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Chubu, Central Japan


Karuizawa . Matsumoto

Completely landlocked. Situated at the heart of Japan's largest island, Honshu island is Japan's fourth largest prefecture. 

Recommended Seasons

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Recommended Length of Stay

5 days, 4 nights

Located north west of Tokyo, Nagano can be reached within 2 hours via Shinkansen from Tokyo. Global coverage of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games held in Nagano helped the prefecture gain popularity amongst travellers. While most commonly known as a hub for winter festivities, Nagano's highlands and deep forests make the region a stunning autumn destination. The prefecture is one of Japan's only eight landlocked prefecture featuring mountainous terrains, hot springs and historic castles. It is also conveniently located near such premier sightseeing spots as Mt. Fuji, Hida-Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

Nagano's is the birthplace of shinsu soba (buckwheat noodles). The region's mountainous terrain makes it difficult to grow rice. Instead, buckwheat is the staple of Nagano. The drastic day and night temperature differences and volcanic ash soil creates the perfect environment to cultivate buckwheat. Nagano's is also associated with producing high quality miso thanks to its pure water and highland air quality.

Sample Itinerary

 5-Day, 4-Night Activity Highlights

Recommended Food

The food scene is Nagano is bursting with restaurants, cafes and izakayas (Japanese bars) highlighting the region's local food specialties. Shinsu soba is perhaps the prefecture's most famous local specialty, a dish that can be enjoyed cold in the spring and summer months, and warm in autumn and winter. There is no shortage of izakayas around Nagano with a cosy atmosphere to enjoy Japanese beef and basashi (horse meat) perfectly paired with sake. 

Amongst the best Kaiseki (traditional multi-course meal) restaurants in Nagano is Hikariya Higashi, highly rated by locals and tourists. Located in a refurbished historical building, the dining establishment serves excellent Japanese food highlighting Nagano's specialties including Shinshu soba, Sanzoku yaki (fried chicken) and seasonal Kaiseki course meals. 

Photos by: TableCheck, Snow Monkey Resorts, Go Nagano, Savour Japan, 

Recommended Activities

Kindly note the activities vary depending on the season and your travel dates.

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A historic post town located between Kiso Fukushima and Matsumoto. The town marked the halfway point along the Nakasendo road that between Kyoto and Tokyo. Much of the town has been preserved and is lined with guesthouses, restaurants and shops.

Photo by: Snow Monkey Resorts


Matsumoto Castle 

Amongst one of the five castles in Japan designated as National Treasures of Japan. The castle maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework. While appearing as a five-storey building on the exterior, the castle is a six-storey building and the oldest surviving castle of its' kind.

Photo by: Go Nagano


Togakushi Shrine

The hidden mountain shrine. Togakushi shrine consists of five shrines connected by roads and hiking trails. The path to the upper shrine passes through the thatched-roof Zuishinmon Gate and lined with tall cryptomeria trees.

Photo by: Andy Kho


Daio Wasabi Farm

Located nearby Matsumoto city is one of Japan's largest wasabi farms. The farm has increasingly gained attraction amongst travellers. The farm resembles a park complete with a restaurant and shops offering a wide variety of wasabi-related products. From fresh wasabi and wasabi paste to flavoured crackers and soft serve ice cream.

Photo by: Tatler Asia


Kumoba Pond

Nestled in Kitasaku district of Nagano, is a pond known as Swan Lake famous for its surrounding summer and autumn foliage. The colours of the leaves are reflected in the glassy water. 

Exclusive Activities with Tobira Group

Discover unique experiences in Nagano specially crafted by Michi & Co. in collaboration with the Tobira group.


Miso Factory 

Miso has a long-standing history in Japanese culture, more than 1300 years. Visit one of the few remaining breweries that ferment miso using the traditional method, large wooden barrels. One will be greeted with rows of 100-year old cedar fermenting barrels and taste miso flvaoured ice-cream.



Kinoko Harvesting

A Farm-to-Table concept. Mushrooms (kinoko), are an autumn special in Japan as they are best during that season. The autumn harvest bring exceptionally fragrant mushrooms thanks to the weather conditions. Go on a mushroom-picking adventure  and have a taste of the "King of Autumn Food".


Hanami Picnic

Matsumoto has various popular spots for cherry blossom (hanami) viewing during spring. Celebrate the hanami season with a picnic under a canopy of blooming blossoms - an activity often enjoyed by Japanese people.

Photo of Sakura flowers by: Snow Monkey Resorts


Kamikochi Tour

Enjoy a scenic stroll through Kamikochi highland in Japan. The walk includes a walk across the Kappa Bridge, a symbol of the area. From the bridge, one can enjoy breathtaking views of Hotaka mountain range and Mt. Yake. 

Recommended Accommodations

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan

A luxury 4-star boutique hotel in Matsumoto. Located in the "Japanese Alps" at more than 1050 meters altitude, Tobira Onsen Myojinkan offers its guests a place to recuperate and unwind. 

Photos by: Tobira Myojinkan


Room amenities vary depending on type of room selected. 

  • Japanese & Modern Rooms or Suites available

  • Room occupancy ranging from 1-4 adult guests 

  • Suites come with private onsen bath

  • Mountain view 

  • Restaurant, Cafe/Lounge

  • Wi Fi

  • Non-smoking property

  • Span & Wellness services

Satoyama Villa DEN

A renovated traditional house in Matsumoto overlooking rice paddy fields. The villa offers catering services by inviting chefs from the Tobira group that own Myojinkan and Hikariya villas.

Photo by: Satoyama Villa DEN


  • Entire villa (244 metre square)

  • Private in-house dining experience

  • 2 Japanese-style & 2 western-style rooms 

  • Room occupancy ranging from 1-2 adults

  • Non-smoking rooms

  • Kitchen

  • Wi Fi

  • Washing machine 

  • Air conditioning and heating

Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel 

Located in the Sannomaru district. The closest hotel to the Matsumoto castle. The retro-looking building was built in 1937 as the Nippon Kangyo Bank building. Thanks to the preservation efforts of nearby residents, the building was saved from demolition and has been converted into a hotel. 

Photo by: Marunouchi Hotel


  • Hand and bath towels 

  • Hairdryer 

  • Shampoo, conditioner and body soap

  • Hojicha, Sencha, Black tea and Coffee

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste 

  • Pyjamas

  • Duvet

  • Air conditioning and heating

10 different room types available. All rooms equipped w​ith the following:

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