9 days in Chubu Itinerary

9 days in Chubu Itinerary

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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 24th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle, then explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, and then stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyama online driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Toyama. In July in Toyama, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Kanazawa — 1 night

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 25th (Sun): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Toyama to Kanazawa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Yuzawa-machi.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches
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Yuzawa-machi — 2 nights

It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tanigawa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Tsukiyono Vidro Park, then explore the historical opulence of Lockheart Castle, and then explore the striking landscape at Yuzawa Kogen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yuzawa-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Yuzawa-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Myoko.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Adventure
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Myoko — 3 nights

The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
Get in touch with nature at Imori Pond and Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Myoko Kogen and Hokusai-kan. Take a break from Myoko with a short trip to Shin-etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center in Iiyama, about 48 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Myoko day trip website.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Myoko by car takes about 2.5 hours.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

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.

Niigata Prefecture travel guide

Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.