15 days in Nagano Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

15 days in Nagano Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

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15 days in Nagano Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture & Kanazawa Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
+2
Fly + tram + train:  12​h
1
Karuizawa-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Nanto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Stone Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, then explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and finally browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Harunire Terrace, get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and then get engrossed in the history at Karuizawa Station Building Memorial.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Karuizawa-machi journey planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Karuizawa-machi is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Karuizawa-machi due to the time zone difference. In October, Karuizawa-machi is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping Nature Historic Sites
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Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

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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 13th (Sun): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, relax in the rural setting at Kobayashi Farm, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Shidarezakura of Bentensan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano day trip planning website .

Take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Nagano in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Nagano, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Shidarezakura of Bentensan, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Thermal Spas
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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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 15th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Pond Tashiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Norikura Kogen.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto travel planner .

Getting from Nagano to Matsumoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Norikura Kogen (Highland) ©
Norikura Kogen (Highland)
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Kurobe Dam, get outside with Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, then explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, and finally take in the views from Hakuba Ohashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Happo Pond, contemplate the long history of Ushikata Inn, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shinyamabiko Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura travel route planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakuba-mura by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Nanto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Shinyamabiko Bridge, Ushikata Inn
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond

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nights
Nanto

Nanto ©
On the 19th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ainokura Gassho Community, wander the streets of Gokayama, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, then make a trip to Inami Betsuin Zuizenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Angoji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nanto travel route builder site .

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Nanto in 3 hours. October in Nanto sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Nanto to Kanazawa by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Takayama
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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