7 days in Niigata & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Niigata & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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7 days in Niigata & Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Niigata
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Northern Culture Museum, then stop by Ponshukan Niigata-station South, then take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and finally snap pictures at Bandai Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Niigata itinerary builder site .

Singapore, Singapore to Niigata is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Niigata. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Niigata at 22°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Niigata

Museums Shopping
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Northern Culture Museum ©
Northern Culture Museum
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge
Pia Bandai ©
Pia Bandai

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, then browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally appreciate the history behind Stone Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tombo no Yu, head outdoors with Harunire Terrace, then look for gifts at Izumiya Dembee, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Niigata to Karuizawa-machi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping Nature Parks
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Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

1
night
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), make a trip to Tsumagojuku, then hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, then get engrossed in the history at Waki-honjin Okuya, and finally snap pictures at Momosuke Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nagiso-machi trip maker app .

You can drive from Karuizawa-machi to Nagiso-machi in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nagiso-machi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Momosuke Bridge ©
Momosuke Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Daio Wasabi Farm, then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, then explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and finally take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Matsumoto attractions planner .

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. In November in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi

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