16 days in Chubu Itinerary

16 days in Chubu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chubu journey planner

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Keisei-Ueno, Foot to Ueno, Train to Kanazawa
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
— 4 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Montreal



— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like D. T. Suzuki Museum and Natadera Temple. Get some cultural insight at Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Venture out of the city with trips to Toyama (Ukita Residence, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, &more), Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, Original Gashozukuri, &more) and Komatsu (Ishikawa Aviation Plaza & Motorcar Museum of Japan). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Dolls Museum, get engrossed in the history at Maeda Tosanomori Shoryokan Museum, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, and steep yourself in history at Shima.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa driving holiday planning website.

Montreal, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Kanazawa due to the time zone difference. In September, Kanazawa is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain interesting insight with Snow Monkey Resorts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takei Shrine, then look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and finally contemplate the long history of Matsushiro.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagano visit website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagano by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Nagano sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites


— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Suwa Shrine and Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Museum-lovers will appreciate Matsumoto City Art Museum and Japan Folklore Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura), Suwa (Kitazawa Museum of Art & Hokke-ji Temple) and Naraijuku (in Shiojiri). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake, steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, and visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planning website.

Getting from Nagano to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips


— 4 nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Higashiyama Walking Course and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Myozenji Temple, Kanda house, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkoji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Higashiyama Hakusan Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama online journey maker.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Takayama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Chubu travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.