3-4 days Nagano itinerary suggestion in early-Nov’19

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Sharon Female Singapore 2019/08/13

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am planning to Nagano for 3-4 days trips in 1st week of November, from Tokyo or Nikko. It will be the solo female trip and it’s 1st time for me to visit Nagano. Can you please help to suggest the itinerary? Karuizawa is one of the place that I would like to visit too. 

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Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2019/08/13

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your question about Nagano.

I’ve included an itinerary below that includes many of Nagano’s most popular sightseeing spots, such as Jigokudani Yaen Koen (the Snow Monkeys), Matsumoto Castle, and Kamikochi. On your return from Nagano, you’ll also visit Karuizawa to enjoy its nature and shopping.

Day 1: Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Snow Monkeys) and Hot Springs
Travel from Tokyo to Nagano (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
Travel from Nagano to Snow Monkey Park bus stop (Shigakogen line bus)
Visit Snow Monkey Park
Stay in a hot spring ryokan in Yudanaka/Shibu Onsen (Yamanouchi)

Day 2: Daio Wasabi Farm and Matsumoto Castle
Travel from Yudanaka Station to Nagano (Nagano Dentetsu train, Shigakogen line bus)
Travel from Nagano to Matsumoto (Ltd. Exp. Shinano train, Shinonoi line train)
Travel from Matsumoto to Hotaka Station (Oito line train)
Visit Daio Wasabi Farm
Return to Matsumoto
Visit Matsumoto Castle
Option: visit Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Option: Kimono rental
Stay in Matsumoto

Day 3: Kamikochi
Travel from Matsumoto to Shinshimashima Station (Kamikochi line train)
Travel from Shinshimashima to Kamikochi (Kamikoch line bus)
Visit Kamikochi
Return to Matsumoto
Stay in Matsumoto

Day 4: Karuizawa
Travel from Matsumoto to Nagano (Ltd. Exp. Shinano, Shinonoi Line train)
Travel from Nagano to Karuizawa (Hokuriku Shinkansen)
Travel from Karuizawa to Shiraito Falls (Kusatsu—Karuizawa bus)
Visit Shiraito Falls
Return to Karuizawa
Visit Karuizawa Prince Shopping Mall
Return to Tokyo

For train timetables, I recommend using the Hyperdia Website.

I hope that helps answer your question!

-Blair

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