Around Tokyo&Mt.Fuji 10 Days Itinerary-B

Summary

  • Start
    Haneda airport or Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya Station
  • Finish
    Haneda airport or Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya Station
  • Mileage
    Total 1380km
    140km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Fast
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.7 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    Beg May – Beg Nov

This itinerary takes 10 days to circle around Tokyo and Mt.Fuji.

Daily mileage is short but by staying consecutive nights in 1 city only, the travel pace is fast.
If you want to stay in Tokyo after the road trip, you can return the car not to the airport but to Tokyo. Due to traffic jams and lack of parking, walking and the train are more convenient for sightseeing in Tokyo.

 

Tokyo – Hakone/Atami(Sample)

Start: Tokyo (東京)
Finish:Hakone or Atami (箱根/熱海)
Mileage:
To Hakone: 130km
To Atami: 155km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Tokyo to either Hakone or Atami. Hakone and Atami are only about 25km apart, so it doesn’t matter which one you stay at.

Recommended Itinerary(Sample)

1

Rental car branch at Haneda airport, Narita airport or Tokyo

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9:00

The mileage is not very long, about 130-155km, but there are so many attractions such as Kamakura and Enoshima. And roads around Kamakura and Enoshima area are especially congested on weekends, so we recommend that you depart as early as possible.




75 min

2

Kamakura city & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Kamakura Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine

10:15

The first destination is the ancient city [Kamakura city & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine]. This shrine is known as a shrine related to Minamoto no Yoritomo (the shogun who established the first samurai government) and is a majestic shrine that boasts 5th place in the worship ranking.
Also, between Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and Kamakura Station, there is [Komachi Street], which is full of 250 shops. It is crowded with many worshipers and tourists, and you can enjoy eating while walking.

Kamakura’s Komachi Street is bustling during the New Year




10 min

3

Kamakura Great Buddha

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura. You can also visit Hase Temple in 5 minutes on foot.

11:30

About 3km west of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, there is [Kamakura Great Buddha], which is a symbol of Kamakura. There is also a [Hase Dera Temple], which is known for its hydrangea and Japan’s largest wood carving Kannon in walking distance, so please visit them as a set.




25 min

4

Enoshima island

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Enoshima island

12:50

After leaving Kamakura, head to Enoshima. There are cafes with a nice atmosphere and restaurants that are typical of the Shonan area, so it is recommended for lunch. Speaking of Enoshima, you can’t miss the famous raw shirasu-don (raw whitebait bowl).

Enoshima and other areas along Sagami Bay are famous for their shirasu rice bowls.




90 min

5

Owakudani

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Owakudani Valley emitting a plume of smoke

15:50

After leaving Enoshima, you will drive further west along the sea.
If you have time, please head to Hakone’s [Owakudani]. It is a powerful observatory where you can witness an active volcano. Black eggs, which are said to extend your lifespan by 7 years when you eat one, are very popular.

It is said that eating one of these black eggs will extend your life span by seven years.




15 min

6

Inn in Hakone or Atami

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17:10

On this day you will stay in Hakone or Atami. Both are super famous hot spring areas. Please relax and heal from the active first day.




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Tokyo-HakoneAtami

Where to stay in Hakone or Atami

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone Town or Atami City. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous onsen areas.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is smaller than Atami but has many luxury onsen ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city than Hakone and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and the “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Hakone/Atami – Mt.Fuji🔒

Start:Hakone(箱根) or Atami(熱海)
Finish:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will go around Mt. Fuji clockwise from Hakone or Atami to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.

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Inn in Hakone or Atami

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9:00

The mileage is about 130km, which is short, but there are many sightseeing spots, so please start according to the places you want to go.




10 min

2

Ashinoko Skyline road

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Ashinoko Skyline

9:10

You will drive comfortably on the [Ashinoko Skyline] first thing in the morning. It may be a little detour, but you can enjoy the real pleasure of a driving trip while seeing the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi.




60 min

3

Mt. Fuji Hongu Sengen Taisya Shrine

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Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine

11:10

After that, you will head to [Mt. Fuji Hongu Sengen Taisya Shrine]. Using the expressway (E1A) will save you time.
At [Omiya Yokocho] opposite the shrine, you can compare the taste of Fujinomiya Yakisoba, which is synonymous with Fujinomiya, so it is ideal for lunch.

