Packed full of hillside landscapes, mountainous terrains, and quiet castle towns, the Chubu region throws visitors right into the heart of Japan’s nature. This central area of the country is often overlooked by travelers jetting from Tokyo to Osaka on the shinkansen, but that whir of green you see through the train windows is ripe for exploration.
Nine prefectures comprise the Chubu region including Yamanashi, Aichi, Shizuoka, Gifu, Nagano, Niigata, Fukui, Ishikawa, and Toyama. From the Northern Japan Alps stretching across Toyama and Nagano to the valiant Mount Fuji in Yamanashi, a trip to Chubu will leave you in awe of what nature is capable of.
Korankei is one of the most popular autumn foliage viewing spots in Aichi Prefecture with the red Taigetsukyo Bridge being the place to capture the best photo. Catch the Momiji Matsuri (Maple Leaf Festival) along the Tomoe Riverbank when glowing yellow and orange trees are reflected on the water at night.
Learn the way of the samurai at this popular koyo (autumn leaves) spot in Nagoya where members of the Tokugawa clan (1603 to 1867) retired in peace. The garden was curated in 1695 in honor of the infamous feudal lords, who were the last of Japan’s Shoguns. The 44-hectare garden has a lake, waterfall and zen rock formations in addition to a tea house that will take you back in time. At night, the landscape is illuminated for the Autumn Leaves Festival.
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