43 days in Saitama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Sado Itinerary

43 days in Saitama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Sado Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Kawagoe
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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

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 Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine. Explore Kawagoe's surroundings by going to Mitake Valley (in Ome), Akiruno (Akigawabashi Kasen Park Barbecue Land & Minamisawa Ajisaiyama) and Okutama-machi (Canyons Okutama & Hatonosu Valley). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Hossawa Falls, steep yourself in history at Toki no Kane, get curious at Tamarokuto Science Center, and don't miss a visit to Kashiya Yokocho.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kawagoe trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Kawagoe is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Kawagoe hover around 85°F and lows are around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to 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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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), Tsunan-machi (Midama Futoson & Akiyamago) and Mt. Naeba (in Yuzawa-machi). 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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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-one Nature Study Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Nagano (Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, &more), Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura) and Omachi (Alps Azumino National Government Park Omachi/Matsukawa & Kashimayarigatake). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Happo 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:

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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 Sado Steamship. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains, kick back and relax at Nanaura Beach, get outside with Sawada Beach, and don't miss a visit to Sado Bugyosho.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sado road trip tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:

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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:

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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 Mt. Yake. 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, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, 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:

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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 · Spas · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

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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 Usui Daisan Kyoryo Bridge. Explore Karuizawa-machi's surroundings by going to Apt Street (in Annaka) and Tomioka (Myogi Shrine, Gunma Natural Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, take in the awesome beauty at Usui Pass, don't miss a visit to Formerly Mikasa Hotel, 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:

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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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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