Nagano in October

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Elle Female Other countries in Asia 2018/07/02


I’m going to be staying in Nagano with my family on October 7-9 but I have no plans as of yet and the information I got from the internet are kind of confusing me. Could you give me some suggestions. I’m thinking of buying a JR East Pass (Niigata, Nagano). Also, is there even a tiny chance of seeing snow on these dates.

Thanks in advance.

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2018/07/02

Hi Elle,

Thanks for your question about traveling to Nagano this autumn. I’m not sure what kind of activities and sights you’re interested in, but here’s a short model course that would be suitable for a family traveling with the JR East Nagano/Niigata pass.

Day 1

  • Take the Super Azusa express train from Shinjuku Station to Matsumoto Station.
  • Visit Matsumoto Castle
  • Take a Soba-making lesson at Soba Takagi near the castle.
  • Visit the Nawate-dori and Nakamachi streets around the castle, or go to the Matsumoto City Museum of Art to see Kusama Yayoi’s work.
  • Stay in Matsumoto City

Day 2

  • Take the Oito line train from Matsumoto Station to Hakuba Station, then the Tsugaike line bus* to Happo Bus terminal. Walk to the Hakuba Happo One Adam Gondola (10 min.).
  • Take the lift up to Happo Pond to see beautiful views of the mountains and autumn colors.
  • Return to Hakuba Station. Take the Oito line train to Hotaka Station. From there, take a taxi* to the Daio Wasabi Farm (10 min.).
  • Visit the Daio Wasabi Farm.
  • Return to Hotaka Station and take the Oito line train to Matsumoto. Stay in Matsumoto.

Day 3

  • Take the JR Chuo line train from Matsumoto Station to Shiojiri Station. Walk to Hara Noen or Fumondi Orchard (about 15 min.).
  • Pick apples or grapes at Hara Noen or Fumondi Orchard.
  • Return to Shiojiri Station. Take the JR Chuo line train to Matsumoto to return to Shinjuku, or take the JR Chuo line* to Narai Station to see Narai post town.

*The Tsugaike bus, taxi service, and JR Chuo line train between Shiojiri and Narai stations are not covered by the JR pass.

I hope that model itinerary gives you an idea on how you can enjoy a few days in Nagano in autumn with your family. If you have any other questions or concerns, please let me know!


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