The Best 7 Days Chūbu Japan Autumn Itinerary


The Chūbu Region (中部地方) that is located in the centre of Japan’s main island – Honshū (本州), is one of the most scenic parts of Japan. As these stunning attractions are mostly situated in mountainous areas, for beautiful autumn foliage, we recommend you embark on your trip between mid to late October.

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Kamikōchi – The Heavenly Place Where God Descends


Kamikōchi (上高地) in Japanese literally means “the ground that God descends upon”. It is the perfect name to describe how beautiful this area is. It is the ultimate tourist destination for nature lovers because you will be surrounded by the magnificent Northern Japanese Alps. There is not a single day that Kamikōchi looks the same because nature changes as the seasons pass through.

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Taste the True Wasabi at Daiō Wasabi Farm


Visit Japan’s biggest wasabi farm – Daiō Wasabi Farm (大王わさび農場) at Azumino city in Nagano prefecture, to taste truly authentic wasabi!

You are probably thinking, well, we have got that green spicy stuff in the Japanese restaurant in my neighborhood. But, do you know over 95% of wasabi served in Japanese restaurants doesn’t contain any real wasabi? This is still the case even in Japan, the country that claims to include wasabi in its cuisine Σ(゚Д゚).

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The Most Delicious Chestnut Sweets at Obusedō


Obuse, a small town in Nagano prefecture, famous for its chestnut produce and its large variety of chestnut sweets, is a must go for all the sweet tooths!

And among all the sweets shops in Obuse, Obusedō (小布施堂) is probably the most famous sweets maker.

Obusedō was founded in the Meiji era (1868 – 1912). Due to the vast amount of experience in making Japanese sweets with chestnuts, its western chestnuts sweets are so famous, that customers from all around Japan will start queuing from midnight!

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Your Ultimate Bike Rental Guide in Obuse Nagano

Obuse is a lovely town in Nagano prefecture that is famous for delicious chestnuts and ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai from the 18th century. And, it is on your way to Jigokudani Monkey Park (=゚ω゚)ノ.

While the main street of Obuse is within 10 minutes walk from Obuse Station, to really explore Obuse properly, you will want to be able to travel easily within a 2km radius from the station.

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Obuse – The Chestnut Town that All Sweet Tooths Must Visit

Cherry blossom at Obuse Nagano

Obuse (小布施) is a lovely town in Nagano prefecture, famous for its delicious chestnuts and ukiyo-e artist, Katsushika Hokusai from the 16th century. If Jigokudani Monkey Park is on your agenda, then we highly recommend that you stay over at Obuse, which is only a few stations away!

Apart from its super sweet chestnuts, the best thing about this town is that it isn’t filled with tourists (*’▽’).

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The Best Vegetarian Course Menu at Sabo Mameya, Obuse Nagano

Sabo Mameya Obuse Nagano Vegetarian Dining

When people speak about tofu dishes, they often talk about bean curd or deep-fried tofu. At Sabo Mameya (茶房まめ家), you will be blown away by the large variety of menus. From appetiser to dessert, you will find soybeans in each dish! We are sure you will be able to enjoy the food at this restaurant, even if you aren’t a big fan of tofu. They have brought tofu to the extreme, so you can hardly tell it’s tofu that you are eating!

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A Day Trip to the Stunning Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route


Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート) is a scenic route that goes through the Japanese North Alps connecting Toyama prefecture and Nagano prefecture. It’s also known as the Roof of Japan.