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Discover central Japan: A travel guide to Mie, Aichi, Gifu and Nagano prefectures


Central Japan. It’s a region of the country that travelers typically experience as a lime green blur through a bullet train window as they speed southward from the futuristic frenzy of Tokyo to the traditional refinement of Kyoto.

Heads up: The so-called “Golden Route,” a path between the two capitals of Kanto and Kansai that guidebooks have herded tourists along for decades, isn’t the only way of seeing Japan.

If travelers could just pause and look out of that window for a moment, they would see an area of extraordinary scenic beauty. Untouched rural communities sit in lush valleys where mountains meet the sea; centuries-old traditions are kept alive by tea masters, weavers, and monks, and locals are genuinely delighted to welcome outsiders into their postcard-perfect idyll. There are modern cities, too; centers of innovation and technology that look outward to embrace a globalizing world.

This guide was created to help you explore an unknown Japan though trips to the main prefectures that make up much of the central Japan region: Mie, Aichi, Gifu, and Nagano. Each of the videos is combined with a comprehensive article to help you plan your own itinerary and customize your visit. We’ve also included information about Nagoya, the gateway city to central Japan, below.

Mie Prefecture

Join Mason as he tours around and discovers the top things to do in Mie Prefecture, including hiking the Unesco-listed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and visiting Japan’s oldest shrine.

Aichi Prefecture

See Shelley’s adventures and find out all about the top things to do in Aichi Prefecture where you can rent a ninja mansion, learn traditional weaving and take a tour of the Toyota Stadium, host of matches at this year’s Rugby World Cup 2019.

Gifu and Nagano Prefectures

Read Lena’s article on the top things to do in Gifu and Nagano Prefectures and follow her as she walks the ancient Nakasendo Trail, trying out iconic cultural activities like tea ceremony and calligraphy along the way.

Click here to read more.

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