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Chubu, which literally means “central part”, is Japan’s central region. It has a population of approximately 21.7 million and consists of nine prefectures: Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, and Yamanashi. Chubu itself is also divided into three sub-regions called Hokuriku (Northern), Tokai (Southern), and Koshinetsu (Eastern). Hokuriku consists of Ishikawa, Fukui, and Toyama. Niigata is sometimes considered part of this region. The Hokuriku region lies on the coastline of the Sea of Japan. The region is known for its heavy snow in the winter. The Tokai region consists of Aichi, Gifu, and Shizuoka.
One of its highlights is Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka. With the Pacific Ocean as its border, the Tokai region is crucial in connecting Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Nagano, Niigata, and Yamanashi comprise the Koshinetsu region. Koshinetsu region is famous for its mountains and terrains, including the Japan Alps.
Niigata is best known for its production of high quality rice. Uonuma City of Niigata produces Koshihikari rice, which is believed to be the best rice in Japan.
Where To Go In Niigata
Niigata rice and sake are particularly well known from this area
The Major Ski Resort & Sake Museum
Remote Island famous for Gold Mine and Home to the Japanese Ibis
Toyama with Ishikawa Prefecture borders Toyama Bay, one of Japan’s three largest bays, which is famous for its firefly squids that emit blue light on its shores.
Where To Go In Toyama
Famous for its firefly squids that light up the bay
Famous Hot Spring Resorts and Relaxing Getways
Japan's Tallest Dam, Sightseeing Cruises on the Lake
Station between Tateyama Ropeway and Kurobe Cablecar
Ishikawa’s most visited site is Kenrokuen Garden, considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens. “Kaga yuzen”, a form of dyeing that produces colorful dyed silk fabric for kimono, developed in Ishikawa.
Where To Go In Ishikawa
Known as Ninja Temple with many deceptive defenses
One of three great night pleasure spots in Kanazawa district
The Noto Peninsula extends about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan
Home to famous Kenroku-en Garden regareded as Japan's three most beautiful gardens
Fukui’s two most popular tourist destinations are Eiheiji Temple and Fukui Dinosaur Museum. Fukui Dinosaur Museum is the largest dinosaur museum in Japan and recognized as one of the top three in the world.
Where To Go In Fukui
One of the Three Largest Dinosaur Museum in the World
One of the two head temple of the Soto Sect of Zen Buddhism
Series of rugged cliffs on the coast of Sea of Japan
Famous for its Donjon, Fortified Tower
Gifu is fairly rural with several hot springs and rural towns being the town’s highlights. One of these popular traditional towns is Takayama, a town of old wooden houses standing side-by side.
Where To Go In Gifu
Decorated Floats Yatai and Portable Shrine Mikoshi
UNESCO World Heritage Gassho-zukuri farmhouses
Beautifully Preserved with Old Homes in Takayama
Find local fresh vegetables, fruits, mountain vegetables of Takayama
Nagoya Castle in Aichi, built in the beginning of the Edo Period, was one of the largest castles in Japan. Having developed as a castle town, Nagoya has several historically significant buildings.
Where To Go In Aichi
Japan's third most populated metropolitan area and the capital of Aichi Prefecture
Toyota City is the largest city in Aichi and home to Toyota Motor Corporation Headquarter
Japan's Oldest TV Tower constructed in 1954 in Aichi
Shizuoka is most known for its green tea production, accounting for approximately half of the country’s green tea. Visitors can witness the impressive green tea plantations that run miles when traveling across Shizuoka on the bullet trains.
Where To Go In Shizuoka
Early Hanami in Izu Peninsula
Composed of a Museum, Tea House and Garden
Japan's tenth largest lake famous for cultivated eel
Beautiful destination with hot springs and beaches
Yamanashi Prefecture is located in the Chubu region and is best known for its many large mountains, including the famous Mt. Fuji. A popular way to view the beautiful Mt. Fuji is from Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.
Where To Go In Yamanashi
Museum displaying beautifully crafted kimono
Fruit park with extensive array of fruits and tropical greenhouse
800,000 shibazakura or pink moss cover the fields in shades of pink
Small theme park featuring music boxes, automatic musical instruments
Its mountain resorts and hot springs make Nagano a popular tourist destination for those seeking to appreciate nature. The Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi is one of the many unique sights that attracts tourists.
Where To Go In Nagano
Hirajiro castle built on plains rather than a hill
Stores the first Buddha statue brought into Japan
Famous for its snow monkeys that bathe; free foot baths in town
Most popular summer resort; second home to many wealthy urbanites
Features ukiyoe works by famous painter Katsushika Hokusai
Japan's Yosemite; remote mountainous highland