11 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

11 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Nagano
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Nagano
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nagawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Fly

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Nagano — 4 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kids will enjoy Zenko-ji Temple and Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nozawaonsen Sotoyu Nakao Hot Spring and Mt. Yokote. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, &more), Kaminaridaki Falls (in Takayama-mura) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, look for gifts at Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten, and get to know the fascinating history of Ueda Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagano trip builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagano is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nagano due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in March; daily highs in Nagano reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagawa-machi.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Nagawa-machi — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Megami Lake, then fly down the slopes at Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area, then go for a walk through Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Nagato Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Shirakoma, explore the striking landscape at Yashimagahara Marsh, then explore the striking landscape at Utsukushigahara Highlands, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mimine Viewing Platform.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nagawa-machi trip site.

You can drive from Nagano to Nagawa-machi in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Nagawa-machi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

Matsumoto — 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Matsumoto Alps Park and Fukashi Shrine will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matsumoto Castletown Springs and Kozenji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Kantenpapa Garden (in Ina), Otari-mura (Tsugaike Kogen & Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort) and Yukawa Furusato Park (in Karuizawa-machi). It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle and stroll through Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nagawa-machi to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

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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