31 days in Chubu & Tokyo Itinerary

31 days in Chubu & Tokyo Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Bus to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya (Asagiri Jumboree Golf Club & Kengamine), Gotemba (Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course & Gotemba Golf Club) and Hakone-machi (Onshi Hakone Park, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Fugaku Wind Cave, and get impressive views of Mount Fuji.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi planning tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in March: high temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 9°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Izu

— 4 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Get out of town with these interesting Izu side-trips: Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito), Numazu Kokusai Country Club (in Numazu) and Tomei Country Club (in Susono). There's still lots to do: tee off at Nakaizu Green Club, don't miss a visit to Kantsuki Tensho Kimko, look for all kinds of wild species at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, and stroll through Soga Bessho Bairin.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Izu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Izu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March; daily highs in Izu reach 15°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Izu

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Ise

— 2 nights
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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then see the interesting displays at Okageza, and finally steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Harusame Observatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aonominesan Shofuku-ji Temple, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinomiya.

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Traveling by car from Izu to Ise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
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 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Chubu Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya road trip site.

You can drive from Ise to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in March since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Nagase house, and finally get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary site.

Getting from Nagoya to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in March since evenings lows in Shirakawa-mura dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of Kanazawa to go to Katsuyama and see Ski Jam Katsuyama, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, visit Higashichaya Old Town, and surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, head outdoors with Shiga Kogen, then get outside with Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, and finally fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Hakuba-mura

— 2 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): head outdoors with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Happoone. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort and then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura online vacation planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino), Kirigamine Marshland (in Suwa) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, identify plant and animal life at Ike no Taira Shitsugen, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and hit the slopes at Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

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You can drive from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Chubu travel guide

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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.