7 days in Nagano, Toyama Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

7 days in Nagano, Toyama Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagano
— 1 night
2
Nanto
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): shop like a local with Hokusai-kan, then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagano tour app.

Tokyo to Nagano is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nanto.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Hokusai-kan
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

2
nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
On the 11th (Tue), stop by Gokayama, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, stop by Gallery Yotsui Artcrafts, then steep yourself in history at Ikadai Residence, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Himi Banyagai.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nanto road trip site.

Getting from Nagano to Nanto by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Nanto can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takaoka, Himi Banyagai
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Visit Higashichaya Old Town and Kanazawa Castle for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Gongenmori Beach. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning site.

You can drive from Nanto to Kanazawa in an hour. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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