22 days in Nagano Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

22 days in Nagano Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Suwa Shrine and Hirayu Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anrakuji Temple and Matsumoto Castle. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura), Takayama (Norikura Hongu Shrine & Honokidaira Ski Resort) and Shimosuwa-machi (Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya & Jiunji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Matsumoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Matsumoto at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Hakuba-mura — 4 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hakuba and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) and Suginohara (in Myoko). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, stroll through Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Happoone.

Before you visit Hakuba-mura, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Nozawaonsen-mura — 2 nights

Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Cupid Valley Ski Resort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ajisaidera Kogen-in Temple, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and finally hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, stroll through Akakan Ski Area, hit the slopes at Seki Onsen Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Myoko Ski Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosen-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Yamanouchi-machi — 1 night

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Shiga Kogen, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Baths
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Tokyo — 11 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Naritasan Omote Sando. Get a sense of the local culture at Kanda Myojin and Katori Jingu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Soji-ji Temple (in Yokohama), Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Saitama) and Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, wander the streets of Ueno District, and make a trip to Kiunkaku.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 27:

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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.