22 days in Nagano Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

22 days in Nagano Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 11 nights
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Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Suwa Shrine and Anrakuji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Daiho-ji Temple. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Shimosuwa-machi (Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya & Jiunji Temple) and Takayama (Norikura Hongu Shrine, Hirayu Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Matsumoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Matsumoto at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Hakuba. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Aoni Shuraku. Explore Hakuba-mura's surroundings by going to Suginohara (in Myoko), Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) and Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, stroll through Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Happoone.

Before you visit Hakuba-mura, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hakuba-mura are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

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 14th (Thu): stroll through Cupid Valley Ski Resort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ajisaidera Kogen-in Temple, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nozawa Onsen, and finally hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, stroll through Akakan Ski Area, hit the slopes at Seki Onsen Ski Resort, then hit the slopes at Myoko Ski Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tosen-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 2 hours. In January in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Shiga Kogen, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, then stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Yamanouchi-machi takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Tokyo

— 11 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Hie Jinjya. Get a sense of the local culture at Kanda Myojin and Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Soji-ji Temple (in Yokohama), Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki) and Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine (in Saitama). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku, make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Shrine, and visit a coastal fixture at Enoshima Sea Candle.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning app.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

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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