32 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

32 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Kiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Chino
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Omachi
— 3 nights
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Otari-mura
— 4 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
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Karuizawa-machi
— 7 nights

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Kiso-machi

Kiso-machi ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort and Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) and Wakihonjin Okuya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kiso-machi: Kozenji Temple (in Komagane), Mars Shinshu Distillery Hombo Shuzo (in Miyada-mura) and Kotoku-ji Temple (in Nagiso-machi).

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kiso-machi trip builder.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kiso-machi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Jakarta in January, expect Kiso-machi to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chino.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Historic Walking Area
Kozenji Temple
4.3
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Historic Walking Area
Naraijuku
4.3

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Chino

Chino ©
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Take a break from the city and head to Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area and Pond Shirakoma. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Nobeyama and Kitazawa Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Chino: Yomeishu Komagane Plant (in Komagane) and Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo (in Shimosuwa-machi). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, take a stroll through Tateshina, and admire the masterpieces at Sanritsu Hattori Museum of Arts.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chino route planner.

Getting from Kiso-machi to Chino by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Chino

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Religious Site
Suwa Shrine
4.4

5
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mugonkan and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort and Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Ueda (Zensanji Temple & Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort & Hakuba Snow Sports School). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, make a trip to Fukashi Shrine, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

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Drive from Chino to Matsumoto in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Omachi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Must see
Matsumoto Castle
4.5

3
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Omachi

Omachi ©
Ōmachi is a city located in northwest Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 27,587 and a population density of 48.8 persons per km². Get in touch with nature at Goryudake and Nakayama Kogen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nishinashinmeigu and Reisyoji. Explore Omachi's surroundings by going to Onsen Resorts (in Chikuma) and Matsukawa-mura (Azumino Chihiro Park & Chihiro Art Museum Azumino). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Shiki Theater Museum, take a peaceful walk through Alps Azumino National Government Park Omachi/Matsukawa, admire the natural beauty at La Casta Natural Healing Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall.

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Drive from Matsumoto to Omachi in an hour. In January in Omachi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Otari-mura.

Things to do in Omachi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Religious Site
Reisyoji
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Otari-mura

Otari-mura ©
Visit Zenko-ji Temple and Ushikata Inn for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort and Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh. Change things up with these side-trips from Otari-mura: Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, &more).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Otari-mura travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Omachi to Otari-mura takes an hour. Traveling from Omachi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Otari-mura, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Otari-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:
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Must see
Tsugaike Kogen
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Religious Site
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
4.6

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Escape the urban bustle at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nozawaonsen Sotoyu Nakao Hot Spring and Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Nagano (Rendai-ji Temple, Matsushiro, &more) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten.

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Traveling by car from Otari-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Traveling from Otari-mura in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Yamanouchi-machi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Historic Site
Matsushiro
4.2

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Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nunobiki Kannon and Tombo no Yu. For shopping fun, head to Karuizawa prince shopping plaza or Harunire Terrace. Change things up with these side-trips from Karuizawa-machi: Saku (Shinano Mt. Narita Enman-Ji Shrine, Hanazura Inari Shrine, &more), Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery (in Tomi) and Ueda Castle (in Ueda). The adventure continues: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Shinanooiwake Culture Space Aburaya, take an in-depth tour of Nakasendo 69tsugi Museum, view the masterpieces at Chauffor, and stop by Chikufudo Karuizawa Ekimae.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Karuizawa-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 9:
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Castle
Ueda Castle
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Religious Site
Teishoji Temple
4.3