CHUBU

Chubu is the central region of Japan's Honshu island and includes Mount Fuji. The region is often further divided into three more areas, namely Tōkai (東海) for the southern Pacific coast, Kōshin'etsu (甲信越) for the northern Sea of Japan coast and Hokuriku (北陸) for the rest.

CHUBU MAP

Chubu Map

CHUBU PREFECTURES

Aichi Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture
Aichi Prefecture is in Chubu Region on the island of Honshu. The capital of Aichi Prefecture is Nagoya. Aichi Prefecture is famous for being the home of Toyota Company. In addition to the ma...

Fukui Prefecture
Fukui Prefecture is on the coast of the Sea of Japan in Chubu Region. Fukui City is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture. Fukui Prefecture attractions are the Ichijodani Asakura Family Histo...

Gifu Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture
Gifu Prefecture is close to the center of island of Honshu in the Chubu region. The capital of Gifu Prefecture is Gifu city, however the prefecture includes two cities which are popular with...

Ishikawa Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture
Ishikawa Prefecture is in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. Ishikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. The northern part of the Ishikawa Prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsula,...

Nagano Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture is a mountainous region, in the Chubu region of central Japan. The capital of Nagano Prefecture is Nagano City. Other major cities include Matsumoto and Azumino. Nagano Pre...

Niigata Prefecture
Niigata Prefecture covers the area of central Japan from the Sea of Japan coast inland into the Japanese Alps within the Chubu region. The capital city of Niigata Prefecture is Niigata city....

Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture
Shizuoka Prefecture covers the area from the Pacific Ocean coastline inland to the Japanese Alps including part of Mt Fuji in the Chubu region. The capital city of Shizuoka Prefecture is Shi...

Toyama Prefecture
Toyama Prefecture is along the coastline facing the Sea of Japan in the Chubu region on Honshu island. The capital of Toyama Prefecture is Toyama City. Toyama Prefecture attractions include ...

Yamanashi Prefecture

Yamanashi Prefecture
Yamanashi Prefecture is near Mt Fuji in the Chubu region on the island of Honshu. The capital city of Yamanashi Prefecture is Kofu. Yamanashi Prefecture includes Fujiyoshida, the largest cit...

CHUBU PREFECTURE CAPITAL

Fukui
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, which is in Chubu Region. Fukui City is on the coast of the Sea of Japan. Fukui is famous for the Ichijodani Asakura Family Gardens, Fukui Cast...

Gifu

Gifu
Gifu is the capital city of Gifu Prefecture in the Chubu region of central Japan. Gifu is close to Nagoya. Gifu is famous for Gifu Castle, Gifu Park, Mt. Kinka Cable Car and many museums in ...

Kanazawa

Kanazawa
Kanazawa is a very attractive city with its famous Kenrokuen Garden (one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan), Kanazawa Castle, nostalgic Geisha town (second only to Kyoto), many museums and...

Kofu
Kofu is the capital of Yamanashi Prefecture and is close to Mt Fuji. Kofu attractions include Kofu Castle within Maizuru Castle Park, Kai-Zenko Temple, Takeda Shrine, Yumura Spa and Yamanash...

Nagano
Nagano is the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, situated near the junction of the Chikuma River and the Sai River on the island of Honshu, in the Chubu region. Nagano was the host city to t...

Nagoya

Nagoya
Nagoya is in Aichi Prefecture, in the Chubu region of Honshu, the main island in Japan. The hub of the Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya is Japan's fourth-largest city. The focal points of this spraw...

Niigata
Niigata is the capital city of Niigata Prefecture in the Chubu region of Japan. Niigata became a free port following the Meiji Restoration, and today is the largest city along the Sea of Jap...

Shizuoka
Shizuoka is the capital of Shizuoka Prefecture Chubu. Shizuoka city features views of nearby Mt Fuji, but has several other attractions including the reconstructed Sunpu Castle and several s...

Toyama
Toyama is the capital city of Toyama Prefecture is in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. Toyama is famous for its Toyama Castle, Museum of Modern Art and the Botanica Gardens of Toyam...

CHUBU WARDS

Naka

Naka
Naka is one of the 16 wards of Nagoya. Naka covers the central part of Nagoya and thus covers many of the main attractions in Nagoya including Nagoya Castle and Nagoya TV Tower....

CHUBU DISTRICTS

Furumachi
Furumachi is a district within Niigata, which is still an active Geisha district. The Geisha of Niigata are known as the Furumachi Geigi....

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District
Higashi Chaya District (East Geisha District) where Geisha entertain people by dance and music since the 17th century. Kanazawa has the second most Geisha in Japan, second only to Kyoto. Hig...

Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula
Izu Peninsula is a large mountainous peninsula which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. Izu Peninsula is south of Tokyo in Shizuoka Prefecture in the Chubu region. Izu Peninsula includes the ...

Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District

Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District
Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District is a Samurai house district in Kanazawa where the top to middle class Samurai who served Kanazawa Castle lived from 1583 to 1868. Here you can still see the ...

CHUBU MAIN CITIES and TOWNS

Atami

Atami
Atami, on the coast line in Shizuoka Prefecture and is only 100Km from Tokyo and not far from Hakone. Atami is a beach and Onsen resort town which also features the reconstructed Atami Castl...

Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida
Fujiyoshida, the largest city close to Mt Fuji. Fujiyoshida is the gateway for many people on their way to Mt Fuji from Tokyo....

Gokayama
Gokayama is a group of small villages, along the Shokawa River in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture and surrounded by mountains. This isolated location has lead to the survival of whole villages...

Hakuba
Hakuba is one of the best ski areas in Japan. Hakuba features 14 ski areas joining together to form six large ski resorts. Hakuba is ideal for skiing and snowboarding. Hakuba is in Nagano Pr...

Hamamatsu
Hamamatsu is a city in western Shizuoka Prefecture, Chubu. Hamamatsu is an important industrial hub, the city is home to many companies, including Honda Motor Company, Kawai Pianos, Yamaha, ...

Ito
Ito is a coastal city along the Pacific Ocean coastline on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture in the Chubu region. Ito faces Sagami Bay and part of the city is actually within the Fuji...

Izu Kogen
Izu Kogen is an onsen town near the coast in the eastern part of Ito city on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture....

Izu Nagaoka
Izu Nagaoka is an onsen resort town on the Izu Peninsula, south of Tokyo in Shizuoka Prefecture in the Chubu region. Izu Nagaoka attractions are the popular onsen spread around the town....

Kaga
Kaga is a city in the most southern part of Ishikawa Prefecture in the Chubu region. Kaga is a historic city which still features many great attractions including Yamashiro Hot Spring with 1...

Karuizawa
Karuizawa is a well known mountain resort town in Nagano Prefecture in the foothills of the Japanese Alps. Karuizawa is famous for bird watching and hiking....

Kawaguchiko

Kawaguchiko
Kawaguchiko, also known as Fujikawaguchiko, is the township on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko. Kawaguchiko is a very popular destination for viewing Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko also features many oth...

Komatsu
Komatsu is the second largest city in Ishikawa Prefecture in the Chubu region. The name Komatsu has been made famous around the world as it is the brand of earth moving equipment, which is b...

Kusatsu
Kusatsu is a town on a 1200m high plateau in Gunma Prefecture, but close to the border with Nagano Prefecture. Kusatsu is famous for its traditional style Onsen (hot springs)....

Matsumoto

Matsumoto
Matsumoto is in Nagano Prefecture at the eastern end of the Japan Alps. Matsumoto is surrounded by mountains and is acclaimed for its beautiful views, hiking and climbing in the mountains....

Mishima
Mishima is a city with a long histroy, which has seen a more recent revival after it became one of the stops on Tokaido Shinkansen, allowing a relatively short travel time to Tokyo. Mishima ...

Shimoda
Shimoda is a port city along the Pacific Ocean coastline on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture in the Chubu region. Shimoda is famous for its onsen and beaches. Shimoda features three ...

Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go
Shirakawa-go is a small village, in Gifu Prefecture and surrounded by mountains. This isolated location lead to survival of a whole village featuring traditional Japanese houses with their s...

Takayama

Takayama
Takayama is a city near the northern Japan Alps of Gifu prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan. Takayama is also known as Hida-Takayama. Takayama is a historical village that has lay forgo...

CHUBU VILLAGE

Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen is a ski resort and historic hot spring village. Nozawa Onsen was the site of the first ski lifts in Japan and was the venue for the Biathalon competitions in the Nagano Winter ...

CHUBU CASTLES

Atami Castle

Atami Castle
Atami Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle which stands 120 meters above sea level, where you can overlook the view of the city of Atami and Atami Bay (South of Tokyo Bay). Atami Castle...

Echizen Ono Castle
Echizen Ono Castle, also known as Ono Castle and Kameyama Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Ono Fukui Prefecture. Kanamori Nagachika ordered the construction of Echizen Ono Castl...

Fuchu Castle
Fuchu Castle, also known as Echizen Fuchu Castle, was a flatland style Japanese Castle in Echizen Fukui Prefecture. Maeda Toshiie ordered the construction of Fuchu Castle, which was complete...

Fukui Castle
Fukui Castle was a Japanese Castle in Fukui Fukui Prefecture. There is another unrelated castle in Osaka Prefecture also called Fukui Castle. Fukui Castle was constructed on the orders of Yu...

Gifu Castle
Gifu Castle is a hill top style Japanese castle in Gifu. Gifu Castle was originally built in 1201 by the Nikaido clan. Gifu Castle was later destroyed in 1600. The castle was later restored ...

Gujo Hachiman Castle
Gujo Hachiman Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Hachiman in Gujo Gifu Prefecture. Endo Morikazu ordered the construction of Gujo Hachiman Castle which was completed in 1559. Mo...

Hamamatsu Castle
Hamamatsu Castle is a Japanese Castle in Hamamatsu Shizuoka Prefecture. Hikuma Castle had been built on the site of Japanese Castle in the early 1500s by the Imagawa clan. Tokugawa Ieyasu o...

Ina Castle
Ina Castle was a Japanese Castle in the Kozakai area of Toyokawa City Aichi Prefecture. Honda Sadatada ordered the construction of Ina Castle around 1440. Ina Castle was afforded natural p...

Inuyama Castle
Inuyama Castle is a Japanese Castle, in the city of Inuyama Aichi Prefecture, near Nagoya.Inuyama Castle is thought to be the oldest Japanese Castle with the original castle starting constru...

Ishikawa-mon Gate

Ishikawa-mon Gate
Ishikawa-mon Gate is the gate to Kanazawa Castle, a traditional Japanese Castle. The original Kanazawa Castle was destroyed by fire in 1888, but rebuilt in 2001....

Iwasaki Castle
Iwasaki Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Nisshin Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobuhide ordered the construction of Iwasaki Castle in the early 16th century, but lost it in battle to Ma...

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle
Kanazawa Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Kanazawa right next to Kenrokuen, which originally was the private garden of the castle. Kanazawa Castle was built in 1583 by the order ...

Kasugayama Castle
Kasugayama Castle, also known as Hachigamine Castle, was a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Joetsu in Niigata Prefecture in the Chubu region. Kasugayama Castle was originally constructed...

Kiyosu Castle
Kiyosu Castle is a Japanese Castle in Kiyosu Aichi Prefecture. Shiba Yoshishige ordered the construction of Kiyosu Castle in 1394 and it was completed in 1427. Kiyosu Castle was a support ca...

Kofu Castle
Kofu Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Kofu Yamanashi Prefecture. In 1583, after Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified Japan he ordered the construction of Kof...

Komakiyama Castle
Komakiyama Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt Komaki in Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobunaga ordered the construction of Komakiyama Castle which was completed in 1563. Komakiyama Cast...

Komoro Castle
Komoro Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle in Komoro in Nagano Prefecture. Komoro Castle was first built in 1554, with the donjon added in 1590. The donjon later burnt down in the Edo...

Maruoka Castle
Maruoka Castle, in Maruoka in Fukui Prefecture, is famous for having the oldest donjon (keep) of any Japanese Castle. Maruoka Castle was built in 1576 under orders from Shibata Katsutoyo, ho...

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto Castle is one of only four Japanese Castles that is classified as a National Treasure. Ma...

Nagashino Castle
Nagashino Castle was a flatland style Japanese Castle in what is now Shinshiro Aichi Prefecture. Imagawa Ujichika ordered the construction of Nagashino Castle in 1508 for the protection of h...

Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle is a flat land sytle Japanese Castle with a massive inner moat and wall in the city of Nagoya. Nagoya Castle is particularly famous as it Tokugawa Ieyasu who ordered the constr...

Nirengi Castle
Nirengi Castle was a Japanese Castle in what is now Toyohashi Aichi Prefecture. Toda Munemitsu ordered the construction of Nirengi Castle in 1493 as a forward base to be used against Tame Ma...

Nishikawa Castle
Nishikawa Castle was a Japanese Castle in what is now Toyohashi Aichi Prefecture. Saigo Kiyokazu ordered the construction of Nishikawa Castle around the 1530's to provide support to Wachigay...

Noda Castle
Noda Castle was a Japanese Castle in what is now Shinshiro Aichi Prefecture. Suganuma Sadanori constructed a fort on the site in 1508, which was lost in battle to the Imagawa clan in 1560. S...

Okazaki Castle
Okazaki Castle is a Japanese Castle in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. Okazaki Castle was demolished in during the Meiji Restoration (1874). A modern reconstruction of donjon was built in 1959....

Shibata Castle
Shibata Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Shibata in Niigata Prefecture in the Chubu region. Construction of Shibata Castle started under Mizoguchi Hidekatsu, but was not comp...

Sunpu Castle
Sunpu Castle, in Shizuoka city, is also known as Fuchu Castle or Shizuoka Castle. A new Sunpu Castle was built in 1585 by Tokugawa Ieyasu on the site where a smaller castle or fort had been....

Tahara Castle
Tahara Castle (also known as Hako Castle) was a Japanese Castle in Tahara Aichi Prefecture. Munemitsu Toda constructed Tahara Castle in 1480. Today the Tahara Municipal Museum is on the site...

Takaoka Castle
Takaoka Castle was a Japanese Castle built around 1600 and only to be dismantled in 1615 as part of the Tokugawa Shogunate order of "One Castle Per Province". Today only ruins remain includi...

