I will be spending roughly two weeks with my Japanese wife and two kids (6 & 9) in the area in the first part of October. The plan is to arrive from Tokyo in Matsumoto, rent a car there, and then travel through the Nagano, Gifu, Ishikawa, Toyama and maybe Fukui prefectures.
We were wondering about local travel agencies that would help us with the itinerary – as a service, not for free of course. We want to avoid simply looking at things and the scenery but rather actively experience the region. Take part and engage in activities, that’s what we are after, particularly for the kids. Memories are much more memorable if they are more than just pictures in your mind.
Thank you for your question.
For travel consultations for your trip, I would recommend first contacting the Japan National Tourism Organization. They can help you with your overall trip around Japan.
Of course, we would be happy to answer any questions you have about Nagano Prefecture and introduce you to local organizations that may be able to help with Nagano specifically. For example, you may be interested in outdoor tours offered by the Evergreen Outdoor Center (located in Hakuba).
Please let me know if you have any other questions about travel in Nagano.