11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

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11 days in Nagano Prefecture & Takayama Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Ueda
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nunobiki Kannon and Juppukuno-yu. Change things up with these side-trips from Ueda: Shiga Kogen (in Nagano) and Mt. Myogi (in Shimonita-machi). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zensanji Temple, admire the striking features of Uedajo Castle South and North Watchtower and Watchtower Gate, let little ones run wild at Ueda Joseki Park, and examine the collection at Mugonkan Daini Exhibition Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ueda day trip app .

Tokyo to Ueda is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in November; daily highs in Ueda reach 14°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ueda

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitaone Kogen Highland, gain insight at Happo-one Nature Study Course, then take in the views from Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Wadano no Mori Church and then have fun at Hakuba Green Sports Forest.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Ueda to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Trails Outdoors 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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): head outdoors with Karasawa Carl and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yake and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinashinmeigu.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto route builder app .

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Matsumoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hotaka Mountain Range, Naraijuku, Nishinashinmeigu, Prince & Skyline Museum
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Norikura Summit Tatamidaira and Daiouji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Mt. Ontake (in Gero), Inami Betsuin Zuizenji Temple (in Nanto) and Tateyama-machi (Oyama Shrine Chugu Kiganden & Oyama Shrine). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, stop by Shofuen Matsuno Chaho, explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Takayama, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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