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Chubu itinerary

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Chubu itinerary

I am planning a trip to Chubu region during mid August.

Plan to visit the following:

1.Nagano

2.Matsumoto

3.Yamanouchi

4. Kamikochi

5.Norikura

6.Alpine Route

Questions:

1. In which order should i go?

2.And should i visit Chubu region first or Nikko?

3. Would it be possible to visit Shirakawa-go?

Flight arrival & depart Haneda Airport.

Will have about 6-7 days in Chubu.

Thanks~

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I think this is too much to do in 6-7 days. How are you getting around? Especially if you are relying on public transportation... If you have 7 days, this is what I would recommend (but kind of depends where you are coming from and going to before/after Chubu as well):

Day 1: Nagano

Day 2: Nagano, day trip to Yamanouchi,

Day 3: Matsumoto

Day 4: Kamikochi

Day 5: Kamikochi

Day 6: Shirakawa/Takayama

Day 7: Shirakawa/Takayama

Go to Nikko before...

Although, are you interested in Yamanouchi for snow monkeys? In August, I don't like your chances of seeing any... Not to say you won't see them, but you have a much better chance in the winter.

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Thank you for your reply, I will be going to nikko first then to nagano and back to tokyo.

Yes planning to see the snow monkeys in yamanouchi.Is it worth a trip? Even if there isnt much monkey,will there be other things to do?

As for transport, still deciding whether to rent a car or public transport. I would say at the moment will be public transport.

At the moment will be 7 days for nagano,4 days for tokyo & 3 days in nikko. My arrival to haneda is 4pm, will it be possible to go straight to nikko?

Edited: 16 July 2014, 01:08
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Nikko > Nagano > Tokyo is good plan.

I don't think there is anything else worth seeing in Yamanouchi, but hard to say since I'm not really sure what your interests are. :-) If it is raining, I wouldn't recommend going, but that's why I recommended staying in Nagano and making the day trip to jigokudani/yamanouchi. That way, if the weather is bad, you can do something else in Nagano. If you haven't found it already, japan-guide.com should be your new best friend:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6028.html

Where are you coming from? I can't say I would recommend renting a car unless you are already in asia and jet lag won't be a factor. You will surely be tired anyway from seeing as much as possible, but factor in jet lag as well as mountain roads in a country you aren't familiar with sounds like a bad idea to me. I would highly recommend public transportation or hiring somebody to drive you. Just make sure to check the public transportation schedules before hand as once you leave Tokyo, it won't be as frequent.

Go directly to Haneda to Nikko? Sure you can do that, but you have to change trains a few times and will take at least 2.5 hours I think.

If Japan-guide is your new best friend, you second one should be a site like hyperdia.com to plan train schedules.

Not sure how many bags you are bringing, but you should consider sending a bag to your hotel if you have more than one. It's called Takuhaibin and is a life saver. I do it every time I travel in Japan:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2278.html

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Well, I did some changes to the plan. Not sure if is feasible.

From Nikko to Nagano, stay 2 days

Then to Matsumoto, stay 1 day

Next to Takayama, stay 4 days.

From Takayama, will make day trips to Shirakawago & Kamikochi.

Should I stay in Kamikochi for a day or can I do it as a day trip?

We are from Asia, so jet lag wouldn't be a problem. We love nature & hiking.

I doubt we will go to Nikko directly from Haneda, we will arrive at 4pm. Who knows what time we will be done after immigration... so we plan to stay 1 night in Tokyo & the following day to Nikko.

Yes, hyperdia.com is such an amazing website. And very accurate.

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Glad you won't have to deal with jet lag and agree it is better to stay one night in Tokyo then go to Nikko.

Shirakawago should be fine for a day trip from Takeyama

You should stay in Kamikochi, especially if you love hiking. You could do a day trip, but you will feel rushed. Partly because there is so much to see there and partly because the bus schedule is infrequent. It is recommended to make a reservation for your return bus the day before, so if you do a day trip, when you arrive, you should make your reservation for returning... Kamikochi is probably one of my favorite places in Japan. Here are some photos from when I went to Kamikochi:

http://www.japanphotoguide.com/tag/kamikochi/

and Japan-guide's info which is really helpful:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6040.html

I recommend staying at least 2 night and close to the bus terminal or at Imperial Hotel because you will have to carry your luggage. Although, to be honest, it might be hard to find accommodations this close to your trip. For Takeyama as well...

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Which is more interesting to go to Takeyama or the Alpine Route?

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And also, how do I go to Takayama from Kamikochi? I know i need to transfer buses, but can't find the timetable for it.

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I'm not sure I can answer what will be more interesting for you.... I suggest you google them both and see what would fit better for you. For me, since you are going to Kamikochi already, then I would choose Takeyama. Here are the links from Japan Guide but do some more research to see what looks good for you.

Takeyama/Shirakawago:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5950.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5900.html

Alpine Route

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7550.html

Kamikochi bus information

www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/kamikochi.html

www.japan-guide.com/e/e6040.html#jump_access

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Finalizing the itinerary, this would be the plan:

25/8 - Nagano (Zenkoji temple, Togakushi Shrine)

26/8 - Nagano, Day trip to Alpine Route

27/8 - Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle, Nakamachi-dori )

28/8 - Kamikochi

29/8 -Kamikochi

30/8 -Takayama (Old Town, Morning Market)

31/8 - Takayama , Day trip to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Gassho-style village

Is it possible to go to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama Gassho-style village on our own or would it be better to join a tour? like the Nohi Bus tour.

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Looks great!

You could do either and just depends on your traveling style. If you feel comfortable driving in very remote places of Japan, a rental car would certainly give you more flexibility. Some of the small villages are easier to get to by public transportation than others and yes, a guided tour is always an option. Here is the access link for the area:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5953.html