11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

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Ueda
— 2 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
4
Takayama
— 3 nights

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Ueda

Ueda ©
Nestled at the start of Japan's "Romantic Road," the city of Ueda established itself in the 16th century as a prominent castle town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Myogi and Juppukuno-yu. Get out of town with these interesting Ueda side-trips: Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro) and Shiga Kogen (in Yamanouchi-machi). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zensanji Temple, let little ones run wild at Ueda Joseki Park, admire the striking features of Uedajo Minamiyagura Kitayagura Yaguramon, and examine the collection at Mugonkan Daini Exhibition Hall.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ueda trip builder tool.

Tokyo to Ueda is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect Ueda to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ueda

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Ueda Joseki Park ©
Ueda Joseki Park
Mt. Myogi ©
Mt. Myogi
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple

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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 23rd (Sat), hike along Kitaone Kogen Highland, trek along Happo-one Nature Study Course, then snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Tonkururin, pause for some serene contemplation at Wadano no Mori Church, and then have fun at Hakuba Green Sports Forest.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ueda to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Naraijuku as well as Kamikochi Visitor Center. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get outside with Karasawa Carl and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yake and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinashinmeigu.

Before you visit Matsumoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Mt. Yake ©
Mt. Yake
Nishinashinmeigu ©
Nishinashinmeigu
Kamikochi Visitor Center ©
Kamikochi Visitor Center

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore hidden gems such as Norikura Summit Tatamidaira and Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden & Oyama Shrine), Mt. Ontake (in Gero) and Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall, learn something new at Daiou-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takayama online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Mt. Ontake ©
Mt. Ontake

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