5 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

5 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture trip itinerary maker

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Nagano
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and then explore the historical opulence of Ueda Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip maker.

Tokyo to Nagano is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Nagano, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Suwa (Takashima Castle & Suwa Shrine), Hakuba-mura (Happo-one Nature Study Course, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, &more) and Ina (Takato Castle Remains Park & Kempuku-ji Temple). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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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