8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, then examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Nakamachi Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Karasawa Carl, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, then stop by Kamikochi Souvenir Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto sightseeing planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Matsumoto is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Matsumoto is 2 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in October, things will get cooler in Matsumoto: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

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Nagiso-machi

Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, then trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, then snap pictures at Momosuke Bridge, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Atera Valley.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nagiso-machi road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Karuizawa-machi: Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Patio Daimon), Ueda (Ueda City Museum, Ueda Castle, &more) and Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Plateau & Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip website.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Karuizawa-machi in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

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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