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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Stone Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Ueda Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi online trip maker .

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. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Karuizawa-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then take in the natural beauty of Jigokudani Funsen, 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.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi day trip planning app .

Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 13th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Togakushi Shrine Okusha), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, & more) and Nozawaonsen-mura (Thermal Spas & Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Museum of Art, and wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto journey tool .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In December in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano, 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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