4 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

4 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture vacation maker

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Matsumoto
— 1 day
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
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Matsumoto

— 1 day
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Norikura Kogen, stop by Nawate Shopping District, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally stop by Nakamachi Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary site.

Tokyo to Matsumoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Hakuba-mura

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then head outdoors with Hakubaoike, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsugaike Natural Park, and finally stroll through Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then hit the slopes at Hakuba, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura trip planner.

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 July, daily temperatures in Hakuba-mura can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Stone Church, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tombo no Yu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoba Pond, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi road trip website.

Drive from Hakuba-mura to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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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