Map of Japan
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances. (read more at UNESCO's official site)
(Added 1995 as a Cultural Heritage Site)
Chubu Food Specialities
Tebasaki Chicken Wings (Nagoya)
Nagoya is famous for its deep fried chicken wings, which are coated in a delicious sweet sauce and coated with sesame seeds.
Soba Noodles (Nagano)
Nagano prefecture has an abundance of wonderful soba noodle restaurants, most of them offering "te-uchi" or home-made noodles. It is recommended to eat them chilled in summer (dipping in soy sauce) and hot in winter (mountain vegetable and duck topping is popular).
Misokatsu is deep-fried pork cutlets smothered with a miso-flavored sauce and usually served with rice and chopped cabbage.
Chubu Events / Festivals
Takayama Festival (Gifu)
Held in mid-April at the Hie-Jinja Shrine in Takayama City, it is considered one of the most beautiful festivals in the country. Enjoy the parades of floats and participants' traditional costumes while listening to the taiko drums.
Dai-Chochin Festival (Aichi)
This "Giant Lantern Festival" is held in late August at the Suwa Shrine in Aichi Prefecture. The lanterns (over 10 meters long) are lit up by huge candles to create a marvelous spectacle.
More information about festivals in Nagoya is available at Nagoya-Info.com, which is a great resource for all things related to Nagoya and the surrounding area. Be sure to check it out if you are visiting the area!
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