9 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Karuizawa-machi
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Karuizawa-machi
— 2 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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple Sammon Gate, Zenko-ji Temple, &more) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

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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. In April, Matsumoto is cooler than Bangkok - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

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Nagiso-machi

On the 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, take an in-depth tour of Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), then get engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ushigataki Waterfall, and finally take in the views from Momosuke Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagiso-machi travel route planning site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. In April in Nagiso-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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Nozawaonsen-mura

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ogama, test the waters at a local thermal spa, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then get great views at Uenodairakogen, then stroll around Nanohana Park, and finally make a trip to Amidado.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nozawaonsen-mura are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

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Yamanouchi-machi

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the activities along Misuma Pond, examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi online trip maker.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): let little ones run wild at Ueda Joseki Park, then step into the grandiose world of Ueda Castle, then take in the natural beauty of Tombo no Yu, and finally pause for some photo ops at Stone Church. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Karuizawa-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Karuizawa-machi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

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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