7 days in Chubu Itinerary

7 days in Chubu Itinerary

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7 days in Chubu Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  11 h 30 min
1
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Ise
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Bangkok

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then stop by MIKOTO Tea House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online sightseeing planner .

Bangkok, Thailand to Kanazawa is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kanazawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Kanazawa to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matsumoto Castle and Takayama Jinya. Do your shopping at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Hanakomichi. Go for a jaunt from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura to see The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiouji Temple, pick up some local products at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Ise Ninja Kingdom, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ise online route planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Ise in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ise when traveling from Takayama in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi

1
night
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 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally make a trip to Nagoya Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya travel planning site .

You can take a train from Ise to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ise in December since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine