6 days in Karuizawa-machi, Kusatsu-machi & Takayama Itinerary

6 days in Karuizawa-machi, Kusatsu-machi & Takayama Itinerary

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Karuizawa-machi
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Kusatsu-machi
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Takayama
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Karuizawa-machi

— 3 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.
Attractions like Karuizawa prince shopping plaza and Zenko-ji Temple make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karuizawa-machi: Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten (in Ueda) and Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, make a trip to Usui Daisan Kyoryo Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and browse the different shops at Harunire Terrace.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi trip maker website.

Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Karuizawa-machi reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Kusatsu-machi

— 1 night
On the 29th (Wed), walk around Sainokawara Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu-machi day trip planner.

Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kusatsu-machi are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Baths · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You've now added The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip planning website.

Getting from Kusatsu-machi to Takayama by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Takayama, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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