Takato Castle
Takato Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle in Ina Nagano Prefecture. Takato Castle was constructed around 1550, but was largely demolished in 1871 as part of the Meiji Restoration. To...

Takayama Castle
Takayama Castle, in Takayama, was built in on 627m high mountain with stone base, earth work defences and a moat. Construction of Takayama Castle began in 1588 and by 1600 the main and secon...

Toyama Castle
Toyama Castle, also known as Azumi Castle, is a flatland style Japanese Castle in the city of Toyama Toyama Prefecture. Toyama Castle was constructed around 1543 by the Jinbo clan as their c...

Ueda Castle
Ueda Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Ueda in Nagano Prefecture. Ueda Castle was constructed by the well known samurai leader, Sanada Masayuki, in 1583. Shortly after the com...

Yoshida Castle
Yoshida Castle (also known as Imahashi Castle and Toyohashi Castle) is a flatland style Japanese Castle in Toyohashi Aichi Prefecture. Makino Kohaku ordered the construction of Yoshida Castl...

CHUBU LANDMARKS

Chamise-dori Street

Chamise-dori Street
Chamise-dori Street is a nostalgic street between Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen. There are several souvenir shops and cafes on the street....

Former Nomura Samurai House

Former Nomura Samurai House
Former Nomura Samurai House (Kanazawa) is where the Nomura Family, who successively held executive posts from generation to generation under rule of the Maeda Family, lived. The house has a ...

Former Tsuda Samurai House

Former Tsuda Samurai House
Former Tsuda Samurai House is within Kenrokuen where it is now used as administration building for the park....

Hirano Panorama-dai

Hirano Panorama-dai
Hirano Panorama-dai is one the top locations for viewing Mt Fuji. Hirano Panorama-dai is 100m above Lake Yamanaka is near the base of Mt Fuji....

JR–Maglev Research Centre
JR-Maglev Research Centre (also known as the Yamanashi Maglev Test Line) is where Japan Rail conducts research into new high speed trains (Shinkansen) based on Magnetic Levitation technology...

Kinjo Reitaku

Kinjo Reitaku
Kinjo Reitaku is a well within Kenrokuen Garden....

Koyotembodai Rest House
Koyotembodai Rest House is one of the best locations for viewing Mt Fuji. Koyotembodai Rest House is to the North of Mt Fuji, not far from Lake Saiko....

Mikasa-touge
Mikasa-touge (Misaka Mountain Pass) is considered to be one of the best locations for viewing Mt Fuji. This locations is probably best accessed by car....

Motenashi Dome

Motenashi Dome
Motenashi Dome is a glass dome at the beautiful Kanazawa Station. Motenashi means welcome in Japanese....

Mt Fuji 5th Station (Kawaguchiko)

Mt Fuji 5th Station (Kawaguchiko)
Mt Fuji 5th Station (Kawaguchiko) is the 5th point on the walk up Mt Fuji from the Kawaguchiko side. Outside of winter this location is visited by many tour buses....

Naga-machi Yuzen Center

Naga-machi Yuzen Center
Naga-machi Yuzen Center, in Kanazawa, also known as the Yuzen Silk Center. Yuzen refers to a traditional technique of dyeing silk fabrics for kimonos or products made with the technique....

Nagoya Lucent Tower

Nagoya Lucent Tower
With its unique design, Nagoya Lucent Tower is a complex of office space & restaurants. Nagoya is Japan's third largest city with the central city focused around the massive Nagoya Stati...

Nagoya Midland Square

Nagoya Midland Square
Nagoya Midland Square is a complex of office space, restaurants, shops, cinemas and the Sky Promenade Observation Deck on the 46th floor. Nagoya Midland Square building is the tallest buildi...

Old Yoshijima Family House

Old Yoshijima Family House
Old Yoshijima Family House in Takayama is an example of beautiful Japanese architecture. The Yoshijima family was a successful sake brewery in Edo period. The present house is a rebuilt in 1...

Omiya no Matsu

Omiya no Matsu
Omiya no Matsu (Omiya's Pine Tree) is from the most famous scene in 'Konjiki Yasha (Golden Demon)' as it is where Kanichi and Omiya meet, before they separate. Omiya no Matsu is one of the m...

Seisonkaku Villa

Seisonkaku Villa
Seisonkaku Villa in Kanazawa, which was built in 1863 for Maeda Family's wives. Seisonkaku Villa is next to Kenrokuen and entry can be made via the southern part of the garden....

Shima Geisha House

Shima Geisha House
Shima Geisha House built in 1820 when Kaga federal government established Geisha district in Kanazawa. Everything has kept as it was. Shima Geisha House is designated as a National Cultural ...

Spiral Towers

Spiral Towers
Spiral Towers is a complex of office space and restaurants. It is one of the outstanding pieces of architecture in Nagoya. Nagoya is Japan's third largest city with the central city focused ...

