Matsumoto Castle

Alps views from Matsumoto Town

Narai-juku Post Town

Snow Play @ Mt Norikura Snow Resort

Norikura Kogen

Norikura Kogen

Snow Monkey

Matsumoto 

Centered around the national treasure Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto has thrived as a castle town for over 400 years. Located in Nagano Prefecture, the central part of Japan, the history and culture of Matsumoto have been nurtured in the area’s beautiful natural environment. It commands a spectacular view of the Japan Alps, which are over 3,000m in altitude to the west, and the Utsukushigahara Plateau, which is 2,000m in altitude, to the east.

In this trip you will be experiencing some of the best parts in and near Matsumoto.

  • Narai-juku – one of the post towns with peculiar building style of the inns
  • Matsumoto Castle – a national treasure and oldest castle in Japan
  • Norikura Kogen Snow Play such as skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, etc
  • Obuse – an artistic town
  • Snow Monkey Park – watch the Macaque up close and observe their fascinating behavior as they soak in their onsen
  • Zenkoji Temple – a national treasure for prayer. It is believed that if you visit there once in your life, your salvation will be granted

 

4 Days Matsumoto Winter Holiday

ITINERARY

Day 1 Shinjuku Station –> Narai-juku –> Matsumoto [LD]

0900  Depart by Limited Express Train Azusa 9 from Shinjuku Station
1145  Arrive Shiojiri Station and continue by bus to Narai-juku
1240  Walk around Nari-juku with lunch
1410  Depart Nari-juku to Matsumoto
1525  Visit Matsumoto Cashle
1645  Transfer to hotel Check in and free at leisure.
Overnight: Buena Vista or Similar/ Western Style Room

Day 2  Matsumoto –> Mt Norikura Snow Resort –> Norikura Kogen [B/-/D]

0700  Breakfast at Hotel
0900  Depart by bus to Mt Norikura Snow  Resort
1025  Check in hotel and enjoy light and free-flow snow powder at Mt Norikura Snow Resort in altitude 1500m. You can snow play here and enjoy ski activities.
1550   Return to hotel by taking a short stroll
1600   Rest of day is free at leisure
Overnight: Kyukamura Norikura Kogen or Similar/ Japanese Room

Day 3 Norikura Kogen –> Mt Norikura Snow Resort –> Norikura Kogen [B/-/D]

0700  Breakfast at Hotel
0900  Enjoy snow activities at Mt Norikura Snow Resort in altitude 1500m. You can do “sledding”, “Kamakura making experience”, stroll through the snow forest in snowshoe, “Snow bettle” Ride experience, or attend ski course.
1550   Return to htoel by taking a short stroll
1600   Rest of day is free at leisure
Overnight: Kyukamura Norikura Kogen or Similar/ Japanese Room

Day 4 Norikura Kogen –> Obuse –> Snow Monkey Park –> Zenkoji Temple –> Nagano Station –> Tokyo Station [B/L/-]

0700  Breakfast at Hotel
0830  Check out and proceed by bus to Obuse Old Town
1110  Experience the artistic town at Obuse
1241   Continue by bus to Snow Monkey Park
1310   Experience fun watching the snow monkeys in Onsen (the walk will take about 30 mins one way)
1440  Continue by bus to Zenkoji Temple for prayer
1545  Do your prayers at Zenkoji Temple
1645  Depart by bus to Nagano Station
1734  Depart by train Super Express Hakutaka 570 to Tokyo
1912  Arrive Tokyo Station

Above hotels are subjected to availability upon reservation and might be changed to similar range hotel.

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