7 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Matsumoto
— 1 day
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
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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 31st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, then make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, and finally stop by Nakamachi Street.

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Tokyo to Matsumoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Hakuba, and then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

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You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods
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Nozawaonsen-mura

— 3 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Get some cultural insight at Zenko-ji Temple and Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Snow Monkey Resorts. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, and take in the pleasant sights at Uenodairakogen.

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You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In January in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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 5th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tombo no Yu, appreciate the history behind Stone Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

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You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. January in Karuizawa-machi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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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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