7 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nagano Prefecture route builder

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Make it your trip
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
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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.
You've now added Taisho Pond to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort and Tateshina Gosensui Nature Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Suwa (Kirigamine Fujimidai & Kirigamine Marshland), Shirakaba Highland International Ski Area (in Tateshina-machi) and Norikura Summit Tatamidaira (in Takayama). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, hit the slopes at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsumoto Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Yokosuka to Matsumoto is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yokosuka in December, with highs in Matsumoto at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nagano

— 2 nights
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 5th (Sat): stop by Yawataya Isogoro Honten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, then get a tailor-made plan with Snow Monkey Resorts, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joko-ji Temple, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Sasagamine Farm.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano day trip planning app.

Drive from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): hit the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then hit the slopes at Hakuba, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and finally visit Hakuba Jump Arena. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, admire all the interesting features of Hakuba Mountain Harbor, fly down the slopes at Tsugaike Kogen, then hit the slopes at Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, and finally take in the views from Hakuba Ohashi Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura travel route tool.

Take a shuttle from Nagano to Hakuba-mura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hakuba-mura sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

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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