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Chubu Region



The Tokyo Metropolitan area is a mega-city, home to some 35 million people and the driving force of Japan's economy and rapidly shifting cultural trends. However, less than 90 minutes away you will find Mount Takao, a peaceful retreat for walking and quiet reflection with views of the distant urban landscapes.

To the southeast in Chiba Prefecture lie hidden beaches, whilst to the north in Nikko you will discover the spectacularly ornate temples and shrines of Toshogu, the resting place of the first Tokugawa shogun; the man who began the transformation of Tokyo into the city you will find today.


Top Destinations in Chubu

Niigata Prefecture

Niigata Prefecture is famous for its high quality rice and is located along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

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Chubu | Niigata Prefecture

Sado Island

Sado Island is one of the largest islands in Japan and is located off the coast of Niigata Prefecture.

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Chubu | Niigata Prefecture

Niigata City

Niigata city is the capital of Niigata Prefecture and is one of the largest port cities one the Sea of Japan coast.

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Chubu | Niigata Prefecture

Echigo Tsumari

Echigo Tsumari is a rural region that is known for over 100 modern art works that are exhibited over 760 square kilometers.

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Chubu | Niigata Prefecture


Echigo-Yuzawa is located in the southernmost part of Niigata and adjoins Nagano and Gunma.

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Chubu | Niigata Prefecture

Mt Naeba

The massive 2145-meter-high Mt. Naeba-san is located at the border of Niigata and Nagano prefectures near the midsection of Honshu.

Toyama Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture is the leading industrial prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast and is part of the Hokuriku Region.

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Chubu | Toyama Prefecture

Kurobe Gorge

Kurobe Gorge is a forested ravine located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps and has the steepest gorges in Japan.

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Chubu | Toyama Prefecture

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is an amazing route that goes through the Northern Japan Alps.

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Chubu | Toyama Prefecture

Toyama City

The prefectural capital, Toyama City, is located almost at the center of Toyama Prefecture.

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Chubu | Toyama Prefecture


Gokayama is a place of precipitous mountains and deep valleys located in the southeastern part of Toyama.

Ishikawa Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture is known for being the home to the famed Kenrokuen Garden, which is located in Kanazawa.

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Chubu | Ishikawa Prefecture

Noto Peninsula

The Noto Peninsula can be found in the northern part of Ishikawa Prefecture and is known for its coastal scenery.

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Chubu | Ishikawa Prefecture

Kaga Onsen

Kaga Onsen is a mecca of hot springs and is located south of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.

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Chubu | Ishikawa Prefecture


Kanazawa has many historical attractions and the 21st Century Museum, but the city is known for the Kenrokuen. It is one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan.

Fukui Prefecture

Fukui Prefecture is located in the Chubu Region along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

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Chubu | Fukui Prefecture


Tojinbo is a rugged, precipitous cliff eroded by the raging waves on the coast of the Sea of Japan in northern Fukui.

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Chubu | Fukui Prefecture

Fukui City

Fukui City is the seat of the Fukui prefectural government where you can feel its 1,000 year-old history and encounter its rich cuisine.

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Chubu | Fukui Prefecture

Eiheiji Temple

Eiheiji Temple is one of the two main temples of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism and has over 200 practicing monks living on the grounds.

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Chubu | Fukui Prefecture


Echizen is a city in Fukui Prefecture where Murasaki Shikibu had a one year residency with her father.

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Chubu | Fukui Prefecture

Tsuruga City

The city of Tsuruga is a port city that faces Tsuruga Bay, and is situated in southern Fukui Prefecture in the Hokuriku region.

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Chubu | Fukui Prefecture

Mikata Five Lakes

The Mikata Five Lakes have different concentration levels of salt and is also known as the “Five Colored Lakes.”

Yamanashi Prefecture

Yamanashi Prefecture is home to the famed Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes.

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Chubu | Yamanashi Prefecture

Mt Fuji

Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan and has been worshipped as a sacred mountain. The perfect cone shape of the mountain is iconic of Japan.

