9 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
2
Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
4
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
5
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights

3
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 Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple Sammon Gate, Zenko-ji Temple, &more) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, and wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

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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. In April, Matsumoto is cooler than Bangkok - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nagano, Hakuba-mura, Daio Wasabi Farm
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

1
night
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
On the 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, take an in-depth tour of Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), thenget engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Ushigataki Waterfall, and finally take in the views from Momosuke Bridge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagiso-machi travel route planning site.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nagiso-machi in 2.5 hours. In April in Nagiso-machi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Nature Museums
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Momosuke Bridge ©
Momosuke Bridge
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) ©
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin)

1
night
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 2nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ogama, test the waters at a local thermal spa, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, thenget great views at Uenodairakogen, thenstroll around Nanohana Park, and finally make a trip to Amidado.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nozawaonsen-mura are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Iiyama
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Thermal Spas
Nanohana Park ©
Nanohana Park

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 3rd (Mon): explore the activities along Misuma Pond, examine the collection at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thenhit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi online trip maker.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Onsen Resorts
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

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 4th (Tue): let little ones run wild at Ueda Joseki Park, thenstep into the grandiose world of Ueda Castle, thentake in the natural beauty of Tombo no Yu, and finally pause for some photo ops at Stone Church. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Karuizawa-machi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ueda
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Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza

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