22 days in Kyoto, Nagano Prefecture & Hakone-machi Itinerary

22 days in Kyoto, Nagano Prefecture & Hakone-machi Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
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Chino
— 2 nights
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Omachi
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Kyoto

— 4 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Kyoto Railway Museum and Walking tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In May, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Nagiso-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Ushigataki Waterfall, then get engrossed in the history at Wakihonjin Okuya, then take an in-depth tour of Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), and finally trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagiso-machi driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nagiso-machi in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nagiso-machi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Chino.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Chino

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of an impressive mountain, the city of Chino offers rural and man-made attractions in a wild, remote location.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Okaya Silk Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lake Suwa Science Museum Gishodo, and then hit the slopes at Kurumayama Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Tateshina Otaki Fall, examine the collection at Prince & Skyline Museum, explore the world behind art at Sanritsu Hattori Museum of Arts, then take an in-depth tour of Jinchokan Moriya Archives, and finally admire the masterpieces at Horo Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Chino attractions app.

Drive from Nagiso-machi to Chino in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Chino are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Omachi.

Things to do in Chino

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Omachi

— 2 nights
Ōmachi is a city located in northwest Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 27,587 and a population density of 48.8 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall, then admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, then admire the masterpieces at Takahashi Setsuro Art Museum of Azumino, and finally examine the collection at Shiki Theater Museum. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Nakayama Kogen, get outside with Mt.Takagari, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Reisyoji.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Omachi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Chino to Omachi takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Omachi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Omachi

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Matsumoto City Art Museum and Shinshu Shinmachi Fossil Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and Mt. Nyukasa. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle & Koboyama Ancient Tomb), Obuse-machi (Hokusai-kan & Kobayashi Farm) and Suzaka Hanga Museum Hiratsuka Unichi Hanga Museum (in Suzaka). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, contemplate the long history of Old Mejima Residence, admire the masterpieces at Gallery HANAGURA, and get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagano journey planner.

Getting from Omachi to Nagano by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen and then head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ogama, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hokuryu Lake, then see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, and finally get outside with Shigakogen Plateau.

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

Traveling by car from Nagano to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Mount Omuro. Get outdoors at Pola Museum of Art and Jogasaki Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Kappa no Tera Seisoku-ji Temple (in Kawazu-cho), Ito (Ikeda museum of 20th century art & Omuro Mountain Lift) and Shimoda (Tatadohama Beach & Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, get impressive views of Mount Fuji, and admire the sheer force of Odana Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakone-machi takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in May: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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