6 days in Yokohama, Nagano & Matsuyama Itinerary

6 days in Yokohama, Nagano & Matsuyama Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
1
Yokohama
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
+4
Train + Foot + Subway + Tram + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Chicago

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Yokohama Silk Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, thencontemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yokohama trip itinerary builder.

Chicago, USA to Yokohama is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Yokohama. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Yokohama hover around 65°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, thenadmire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano travel planning website.

You can take a train from Yokohama to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Nagano are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Yuzukijo Museum, thenexplore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, thenboost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train, subway, and flight from Nagano to Matsuyama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Yuzukijo Museum ©
Yuzukijo Museum

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