11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ueda
— 2 nights
2
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
4
Takayama
— 3 nights

2
nights
Ueda

Ueda ©
Nestled at the start of Japan's "Romantic Road," the city of Ueda established itself in the 16th century as a prominent castle town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Myogi and Zensanji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Ueda side-trips: Shiga Kogen (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro). There's lots more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at Juppukuno-yu, let little ones run wild at Ueda Joseki Park, see the interesting displays at Mugonkan Daini Exhibition Hall, and make a trip to Uedajo Minamiyagura Kitayagura Yaguramon.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ueda trip itinerary builder.

Tokyo to Ueda is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get slightly colder in Ueda: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ueda

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shiga Kogen, Mt. Myogi, Nunobiki Kannon
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Ueda Joseki Park ©
Ueda Joseki Park
Mt. Myogi ©
Mt. Myogi
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple

2
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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), hike along Kitaone Kogen Highland, trek along Happo-one Nature Study Course, thensnap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Tonkururin, pause for some serene contemplation at Wadano no Mori Church, and then have fun at Hakuba Green Sports Forest.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ueda to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Tonkururin
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naraijuku as well as Kamikochi Visitor Center. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get outside with Karasawa Carl and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yake and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinashinmeigu.

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

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishinashinmeigu, Prince & Skyline Museum, Hotaka Mountain Range, Naraijuku
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Mt. Yake ©
Mt. Yake
Nishinashinmeigu ©
Nishinashinmeigu
Kamikochi Visitor Center ©
Kamikochi Visitor Center

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore hidden gems such as Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine and Mt. Ontake. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple (in Nanto) and Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden & Oyama Shrine). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Norikura Summit Tatamidaira, stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, examine the collection at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, and get advice or help at Takayama City Hall.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takayama online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Mt. Ontake, Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple
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Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Mt. Ontake ©
Mt. Ontake

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