Enjoy eating Fujinomiya yakisoba and Shizuoka oden.




20 min

4

Shiraito Waterfalls(Fuji)

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Shiraito Falls, a 150-meter cascade of spring water from Mt.Fuji

13:00

After lunch, you will head to Shiraito Waterfalls (Fuji), the biggest highlight of the day, with Mt. Fuji on your side. They are must-see waterfalls with a height of 20m and a width of 200m.




60 min

5

Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Arakurayama Sengen Park is popular for taking pictures that are uniquely Japanese. Sakura:Beg Apr-Mid Apr

15:00

After leaving Shiraito Falls, you will finally be approaching the Fuji Five Lakes area.
From the east, there are five lakes, Lake Motosuko, Lake Shojiko, Lake Saiko, Lake Kawaguchiko, and Lake Yamanakako. Especially, we recommend [Mt.Arakura Sengen Park] near Lake Kawaguchiko. It is a popular spot where you can see Mt. Fuji and the five-storied pagoda as a set.




10 min

Many tourist spots are scattered around the Fuji Five Lakes. If you go directly to Lake Kawaguchiko without turning Mt. Fuji clockwise, you can relax comfortably. Please consider the process according to your destination by referring to the drive map.

Fujikyu Highland can play the whole day.
“Hannoki Forest Museum & Sokonuke Pond” in Oshino Hakkai is highly recommended

In addition, there are many famous spots for flowers and autumn leaves around Mt. Fuji that can only be reached by car. These are must-visit places if you visit in spring and autumn.

Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival is held from mid-April to late May.
View of Mt. Fuji and the Suicide Forest of autumn leaves from Momiji-dai (early November to late November)

6

Inn in Lake Kawaguchiko

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16:10

The area around Lake Kawaguchiko is a famous hot spring resort. It will be a long-distance drive tomorrow, so please take a rest and save your energy at the hot springs of Lake Kawaguchiko. Yamanashi’s specialty [hoto] is also recommended for dinner.

Hoto, a local cuisine of Yamanashi




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Where to stay in Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There are no onsens in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Mt.Fuji – Matsumoto🔒

Start:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Finish:Matsumoto (松本)
Mileage:190km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Lake Kawaguchiko to Matsumoto.

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Inn in Lake Kawaguchiko

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9:00

The mileage is long, about 180km. Please use the expressway if the car navigation system recommends it to save time.




10 min

Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Arakurayama Sengen Park is very popular among foreigners for taking pictures that are uniquely Japanese.

9:10

First of all, if you haven’t visited yet, please visit [Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park] near Lake Kawaguchiko. It is a popular spot where you can see Mt. Fuji and the five-storied pagoda as a set, so the first visit in the morning is recommended.




80 min

Shosenkyo Gorge

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Shosenkyo Gorge is said to be the most beautiful valley in Japan

11:30

After that, you will head to [Shosenkyo Gorge]. Here you can enjoy a stroll through the valley of strange rocks and rivers.




50 min

4

Seisenryo

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Kiyosato Terrace, Yatsugatake

14:20

Then you will head north to Yatsugatake. Please use the expressway (E20) to reduce travel time.

Around Kiyosato, there is soft serve ice cream made from rich jersey milk and nice restaurants making it a perfect spot for lunch.

Seisenryo’s soft-serve ice cream is a must-try!




40 min

5

Lake Suwa Observatory(Tateishi Park)

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Lake Suwa, overlooked from Tateishi Park, is the setting for the anime “Kimi no na wa”

15:30

After that, you will head to the highlight of the day, [Lake Suwa Observatory (Tateishi Park)]. Please use the expressway (E20) to reduce travel time.
It is a place that became famous as a sacred place for the animated movie “Your Name”, and you can enjoy a wonderful sight, especially at dusk.




50 min

6

Matsumoto Castle

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Magnificent view of Matsumoto Castle

16:50

The final destination of the day is [Matsumoto Castle], which is synonymous with Matsumoto. Please use the expressway (E19) to reduce travel time.

You can see the inside of the castle tower, which is one of the few original castle towers in Japan. However, please note that the final admission time is 16:30 – 17:30 depending on the seasons.

