7 days in Nagano Prefecture, Kanazawa & Toyama Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Nagano Prefecture, Kanazawa & Toyama Prefecture Itinerary

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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 day
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Toyama
— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then look for gifts at Karuizawa Bookstore, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, and finally browse the different shops at Harunire Terrace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Karuizawa-machi trip builder website.

Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping · Nature · Parks
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Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa ©
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Hokusai-kan, take in the dramatic scenery at Kaminaridaki Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogawa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano travel planner.

Getting from Karuizawa-machi to Nagano by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Hokusai-kan, Kaminaridaki Falls, Mt. Ogawa
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Appreciate the collections at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and ArtShop Tsukibae. Visit Higashichaya Old Town and Wada House for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Nagase house), Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy (in Kahoku) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's lots more to do: get outside with Gongenmori Beach, make a trip to Omicho Market, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, Gongenmori Beach, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Mantennoyu, Toyama, admire the masterpieces at Hokugin Galerie Millet, then explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Mori Shusui Museum of Art, and finally examine the collection at Rakusuitei Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Toyama trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Toyama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums · Spas
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Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum
Mori Shusui Museum of Art ©
Mori Shusui Museum of Art

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