57 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

57 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Karuizawa-machi
— 8 nights
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 7 nights
3
Otari-mura
— 7 nights
4
Matsumoto
— 9 nights
5
Nagiso-machi
— 7 nights
6
Komagane
— 7 nights
7
Chino
— 10 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa and Mugonkan. Get in touch with nature at Tombo no Yu and Seizan Golf Course. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karuizawa-machi: Ueda (Ueda City Museum, Misuzuame Hompo Iijima Shoten Ueda Honten, &more), Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery (in Tomi) and Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, get engrossed in the history at Annex of Archives Hall Ichimura Memorial Hall, explore the world behind art at Fukazawa Koko Nonohana Painting Museum - Fukazawa Koko Nonohana Museum, and examine the collection at Tasaki Art Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi online tour builder.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Karuizawa-machi is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in December, expect Karuizawa-machi to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Ueda, Saku, Sakuho-machi, Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery, Museum of Contemporary Art Karuizawa
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 10:
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Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa ©
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple
Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery ©
Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery

7
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
You'll explore and learn at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten and Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shojuan and Ajisaidera Kogen-in Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Yamanouchi-machi side-trips: Takayama-mura (Kaminaridaki Falls & Matsukawa Valley), Nanohana Park (in Iiyama) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Ogama, &more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, and cruise along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route.

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Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Otari-mura.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Iiyama, Nozawaonsen-mura, Takayama-mura, Kayanotaira Highland
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 17:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area ©
Okushiga Kogen Ski Area
Kaminaridaki Falls ©
Kaminaridaki Falls

7
nights
Otari-mura

Otari-mura ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsugaike Natural Park and Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort. Get a sense of the local culture at Ushikata Inn and Kosan-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Shinano-machi (Lake Nojiri Naumann Elephant Museum, Kurohime Highland, &more) and Alps Observatory Plaza (in Ogawa-mura).

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Otari-mura tour planning tool.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Otari-mura in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Otari-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Shinano-machi, Ogawa-mura
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 24:
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Tsugaike Natural Park ©
Tsugaike Natural Park
Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort ©
Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort
Tsugaike Kogen ©
Tsugaike Kogen

9
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naraijuku and Norikura Kogen. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Yohashira Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Omachi (Nishinashinmeigu, Shiki Theater Museum, &more), Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura) and Tateshina Tedyy Bear Museum (in Tateshina-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, make a trip to Fukashi Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

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Drive from Otari-mura to Matsumoto in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Otari-mura in December since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Omachi, Azumino, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Naraijuku, Tateshina Tedyy Bear Museum
Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 2:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

7
nights
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
You'll explore and learn at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) and Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wakihonjin Okuya and Fukusawa Momosuke Memorial Hall ・ Yamano History Museum. Explore Nagiso-machi's surroundings by going to Agematsu-machi (Mt. Hokendake & Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest), Iida (Iida City Zoo, Iida Castle Sakuramarugomon, &more) and Kiso-machi (Kaidakogen Plateau, Kisofukushima, &more).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagiso-machi travel planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Komagane.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kiso-machi, Iida, Agematsu-machi, Okuwa-mura, Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 9:
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Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) ©
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin)
Atera Valley ©
Atera Valley
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku

7
nights
Komagane

Komagane ©
Kozenji Temple and Komagane Local Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Senjojiki Cirque and Yomeishu Komagane Plant. Venture out of the city with trips to Ina (Bungui Pass, Takato Castle Remains Park, &more), Oshika-mura (Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum, Rokubenkan, &more) and Takamori-machi (Takamori Minami Elementary School & Takamori Town Museum of History and Folklore Toki no Eki).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Komagane trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Komagane takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Komagane can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chino.

Things to do in Komagane

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ina, Oshika-mura, Takamori-machi, Mt. Jimbagata, Mars Shinshu Distillery Hombo Shuzo
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque
Kozenji Temple ©
Kozenji Temple
Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum ©
Oshika Median Tectonic Line Museum

10
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.
Get outdoors at Otome Falls and Mishakaike Pond. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum and Kurumayama Highland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chino: Kirigamine Fujimidai (in Suwa), Minamimaki-mura (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan Nobeyama, Hirasawa Pass, &more) and Shimosuwa-machi (Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo, Thermal Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Tateshina, get engrossed in the history at Jinchokan Moriya Archives, explore the world behind art at Koyodo Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Takeya Miso Miso Kaikan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chino trip maker site.

Drive from Komagane to Chino in an hour. January in Chino sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Chino

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Suwa, Shimosuwa-machi, Minamimaki-mura, Okaya, Hara-mura
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum ©
Togariishi Jomon Archaeological Museum
Kurumayama Highland ©
Kurumayama Highland
Kitazawa Museum of Art ©
Kitazawa Museum of Art

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