7 days in Chubu Itinerary

7 days in Chubu Itinerary

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7 days in Chubu Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ise
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the activities along Taisho Pond, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto day trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Matsumoto is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Matsumoto. In November, Matsumoto is much colder than Bangkok - with highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 4th (Mon), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple.

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Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa journey maker site .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ise online route planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Ise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ise, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Ise to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ise in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nagoya, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites
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Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle