Have you ever heard or been to the Chubu Region?
According to unofficial statistics, the answer for that answer is probably ‘NO!’.
Yes, not many people know about the Chubu Region. But once you mention about places like Shirakawa-go and Takayama, I bet lots of people actually do know about it.
Nowadays, lots of foreign tourists are flooding into the Chubu Region for the Shirakawa-go and Takayama area. But there are many other places to visit in the Chubu Region!
1. Historical Village of Shirakawa-go （Gifu Prefecture）
The Four Seasons of the Historical Village of Shirakawa-go
It was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. The main attraction is the Gassho-style houses. (Gassho means hands in prayer formation /\) Built in the mid-Edo period to the early Showa era, it has about 300 years of history.
Originally, there were around 300 Gassho-style houses, but currently only 114 are left in the site with a population of approximately 600 people.
Most Gassho -style houses have been converted to restaurants or B&B and other commercial purposes.
Why was the roof built like hands in prayer? It is because the weather is harsh during winter, therefore, using the principle of gravity, the snow will slowly slide down via gravity and will lessen the burden on the roof.
It’s a winter wonderland.
Winter is the peak season for Shirakawa-go. Everybody floods in for the light ups. A friendly reminder for you, if you are planing to visit during the light ups season, Please book your travel tickets and accommodation as far in advance as possible!
Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Bus Tour (contact email@example.com for reservation)
2. Hida Takayama – Little Kyoto （Gifu Prefecture）
Hida Takayama is located in the central region of Japan. The formation of the current terrain is by the river and glacial erosion. It still retains the retroness of the Edo Period, especially the well known fortress town – Tateyama ‘Sanmachi street’.
The streets of Hida Takayama
The Hida Takayama Festival celebrations consist of eye-catching floats parading on the streets, and there are hundreds of local people dressed in traditional clothes marching slowing along the streets.
A sarubobo is a Japanese amulet, particularly associated with the town of Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.
Sarubobos are red human-shaped dolls, with no facial features, made in a variety of sizes. Traditionally, sarubobos are made by grandmothers for their grandchildren as dolls, and for their daughters as a good luck charm for a good marriage, good children and to ensure a well-rounded couple.
Refer from Wikipedia : Sarubobo
Hida beef tastes sweet, succulent and tender. Hida Takayama is also well known for its hot springs, most Japanese enjoy day trips to the surrounding open-air hot springs areas.
OP available :
- Highway bus Ticket from Nagoya sta. to Takayama Bus Center
- Okuhida Marugoto Value Ticket bus plan 2 days 【From Takayama】
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservation
3. Korankei （Aichi Prefecture）
Famous Japanese maple leaf area. The best viewing period will be from mid- November.
The vivid redness is very captivating.
4. Nabana No Sato （Mie Prefecture）
It is operated by the Long Island Group. Different seasons bring different flowers to enjoy. The peak season is Winter.
People come for the Winter Illumination which is superbly gorgeous. It was also said to be the biggest winter illumination in Japan.
Enough Said !
The name of the park is Nabana no Sato, (Valley of Flowers). However as we know, most flowers bloom during the spring. not winter. Therefore most floral parks will have winter illuminations as the main attraction for the park during the winter season. There are approximately 8 million colorful light bulbs in action!
The theme of the winter light show changes each year which attracts travelers to keep coming back. There’s no doubt that the Japanese are very creative.
Thanks for stopping by.
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