11 days in Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano & Tokyo Itinerary

11 days in Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano & Tokyo Itinerary

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11 days in Nozawaonsen-mura, Nagano & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nagano
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get great views at Uenodairakogen, head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen, and finally don't miss a visit to Amidado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): fly down the slopes at Kijimadaira Ski Resort and then head outdoors with Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura online travel route planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Nozawaonsen-mura is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Nozawaonsen-mura hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kijimadaira Ski Resort, Amidado, Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Shiga Kogen, & more) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, examine the collection at Sanada Treasure Museum, make a trip to Tenkyuji, and fly down the slopes at Iizuna Kogen Ski Area.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nozawaonsen-mura to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. In December in Nagano, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Matsumoto Castle
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route builder site .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagano in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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