Matsumoto castle



10 min

7

Inn in Matsumoto

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18:00

Matsumoto, the largest city in Nagano prefecture. Many restaurants are open until night, so you don’t have to worry about dinner.
If you have time, we recommend taking a walk along “Nakamachi-Dori street”, which is lined with buildings with Namako walls.

Matsumoto Nakamachi Street lined with sea cucumber walls




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You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
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Where to stay in Matsumoto

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsumoto- Matsumoto🔒

Start : Matsumoto (松本)
Finish : Matsumoto (松本)
Mileage : 100km
Travel Pace : Fast

On this day you will stay in Matsumoto for consecutive nights following yesterday. And you will enjoy “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route” on a day trip.
If you prefer another place, Japan Alps “Kamikochi” is recommended too.

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Inn in Matsumoto

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9:00

The mileage is as short as 100km, but it’s better to leave early to enjoy Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route fully.




75 min

2

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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10:15

Trekking along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama side) with an overwhelming sense of nature

Today’s first destination is Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the biggest highlight today. First, please aim for Ogizawa, which has the entrance on the Nagano side.

After parking the car in the Ogizawa parking lot, take a trolley bus and head to Kurobe Dam. The bus goes through a narrow and dark tunnel.

At Kurobe Dam, please enjoy the huge Kurobe Dam, which is known as the highest dam in Japan. Especially powerful water discharge is great. If you are confident in your legs, we recommend to go to an observatory located in a high place.

huge Kurobe Dam

After that, please walk on the dam and head to Kurobe Lake Station of the Kurobe cable car on the other side. And you will take the cable car to Kurobeidaira Station.

Kurobe cable car in Kurobeidaira Station

At Kurobedaira Station, you will change to Tateyama Ropeway and head to Daikanbo. This ropeway is 1700m long and has no pillars on the way, and the longest ropeway in Japan. And Lake Kurobe and the surrounding mountains are so beautiful that you will feel like you are flying in the air of the alpine route.

At Daikanbo, please change to a trolley bus. At that time, please don’t forget to go to the rooftop observatory at the station. Lake Kurobe and the large panoramic view of the Arpen Route are one of the best beauties.

The trolleybus then arrives at Murodo, the highest point of the Tateyama Alpine Route. In Murodo, please enjoy the Yuki-no-Otani (mid-April to mid-June), Mikurigaike Pond walk, and more.

Yuki-no-Otani (Snow wall) in Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (mid-April to mid-June)
Mikurigaike Pond

After enjoying Murodo, please return to Ogizawa the way you just came, without going further in the direction of Tateyama.




50min

3

Daio Wasabi Farm

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16:00

The water around Daio Wasabi Farm is clear and really beautiful.

Next, you will head to the Daio Wasabi Farm. This is known as the best wasabi garden in Japan, and many tourists visit. After walking around, please try wasabi soft-serve ice cream.




30min

4

Inn in Matsumoto

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17:30

It takes about 15km to Matsumoto. Please go back to the same inn. Please spend a relaxing time.




If you prefer another place, Japan Alps “Kamikochi” is recommended too.
You can enjoy 1 hour of walking in the breathtaking scenery.

Pleasant riverside walking pass in Kamikochi
Autumn foliage in Kamikochi (mid-October to late October)
You need to take bus from Apandana Parking to Kamikochi
Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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Where to stay in Matsumoto

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for Onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsumoto – Karuizawa🔒

Start: Matsumoto (松本)
Finish: Karuizawa (軽井沢)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Matsumoto to Karuizawa via the Venus Line, one of Japan’s leading tourist mountain roads. This is one of the biggest highlights of this road trip.

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9:00

The mileage is short, about 130km, but about 50km of it is a mountain road. There are also many attractions and places to go for a walk, so it is recommended that you start early.




55 min

2

Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum

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Utsukushigahara Kogen Museum of Art seems to float in the sky

9:55

When you leave Matsumoto, you first go up the mountain road called Azalea Line to [Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum]. The museum itself is wonderful and the amazing view is a must-see.




25 min

3

Mitsumine Viewing Platform

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The Great Observatory of the Mitsumine is a great place to take a break.

11:20

After that, you will finally be on the [Venus Line] drive.
Please drop in at [Mitsumine Viewing Platform]. You can take a break while gazing at the superb view.

