7 days in Chubu Itinerary

7 days in Chubu Itinerary

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7 days in Chubu Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+3
Ferry + Foot + Fly + Train:  13​h 30​min
1
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Ferry:  12​h 30​min
End: Boracay

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and then fly down the slopes at Norikura Kogen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Matsumoto itinerary maker app .

Boracay, Philippines to Matsumoto is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boracay in May: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Suwa Shrine
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Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, make a trip to Jingu Chokokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then contemplate the long history of Izawanomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine.

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You can drive from Matsumoto to Ise in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, Ise is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Izawanomiya
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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, then don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Gokayama, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Takayama tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ise to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Ise in May, with lows around 17°C. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Shirakabe Dozogai
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Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house

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