8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
2
Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
3
Karuizawa-machi
— 4 nights

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, thenexamine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), thenadmire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through Nakamachi Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Karasawa Carl, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, thenstop by Kamikochi Souvenir Shop, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto sightseeing planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Matsumoto is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Matsumoto is 2 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in October, things will get cooler in Matsumoto: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, thentrek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, thensnap pictures at Momosuke Bridge, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Atera Valley.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nagiso-machi road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Atera Valley
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Atera Valley ©
Atera Valley
Momosuke Bridge ©
Momosuke Bridge

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Karuizawa-machi: Ueda (Ueda City Museum, Ueda Castle, &more), Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Plateau & Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Patio Daimon). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at Karuizawa Kogen Church, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip website.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Karuizawa-machi in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Ueda, Yamanouchi-machi, Nagano
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza