5 days in Chubu Itinerary

5 days in Chubu Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

1
night
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kisami Ohama Beach and then get outside with Otago Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, then kick back and relax at Inatori Ukiuki Beach, and then kick back and relax at Iwachi Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shimoda online travel route planner.

Tokyo to Shimoda is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a train. In August in Shimoda, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Iwachi Beach, Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Otago Beach
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, and then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel tool.

Traveling by car from Shimoda to Matsumoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Shimoda in August since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle