Nagano Private Tour

Nagano1.jpg Nagano is uniquely characterized by the picturesque scenery of Japanese rural life against a backdrop of the Japan Alps. It is also famous for rich harvest of agriproducts thanks to its wide temperature difference between day and night and well-drained soil along the mountains.

Sample Itinerary A:
Matsumoto and Azumino (8-hour tour)


Visit Matsumoto Castle, which is registered as the national treasure and retains its original form in 16th century. Magnificent view of northern Japan Alps can be ssen from the top floor of the castle. Then, visit Former Kaichi School, one of the oldest western-style primary schools in Japan.


Enjoy strolling along beautifully-preserved streets, lined with white earthen old warehouses, craftsmen's shops, and cafes.

For your lunch, soba (buckwheat noodles) can be recommended.


In the afternoon, Transfer to Azumino by local train. Enjoy hiking or cycling around the pastoral area. You will see many farms of wasabi and seasonal vegetables & fruits. In season, fruit picking can be arranged such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes.

Sample itinerary B:
Nagano city and Obuse (8-hour tour)


Visit Zenkoji Temple in Nagano city. The temple, founded about 1400 years ago, had been conserved by famous samurai lords such as Minamoto Yoritomo, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was said that people can go to heaven if they visit Zenkoji Temple. Even now, 6million people visit there in a year. Along the streets running to the main gate of temple, monesteries and various souvenir, craftworks, and soybean paste shops can be seen.


Then, take a 30-minute local train ride to Obuse. You will be impressed by beautiful rural scenery of mountains, farming villages.

Obuse is a small charming town where the famous ukiyoe painter Katsushika Hokusai spent his last years. Visit Hokusai-kan, a museum with the collection of his original paintings.


Obuse is also famous for the prominent production area of chestnuts. Enjoy walking along Kuri-no-komichi "chestnuts path", paved with chestnuts wooden chips, lined with old warehouses.

For your lunch, steamed rice with chestnuts can be recommended. Also, try Kuri-kanoko (Japanese sweets with chestnuts) for afternoon snack.

*A stay at one of the Monasteries of Zenkoji Temple can be arranged for extra fee.
Pictures by Nagano Prefectural Tourism Association

Price for sample itineraries A & B

(price per group)

2 persons3 persons4 persons
8 hours 80,000 yen 87,000 yen 93,000 yen

(10% consumption tax included)

Including: Nationally-licensed English-speaking tour guide, admission fees, public transportations, service charge and consumption tax
Not Including: Lunch

  1. Our private tours can be customized to your interests and preferences. Let us know any place you wish to visit.
  2. The price is for the sample itinerary above.
  3. Sample itinerary A assumes starting and ending in Matsumoto. Sample itinerary B assumes starting and ending in Nagano City. If you would like to start or end in other cities, please contact us for the price.
  4. Private car for the whole tour can be arranged for extra fee.
  5. Tours can be arranged for a larger group. We will recommend appropriate transportation taking your group size into consideration.


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