43 days in Saitama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Sado Itinerary

43 days in Saitama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Sado Itinerary

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Kawagoe
— 7 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
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Sado
— 8 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 8 nights
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Nagawa-machi
— 2 nights
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Karuizawa-machi
— 5 nights

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Kawagoe

Kawagoe ©

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and Toki no Kane. Explore Kawagoe's surroundings by going to Akiruno (Akigawabashi Kasen Park Barbecue Land & Minamisawa Ajisaiyama), Okutama-machi (Canyons Okutama & Hatonosu Valley) and Mitake Valley (in Ome). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Hossawa Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, make a trip to Kashiya Yokocho, and get curious at Tamarokuto Science Center.

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San Francisco, USA to Kawagoe is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Kawagoe: highs are around 85°F and lows about 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 9:
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Hossawa Falls ©
Hossawa Falls
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum ©
Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shigakogen Plateau and Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamanouchi-machi: Hokuryu Lake (in Iiyama), Mt. Naeba (in Yuzawa-machi) and Tsunan-machi (Midama Futoson & Akiyamago). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Matsukawa Valley, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yokote.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kawagoe to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
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Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ©
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Happoone and Happo Pond. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Nagano (Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, &more), Omachi (Alps Azumino National Government Park Omachi/Matsukawa & Kashimayarigatake) and Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, wander the streets of Hakuba, and get outside with Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd..

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sado.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden
Happoone ©
Happoone
Happo Pond ©
Happo Pond

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Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Explore hidden gems such as Onogame and Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Yajima/Kyojima, enjoy the sand and surf at Nanaura Beach, head outdoors with Sawada Beach, and contemplate the long history of Sado Bugyosho.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sado trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Sado takes 7 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sado can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine ©
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine
Onogame ©
Onogame
Senkakuwan ©
Senkakuwan

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Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hokendake, head outdoors with Senjojiki Cirque, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Utsugi. On the next day, trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), then take in the dramatic scenery at Ushigataki Waterfall, and finally make a trip to Uwakubono Ichirizuka.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagiso-machi holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Sado to Nagiso-machi in 8.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) ©
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin)
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Norikura Kogen and Onsen Resorts. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Hotaka Shrine (in Azumino), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Pond Tashiro, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yake, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto vacation planning website.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagawa-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 5:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

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Nagawa-machi

Nagawa-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Wadajuku Onsen Fureai no yu, get a taste of life in the country at Nagato Farm, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tateshina, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitayokodake Mountain Peak, and finally stroll through Kita Yatsuga-take. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shirakaba, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mishakaike Pond, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Shirakoma.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagawa-machi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagawa-machi takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nagawa-machi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagawa-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Mishakaike Pond ©
Mishakaike Pond
Mt. Tateshina ©
Mt. Tateshina
Lake Shirakaba ©
Lake Shirakaba

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa and Apt Street. Explore Karuizawa-machi's surroundings by going to Tomioka (Myogi Shrine, Gunma Natural Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, make a trip to Formerly Mikasa Hotel, walk around Yukawa Furusato Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Karuizawa-machi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nagawa-machi to Karuizawa-machi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa ©
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
Karuizawa Kogen Church ©
Karuizawa Kogen Church

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