14 days in Chubu Itinerary

14 days in Chubu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chubu tour itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive
8
Ise
— 3 nights
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Nagoya — 1 night

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): walk around Chubu Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagoya day trip planning site.

Tumon, Guam to Nagoya is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tumon to Nagoya, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tumon in June, expect Nagoya to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan). On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wineries
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

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 5th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura visit website.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tateyama-machi.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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 6th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama, then admire the engineering at Kurobe Dam, and then take in the pleasant sights at Daikanbo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) and then make a trip to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tateyama-machi tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Tateyama-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Tateyama-machi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.
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Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

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 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, stop by Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tateyama-machi to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Matsumotojo Park, then make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, and finally stop by Nawate Shopping District.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and then see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.
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Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:

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.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Okageza, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, then step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, and finally don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ise road trip planning tool.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Ise in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June; daily highs in Ise reach 27°C and lows reach 26°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Chubu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
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.
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