Venus Line, which everyone wants to drive at least once




35 min

4

Yashima Wetlands

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Yashima wetlands stretching across the plateau

12:40

You then head to [Yashima Wetlands]. You can take a walk in the marshland, which stretches over a plateau at an altitude of 1600 m, and is full of rare plants and flowers.




15 min

5

Kurumayama Highland

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Magnificent Nature of Kurumayama Plateau

13:50

After Yashima wetlands, you will enter the most beautiful section of the Venus Line. There are some shops to take a rest and observatories along the way, so stop by and enjoy a drive.
After that, it is the biggest highlight of the day [Kurumayama Highland]. A truly awesome 360-degree view spreads out. You need to take a lift to the top of the mountain, but you will never regret it. Highly recommended.




90 min

After leaving Kurumayama Highland, you will go down to [Shirakaba Lake], then leave the Venus Line and head toward Karuizawa.

6

Inn in Karuizawa

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16:55

There are many nice restaurants in Karuizawa where you will stay on this day, but all of them are closed from 8 to 9 pm due to regulations. The convenience stores also close at 23:00. Please make sure you arrive at the inn by about 6 pm so you don’t miss your dinner.
A walk in the town of Karuizawa will be tomorrow.




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Where to stay in Karuizawa

On this day, you will stay in Karuizawa city(軽井沢) which is famous for its summer and snow resorts.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Karuizawa Station.
And when you stay in Karuizawa, be aware of the strict town ordinances. All restaurants close by 21:00 and all convenience stores also close at 23:00.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay at an inn with an onsen, “Karuizawa Prince hotel” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many nice restaurants for dinner around the hotel. And some inns also provide nice dinner too. Therefore, please make reservations according to your preference. Due to the town ordinances, most of the restaurants close around 20:00-21:00. Please note that there is no place where you can eat dinner at a late time.

 

Karuizawa – Kusatsu🔒

Start: Karuizawa (軽井沢)
Finish: Kusatsu (草津)
Mileage:60km
Travel Pace: Relaxed

On this day you will head from Karuizawa to Kusatsu Onsen.

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Inn in Karuizawa

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10:00

The mileage is as short as about 60km, so you can travel comfortably even if you depart late.




10 min

2

Karuizawa Lake Garden

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Enjoy autumn leaves and autumn roses at Karuizawa Lake Garden in October at the same time.

10:10

The first destination is [Karuizawa Lake Garden]. Especially the rose season in spring and autumn and the season of autumn leaves are breathtaking.




15 min

3

Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street

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Old Karuizawa Ginza Street is a fun place to eat and walk around.

11:25

After that, you will return to the town of Karuizawa and walk on [Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street]. It is the main street of Karuizawa, a historic summer resort. You can enjoy walking around the cute church and the bakery where John Lennon attended. It is also recommended for lunch.




25 min

4

Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)

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Shiraito Waterfall (Karuizawa)

12:50

Departing from Karuizawa, there is [Shiraito Waterfalls(Karuizawa)] along the Shiraito Highland Way on the toll road. There is no river upstream, and it is a mysterious waterfall where the water seeps out from the mountain surface and flows down.




10 min

From there you will comfortably drive through the woods of Kitakaruizawa. You can also enjoy sweets if you take a break on the way. Please refer driving map.

Pudding specialty store Sweets Lamberse

5

Mt.Asama magma stone park(Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)

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Sengenzan Kannon-do Hall in Onishidashi Garden

14:00

We also recommend [Mt. Asama magma stone park (Onioshidashi Volcanic Park)]. You can take a walk for about 30 minutes in the desolate scenery of the cold and solidified lava of Mt. Asama. In autumn, you can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves from here.

Amazing autumn foliage from Onioshidashi park (Beg-Nov)




30 min

6

Inn in Kusatsu Onsen

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Kusatsu Onsen Yubatake. You can also enjoy a footbath.

16:00

On this day, you will stay at Kusatsu Onsen, one of the most famous Onsen town in all over Japan.
Kusatsu is full of highlights such as walking around the symbols [Yubatake] and [Sainokawara Park], and a hot spring fir show at [Netsunoyu]. Arrive at the inn around 16:00 and enjoy walking around the city after checking in at the inn.

