43 days in Saitama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Sado Itinerary

43 days in Saitama Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Sado Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Kawagoe
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Kawagoe
— 7 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
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Sado
— 8 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 8 nights
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Nagawa-machi
— 2 nights
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Karuizawa-machi
— 5 nights
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Kawagoe — 7 nights

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyons Okutama and Toki no Kane. Explore Kawagoe's surroundings by going to Hossawa Falls (in Hinohara-mura), Mitake Valley (in Ome) and Akiruno (Akigawabashi Kasen Park Barbecue Land & Minamisawa Ajisai Mountain). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kashiya Yokocho, engage your brain at Tamarokuto Science Center, and grab your bike and head to Saitama Prefectural Road 157 Kawagoe Sayama Bike Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kawagoe online trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Kawagoe is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Kawagoe reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature
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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 9:

Yamanouchi-machi — 4 nights

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shigakogen Plateau and Akiyamago. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamanouchi-machi: Hokuryu Lake (in Iiyama), Mt. Naeba (in Yuzawa-machi) and Midama Futoson (in Tsunan-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Matsukawa Valley, examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yokote, and stop by Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kawagoe to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

Hakuba-mura — 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Happoone and Happo-one Nature Study Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakuba-mura: Omachi (Alps Azumino National Government Park Omachi/Matsukawa & Kashimayarigatake), Nagano (Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, &more) and Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Happo Pond, stop by Hakuba Jump Arena, snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, and see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sado.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

Sado — 8 nights

Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Explore hidden gems such as Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains and Onogame. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Yajima/Kyojima, enjoy the sand and surf at Nanaura Beach, head outdoors with Sawada Beach, and contemplate the long history of Sado Bugyosho.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sado trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Sado takes 7 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sado can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:

Nagiso-machi — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hokendake, head outdoors with Senjojiki Cirque, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Utsugi. On the next day, trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), then take in the dramatic scenery at Ushigataki Waterfall, and finally make a trip to Uwakubono Ichirizuka.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagiso-machi holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Sado to Nagiso-machi in 8.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Matsumoto — 8 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Myojin Pond and Pond Tashiro. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Hotaka Shrine (in Azumino), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Norikura Kogen, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yake, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagawa-machi.
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Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 5:

Nagawa-machi — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Wadajuku Onsen Fureai no yu, get a taste of life in the country at Nagato Farm, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tateshina, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitayokodake Mountain Peak, and finally stroll through Kita Yatsuga-take. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shirakaba, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mishakaike Pond, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Shirakoma.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagawa-machi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagawa-machi takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nagawa-machi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Baths
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Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Karuizawa-machi — 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa and Usui Daisan Kyoryo Bridge. Explore Karuizawa-machi's surroundings by going to Apt Street (in Annaka) and Tomioka (Myogi Shrine, Gunma Natural Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, take in the awesome beauty at Usui Pass, don't miss a visit to Formerly Mikasa Hotel, and walk around Yukawa Furusato Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Karuizawa-machi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nagawa-machi to Karuizawa-machi takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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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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