Takayama Jinya

Takayama Jinya
Takayama Jinya is a former local government office and the only one of its kind remaining in Japan. Takayama Jinya is a designated historical landmark in Takayama....

Ubuyagasaki

Ubuyagasaki
Ubuyagasaki on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko is considered to be one of the best locations for viewing Mt Fuji. Ubuyagasaki is popular and famous for its cherry trees which are used to frame ...

Yougetsu Inn

Yougetsu Inn
Yougetsu Inn is a tradtional style Japanese Inn in the Higashi Chaya Geisha district of Kanazawa....

CHUBU OBSERVATION DECK or LOOKOUT

Nagoya Port Building Observation Deck

Nagoya Port Building Observation Deck
Nagoya Port Building Observation Deck, in the redeveloped Nagoya Port area, has an observation deck at 53 meters high, which provides great views of the Nagoya Port and ocean....

Nagoya TV Tower
Nagoya TV Tower is the oldest TV tower in Japan, and was completed in 1954. Nagoya TV Tower is 180 metres high, and has two observation decks...

Sky Promenade Observation Deck

Sky Promenade Observation Deck
Sky Promenade Observation Deck is the observation deck on the 46 floor of the Nagoya Midland Square building, which is the tallest building in Nagoya and 5th in Japan (as of January 2014). T...

Toki Messe
Toki Messe, in Niigata, is the tallest building on the Sea of Japan coast and features an observation deck on the 34th floor which provides excellent views of Niigata and when the weather is...

CHUBU TEMPLES

Myotsuji Temple
Myotsuji Temple is a Buddhist temple from the Shingon Sect, in Obama Fukui Prefecture. The Hondo (main hall), from the Kamakura period, and the three story pagoda of Myotsuji Temple are dis...

Zenkoji Temple
Zenkoji Temple is a famous 7th century Buddhist temple in Nagano City, however the temple pre-dates the city by hundreds of years. Originally the township, that became Nagano City, was focu...

Zuiryu-ji Temple
Zuiryu-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Sodo Sect in Takaoka Toyama Prefecture. Zuiryu-ji Temple was built by Toshitune to recognise Toshinaga Maeda, the founder of Takaoka. The gate, B...

CHUBU SHRINES

Atsuta Shrine

Atsuta Shrine
Atsuta Shrine (Nagoya) is a particularly important Shinto Shrine with over 4,000 relics and National Treasures. Atsuta Shrine attracts over 9 million visitors a year...

Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine

Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine is the oldest shrine around Mt Fuji. Takeda Shingen is worshiped in this shrine. Every April, the Spring festival called 'Hana Matsuri' (Flower Festival) is held at ...

Gold Bishamonten Shrine

Gold Bishamonten Shrine
Gold Bishamonten Shrine on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko and next to the Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, is one of the Shichifukujin (Seven Lucky Gods) enshrined in Kawaguchiko area in recent time...

Ishiura Shrine

Ishiura Shrine
Ishiura Shrine is believed to have been built in the 8th century, making it the oldest shrine in Kanazawa. Ishiura Shrine was relocated from Shimohonda-cho to its current site in 1880, where...

Kanazawa Shrine

Kanazawa Shrine
Kanazawa Shrine was established in 1794 by the order of Maeda Harunaga, a feudal lord of Kaga Clan. It worships Sugawara Michizane who was a scholar, poet and politician in the 9-10th centur...

Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine
Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine was bulit in 865 to enshrine the Konohana Sakuyahime goddess. Today the shrine is famous for the Chingono mai (the children dance) during the Magomi matsuri festival ...

Oyama Shrine

Oyama Shrine
Oyama Shrine is a beautiful Shinto shrine with distinctive main gate called the Shinmon (God Gate). This main gate was designed by Dutch and has a mix of Japanese, Chinese and European archi...

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Takayama is famous for its festival called Takayama Matsuri, which is held on the 9th and 10th of October every year and is one of the three most beautiful fe...

Sugawara Shrine

Sugawara Shrine
Sugawara Shrine is in the Higashi Chaya Geisha district of Kanazawa....

CHUBU MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa offers both art and creations from wide-ranging fields related to art, including music, the performing arts, and film. 21st Century Museum o...

Fuji Antarctic Museum

Fuji Antarctic Museum
Fuji Antarctic Museum, in the redeveloped Nagoya Port area, is focused around the icebreaker "FUJI". The FUJI was a primary observation ship in Japan's exploration of the Antarctic and worke...

Hida Folk Village - Hida-no-Sato

Hida Folk Village - Hida-no-Sato
Hida Folk Village in Takayama, is a large open air museum displaying dozens of traditional Japanese houses which were once home farmers and craftsmen in the region....

Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Museum

Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Museum
The Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Museum in Takayama features many teddy bears from around the world including an Austrian one that is over one hundred years old....

Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum

Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum
Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum Kanazawa showcases the history of Ishikawa from ancient time to modern time. The Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum building is a replica of the military...

