Located in the centre of Japan.
Chubu consists of 9 prefectures: Aichi, Gifu, Shizuoka, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama, Nagano, Niigata and Yamanishi
It accomodates the 4th largest city in Japan, Nagoya
, and is host to a number of enjoyable attractions.
PLACES TO VISIT
Nagoya (Main Image)
has prospered as a key junction for traffic between Edo (Tokyo) and Osaka for the past 400 years
. The Nagoya station building, the JR Central Tower
, is the city's modern landmark. Standing 245 meters high, it is the tallest station building in Japan
. During the Christmas season, many people come to view the beautiful lights.
A 5-minute subway ride from the station brings you to Sakae, the city's major downtown area
. In the center of town filled is OASIS21, an environmentally friendly three-dimensional park
, where many exciting events are held.
In contrast to the modern areas, Nagoya Castle
is the city's old landmark. It is almost in the center of Nagoya City
, and is famous for shachihoko
, the golden orcas that adorn the roof of its castle tower. The castle is a beautiful symbol of Nagoya
Nagano is an inland prefecture situated in the central part of Honshu
that spreads across the Central Highland, also known as the Roof of Japan
. Because it is situated between the Kanto and Kansai regions, it developed while being influenced by the cultures of both eastern and western Japan.
At the centre of the prefecture are mountains connected to three volcanic mountains, Mt. Nasu-yama, Mt. Fuji and Mt. Norikura-dake
, and the Japan Alps Mountains
to the west. Nagano has both a high and steep mountain region, as well as a more moderate stretch of highlands. In summer it becomes a flower paradise
with blooming alpine plants of various kinds. In the winter, ski resorts open in various locations throughout the prefecture
, attracting many skiers.
In 1998 Nagano City hosted the Winter Olympics
Near the center of Japan, beautiful plains stretch out below the mountainous area and the graceful form of Mt. Fuji, the highest peak in Japan
, gazes down upon us. Mt. Fuji is widely known not only among Japanese people, but among people all over the world. It has inspired many famous Japanese artists
, including ukiyoe (woodblock print) artist Katsushika Hokusai, and left a trail of amazing pieces of art throughout history for future generations to enjoy. This amazing mountain is most definitely a worldwide symbol
that Japan can be immensely proud of.
Mt. Fuji has recently been made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site