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Sugihara Survivors Remembrance Route in Japan

Let's find out the appeal of the "Chiune Sugihara Route", which connects the areas of Yaotsu Town, Nakatsugawa City and Tsuruga City and the surrounding areas of Kanazawa City, Shirakawa Village and Takayama City. Chiune Sugihara was a diplomat who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees during World War II.

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Nakatsugawa City

Nakatsugawa (中津川市, Nakatsugawa-shi) is located in the south-eastern tip of Gifu Prefecture and prospered as a central transport hub in ancient times, with the historic highways of Tosando, Nakasendo and Hida Kaido passed through the city.


Yaotsu (八百津町, Yaotsu-cho) is a town located in Gifu Prefecture. It has a history of prosperity as a port town that relayed water and land transport on the Kiso River, which runs east-west through the area.

Takayama City

Housed within the heart of Gifu Prefecture, Takayama (高山市, Takayama-shi) has a rustic charm which that even Kyoto cannot match. It is a welcoming city with breathtaking seasonal scenery, and is most known for its historical sites.

Shirakawa Village

Shirakawa Village (白川村, Shirakawa-go) is located in Gifu Prefecture. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, it is famous for its traditional Gassho style houses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

Kanazawa City

Kanazawa (金沢市, Kanazawa-shi) is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture. Kenrokuen Garden, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan and a significant tourist attraction in Kanazawa.

Tsuruga City

Tsuruga (敦賀市, Tsuruga-shi) is a city located in Fukui Prefecture. In addition to its coastline, forests, and wetlands, Tsuruga has well-preserved historical sites that provides a glimpse into times past such as ancient temples.