3 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

3 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture itinerary planner

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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 day
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Karuizawa-machi

— 1 day
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally explore the activities along Kumoba Pond.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi trip builder app.

Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. May in Karuizawa-machi sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Matsumoto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, then stop by Nawate Shopping District, and finally visit Nakamachi Street. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, then take in the views from Kappa Bashi, then explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pond Tashiro.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Matsumoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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