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Chūbu (中部) is the central region of Japan's Honshu island.


This area is located at the border between West Japan and East Japan, there are many high-altitude mountains such as Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps.

Food culture is different for each region.

Understand[edit]

Chubu means "middle region", accurately reflecting its position straddling the two Japanese poles of Kansai and Kanto. Often ignored by foreign tourists, many of Chubu's best attractions are in the mountains, particularly the Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps.

Prefectures[edit]

The Chūbu region covers a large and geographically diverse area of Honshū which leads to it generally being divided into three distinct subregions: Tōkai, Kōshin'etsu, and Hokuriku.

Tōkai(東海)[edit]

Located the southern Pacific coast.

Chubu Region
Aichi
mostly urban sprawl around Nagoya
Gifu
home to the northern Japan Alps and many hot springs
Shizuoka
- home to the famous Mount Fuji and the scenic Izu Peninsula

Hokuriku(北陸)[edit]

Located northwest of the Chubu region.

Fukui
Ishikawa
Home to the historic city of Kanazawa
Toyama

Kōshin'etsu(甲信越)[edit]

Located east of the Chubu region.

Niigata
famous for Koshihikari rice and sake
Nagano
Prefecture famous for its winter skiing, the Olympics, and Matsumoto Castle
Yamanashi
at the foothills of Mount Fuji

Cities[edit]

Kanazawa's historic Higashi-Chayamachi teahouse district

Other destinations[edit]

Hot springs in the Oku-Hida Onsen Villages


Talk[edit]

There are many people who speak in each dialect in this area. For example, some Niigata people use ra instead of standard copula da such as ~raro instead of ~daro ("isn't it?"). Shizuoka people use ~dara instead of ~daro. In Ishikawa and Toyama, people use dara as an abuse word meaning "idiot".

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Chubu Centrair International Airport, Japan's third major international gateway, is located on an artificial island 30 minutes south from Nagoya. Most larger cities around the region have airports, but they generally only serve domestic flights.

By train[edit]

True to the name, the Tokaido Shinkansen bisects the southern Tokai region, connecting to Tokyo in the east and Osaka and Kyoto in the west. Access to the northern parts is harder: Nagano can be reached from Tokyo on the Nagano Shinkansen, but the Hokuriku Shinkansen onward to Kanazawa remains under construction.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • In the Oku-Hida region around Takayama, check out the traditional gasshō-zukuri houses, with a roof shaped like hands in prayer to protect against snow from accumulating.
  • There are many famous temples in Nagano, notably Zenkōji, considered an official national treasure.
  • In Nagoya, there is Nagoya castle, although it's just a modern concrete reconstruction.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Winter sports - in the winter, cold, dry air from the Asian continent meets moist Pacific air, the result is a large amount of snow that falls in the Koshin'etsu district, also known as Snow Country (雪国 Yukiguni), since it receives some of the heaviest snowfall in Japan. This makes Chubu Japan's undisputed winter sports capital with attractions like Nagano, site of the 1998 Winter Olympics, and Yuzawa, easily reached from Tokyo.
  • Hiking - the Japan Alps have some great hiking. Mount Fuji in Shizuoka is a symbol of Japan and a popular tourist attraction, both for viewing and climbing.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Chubu's regions all have their local specialities. Some include:

  • Hotaru ika (lit. "firefly squid") in Toyama
  • Hatchō miso (八丁味噌) in Okazaki

Drink[edit][add listing]

Chubu is sake country and Niigata, renowned for its koshihikari rice, produces some of the best in the country including famous labels like Kubota (久保田), Koshinokanbai (越乃寒梅) and Hakkaisan (八海山).

Shizuoka is famous for green tea and Aichi specializes in, oddly enough, oranges.



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