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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.


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.


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.


Located the southern Pacific coast.

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


Located northwest of the Chubu region.

Home to the historic city of Kanazawa


Located east of the Chubu region.

Prefecture famous for its winter skiing, the Olympics, and Matsumoto Castle
at the foothills of Mount Fuji


Kanazawa's historic Higashi-Chayamachi teahouse district

Other destinations

Hot springs in the Oku-Hida Onsen Villages


There are many people who speak in dialect in this area. In Shirone in Niigata prefecture, people speak in a dialect. For example, they use the word "Ra, Ri, Ru, Re and Ro " at the ending. So they speak like this, "~raro!".

Get in

By plane

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

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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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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