31 days in Chubu Itinerary

31 days in Chubu Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chubu trip planner

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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izu
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some cultural insight at Higashichaya Old Town and Nagamachi Neighborhood. You'll get in some beach time at Amaharashi Coast and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Asuwa Shrine (in Fukui), Spas (in Nanto) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle Ishikawa Gate, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kanazawa is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kanazawa is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, things will get cooler in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nagase house. Get some historical perspective at Takayama Jinya and Old Teraguchi Residence. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Takayama day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 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.
Visit Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple for their historical value. Hakuba and Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Nagano (Kankeiji Temple & Seisui-ji Temple Kannon-do), Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park (in Hakuba-mura) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort & Nozawa Onsen). And it doesn't end there: tee off at Seizan Golf Course, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaga Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip maker tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. March in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shimoda

— 3 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Iritahama Beach and Okuiro Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimoda: Otago Beach (in Nishiizu-cho), Iwachi Beach (in Matsuzaki-cho) and Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Tsumekizaki, enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, explore the activities along Shirahama Beach, and see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimoda vacation app.

Drive from Matsumoto to Shimoda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in March, with highs in Shimoda at 15°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Shimoda

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Izu

— 5 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Kinomiya Shrine and Kiunkaku will appeal to history buffs. Ryugeji Temple and Tokai University Marine Science Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Numazu (Mihamasaki Cape & Ita Beach), Atami (Atami Sun Beach & Onsen Resorts) and Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) (in Shizuoka). There's still lots to do: tee off at Nakaizu Green Club, kick back and relax at Odoi Beach, and get outside with Toi Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Izu road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Shimoda to Izu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Izu

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagoya Castle and Tokugawa Art Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tanoura Beach and Oura Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Kannon-ji Temple (in Tsushima), Former Kasuyatei (in Nishio) and Inuyama (Inuyama Castle & Japan Monkey Centre: Museum and Zoo for Nonhuman Primates). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Sakae, and step into the grandiose world of Seinan Sumiyagura.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya tour planner.

Getting from Izu to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Izu in March since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ise

— 5 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.
Visit Ichigo Beach and Goza Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Ise Grand Shrine and Ise Shrine Geku are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Yosen-ji Temple (in Matsusaka), Shima (Koushirahama Beach, Ago no Matsubara Beach, &more) and Daiuma Shrine (in Kumano). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and examine the collection at Okageza.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.