Home to pretty treasures, Chuo is Japan's best kept secret. The nearest major city to Chuo is Tokyo. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Tokyo for its bountiful attractions like Meiji Jingu Shrine, Ueno Park, Roppongi on your trip to Chuo. Also, to reach Chuo, you'll have to take a flight to Tokyo; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Popular vacation packages of Chuo are of 1-2 days.
Don't just take a trip, let the trip take you! Have a enjoyable time at Chuo.