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.
Experience our custom-made private tour of Nagano with a licensed local guide. Our guides are knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. Enjoy visiting a combination of important tourist attractions and off-the beaten sites. Let us know your interests, and we will popose your ideal itinerary. For last minute inquiries, our licensed guides will recommend places to visit on the day of your tour.
Sample Itinerary A: Matsumoto and Azumino (8-hour tour)
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 hours)
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.
Price for sample itineraries A & B
(price per group)
|2 persons||3 persons||4 persons|
|8 hours||80,000 yen||87,000 yen||93,000 yen|
(10% consumption tax included)
Including: English speaking tour guide, entrance fees, public transportations during tour
Not Including: Lunch cost
- The price is for the above sample itinerary.
- We will customize your own tour depending on your interests and time. Include any site you wish. The duration of your tour can be arranged from 4 hours.
- 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.
- Private car for the whole tour can be arranged for extra fee.
- Please contact for more than 5 persons
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