Guide and information of Japan travel, with Nagano, Takayama, Shirakawago, Izu Peninsula, Sado, Kanazawa and more.
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CHUBU HOKURIKU
The Chubu and Hokuriku regions have the backbone of Japan, the Northen Japan Alps and the Southern Japan Alps, which rise to 3,000m and more.
Mt. Fuji is one of the most famous mountain throughout the world, and is the symbol of Japan. Izu Peninsula is a popular resort area for Tokyo people. There are open-air hot-springs that view Mt. Fuji and/or Pacific Ocean.
Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu region holds the Expo 2005, recently opened unique airport called Centrair with hot-spting inside the terminal. Nagoya Castle, originally a residence and military headquarters for Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Ise and Shima National Park harbors the most quintessential Ise Shrine as well as numerous pearl fisheries along its magnificent seacoast.
Hida-Takayama where you feel the best of traditional Japan. Shirakawago is an intermountain village registered as a world heritage site. Old wooden houses called 'Gassho-Zukuri', constructed with thatch, remains as it used to be for hundreds years.
Tateyama mountains and Kurobe canyon are knows as a cool point of summer time. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is not JR, but very recommended for the scenic route.
The Kenrokuen in Kanazawa is one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens. Kanazawa has 21st Century Museum as well. The Noto Peninsula has unique atomosphere stick into the Japan Sea.
A 90 minutes train ride from Kanazawa via Fukui takes you to
Eiheiji Temple, celebrated as one of the headquarters of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism.
Niigata, about 90 minutes from Tokyo, is one of the world's snowiest areas and, as such, attracts large numbers of skiers throughout the winter. Sado Island in Niigata is the fifth largest of Japan's islands on the way to Russia.
Nagano became world-famous as the host for the 1998 Winter Olymoics. The Zenkoji Temple is a representative old temple of Nagano. The main tower of Matsumoto Castle in the city of Matsumoto is nicknamed as 'Crow Castle' because of its black walls.
JR East Nagano/Niigata
JR Central/West
JR West Passes
Sightseeing Spots
Noto Peninsula
Kenrokuen Park / 21st Museum
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle
Kamikochi
Hida Takayama and Shirakawago and Gokayama
Fukui Eiheiji Temple
Mt. Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Nagoya
Hot Spring
Echigo Yuzawa Onsen
Monkey Onsen
Manza Onsen
Gero Onsen
Go Gifu Onsen
Yutaki Onsen in iiyama
Scenic Route (JR Tadami Line, JR Iiyama Line, JR Ooito Line, JR Takayama Line and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route)
只見線は会津若松〜小出間の日本有数の豪雪地帯を通り、沿線を流れる川の水面や山々の新緑と紅葉の美しさは有名で、特に車窓からの紅葉風景は全国随一です。また厳しく静寂な雪景色は息をのむほどの美しさです。
飯山線の長野から十日町間は日本の原風景のなかを走ります。日本最長の信濃川は長野県に入って千曲川に名を変え、川はゆったりと蛇行をし、何度乗車しても見飽きることがなく新しい発見があります。冬は一駅ごとに白さを増す雪景色に目を奪われてしまいます。
大糸線は松本と糸魚川を結び、日本の屋根と言われる北アルプスが一望できる路線で、夏は登山客、冬はスキー客で賑わいます。
岐阜から富山を結ぶ高山本線は、沿線に飛騨高山や下呂温泉などの観光名所が多く、観光客に人気の特急「ワイドビューひだ」号が運行されています。車窓からは季節によってさまざまに変わる山間の景観を楽しむことができ、特に木曽川、飛騨川沿いに植えられた春の桜並木と、景勝地として名高い中山七里の渓谷が見所として有名です。
毎年4月、雪の壁とともに始まる立山黒部アルペンルートは、3000m級の山々が連なる北アルプスのダイナミックな景観を間近で望めます。そして支柱が1本もないロープウェイや全線トンネルのケーブルカーなど珍しい乗り物に乗れるのも魅力です。
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