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Akanemoto: Japan Chubu Region large; 20 April 2006

Chubu, meaning "middle region", is the the region in the centre of Japan's main island, Honshū. The region is often divided into three group: Tokai, the southern pacific ocean,  Hokuriku, the northern sea of japan coast, and Kōshin'etsu, the rest of the region.

Often ignored by foreign tourists, many of Chubu's best attractions are in the mountains, particularly the Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps.


Fg2: Mount Fuji from Kawaguchiko; 2005

Chuba lies to the south of Tokyo but still suffers the hangover of crowds. The region has an east and west coast. The East offering more reliable North Pacific wind swell and rarer groundswells with the west occasionally producing typhoon generated rarities from the coastal regions of China. Mount Fuji dominates the entire landscape as it has for several million years. The breaks on the east coast really need a southerly orientated swell to work properly, which is very rare.

Worth hitting the coast if this event is occurring but most surfers and merely transiting through the region ultimately heading north, south or west when a typhoon off China makes it a whole new ballgame.


Tama Monorail in Tokyo, one of the city's secondary transport systems (from

Japan has one of the world's best transport systems, so you will really enjoy travelling around the country. Transportation can be quite expensive, but fast and safe. Train is definitely the most popular option. Japanese railway system covers the majority of the country and trains nearly always depart and arrive on time, so you can rely on the schedule. Just remember that most trains don’t operate 24 hours, so plan a backup if want to be out late. The first and most confusing aspect of the system is the overlap of several private railway networks with the JR network, plus Tokyo also has two separate metro systems. So just be aware of that. Also note, that private railways are often cheaper than JR for an equivalent journey.

Another option is to travel by plane with the majority of domestic flights leaving from Haneda (HND) in Tokyo, Itami (ITM) in Osaka and Kobe’s airport. Book tickets in advance, which may allow you to get a significant discount, otherwise it will be quite expensive; and allow 3-4 hours to transfer. If you are 22 or younger, check the Skymate Card for special prices.
Boats are a surprisingly uncommon means of transport, mainly because the major islands are linked together by bridges and tunnels. There are some long-distance ferries linking Okinawa and Hokkaido, but it will be cheaper to travel by plane/train.

Long-distance highway buses are much cheaper than trains, but prepare for the longer journey and less comfort. Local buses are common in smaller towns and have the idiosyncratic payment system, where you board from the back of the bus and grab a little numbered slip as you enter. You pay at the end of your trip after pressing a stop button. You should deposit the slip and corresponding payment in the fare machine next to the driver (there is an electronic board there displaying numbers and prices below), just make sure before the trip that you are nor short on change.
Taxis are a bit expensive, but they are clean, completely safe and can be found everywhere in Japan, even in the country.  

where to stay

Chris 73: Capsule hotel in Osaka, 29 November 2004

Nagoya is the largest city in Chubu, it would be the best place to sleep at if you want to have some city life whilst enjoying your quiet surfing holiday.

Capsule Inn Nagoya is a clean and inexpensive capsule hotel. Reservations and Drop In's are available and upfront payment is not necessary. Prices are about ¥2800 per night and if you want to use the sauna/spa facilities, it's only an extra ¥800. However, one thing to note is that this hotel is mens only.

APA Hotel Nagoya Nishiki is located in the middle of the Sakae dining and shopping district. The rooms are comparatively clean and the staff speaks English; internet access is included. It is mainly used for business use.

Meitetsu Inn Nagoya Kanayama has very clean rooms, in-room internet access and breakfast is included. The staff has some limited English ability.

Marriott Associa Hotel is a five star hotel equipped with ten good restaurants and only a 3 minute walk from Nagoya Station. Because the restaurants are so popular, the adjacent office tower has another 20 more restaurants on two levels ranging from inexpensive noodles to high-end sushi restaurants.

what to pack

Pupils info-Some folded scarves, 20 December 2005

There is a large amount of snow that falls in the Koshin'etsu district, also known as Snow Country, so pack accordingly. Take warm and cool clothes.

All the gear if you plan to camp: a good sleeping bag and tent that are good for very low temp; special gas container u can use for heating food and water; a sturdy backpack or a cargo pack with a good daypack. Invest in a portable water filter or at least take some puri-tabs or boil the water.

A small backpack makes a good carryon bag and will be useful in daily life. Women: remember to take a good flat pair of shoes.... And for everybody: pair of comfortable walking shoes will be great for walking.

Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses!
As the region is great for winter sports, you may want to take some of your gear, but definitely take a steamer with a woollen lining and booties.

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