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Chubu | Yamanashi Prefecture

Fuji Goko

Fuji-Goko is a collective term for the five lakes along the northern foot of Mt. Fuji, which towers at the border of southern Yamanashi and Shizuoka.

Nagano Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked region and is known as the gateway to the Japan Alps area.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture

Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen is located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture and has 13 traditional style public baths.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture

Yudanaka Onsen

Yudanaka Onsen is a hot spring resort that has been around for hundreds of years.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture

Shibu Onsen

Shibu Onsen is located in Yamanouchi and maintains a traditional atmosphere reminiscent of the Edo Period.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Obuse is a small town located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture and is known for being an artistic town.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture

Nagano City

Nagano city is the capital of Nagano Prefecture and is known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Hakuba is located in the Northern Alps and is one the most popular ski areas in Japan.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Karuizawa is a popular summer mountain resort located in Nagano Prefecture.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Matsumoto is best known for being home to one of the most beautiful original castles, Matsumoto Castle.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Kamikochi has one of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Japan and is open from mid/late April till mid-November.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Norikura is a highland around Nagano's western border with Gifu.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture

Shiga Kogen

The Shiga-kogen Highlands area is in the northeastern part of Nagano.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture

Lake Suwa

Lake Suwa-ko is situated almost right in the center of Nagano.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Ina, in the south of Nagano, is located between the Central and Southern Alps along the Tenryu- gawa River.

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Chubu | Nagano Prefecture


Kiso Valley can be found next to the Central Japan Alps along an ancient trade route, which later became part of the Nakasendo.

Gifu Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture is landlocked and is best known for Takayama, Shirakawa-go, and Gifu City.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture


Okuhida is located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps and is best known as a hot spring destination.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture


Takayama is located in the northern mountainous region of Gifu Prefecture. The city is known for their traditional structures in Old Town and festivals.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture


Shirakawa-go is UNESCO World Heritage Site and is best known for their Gassho style houses.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Gero Onsen

Gero Onsen is one of the three best onsen in Japan as said by Hayashi Razan, a Confucian poet from the Edo Period.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Gujo Hachiman

Gujo-Hachiman is a riverside town and is best known for its Hachiman Castle, which was established in the 16th century.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture


Mino is a city known for its long history with washi paper production and merchant structures with udatsu roofs.

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Chubu | Gifu Prefecture

Gifu City

Gifu is situated in the northern part of the Nobi Plains in the southern part of Gifu Prefecture.

Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture is home to Mount Fuji and is recognized for its plethora of natural beauty.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture


The city of Gotemba is located in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture near the foot of the majestic Mt. Fuji.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture


Atami located at the root of Izu Peninsula and facing Sagami Bay, is area with modern hotels, Japanese inns with historical backgrounds.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture

Shuzenji Onsen

Shuzen-ji is located almost in the center of the Izu-hanto Peninsula, on a hill surrounded by the Amagi, Sugumo and Daruma mountains.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture

Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula is a popular hot spring resort area with beautiful coastlines and scenic mountain interior.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture


The town of Kawazu is located on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula in the Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka City

The city of Shizuoka is the seat of the Shizuoka prefectural government, located in the center of the prefecture.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture


The city of Hamamatsu was once a castle town, and later flourished as a post station for travelers.

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Chubu | Shizuoka Prefecture

Lake Hamanako

Lake Hamanako is a lake connected to the Pacific Ocean and revolves around the Kanzanji Onsen.

Aichi Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of Japan. Aichi is also the home of the world’s most advanced technology and industrial craft.

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Chubu | Aichi Prefecture


Inuyama is located on the northern edge of Aichi Prefecture near Gifu Prefecture and is famous for its deep cultural roots dating back to feudal Momoyama period.

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Chubu | Aichi Prefecture


Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan and is known for being the industrial capital of Japan.

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Chubu | Aichi Prefecture


Tokoname has been a center for producing pottery since the Heian Period.

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Chubu | Aichi Prefecture


Seto is located northeast of Nagoya and has a history of producing ceramics.

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Chubu | Aichi Prefecture


Toyota is an industrial city and is home to the automotive giant Toyota Motor Corporation.