The next day you will be traveling a long distance, so take a rest in the hot springs to save energy.

hot spring fir show at Netsunoyu.
Sainokawara Park is not as famous as Yubatake but worth walking.

Please check hot spring show time at Netsunoyu



Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

Where to stay in Kusatsu

Kusatsu is one of the most famous onsen town in all over Japan.
Drive Japan recommends an inn within walking distance of the symbolic “Yubatake” hot spring field.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking. But some of their parking is far from the inn and they provide a free shuttle bus.
  • Onsen
    Of course, most of the inns have onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

 

Kusatsu – Nagano🔒

Start:Kusatsu (草津)
Finish:Nagano (長野)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace:Relaxing

On this day, you will head to Nagano from Kusatsu Onsen. Shiga Kusatsu Road (Route 292), which you will pass on this day, is closed in winter (from mid-November to late April). If traveling during that period, skip the first destination, the Highest point of Japan National Route, and head to Mt. Yokote Observatory.

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9:30

The mileage is about 125km, but about 80km of this is a mountain road, so it takes time. There are some spots such as Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park that also take time, so we recommend to leave a bit early.




60min

As soon as you leave Kusatsu, you will enter [Shiga Kusatsu Road (Route 292)]. The area around Sassho-gawara just after entering Shiga Kusatsu Road is prohibited from parking or driving with the windows open due to gas caused by active volcanic activity. Please proceed with caution.

Please also note that this road (Route 292) is closed for the winter from mid-November to late April each year.

Don’t stop and park near the Sesshougawara

As you drive the Shiga Kusatsu Road, you will exceed the forest limit and get a better view. There are many observatories along the way, so stop by and enjoy the most exhilarating drive.

Shiga-Kusatsu Road

2

Highest point of Japan National Route

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Shiga-Kusatsu Road View from the highest point on the Japanese National Route

10:30

When you go further, you will arrive at [Highest point of Japan National Route]. At the best viewpoint on the Shiga Kusatsu Road, you can enjoy a magnificent view.

Shiga-Kusatsu Road After winter closure, you can drive between walls of snow in May.




15min

3

Mt.Yokote observatory

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Mt. Yokote Observatory

11:15

About 2km from there, you will arrive at [Mt. Yokote observatory].
If you have time, you can also use the skylator and lift to climb the summit of Mt. Yokote.

Mt.Yokote summit has a Crumpet Cafe with a wonderful view. Also, about 50m away from there, there is the Yokote Summit Hut, and the bakery there is very famous. On this day, we recommend having lunch at one of these restaurants.

Crumpet Cafe at the Mt.Yokote summit
The bakery in the Yokote Summit Hut is very famous




45min

4

Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can see snow monkeys famous for bathing in hot springs.

13:00

After that, when you go down the mountain and pass the Shiga highland, you will arrive at [Jigokudani Monkey Park], which is worldwide famous for snow monkeys!

It is also nice to relax at the ENZA cafe near the parking for Monkey Park.

ENZA cafe near Jigokudani monkey park




60min

5

Zenkoji Temple

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16:00

Zenkoji Temple

Next, you will head to Zenkoji Temple which is one of the most important and popular temples in Japan.




10min

6

Inn in Nagano

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You will stay in Nagano on this day. Nagano has many hotels between Nagano Station and Zenkoji Temple. If you are going to go to Zenkoji Temple after checking in to the hotel, you may want to book a hotel as close as possible to the Temple.




On the way from Monkey Park to Nagano, there is a Chikuma River Fureai Park, so it is recommended that you stop by if you travel when the flowers bloom. From mid -April to late, you can enjoy both cherry blossoms and rape blossoms.

Chikuma River Fureai Park
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Where to stay in Nagano

On this day, you will stay in Nagano(長野) City. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Nagano Station
Many inns are located north of Nagano Station. Convenient for dinner and recommended for family.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Western-style Hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shukubo Around Zenkoji Temple
Near Zenkoji Temple, there are small inns operated by Buddhist temples called “Shukubo(宿坊)”.
Some Shukubo provide special activity such as “Shakyo(写経)”sutra chanting. They also offer vegetarian meals for monks, called “Shojin Ryori(精進料理)”. Please take note that they are not normal inn and you need to follow their rules. Not recommended for small children.
Most of Shukubo cannot book via Online Travel Agency. Please search by yourself.

