15 days in Maebashi & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Maebashi & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Maebashi
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Maebashi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Newark

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Maebashi — 3 nights

Maebashi is a city located in central Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region (plain) of Japan. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Takao and Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course. Get some cultural insight at Tomioka Silk Mill and Ikaho Stone Steps. Explore Maebashi's surroundings by going to Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga), Fukiwarenotaki Falls (in Numata) and Sano Premium Outlet (in Sano). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nabewari.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Maebashi itinerary planning website.

Newark, USA to Maebashi is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Maebashi due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Maebashi when traveling from Newark in May, with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.
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Yamanouchi-machi — 1 night

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 22nd (Mon), hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Getting from Maebashi to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Maebashi in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nagano.
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Nagano — 2 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Snow Monkey Resorts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and then take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagano driving holiday planning website.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Nagano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.
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Matsumoto — 3 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.
Visiting Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Pond Tashiro will get you outdoors. Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nagiso-machi.
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Nagiso-machi — 1 night

On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and then get engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi takes 2.5 hours. In May in Nagiso-machi, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Karuizawa-machi.
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Karuizawa-machi — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Yubatake and Kumoba Pond. Do your shopping at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza and Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten. Go for a jaunt from Karuizawa-machi to Kusatsu-machi to see Onsen Resorts about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and don't miss a visit to Usui Daisan Kyoryo Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Nagiso-machi to Karuizawa-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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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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