5 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

5 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Train
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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive

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Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, appreciate the history behind Stone Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi trip maker site.

Toyama to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Toyama in December since evenings lows in Karuizawa-machi dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping
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Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ryuoo Ski Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten. On the next day, make a trip to Ogama, hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, and then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Karuizawa-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trip

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Hakuba-mura

— 1 night
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura vacation planner.

Getting from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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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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