Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


Central Japan - Dragon-rise Region


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Suggested Itineraries




      Visit the world heritage Gasshozukuri  (over 300 years of history) at Shirakawa-go. Strolling along the old streets of Hida Takayama and enjoy the famous Hida beef (top grade wagu). Stop at tea house in Kanazawa, taste the famous local rice wine (sake) and indulge yourself in one of the 3 largest Japanese gardens – Kenrokuen. View the oldest Japanese castle – National Treasure Inuyama Castle, in complement to Nagoya Castle where you can overlook the symbol of Nagoya City - a golden pair of “shachis”. Savour a feast of Hitsumabushi (grilled eel on rice) which is most famous in Nagoya to complete your wonderful journey!
      1. Nagoya Castle
      Nagoya Caslte

      Nagoya Caslte, a symbol of Nagoya was residence of the 620,000-koku Owari Tokugawa household. It was built by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, and it symbolizes Nagoya's pride and power. There are exhibits describing the lifestyle of the local lords in the castle tower (main donjon). Restoration of Hommaru Palace is currently underway, which was registered as Japan's National Treasure but the original building was tragically burnt down during World War II.

      2.Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
      Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology

      Preserving and utilizing the old factory and industrial heritage at the birthplace of Toyota, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology was established by the 13 Toyota Group companies. Centered on textiles and automobiles, the site introduces the industrial and technological revolutions through real machines and moving exhibits.

      3. Tokugawaen and The Tokugawa Art Museum

      Tokugawaen is a Japanese garden with walkways winding around a central pond symbolizing the ocean. The waterfall and steams utilize the differences in elevation to create an enjoyable, dynamic landscape throughout the four seasons. The Tokugawa Art Museum exhibits the tools of the Owari Tokugawa feudal lords, such as Japanese swords and armor, tea ceremony utensils, and Noh cos-tumes.

      4. Hida Takayama

      Hida Takayama is surrounded by beautiful nature of the Northern Alps. With a unique culture from a blend of Edo and Kyoto. In Hida Takayama, you could enjoy staying at Onsen hotels and guesthouses, having traditional dished made by the fresh ingredients and visiting different historical buildings.

      4. Sanmachi

      Sanmachi is the old town area where houses from Edo period remains. The old Sanmachi downtown area grew as people gathered along the lanes linking the castle, prominent temples and shrines, and also flourished around the Takayama-Jinya, the old government office that was built over 300 years ago. The Jinya still stands today.

      5. Float Hall
      Float Hall

      The Float Hall locates in Sakurayama Hachiman and it is the place where the floats for Takayama Festival are kept. Every March, July and November, the beautifully decorated floats will be parading with live explanation by Miko, the shrine maiden.

      6. Kusakabe Folk Museum
      Kusakabe Folk Museum

      Kusakabe Folk Museum (Kusakabe Mingei-kan) built in 1879, this house is the first merchant’s house designated as a National Important Cultural Treasure, along with the adjoining Yoshijima House. Its unique construction features fit well the snowing climate with low roofs, deep house and heavy double eaves.

      7. Shirakawa-go

      Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture locates in the northwest foothills of the White Mountains. It is surrounded by mountains, paddy fields, with river flowing through the village. The Gasshozukuri, steep thatched roofs farmhouses (constructed like hands in prayer) is one of the signatures in the place and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

      8. Kanazawa
      Kanazawa Castle

      Kanazawa is surrounded by the Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park.

      Kenrokuen Garden
      Kenrokuen Garden

      Kenrokuen Garden is a Japanese garden located on the heights of the central of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation. From its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords' gardens in Japan.


      Kazue-machi is an old geisha district. It is one of the three geisha districts of Kanazawa. Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainments, where geisha perform dances and play Japanese traditional musical instruments. The historical rows of this two storey teahouse town have been designated as Japan's cultural assets.

      4. Omi-cho Market
      Omi-cho Market

      The Omi-cho Market was established about the middle of the 18th century. Since then, it has been supporting the gastronomic culture of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. There are as many as 170 stores including a large number of fish stores that sell fresh fish and seafood caught in the Sea of Japan, vegetable stores that sell unique Kaga vegetables, fruit stores, dried food and marine product stores, grocery stores, and clothing stores besides restaurants.

      9. Inuyama Castle
      Inuyama Castle

      Inuyama is located at the northwest of Aichi Prefecture with Inuyama Castle as the centre of the city. Inuyama Castle is also known as the White Emperor City which was built in late 16th century. It is the only private own castle in Japan. A conserved feature are the steep stairs, which visitors can scale up four stories to get to the top level and be rewarded with panoramic views over the castle grounds and Kiso River. The village under the castle is well conserved as well.


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