Cities in Chubu
Nagoya is the largest city in the region. While often overlooked by travelers, it should not be ignored. Arguably Japan’s industrial heart, many of the nation’s most famous exports originate here. For residents, and particularly for foreigners, the appeal is often the more manageable pace of life. For those thinking to visit Japan for the purpose of studying the language or traditions, Nagoya is the perfect choice with its lower cost of living and fewer distractions. That said, located as it is between Osaka and Tokyo, there are any number of adventures waiting close by! An hour or so south is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines, Ise-jingu. Northeast of Nagoya in neighboring Gifu prefecture are numerous hot spring resorts.
Getting Around Chubu
Smart Cards and Commuter Passes
The Chubu area has its own smart card system. A single card can be used for trains, subways/metro, buses, and even convenience stores. You can purchase a card at a ticket machine at any train station. Likewise, you can recharge the card at any point. For frequent trips between two stops like home and the Learning Studio, the card can be upgraded to serve as your commuter pass.
* Not all public transportation will accept the smart card. It is always best to carry some change in case the smart card is not accepted.