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Chubu Region Travel Guide

The Chubu Region (中部地方, Chūbu Chihō, literally "central part") consists of nine prefectures and is located in the center of Japan's largest island Honshu.

The northern part of the Chubu Region along the Sea of Japan coast (Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama) is also known as Hokuriku Region, while the southern part (Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu) is also known as Tokai Region and the prefectures of Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata as the Koshinetsu Region.

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Attractions
Aichi Prefecture
 1  Inuyama
Former castle town north of Nagoya.
User rating: 75/100 (206 votes)
Visited by: 482 users
 2  Nagoya
Japan's third largest economic center.
User rating: 74/100 (1192 votes)
Visited by: 2661 users
 
Shizuoka Prefecture
 1  Izu Peninsula
Hot springs and natural scenery.
User rating: 81/100 (308 votes)
Visited by: 827 users
 2  Shizuoka
Prefectural capital with views of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 72/100 (157 votes)
Visited by: 467 users
 3  Lake Hamanako
A seaside lake with hot spring baths.
User rating: 60/100 (94 votes)
Visited by: 311 users
 4  Fujinomiya
City at the southern base of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 59/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 64 users
  
Gifu Prefecture
 1  Shirakawa-go
Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.
User rating: 93/100 (291 votes)
Visited by: 593 users
 2  Takayama
Preserves one of Japan's nicest old towns.
User rating: 87/100 (569 votes)
Visited by: 1128 users
 3  Okuhida
Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.
User rating: 84/100 (56 votes)
Visited by: 164 users
 4  Gujo-Hachiman
Small town in rural Japan with castle.
User rating: 80/100 (62 votes)
Visited by: 173 users
 5  Furukawa
Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
User rating: 76/100 (42 votes)
Visited by: 114 users
 6  Gero Onsen
Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
User rating: 78/100 (120 votes)
Visited by: 290 users
Niigata Prefecture
 1  Sado Island
Large island off the coast of Niigata.
User rating: 85/100 (66 votes)
Visited by: 178 users
 2  Yuzawa
One of Japan's leading ski resort towns.
User rating: 78/100 (86 votes)
Visited by: 261 users
 3  Echigo Tsumari
Idyllic countryside staging modern art.
User rating: 76/100 (20 votes)
Visited by: 56 users
Nagano Prefecture
 1  Kamikochi
Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.
User rating: 91/100 (148 votes)
Visited by: 343 users
 2  Kiso Valley
Valley with nicely preserved post towns.
User rating: 89/100 (171 votes)
Visited by: 339 users
 3  Yamanouchi
Home of hot spring bathing monkeys.
User rating: 87/100 (78 votes)
Visited by: 180 users
 4  Matsumoto
City famous for its beautiful original castle.
User rating: 80/100 (423 votes)
Visited by: 909 users
 5  Hakuba
One of Japan's best ski resorts.
User rating: 80/100 (171 votes)
Visited by: 510 users
 6  Nagano
Former olympic city famous for its temple.
User rating: 75/100 (517 votes)
Visited by: 1276 users
 7  Obuse
Pleasant town famous for chestnuts and Hokusai.
User rating: 85/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 44 users
 8  Norikura
Mountain and highland in the Northern Japan Alps.
User rating: 82/100 (12 votes)
Visited by: 60 users
 9  Nozawa Onsen
Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort.
User rating: 79/100 (25 votes)
Visited by: 163 users
 10  Karuizawa
Upmarket mountain resort town.
User rating: 76/100 (242 votes)
Visited by: 665 users
 11  Bessho Onsen
Small hot spring town with beautiful temples.
User rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 51 users
 12  Togura Kamiyamada
Foreigner-friendly onsen town with historic fortress.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 4 users
 13  Takato Castle Park
Castle ruins covered by cherry trees.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 3 users
  
Yamanashi Prefecture
 1  Mount Fuji
The country's most iconic landmark.
User rating: 95/100 (141 votes)
Visited by: 1019 users
 2  Fuji Five Lakes
Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (783 votes)
Visited by: 1952 users
 3  Shosenkyo Gorge
Nice gorge famous for autumn colors.
User rating: 84/100 (51 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
Toyama Prefecture
 1  Alpine Route
Spectacular route through the Northern Alps.
User rating: 93/100 (122 votes)
Visited by: 268 users
 2  Kurobe Gorge
Scenic gorge with a small sightseeing train.
User rating: 85/100 (38 votes)
Visited by: 88 users
 
Ishikawa Prefecture
 1  Kanazawa
City rich in culture and history.
User rating: 84/100 (588 votes)
Visited by: 1291 users
 2  Noto Peninsula
Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines.
User rating: 77/100 (66 votes)
Visited by: 205 users
 2  Kaga Onsen
A collection of four historic hot spring towns.
User rating: 77/100 (33 votes)
Visited by: 128 users
Fukui Prefecture
 1  Fukui
Prefectural capital nearby Eiheiji Temple.
User rating: 70/100 (46 votes)
Visited by: 257 users
  

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