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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.

Top destinations in Chubu

Nagoya

Japan's third largest economic center.
3.3 / 5
3,275

Inuyama

Former castle town north of Nagoya.
3.4 / 5
595

Shizuoka

Prefectural capital with views of Mount Fuji.
3.2 / 5
654

Fujinomiya

City at the southern base of Mount Fuji.
3.0 / 5
191

Takayama••

Preserves one of Japan's nicest old towns.
4.2 / 5
1,456

Okuhida

Hot springs in the mountains above Takayama.
4.0 / 5
208

Furukawa

Small town 15 minutes north of Takayama.
3.4 / 5
133

Gero Onsen

Famous hot spring resort south of Takayama.
3.6 / 5
373

Yuzawa

One of Japan's leading ski resort towns.
3.7 / 5
320

Matsumoto

City famous for its beautiful original castle.
3.7 / 5
1,176

Hakuba

One of Japan's best ski resorts.
3.7 / 5
629

Nagano

Former olympic city famous for its temple.
3.5 / 5
1,604

Obuse

Pleasant town famous for chestnuts and Hokusai.
3.9 / 5
81

Norikura

Mountain and highland in the Northern Japan Alps.
3.8 / 5
93

Nozawa Onsen

Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort.
3.8 / 5
210

Karuizawa

Upmarket mountain resort town.
3.4 / 5
845

Bessho Onsen

Small hot spring town with beautiful temples.
3.4 / 5
77
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Toyama

Capital city of Toyama Prefecture.
3.0 / 5
63

Takaoka

Famous for its bronze casting industry.
17

Kaga Onsen

A collection of four historic hot spring towns.
3.3 / 5
182

Fukui

Prefectural capital nearby Eiheiji Temple.
3.2 / 5
372
Page last updated: July 22, 2016