6 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

6 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture sightseeing planner

©
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Matsumoto
— 1 day
Drive
2
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1

Matsumoto

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Hanakomichi, then step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour itinerary planning tool.

Tokyo to Matsumoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Matsumoto to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura itinerary planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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.
On the 27th (Mon), fly down the slopes 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. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ogama, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nozawaonsen-mura online trip maker.

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Karuizawa-machi

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): browse the different shops at Harunire Terrace, then appreciate the history behind Stone Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Karuizawa-machi day trip planning website.

Getting from Nozawaonsen-mura to Karuizawa-machi by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

4.1
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.

Source