10 days in Chubu Itinerary

10 days in Chubu Itinerary

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Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary maker website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nagoya is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Nagoya. Traveling from Bangkok in March, things will get much colder in Nagoya: highs are around 13°C and lows about 7°C. You'll set off for Takayama on the 2nd (Sat).
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Takayama — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Takayama travel route website.

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, Takayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Himi.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Himi — 1 night

Himi is a city in western Toyama Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 46,915 and a population density of 203 persons per km². On the 4th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Notojima Aquarium, make a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, then make a trip to Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokutaiji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Himi Banyagai, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amaharashi Coast, then make a trip to Sailboat Kaiwomaru, and finally walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Himi trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Takayama to Himi in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online vacation maker.

You can drive from Himi to Kanazawa in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nagoya.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Nagoya — 3 nights

Kids will enjoy Nagoya Castle and Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Okage Yokocho (in Ise), Toba Aquarium (in Toba) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). See even more of Nagoya: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ueno Temman Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Chubu Denryoku MIRAI TOWER, and don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagoya planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Kanazawa in March, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Chubu travel guide

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.

Toyama Prefecture travel guide

Landmarks · Scenic Drive · Parks
Toyama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Hokuriku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Toyama.Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity from abundant hydroelectric resources. It also contains East Asia’s only known glaciers outside Russia, first recognized in 2012.HistoryHistorically, Toyama Prefecture was Etchū Province. Following the abolition of the han system in 1871, Etchū Province was renamed Niikawa Prefecture, but Imizu District was given to Nanao Prefecture. In 1872 Imizu District was returned by the new Ishikawa Prefecture.In 1876, Niikawa Prefecture was merged into Ishikawa Prefecture but the merger was void in 1881 and the area was re-established as Toyama Prefecture.The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.GeographyToyama Prefecture is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Niigata to the northeast, Nagano to the southeast, Gifu to the south and Sea of Japan to the north.