8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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

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.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, then browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and finally admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Stone Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, and then step into the grandiose world of Ueda Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Karuizawa-machi due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Karuizawa-machi at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ueda Castle
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Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 29th (Sun), hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, hit the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi tour builder site .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Onsen Resorts

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Kashimayarigatake (in Omachi), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, & more) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Togakushi Shrine Okusha). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano, Kashimayarigatake, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

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