7 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Nagano Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagiso-machi
— 1 day
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
3
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights

1
day
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
On the 27th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, head outdoors with Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, thentake an in-depth tour of Wakihonjin Okuya, thenget engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), and finally head outdoors with Nakasendo Magome-juku.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nagiso-machi tour builder.

Nagoya to Nagiso-machi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Nakasendo Magome-juku
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin) ©
Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin)

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, thenexplore the activities along Taisho Pond, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pond Tashiro. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, thenwander the streets of Nakamachi Street, thenstop by Nawate Shopping District, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nagiso-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Daio Wasabi Farm
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kappa Bashi ©
Kappa Bashi
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond

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nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): trek along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd., contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, thenwander the streets of Hakuba, and finally visit Hakuba Jump Arena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, take an in-depth tour of Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, and finally hit the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagano, Tateyama-machi
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Happoone ©
Happoone
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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nights
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
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 1st (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori and then get to know the fascinating history of Ueda Castle. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, pause for some photo ops at Stone Church, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, and finally explore the activities along Kumoba Pond.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Karuizawa-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Ueda Castle
Highlights from your plan
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Harunire Terrace ©
Harunire Terrace