16 days in Nagano & Ise Itinerary

16 days in Nagano & Ise Itinerary

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16 days in Nagano & Ise Itinerary

Start: Nagano
1
Nagano
— 10 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Ise
— 3 nights
3
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Nagano

10
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Kusatsu-machi (Yubatake & Onsen Resorts) and Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and hit the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip site .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Toyama Airport, Komatsu Airport and Niigata Airport. In December, daytime highs in Nagano are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Karuizawa-machi, Kusatsu-machi, Yuzawa-machi, Yamanouchi-machi, Tomioka Silk Mill
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Yubatake ©
Yubatake

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 9th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, and finally steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

Make your Ise itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Nagano to Ise in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, Ise is somewhat warmer than Nagano - with highs of 9°C and lows of 7°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ise.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Toba, Hotel Shima Spain Mura
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Ise-Shima Skyline Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and then see the interesting displays at Okageza. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Ise Ninja Kingdom, then shop like a local with Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ise trip planner .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, Shinmei Shrine
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Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine

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