6 days in Osaka & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

6 days in Osaka & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Fly

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Osaka

— 1 night
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the next day, take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, Osaka is colder than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto holiday planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Matsumoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
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 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Nozawa Onsen Early Morning Market (Asaichi), test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura journey maker tool.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nozawaonsen-mura by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza and then get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

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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