34 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

34 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Kiso-machi
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Kiso-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chino
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Omachi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Otari-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Karuizawa-machi
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Karuizawa-machi
— 7 nights
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Kiso-machi

— 2 nights
Get some historical perspective at Kozenji Temple and Uwakubono Ichirizuka. Museum-lovers will appreciate Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) and Wakihonjin Okuya. Venture out of the city with trips to Mars Shinshu Distillery Hombo Shuzo (in Miyada-mura), Green Farm (in Ina) and Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest (in Agematsu-machi).

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kiso-machi attractions planning site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kiso-machi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Kiso-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in January, expect Kiso-machi to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Chino.

Things to do in Kiso-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Chino

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Let the collections at Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum and Prince & Skyline Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area and Tateshina Otaki Fall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chino: Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum (in Oshika-mura), National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Nobeyama (in Minamimaki-mura) and Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo (in Shimosuwa-machi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kitazawa Museum of Art, explore the activities along Pond Shirakoma, take an in-depth tour of Jinchokan Moriya Archives, and see the interesting displays at Tateshina Tedyy Bear Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chino road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kiso-machi to Chino takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Chino

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

Matsumoto

— 6 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakuba and Zensanji Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mugonkan and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten (in Ueda) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Hakuba Snow Sports School, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, stop by Nakamachi Street, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto journey planning site.

You can drive from Chino to Matsumoto in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Omachi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Omachi

— 3 nights
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. Appreciate the collections at Shiki Theater Museum and Omachi Mountain Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Reisyoji and Goryudake. Go for a jaunt from Omachi to Matsukawa-mura to see Chihiro Art Museum Azumino about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinashinmeigu, appreciate the views at Nakayama Kogen, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall, and admire the natural beauty at La Casta Natural Healing Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Omachi online holiday maker.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Omachi in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Omachi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Otari-mura.

Things to do in Omachi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

Otari-mura

— 4 nights
Visiting Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort and Tsugaike Kogen will get you outdoors. Zenko-ji Temple and Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, &more).

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Otari-mura trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Omachi to Otari-mura in an hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Omachi in January since evenings lows in Otari-mura dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Otari-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 5 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nozawaonsen Sotoyu Nakao Hot Spring and Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area. Let the collections at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten and Issa Seisensui Kinen Haiku Shiryokan Tokuntei capture your imagination. Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Nagano (Rendai-ji Temple, Matsushiro, &more) and Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park (in Takayama-mura). There's more to do: stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Otari-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:

Karuizawa-machi

— 7 nights
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.
Visit Nunobiki Kannon and Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Karuizawa Kogen Church and Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Karuizawa-machi: Ueda Castle (in Ueda) and Saku (Shinano Mt. Narita Enman-Ji Shrine, Hanazura Inari Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, take an in-depth tour of Karuizawa Station Building Memorial, view the masterpieces at Chauffor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Union Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Karuizawa-machi by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Karuizawa-machi can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 13:

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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