3 days in Niigata Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

3 days in Niigata Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Niigata
— 1 day
Drive
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Tateyama-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Niigata

— 1 day
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 22nd (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Marinepia Nihonkai, then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and then take in the views from Bandai Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Niigata vacation builder site.

Tokyo to Niigata is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you will find days in Niigata are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Niigata

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Tateyama-machi

— 1 night
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama, stroll through Kurobe Dam, and then explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tateyama-machi trip maker site.

Getting from Niigata to Tateyama-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Tateyama-machi, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip planner.

You can drive from Tateyama-machi to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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Toyama Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Scenic Drive · Parks
Toyama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Hokuriku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Toyama.Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity from abundant hydroelectric resources. It also contains East Asia’s only known glaciers outside Russia, first recognized in 2012.HistoryHistorically, Toyama Prefecture was Etchū Province. Following the abolition of the han system in 1871, Etchū Province was renamed Niikawa Prefecture, but Imizu District was given to Nanao Prefecture. In 1872 Imizu District was returned by the new Ishikawa Prefecture.In 1876, Niikawa Prefecture was merged into Ishikawa Prefecture but the merger was void in 1881 and the area was re-established as Toyama Prefecture.The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.GeographyToyama Prefecture is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Niigata to the northeast, Nagano to the southeast, Gifu to the south and Sea of Japan to the north.

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Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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