10 days in Chubu Itinerary

10 days in Chubu Itinerary

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10 days in Chubu Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + train:  18​h 45​min
1
Ise
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+3
train + foot + train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ise holiday planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Ise is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dusseldorf to Ise due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dusseldorf in October, expect Ise to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, then explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then walk around Oishi Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is slightly colder than Ise - with highs of 19°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

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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 30th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Myojin Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto day trip tool .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suwa Shrine, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond

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night
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, appreciate the history behind Stone Church, then explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and finally browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi road trip planning site .

Getting from Matsumoto to Karuizawa-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Stone Church ©
Stone Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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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 3rd (Sun): stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, then get outside with Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then take a stroll through Gokayama, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community