Chubu

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

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

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)

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)

Located northwest of the Chubu region.

Fukui
Ishikawa
Home to the historic city of Kanazawa
Toyama

Kōshin'etsu(甲信越)

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

Kanazawa's historic Higashi-Chayamachi teahouse district

Other destinations

Hot springs in the Oku-Hida Onsen Villages

Talk

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

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. Northern parts, Nagano, Toyama and Kanazawa, can be reached from Tokyo by the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The Hokuriku region is accessible from Kansai via the Thunderbird.

See

World Heritage Sites

Castles

Matsumoto Castle

Original Castles

The Chubu region is home to 3 of the 12 original castles remaining in the country.

Reconstructed Castles

Castle Ruins

Do

Eat

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

Drink

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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