5 days in Nagano Prefecture & Tokamachi Itinerary

5 days in Nagano Prefecture & Tokamachi Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Nagano
— 1 night
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
3
Otari-mura
— 1 night
4
Tokamachi
— 1 night

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganshoin Temple, thenstop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Matsushiro, make a trip to Sanada House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, thenhit the slopes at Togakushi Ski Area, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano sightseeing planner.

Tokyo to Nagano is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Nagano hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ganshoin Temple, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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 29th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the activities along Pond Tashiro, thenhead outdoors with Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nagano to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Matsumoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Otari-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort ©
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School

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Otari-mura

Otari-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Tsugaike Natural Park, get outside with Tsugaike Kogen, and then fly down the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Otari-mura travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Otari-mura in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Otari-mura are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokamachi.

Things to do in Otari-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort ©
Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort
Tsugaike Natural Park ©
Tsugaike Natural Park
Tsugaike Kogen ©
Tsugaike Kogen

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Tokamachi

Tokamachi ©
Tōkamachi is a city located in southwest Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 54,104 and a population density of 91.6 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, get engrossed in the history at Matsudai Kyodo Shiryokan, make a trip to Hoshitoge Rice Terraces, thentake a peaceful walk through Bijinbayashi, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Kiyotsu Gorge, and finally look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Cross 10 Tokamachi.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokamachi online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Otari-mura to Tokamachi takes 3 hours. In December in Tokamachi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokamachi

Nature Parks Shopping
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Hoshitoge Rice Terraces ©
Hoshitoge Rice Terraces
Onsen Resorts

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