28 days in Nagano Prefecture & Shirakawa Itinerary

28 days in Nagano Prefecture & Shirakawa Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Canberra
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Shirakawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Nagiso-machi
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Ina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Suwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Karuizawa-machi
— 8 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Canberra

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
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. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiga Kogen, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi road trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Yamanouchi-machi is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Canberra in April, you will find days in Yamanouchi-machi are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kaminaridaki Falls
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

2
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
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 get outside with 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 see photos, traveler tips, reviews, 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

Side Trip

Iiyama
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Thermal Spas
Nanohana Park ©
Nanohana Park

3
nights
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
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), Otsujiga Falls (in Sukagawa) and Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nishinosato Promenade.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, 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

Side Trips

Shimogo-machi, Otsujiga Falls, Fukuroda Falls
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Fukuroda Falls ©
Fukuroda Falls
Ouchijuku ©
Ouchijuku
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

1
day
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
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 get outside with Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagiso-machi road trip app.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Nagiso-machi takes 6 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

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Momosuke Bridge ©
Momosuke Bridge
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) ©
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin)

2
nights
Ina

Ina ©
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.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ina trip simple and quick.

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

Side Trips

Komagane, Shiojiri, Mt. Hokendake
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Takato Castle Remains Park ©
Takato Castle Remains Park
Kozenji Temple ©
Kozenji Temple
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

3
nights
Suwa

Suwa ©
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 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, walk around Tatenoumi Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Miyasaka Brewery, and trek along Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Suwa day trip planning site.

You can drive from Ina to Suwa in an hour. May in Suwa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 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 Trails

Side Trips

Shimosuwa-machi, Utsukushigahara Highlands
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Utsukushigahara Highlands ©
Utsukushigahara Highlands
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Katakura Hall ©
Katakura Hall

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

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, 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

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano, Matsumoto, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Ueda (Ueda Castle, Shinano Kokubunji Temple, &more), Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi) and Chino (Barakura English Garden, Kurumayama Highland, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_enjoy_an_adventurous_day_among_the_treetops_at Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stone Church, and don't miss a visit to Karuizawa Hoshino Area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi day trip planning tool.

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ueda, Chino, Kita Yatsuga-take, Ike no Taira Shitsugen, Pond Shirakoma
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle

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