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art (Kanazawa) showcases the fine arts and crafts of Ishikawa Prefecture. It exhibits paintings, oil paintings, sculptures, traditional arts and crafts whose a...

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art

Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
Kawaguchiko Museum of Art features a collection of paintings, block prints and photos of Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko Museum of Art is sited on the edge of Lake Kawaguchiko and has fabulous views of...

Kawaguchiko UKAI Music Box Museum
Kawaguchiko UKAI Music Box Museum features old music boxes and assorted automatic musical instruments. Kawaguchiko UKAI Music Box Museum is near Kawaguchiko....

Kusakabe Folk Museum

Kusakabe Folk Museum
Kusakabe Folk Museum in Takayama is designated as a National Important Cultural Asset, began life as a house for a wealthy merchant. The Kusakabe Folk Museum is an excellent example of Edo a...

Nagoya Maritime Museum

Nagoya Maritime Museum
Nagoya Maritime Museum, in the redeveloped Nagoya Port area, exhibits the histories of maritime commerce and ships of Nagoya....

Northern Culture Museum
Northern Culture Museum, in Niigata, is a museum displaying the distinct history and culture of the northern parts of Honshu. Northern Culture Museum uses the stately traditional Japanese ma...

Takayama Municipal Museum (Old Takayama Town Office)

Takayama Municipal Museum (Old Takayama Town Office)
The Takayama Municipal Museum building was built in 1895 and was used as in Takayama Town Office until 1968....

Traditional Arts & Crafts of Ishikawa

Traditional Arts & Crafts of Ishikawa
Traditional Arts & Crafts of Ishikawa displays all the famous traditional arts and crafts of Ishikawa (Kanazawa region) and offers visitors an introduction to the process of making these...

Yamanashi Gem Museum
Yamanashi Gem Museum is the only gem museum in Japan showcasing around 3000 gems from all over the world including very rare ones. Yamanashi Prefecture is the primary place for manufacturin...

CHUBU THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS

Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater

Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater
Ishikawa Prefectural Noh Theater Kanazawa is a classical Japanese musical drama that started in the 14th century and still has performances every weekend. Many characters are masked, with me...

Kawaguchiko Monkey Performance Theater
Kawaguchiko Monkey Performance Theater is one of the many attractions around Kawaguchiko, which is close to Mt Fuji....

CHUBU GARDENS and PARKS

Asuwa yama Park
Asuwa yama Park, in Yamaokucho in Fukui Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom trees which are planted on each side of the Asuwa River. Asuwa yama Park features around 600 cherry bloss...

Cherry Blossom Village
Cherry Blossom Village, in Ito Shizuoka Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Fuji Memorial Park
Fuji Memorial Park, in Oyama Shizuoka Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Fuji Memorial Park features around 8,000 che...

Garyuu Park
Garyuu Park, in Suzaka Nagano Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Ichijodani Asakura Family Gardens
Ichijodani Asakura Family Gardens are four Japanese gardens (Suwa Yakata-ato, Asakura Yakata-ato, Yudono-ato, and Nanyoji-ato) within the site of the Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins...

Jigokudani Monkey Park
Jigokudani Monkey Park is part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, in Yamanouchi Nagano Prefecture, is famous for its Snow Monkeys. The Snow Monkeys are wild population of Japanese Macaqu...

Kaikoen Park
Kaikoen Park, in Komoro Nagano Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Komoro Kaikoen Park also features the remains and r...

Kamagatani
Kamagatani Valley, also known as Kamagatani Gorge, is at the base of Mt Ikeda in Gifu Prefecture. Kamagatani Valley is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 ...

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden is by far the most famous part of Kanazawa. Kenrokuen is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, maybe the best one of all as it is also designated as a Special Place of Sc...

Lake Yamanaka Forest Park of Literature
Lake Yamanaka Forest Park of Literature consists of Mishima Yukio Litereture Museum, Tokutomi Soho Memorial Museum along with a park all near Lake Yamanaka close to Mt Fuji....

Lake Yamanaka Hana-no-miyako Park

Lake Yamanaka Hana-no-miyako Park
Lake Yamanaka Hana-no-miyako Park is filled by beautiful flowers all year round in a 300,000 sqm area which is 1000 meter above the sea level. Lake Yamanaka Hana-no-miyako Park is near Lake ...

Maruoka Castle Park
Maruoka Castle Park, in Sakai Fukui Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Maruoka Castle Park has around 400 cherry blos...

Matsukawa Park
Matsukawa Park, in Toyama Toyama Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Muramatsu Park
Muramatsu Park, in Kosen Niigata, is famous for its 3,000 cherry blossom trees consisting mainly of the Somei Yoshino variety, but with some of the Hosaki-yae-higan-zakura variety. Muramatsu...

