You’ve probably lived in a tropical climate your entire life just like we have, so it’s understandable if you’re feeling apprehensive about visiting another hot and humid destination as you plan for your next great vacation. We had the same sentiments too until we came across Our Awesome Planet’s informative itinerary on exploring central Japan. Read on to find out the best spots which you should uncover from this charming region.
The group enjoyed delectable ayu, which is also known as sweet fish, before embarking on their journey towards the Shogawa River for a relaxing Shogawa Gorge Cruise. The scenery looked exceptionally photo-worthy during the summer with its lush greenery and the cool breeze in their hair.
Left: Shogawa Gorge Cruise; Right: Ayu No Sato (Toyama Shogawa Gorge Cruise)
Afterwards, they were treated to Kokiriko, an ancient dance and music performance which took place within a 300-year-old Gashho style house and later checked into Gokayama, a Unesco World Heritage Site for the night.
Paper-making and sushi
The group travelled to Takaoka City in a Doraemon Tram. It was then time to get hands-on with a paper-making workshop followed by a copper-making workshop. Another highlight of their day was indulging in fresh, first-class sushi at Fukuya, a Michelin 1-star Japanese restaurant.
Castle and dam
The group also went on an unforgettable visit to Japan’s oldest castle, Matsumoto Castle. Later on, they cooled off with a stop-by at Kamikochi, one of Japan’s leading mountain resorts which boasts clear waters and spectacular scenic views. Lastly, their final evening comprised of a must-try Gero Onsen experience and mouth-watering Hida Beef for dinner.
As they crossed the halfway mark of their trip, the group successfully covered several scenic spots in one day — this included the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route which showcases beautiful panoramic views of Toyama, as well as the Shomyo Falls, Mikurigaike pond (Murodo) and Kurobe Dam, the tallest dam in Japan.
Left to right: Matsumoto Castle, Kamikochi, Hida Beef
There is plenty of history and stories to be told about Central Japan’s quaint prefectures. The group visited Gero Onsen Gassho Village and Magome-juku Historic Post Town before dropping by the Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum. It was then time to conclude their memorable experience with a trip to the airport.
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