28 days in Nagano Prefecture & Shirakawa Itinerary

28 days in Nagano Prefecture & Shirakawa Itinerary

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Fly to Toyama Airport, Drive to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 day
Drive
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Ina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Suwa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 8 nights
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Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Take a break from Yamanouchi-machi with a short trip to Kaminaridaki Falls in Takayama-mura, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi driving holiday planner.

Canberra, Australia to Yamanouchi-machi is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Canberra to Yamanouchi-machi due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Canberra in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yamanouchi-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stop by Nozawa Onsen Early Morning Market (Asaichi), test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Amidado, stroll around Nanohana Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hokuryu Lake, and finally trek along Shinetsu Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Shirakawa

— 3 nights
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Shirakawa: Shimogo-machi (Nakayama Fuketsu, Ouchijuku, &more), Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi) and Otsujiga Falls (in Sukagawa). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, and stroll through Nishinosato Promenade.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa attractions planning app.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Shirakawa in 4.5 hours. In April in Shirakawa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Nagiso-machi

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the views from Momosuke Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya, then take an in-depth tour of Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotoku-ji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nagiso-machi road trip app.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Nagiso-machi takes 6.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nagiso-machi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ina.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Ina

— 2 nights
Ina is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 68,252 and a population density of 102 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll around Takato Castle Remains Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Naraijuku, and then steep yourself in history at Nihyaku Jizo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hokendake, fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kozenji Temple.

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You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Ina in 2 hours. May in Ina sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Suwa.

Things to do in Ina

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Suwa

— 3 nights
A city on the shores of an eponymous lake, Suwa offers natural attractions, like hot springs, as well as cultural events.
Go for a jaunt from Suwa to Shimosuwa-machi to see Yashimagahara Marsh about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, stroll around Tatenoumi Park, trek along Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center, and explore the world behind art at Taizi Harada Art Museum.

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You can drive from Ina to Suwa in an hour. In May in Suwa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Suwa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino), Matsumoto (Nawate Shopping District & Matsumoto Castle) and Nagano (Tonkururin, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, &more). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, hike along Shi no Komichi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, and take a stroll through Hakuba.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hakuba-mura journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Suwa to Hakuba-mura takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Karuizawa-machi

— 8 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Chino (Barakura English Garden, Kurumayama Highland, &more), Ueda (Ueda Castle, Shinano Kokubunji Temple, &more) and Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stone Church, and browse the different shops at Harunire Terrace.

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You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 20:

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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