8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo


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.
Take a break from Karuizawa-machi with a short trip to Uedajo Castle in Ueda, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, and appreciate the history behind Stone Church.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi attractions app .

Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Shopping 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


Nagiso-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), make a trip to Tsumagojuku, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, then get engrossed in the history at Waki-honjin Okuya, and finally take in the views from Momosuke Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagiso-machi road trip tool .

Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Nagiso-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

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


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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kurumayama Highland (in Chino), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, & more) and Suwa (Suwa Shrine & Kirigamine Fujimidai). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, and contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planner .

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Nagano, Suwa, Kurumayama Highland, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond