7 days in Chubu Itinerary

7 days in Chubu Itinerary

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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Nagano
— 1 night
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Toyama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
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Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, and finally visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip tool.

Hamamatsu to Matsumoto is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hamamatsu in March, with highs in Matsumoto at 11°C and lows at 3°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the striking features of Zenko-ji Post Office, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Nagano in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March in Nagano, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

Toyama

— 1 night
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
On the 26th (Fri), walk around Matsukawa Park, step into the grandiose world of Toyama Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Toyama City Office View Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyama road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Toyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kanazawa tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Toyama to Kanazawa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nagase house, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura online trip builder.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

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.