10 days in Niigata Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Otsuki Itinerary

10 days in Niigata Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Otsuki Itinerary

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10 days in Niigata Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Otsuki Itinerary

Start: Niigata
1
Niigata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Otsuki
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata-station South, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, then snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and finally meet the residents at Marinepia Nihonkai.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Niigata journey planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Niigata Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Niigata

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge
Pia Bandai ©
Pia Bandai

1
night
Nozawaonsen-mura

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 13th (Mon), walk around Nanohana Park, don't miss a visit to Ogama, test the waters at a local thermal spa, get outside with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then see the interesting displays at Japan Ski Museum, and finally trek along Shinetsu Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nozawaonsen-mura online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Niigata to Nozawaonsen-mura in 3 hours. April in Nozawaonsen-mura sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Iiyama
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Thermal Spas
Nanohana Park ©
Nanohana Park

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 14th (Tue), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then stop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ueda Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Nagano in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Nagano are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Ueda Castle
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Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

3
nights
Matsumoto

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 Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort & Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park), Soshunfu Kahi Park (in Azumino) and Karuizawa prince shopping plaza (in Karuizawa-machi). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, walk around Takato Castle Remains Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Otsuki.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Suwa, Hakuba-mura, Azumino, Takato Castle Remains Park, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza

1
night
Otsuki

Otsuki ©
Ōtsuki is a city located in eastern Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.As of November 2015, the city had an estimated population of 25,252 and a population density of 90.5 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Hossawa Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Forest of Tokyo Citizen, take in the views from Saru Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Iwadono, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takagawa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Chigootoshi, get outside with Mt.Momokura, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Ogi.

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You can drive from Matsumoto to Otsuki in 2 hours. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Otsuki, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Otsuki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hinohara-mura, Mt.Ogi
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Forest of Tokyo Citizen ©
Forest of Tokyo Citizen
Mt. Takagawa ©
Mt. Takagawa
Hossawa Falls ©
Hossawa Falls

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