20 days in Nagano, Kanazawa & Izu Itinerary

20 days in Nagano, Kanazawa & Izu Itinerary

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20 days in Nagano, Kanazawa & Izu Itinerary

Start: Nagano
1
Nagano
— 14 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
3
Izu
— 3 nights
End: Nagano

14
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area and Chibikko Ninja Village. Get out of town with these interesting Nagano side-trips: Kurumayama Highland (in Chino), Karuizawa-machi (Kumoba Pond, Shiraito Falls, & more) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and hit the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Toyama Airport, Komatsu Airport and Niigata Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Karuizawa-machi, Yamanouchi-machi, Kusatsu-machi, Kurumayama Highland, Matsumoto Castle
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then head outdoors with Kanazawa Minami Sports Park Rose Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip website .

You can take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Nagano in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Izu.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

3
nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Koibito Misaki Cape, steep yourself in history at Toi Kinzan, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, then take in the pleasant sights at Chikurinnokomichi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shuzen-ji Temple. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Cycle Sports Center, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then stroll around Shuzenji Nijino Sato.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Izu trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Izu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, Izu is somewhat warmer than Kanazawa - with highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Izu

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Shuzenji Nijino Sato ©
Shuzenji Nijino Sato
Cycle Sports Center ©
Cycle Sports Center
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

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