and finally stop by Ogiso Shoten Honten.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Shimoda trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Shimoda in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in November: high temperatures in Shimoda hover around 62°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Explore hidden gems such as Yudaki Falls and Oya temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nasu-machi (Nasu Onsen, Nasu Yumoto Ashiyu Kompairo no Yu, &more), Nasushiobara (Ryuka Waterfall & Kotarogafuchi) and Oshiraji Falls (in Yaita). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nikko day trip planning website.

You can drive from Shimoda to Nikko in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Shimoda in November, with highs in Nikko at 55°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Best Experience Japan and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Fujiyoshida (Shinsekai Kanpai Street, Arakurayama Sengen Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Tokyo Localized - Free Walking Tour in Tokyo & More, steep yourself in history at Toshogu Shrine, make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, and explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 15:

Kansai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

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.

Kanto travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.