15 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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15 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + tram + train:  11​h 45​min
1
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chino
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll around Asama 2000 Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Ike no Taira Shitsugen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaio-in Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and finally walk around Yukawa Furusato Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi journey site .

Singapore, Singapore to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Karuizawa-machi to be colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Komoro, Ike no Taira Shitsugen
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Asama 2000 Park ©
Asama 2000 Park
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamanouchi-machi: Amidado (in Iiyama), Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawaonsen Sotoyu Nakao Hot Spring, Ogama, & more) and Obuse-machi (Ganshoin Temple & Joko-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine, and stroll through Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura, Obuse-machi, Amidado, Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawaonsen Sotoyu Nakao Hot Spring ©

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Hakuba Snow Sports School and Matsumoto Alps Park. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle & Japan Ukiyo-e Museum), Kashimayarigatake (in Omachi) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, examine the collection at Hakuba Alpine Library, take a stroll through Hakuba, and cruise along Shirasawa Tunnel.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hakuba-mura trip simple and quick.

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Hakuba-mura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chino.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Zenko-ji Temple, Kashimayarigatake
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©

4
nights
Chino

Chino
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Bring the kids along to Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area and Nagato Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Chino side-trips: Akadake (in Minamimaki-mura), Mt. Hokendake (in Agematsu-machi) and Kisofukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi). It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Senjogadake and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Reijin Brewery.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chino day trip planning site .

Getting from Hakuba-mura to Chino by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Chino can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chino

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area, Kisofukushima Ski Resort, Reijin Brewery, Akadake, Mt. Hokendake
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