Oboshi Park
Oboshi Park, in Minamikomagun in Yamanashi Prefecture, is most famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Oishi Park
Oishi Park is one of the best spots to view Mt Fuji. The view from Oishi Park consists of Mt Fuji in the background, Kawaguchiko (Lake) in the mid ground and the lavender of Oishi Park in th...

Okazaki Park
Okazaki Park, in the city of Okazaki Aichi Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Okazaki Park also features the reconstr...

Okotsu Canal
Okotsu Canal, also known as the Okouzu flood-control channel, in Tsubame Niigata Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Shinsakai River
Shinsakai River in Kakamighara Gifu Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Takada Park
Takada Park, in Joetsu in Niigata, is most famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Takaoka Castle Park
Takaoka Castle Park, in Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture, is most famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Takaoka Castle Park also features th...

Takato Castle Park
Takato Castle Park, in Ina in Nagano Prefecture, is most famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Takato Castle Park also features the rema...

Tenjo-Yama Park

Tenjo-Yama Park
Tenjo-Yama Park on Mt Kachi Kachi in Kawaguchiko features an observatory that provides views of Mt Fuji, Fujiyoshida, Fuji-Q Highland and the Aokigahara forest. The name 'Mt Kachi Kachi' com...

Tsuruma Park
Tsuruma Park, in Nagoya is most famous for its cherry blossom and considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Usuzumi Park
Usuzumi Park, in Motosu in Gifu Prefecture, is most famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Yamazaki River
Yamazaki River in Mizuho ward Nagoya is famous for the cherry blossom along its banks and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

CHUBU MONUMENTS

Chureito Peace Pagoda
Chureito Peace Pagoda is built on a hilltop facing Mt Fuji near Fujiyoshida. Chureito Peace Pagoda offers an excellent view of Mt Fuji and is a popular place to take photographs....

CHUBU TOURIST INFORMATION CENTERS

Fujiyoshida Visitor Centre

Fujiyoshida Visitor Centre
Fujiyoshida Visitor Centre in Fujiyoshida is next to Fujisan Train Station. Fujiyoshida Visitor Centre provides information on Fujiyoshida, Mt Fuji and the surrounding area....

Shiinoki Cultural Complex

Shiinoki Cultural Complex
Shiinoki Cultural Complex features a tourist information center, restaurant, cafe, conference rooms and galleries. Shiinoki Cultural Complex was completed in 2010 after renovation and conver...

CHUBU AQUARIUM

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium - Nagoyako

Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium - Nagoyako
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium - Nagoyako in the redeveloped Nagoya Port area. Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium features marine life from Japan to Antarctica in 5 different zones and you can s...

CHUBU MOUNTAINS

Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji
Mt Fuji, one of the main icons of Japan. Mt Fuji is a near symmectrical volcanic cone and Japan's tallest mountain at 3776 metres. Mt Fuji has been spiritually important for both Buddhist an...

CHUBU LAKES and BAYS

Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko
Lake Kawaguchiko is a very popular destination for viewing Mt Fuji, particularly in cherry blossom, as it is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. The town of Kawaguchiko i...

Lake Motosu
Lake Motosu is the ninth deepest lake inJapan, at 140 meters. Lake Motosu, along with Lake Saiko and Lake Shoji, was formed by lava flowing across what is now the Aokigahara Jukai Forest and...

Lake Saiko

Lake Saiko
Lake Saiko, also known as the Western Lake (in relation to Mt Fuji). The western side of Lake Saiko shares its banks with the Aokigahara Jukai Forest. Lake Saiko, along with Lake Shoji and L...

Lake Shoji
Lake Shoji is the smallest of the Fuji Five Lakes which surround Mt Fuji. Remnants of lava flow still jut out of the water. Locals usually fish from these rocks. Lake Shoji, along with Lake ...

Lake Yamanaka

Lake Yamanaka
Lake Yamanaka, near the base of Mt Fuji, with its unobstructed views of Mt Fuji mean it is a very popular location to view and photograph Mt Fuji. Lake Yamanaka is one of the Fuji Five Lakes...

CHUBU BEACHES

Atami Sun Beach

Atami Sun Beach
Atami Sun Beach is a clear water beach with sand and is particularly popular as it is close enough to Tokyo (100km) for a day trip. Atami Sun Beach is one of the major attractions of Atami....

CHUBU RIVERS

Gojo River
Gojo River in Iwakura Aichi Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

CHUBU AMUSEMENT PARKS

Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland
Fuji-Q Highland is amusement park with a variety of attractions suitable for adults and children. Home to the one of the world's fastest roller coasters and features views of Mt Fuji. Fuji-Q...

Nagoya Port Sea Train Land

Nagoya Port Sea Train Land
Nagoya Port Sea Train Land, in the redeveloped Nagoya Port area, does not have a thrilling roller coaster which you expect in Japan. It is a rather small and relaxing amusement park where y...

CHUBU ONSEN

Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari
Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari is the famous Onsen where you can enjoy views of Mt Fuji while soaking in a hot Japanese bath. Fuji Chobo-no-yu Yurari is near Kawaguchiko....

