16 days in Chubu Itinerary

16 days in Chubu Itinerary

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16 days in Chubu Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Drive:  2​h
1
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ise
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Step out of Fujikawaguchiko-machi to go to Fujinomiya and see Kengamine, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi driving holiday planning site .

Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji, Kengamine
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano), Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi) and Horigane Bussan Center (in Azumino). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, explore the activities along Taisho Pond, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, and buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto holiday planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Azumino, Karuizawa-machi, Zenko-ji Temple, Kurobe Dam
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, & more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takayama online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eiheiji-cho (Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple & Jakko-In Zen Temple) and Katsuyama (Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) & Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Katsuyama, Eiheiji-cho, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the striking features of Former Toba Elementary School, head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ichigo Beach, then get in on the family fun at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, and then examine the collection at Okageza.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ise trip planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Ise in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ise, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Toba, Shima
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Inuyama Castle, and finally walk around Chubu Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planning website .

Take a train from Ise to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ise in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nagoya, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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