8 days in Chubu Itinerary

8 days in Chubu Itinerary

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Tokyo
train:
2​h 30​min
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:
1​h 30​min
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:
1​h 45​min
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:
4​h 30​min
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:
2​h 45​min
Tokyo

2
days
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then hunt for treasures at Omicho Market, and then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nomura Samurai House, wander the streets of Nagamachi District, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online itinerary creator.

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

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Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle

2
days
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, get engrossed in the history at Gassho Zukuri Minka-en, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then ponder the world of politics at Takayama Jinya, and finally take an in-depth tour of Takayama Showa Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

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Shirakawa-mura
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2
days
Nagoya

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 4th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu, and then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Sakae.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Fuji National Park.

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Nagoya Castle
Tokugawa Art Museum

2
days
Fuji National Park

Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchiko, then stroll through Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway, and then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Fuji National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Fuji National Park takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Mount Fuji, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchiko
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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