Fujiyama Onsen
Fujiyama Onsen is a public onsen in Fujiyoshida, which is close to Mt Fuji....

Ieyasu no Yu

Ieyasu no Yu
Ieyasu no Yu (Ieyasu's Hot Spring) is named after the famous shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu no Yu is a public food spa in front of JR Atami Station....

Lake Yamanaka Onsen Benifuji-no-yu
Lake Yamanaka Onsen Benifuji-no-yu is a famous Onsen (Japanese bath house), next to Lake Yamanaka, where you can view Mt Fuji while relaxing in an Onsen....

Marine Spa Atami
Marine Spa Atami is a popular public onsen in Atami, which features a water slide and ocean views from the onsen....

CHUBU SPORTING VENUES

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium is used not for sports events but for concerts, Sumo, and other events. Nagoya is Japan's third largest city with the central city focused around the massive Nago...

Fuji Speedway
Fuji Speedway is the international race track where events such as the Japanese F1 are held. Fuji Speedway is near Mt Fuji....

CHUBU SKI RESORTS

Naeba Ski Resort
Naeba Ski Resort is on Mt Takenoko near Echigo Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture. Naeba Ski Resort features a maximum course length of 4,000m and a drop of 889m and was used in the FIS Ski World ...

Shiga-kogen Heights
Shiga Kogen is a famous ski resort in the heart of the Joshinetsu National Park, Nagano Prefecture. Shiga Kogen is a famous for its amazing panoramic views, and powder quality snow....

CHUBU AIRPORTS

Chubu Centrair International Airport
Chubu Centrair International Airport, (IATA: NGO, ICAO: RJGG), also known as Central Japan International Airport, is the international airport servicing Nagoya and the surrounding area....

CHUBU TRAIN STATIONS

Fujiyoshida Station

Fujiyoshida Station
Fujiyoshida Station services Fujiyoshida, the largest city close to Mt Fuji. Excellent view of Mt Fuji can be made from the station's platform....

JR Kanazawa Station

JR Kanazawa Station
Kanazawa Station (JR) is one of the most beautiful train stations in Japan. A glass dome called 'Motenashi Dome' and a wooden gate called 'Tsuzumi-mon' welcome you to Kanazawa when you get o...

JR Nagoya Station

JR Nagoya Station
Nagoya Station is the world's largest train station. Nagoya Station is the central focus of the city of Nagoya....

Kawaguchiko Station

Kawaguchiko Station
Kawaguchiko Station has one of the best views in Japan. From the platform at Kawaguchiko Station there are unobstructed views of Mt Fuji. Kawaguchiko Station is the closest station to Kawagu...

Nagano Station
Nagano Station is the main train station in Nagano and where the Nagano Shinkansen terminates....

CHUBU CABLE and ROPEWAYS

Tenjo-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway

Tenjo-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway
Tenjo-Yama Park Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway (officially know as Kawaguchiko Mt. Tenjo Ropeway) is an aerial lift that climbs from the edge of Kawaguchiko (Lake) to the observatory in Tenjo-Yama ...

CHUBU PORTS and FERRY TERMINALS

Nagoya Port

Nagoya Port
Nagoya Port is a redeveloped water front area in Nagoya, which features some great attractions, many which feature some outstanding architecture. You can buy a pass for 2,400 yen for the fo...

CHUBU SHOPPING

Heiwadori Shopping Street

Heiwadori Shopping Street
Heiwadori Shopping Street is one of several shopping streets around JR Atami Station with souvenir shops and restaurants. Some shops sell dried fish, which Atami is famous for....

JETTY

JETTY
JETTY is a three story shopping complex in the Nagoya Port area....

Matsuzakaya Department Store Nagoya Main
Matsuzakaya Department Store Nagoya Main is one of the Matsuzakaya Department Stores, a major Japanese department store with headquarters in Nagoya. Established in 1611, Matsuzakaya Departme...

Matsuzakaya Department Store Nagoya North
Matsuzakaya Department Store Nagoya North is one of the Matsuzakaya Department Stores, a major Japanese department store with headquarters in Nagoya. Established in 1611, Matsuzakaya Departm...

Matsuzakaya Department Store Nagoya South
Matsuzakaya Department Store Nagoya South is one of the Matsuzakaya Department Stores, a major Japanese department store with headquarters in Nagoya. Established in 1611, Matsuzakaya Departm...

Mitsukoshi Department Store Nagoya
Mitsukoshi Department Store Nagoya is part of an international department store chain founded in 1673 with the yago (shop name) Echigoya. The Mitsukoshi Department Store chain has its headqu...

Omi-cho Market

Omi-cho Market
Omi-cho Market in central Kanazawa was established in the middle of the 18th century. Omi-cho Market has been serving fresh food for both locals and tourists since. Here you can buy beautif...

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