Organization

The following locations are located in the Chūbu region which is in the middle of Honshu Japan, between the Kantō region and the Kansai region.

Nagoya (名古屋) is Japan's fourth most populated city and the capital of Aichi Prefecture. This part of Japan is famous its local specialties which miso plays a vital role in. Its icon is Misonikomi- a chewy texture udon which is simmered in a miso-flavoured dashi broth.

Yaotsu (八百津町, Yaotsu-Town) is a town located in Gifu Prefecture. It was historically said that this town was the transit point between road and river transportations, accommodating several river ports on the Kiso River flowing from east to west through the town.

Takayama (高山) is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town.

Shirakawa Village (白川村, Shirakawa-go) is located in Gifu Prefecture. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional Gassho style houses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Kanazawa (金沢市, Kanazawa-shi) is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa’s unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s “three best landscape gardens” and by many considered the most beautiful of them all.

Tsuruga (敦賀市, Tsuruga-shi) is a city located in Fukui Prefecture. In addition to its coastline, forests, and wetlands, Tsuruga has well-preserved historical sites that provide a glimpse into times past such as ancient temples.

Nagoya City

Nagoya (名古屋) is Japan's fourth most populated city and the capital of Aichi Prefecture. This part of Japan is famous for its local specialties which miso plays a vital role in. Its icon is Misonikomi- a chewy texture udon which is simmered in a miso-flavoured dashi broth. It is also famous for a popular Izakaya cornerstone, Tebasaki, which is chicken wings marinated in a sweet sauce with sesame seeds. For the car lovers, it is one of the nation's major economic centers being home to the automotive industry in Japan and you will find all the big name factories here such as Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi.

Transport Hub Nagoya Station
Address 1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi, 450-0002
Web https://www.nagoya-info.jp/en/

Yaotsu-Town

Yaotsu (八百津町, Yaotsu-Town) is a town located in Gifu Prefecture. It was historically said that this town was the transit point between road and river transportations, accommodating several river ports on the Kiso River flowing from east to west through the town. The town is filled with affluent green and water brought from 80% of its land covered by forestry. Making use of spring water from mountains, a variety of local specialties are produced: brewery products such as Japanese Sake, Miso paste and vinegar, Yaotsu Sembei – wheat cookies, and Kurikinton – chestnut sweets. In the season of cherry blossoms, two unmissable festivals are hold : “Yaotsu Danjiri Festival” and “Kutami Karakuri Festival”.

Transport Hub Mino-Ota Station
Address Otacho, Minokamo City, Gifu Prefecture, 505-0041
Web https://www.town.yaotsu.lg.jp/4374.htm

Takayama City

Takayama (高山) is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Takayama retains a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town. The Takayama Festival, held in spring and autumn, is considered one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan. The Spring Festival (April 14-15) is the annual festival of the Hie Shrine in the southern half of Takayama's old town. Likewise, the Autumn Festival (October 9-10) is the annual festival of the Hachiman Shrine in the northern half of the old town. The spring and autumn festivals have similar attractions and schedules. Each festival features its own set of about a dozen festival floats (Yatai).

Transport Hub Takayama Station
Address 1-22-2 Showamachi, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, 506-0053
Web https://www.hida.jp/english/index.html

Shirakawa Village

Shirakawa Village (白川村, Shirakawa-go) is located in Gifu Prefecture. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for traditional house of Gassho Style, some of which were built in around mid-18th century. More than 600 people still live in the world heritage site, they have preserved the legacy of Gassho style houses to future generations. As the seasons change, so does Shirakawa-go. you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the rice fields (June to August), the autumn leaves of mountain slopes (October to November), and the roofs of the thatched houses which are covered in this snows offer the stunning views, transforming the entire landscape to the magical winter (January to February) wonderland.

Transport Hub Shirakawago Bus Terminal
Address 1086 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun, Gifu Prefecture, 501-5627
Web http://ml.shirakawa-go.org/en

Kanazawa City

Kanazawa (金沢市, Kanazawa-shi) is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa's unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three best landscape gardens" and by many considered the most beautiful of them all. The spacious grounds used to be the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and were constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries. Opened to the public in Meiji 7 (1874), Kenrokuen features a variety of flowering trees which provide the garden with a different look for each season. You can enjoy very fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan and try a Kaisen-don.

Transport Hub Kanazawa Station
Address 1-1 Kinoshinbo-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, 920-0858
Web https://visitkanazawa.jp/

Tsuruga City

Tsuruga (敦賀市, Tsuruga-shi) is a city located in Fukui Prefecture. In addition to its coastline, forests, and wetlands, Tsuruga has well-preserved historical sites that provide a glimpse into times past such as ancient temples. You must not miss Kehi Jingu Shrine, the chief shrine of the region which is located a short walk from Tsuruga Station. Initially built in 702, Kehi Jingu Shrine has one of the three great wooden torii gates in Japan. Down by the sea of Tsuruga Bay is another Site of Scenic Beauty, Kehi-no-Matsubara, a favorite spot for beachgoers during the summer is also one of the three largest pine groves in Japan. The contrast of the greenery of the trees, blue sea, and white sand make for a beautiful scene.

Transport Hub Tsuruga Station
Address 1-1-24 Kanawacho, Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, 914-0055
Web https://tsuruga-museum.jp

Gallery