13 days in Chubu Itinerary

13 days in Chubu Itinerary

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13 days in Chubu Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  12​h
1
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h
5
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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 13th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ise road trip planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Ise is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Ise is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in March, things will get colder in Ise: highs are around 13°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

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
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

1
night
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 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally stop by Takayama Usagiya.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takayama day trip site .

You can drive from Ise to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Takayama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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2
nights
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 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. On your second day here, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 18th (Wed), hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, hit the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In March in Yamanouchi-machi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area ©
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Takato Castle Remains Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, and then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto day trip site .

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Takato Castle Remains Park, Zenko-ji Temple, Suwa Shrine, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya (Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine & Kengamine) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows around 7°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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