15 days in Shiga Prefecture, Nozawaonsen-mura & Myoko Itinerary

15 days in Shiga Prefecture, Nozawaonsen-mura & Myoko Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Otsu
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagahama
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Myoko
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Venture out of the city with trips to Omihachiman (Himure Hachimangu, Hachiman-bori, &more), Kutsuki Keiryugyo Center (in Takashima) and Miho Museum (in Koka). The adventure continues: tee off at Seta Golf Course North Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Komponchudo, take some stellar pictures from Biwako Terrace, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Otsu trip builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Otsu is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Melbourne to Otsu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Otsu to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are much colder, around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagahama.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Omihachiman, Kutsuki Keiryugyo Center, Miho Museum
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Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Biwako Valley ©
Biwako Valley
Biwako Terrace ©
Biwako Terrace

3
nights
Nagahama

Nagahama ©
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagahama: Itoju Honten (in Hikone), Higashiomi (Gokasyo Omisyonin House Of Tonomura Shigurutei, Oumi Shonin Yashiki Nakae Jungoro Tei, &more) and Taga Taisha (in Taga-cho). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kinomotojuku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saimyo-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower, contemplate the long history of Kinomoto Jizoin Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagahama travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Otsu to Nagahama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Nagahama sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagahama

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikone, Takashima, Higashiomi, Kora-cho, Kongorin-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Kinomoto Jizoin Temple ©
Kinomoto Jizoin Temple
Taga Taisha ©
Taga Taisha

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nozawaonsen-mura: Kijimadaira-mura (Kijimadaira Yamabiko no Oka Koen & Kijimadaira Ski Resort), Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, Shiga Kogen, &more) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba, Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, &more). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, appreciate the history behind Stone Church, examine the collection at Japan Ski Museum, and go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagahama to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 5 hours. Traveling from Nagahama in March, Nozawaonsen-mura is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Myoko.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Hakuba-mura, Karuizawa-machi, Kijimadaira-mura, Onioshidashi Volcanic Park
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

4
nights
Myoko

Myoko ©
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Myoko: Kusatsu-machi (Sainokawara Park, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Zenko-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Suginohara, hit the slopes at Akakura Onsen Ski Area, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sasagamine Farm.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Myoko trip planner.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Myoko in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Myoko

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Nagano
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Suginohara ©
Suginohara
Akakura Onsen Ski Area ©
Akakura Onsen Ski Area
Onsen Resorts

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