Where to go around in Chubu Region ?

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!

 OP available

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’.


②Takayama (Gifu)Takayama morning market

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.

②Sarubobo (Gifu)

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.

9 Takayama Cherry Blossom
Spring in Hida Takayama

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Contact info-nagoya@his-world.com for reservation


3. Korankei (Aichi Prefecture)

①Korankei (Aichi)


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.


なばなの里②なばなの里 光のトンネル

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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5 thoughts on “Where to go around in Chubu Region ?

  1. Hello there,

    I bought plane tickets to japan for next winter for 3 weeks. We’ll arrive in tokyo on feb 16 and planned to buy the 2 weeks jr pass to explore hokkaido, tohoku region and finally to shirakawago and toyama before going back to tokyo and spend the final week there. My question is, will we be able to catch the winter illumination in shirakawago at end of february 2017? I think we’ll be there by feb 28 2017. We also plan to stay overnite at shirakawago in one of the gassho houses. Actually I went and stayed overnite at shirakawago in spring 2015 with my mom.. next year I’d be there with my husband and son to brave the winter there. Is there any advice that you can give us pertaining to our travel in winter there? Please be known that we are from Indonesia, a tropical country.

    Thanks a lot for your answers


    1. Hello and thank you for your comment. The illumination dates for 2017 haven’t been released yet, but the last day for this year was February 14. So, unfortunately your trip might be a bit late to see the illumination.

      Hokkaido, Tohoku and the Shirakawago/Toyama regions are very cold and have a high rate of snowfall in February. In particular many of the streets around the Shirakawago region will require you to walk through snow, so it is better if you bring waterproof boots with some kind of grip. Also warm clothing and pajamas – the gassho houses don’t have much insulation.

      Good luck with planning your trip! I’m sure you’ll have a great time.


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