10 days in Niigata Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Otsuki Itinerary

10 days in Niigata Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture & Otsuki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Niigata
— 2 nights
2
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
3
Nagano
— 2 nights
4
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
5
Otsuki
— 1 night

2
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, thenvisit Pia Bandai, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Niigata trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Niigata Airport. April in Niigata sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Niigata

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station
Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge

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 13th (Mon), walk around Nanohana Park, make a trip to Ogama, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, thensee the interesting displays at Japan Ski Museum, and finally head outdoors with Shinetsu Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip tool.

You can drive from Niigata to Nozawaonsen-mura in 3 hours. April in Nozawaonsen-mura sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

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

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 14th (Tue), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thenidentify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, thenhit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, stop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and then get to know the fascinating history of Ueda Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagano online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Nagano in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Nagano are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Ueda Castle
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort & Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park), Soshunfu Kahi Park (in Azumino) and Karuizawa prince shopping plaza (in Karuizawa-machi). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, walk around Takato Castle Remains Park, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and sample the tasty concoctions at Reijin Brewery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto route builder.

You can drive from Nagano to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. April in Matsumoto sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Otsuki.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Suwa, Hakuba-mura, Azumino, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, Takato Castle Remains Park
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takato Castle Remains Park ©
Takato Castle Remains Park
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

1
night
Otsuki

Otsuki ©
Ōtsuki is a city located in eastern Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.As of November 2015, the city had an estimated population of 25,252 and a population density of 90.5 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Hossawa Falls, stroll through Forest of Tokyo Citizen, snap pictures at Saru Bridge, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mount Iwadono, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takagawa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Chigootoshi, thenhead outdoors with Mt.Momokura, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Ogi.

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Drive from Matsumoto to Otsuki in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsumoto in April: highs in Otsuki hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Otsuki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hinohara-mura, Mt.Ogi
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Forest of Tokyo Citizen ©
Forest of Tokyo Citizen
Hossawa Falls ©
Hossawa Falls
Mt. Takagawa ©
Mt. Takagawa

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