 

Nagano – Yuzawa🔒

Start : Nagano (長野)
Finish : Yuzawa (湯沢)
Mileage : 135km
Travel Pace : Relaxing

On this day, you will head to Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture from Nagano.

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Inn in Nagano

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10:00

The mileage on this day is about 135km, but you will use mountain roads, so it takes time. It might be better to leave early.

If you haven’t yet, we recommend going to Zenkoji Temple early in the morning before checkout. In that case, it would be a good idea to go for the Osaji (morning service) and experience it yourself. This is a memorial service held by all the priests of Zenkoji Temple, and the start time is one hour after sunrise, which changes every day (5:30-7:00). See the below link for more detail.

Zenkoji Temple

Schedule of Osaji (morning service) and Rosary Blessing



55 min

2

Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) Avenue of cedar trees

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9:55

The first destination of the day is Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine) which is famous for its beautiful cedar trees over 400 years old. The 300 cedar trees line up for 500m from the Zuishinmon Gate and a truly mysterious world spreads.

Beautiful cedar trees over 400 years old in Togakushi Shrine Okusha(Main Shrine).




5 min

3

Uzuraya

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12:30

After that, stop by Uzuraya for lunch which is one of Togakushi’s most famous Soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurants.




120 min

4

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel

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Kiyotsukyo Tunnel is especially recommended on rainy days.

15:30
After that, you will drive along the Chikuma River and head to Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel for about 2 hours. It will be a long drive, so please take breaks along the way. Kiyotsukyo Gorge is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural monuments on the border of Yuzawa and Tokamachi. 

Along this road, there are Tsunan Sunflower Field (late July to mid-August) and Nanohana (Rape blossoms) Park (late April to early May), so if you are traveling during the flower season, please stop by.

Tsunan Sunflower Plaza (late July-mid August)
Rape blossoms in May at Nanohana Park




30 min

5

Inn in Yuzawa

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17:30

Yuzawa, where you stay on this day, is also a famous onsen town.
Also, if you drive from Echigo Yuzawa on the Kan-Etsu Expressway for about 30km and 40 minutes, you will reach Minakami Onsen. Many inns are of a slightly higher grade, and the mileage the next day will be shorter, so this is also recommended.




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Where to stay in Yuzawa

On this day, you will stay in either Yuzawa town or Minakami town. It is 35km and takes about 30min away across the very long Kanetsu Tunnel on the expressway. Both of them are famous for their Onsen and Minakami town is known to have more luxurious inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Both town don’t have many restaurants and recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Yuzawa – Nikko🔒

Start: Yuzawa (湯沢)
Finish: Nikko (日光) or Kinugawa(鬼怒川)
Mileage:150km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head to Nikko from Yuzawa through three waterfalls called Oku-Nikko three major Waterfalls, Senjogahara, and Irohazaka.

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Inn in Yuzawa

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The mileage is standard at 150km.




60 min

Immediately after leaving Yuzawa, take the Kan-Etsu Expressway and head to Minakami through the Kan-Etsu Tunnel. Be sure to drive expressway (E17) as it is a very detour and a waste of time on ordinary roads.

2

Fukiware Waterfall

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Fukiwari Falls. It is especially beautiful during the fall foliage.

10:00

Your first destination on this day is [Fukiwari Waterfall]. It is a very mysterious waterfall formed by the river eroding over a long period of time from the rock formed by the solidification of lava.

Please use one of the following parking lots.
① Takinoeki Fukiware-滝の駅吹割
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55 min

3

Yudaki Falls & Lake Yunoko

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There is a walking trail along the Yudaki waterfall, which can also be accessed from Yunoko.

11:55

From there you cross Mt. Nikko-Shirane and head for Oku-Nikko. The next destination is [Yudaki Falls & Lake Yunoko].
The water flowing from Lake Yunoko becomes a huge Yudaki Falls with a height of 70m and a width of 25m. The view from the observatory just below the basin is impressive.




10 min

4

Lake Chuzenjiko

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Lake Chuzenji and Mt.NANTAISAN

13:05

You will arrive at [Lake Chuzenjiko] from Yudaki via Senjogahara and Ryuzu Falls. From the lakeside parking lot, you can also enjoy a walk to [Chuzenji Temple], [British Embassy Villa], and [Italian Embassy Villa].

The Italian Embassy Villa on the shore of Lake Chuzenji. It shows how much the ambassador loved Oku-Nikko at that time.




35 min

5

Akechidaira Ropeway

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明智平
Nikko Akechidaira in autumn should be visited at least once in a lifetime.

15:10

After leaving Lake Chuzenjiko, go down the famous Irohazaka (mountain road) to the Nikko city area.
If you have time, we recommend the Akechidaira Ropeway Observatory. This is only accessible from the one-way Irohazaka climbing line, so you’ll have to go down once and then climb again. However, you can meet the magnificent view of Mt. Nantai, Lake Chuzenjiko, and the Kegon Falls that flow down from there.




25 min

6

Inn in Nikko

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On this day you will stay in Nikko. An inn near Toshogu is convenient for sightseeing the next day. If you drive about 15km from Toshogu, you will reach Kinugawa, a hot spring resort that represents the Kanto region. There are many inns, and you can relax in the hot springs, so this is also recommended.
You will visit Nikko shrines and temples such as Toshogu tomorrow morning.




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Where to stay in Nikko

On this day, you will stay in Nikko(日光) City. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Toshogu Shrine
The biggest highlight of Nikko is “Toshogu Shrine” and many inns are concentrated near it.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star Japanese Ryokan and 5-star historic western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Kinugawa Onsen(鬼怒川温泉) area
Kinugawa located 20km and takes 30min from the Toshogu shrine is famous for onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Nikko – Tokyo🔒

Start: Nikko (日光) or Kinugawa(鬼怒川)
Finish: Tokyo (東京)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will return to Tokyo from Nikko.

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Inn in Nikko or Kinugawa

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9:00

The mileage is long at about 200km, but 100km or more is a drive on the expressway.




10 min

2

Shrines and Temples of Nikko(Toshogu Shrine)

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Nikko Toshogu Yomeimon Gate

9:10

The first destination is the world heritage [Shrines and Temples of Nikko] including the Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
You will first go to [Nikko Toshogu Shrine], which enshrines Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder of Edo, now the world city Tokyo. This shrine is too famous for the Yomeimon Gate and sleeping cats. [Futarasan Shrine], [Rinnoji Temple], and [Daiyuin], which enshrines Tokugawa Iemitsu, are also worth seeing.

Rinnoji Temple near Toshogu shrine in Nikko




25 min

3

Akechidaira Ropeway

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明智平
Nikko Akechidaira in autumn should be visited at least once in a lifetime.

11:00

If you have time, we recommend the Akechidaira Ropeway Observatory. Located on the hillside of Irohazaka, you can see the magnificent view of Mt. Nantai, Lake Chuzenjiko, and the Kegon Falls that flow down from there.




50 min

4

Oya Museum

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The Oya Museum can be enjoyed even when the weather is bad.

13:00

After that, head to [Oya Museum]. Although it is named a museum, it is actually the site of a huge underground quarry of stone named Oya stone used for warehouses. You will be amazed at its size, which is like an underground city.




120min

The distance from Oya to Tokyo is 120km on the Tohoku Expressway (E4), which takes about 2 hours.
Please drive safely taking a break in the service area on the way. We recommend the unique Hanyu parking area for a break.

Hanyu Parking looks like Japan in the time of the Samurai despite being a highway rest facility

Also, along the route of the day, there is [Ashikaga Flower Park] where flowers bloom all year round, and [Gongendo Park] which is famous for cherry blossoms. If you are traveling during the flowering season, we recommend that you give priority to this.

Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park from late April to mid-May. Illumination from October to February.
In Gongendo Park, 1,000 Someiyoshino cherry trees and rape blossoms bloom along a 1km stretch (late March-early April).

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Rental car branch at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Tokyo

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17:30
This is the end of this road trip.

①Returning a car at Haneda Airport
They provide a free shuttle bus from the branch to the airport. Normally it takes 15-20 min but may take up to 1 hour during busy times.

②Returning a car at Narita Airport
If you use Narita Airport, please be aware that it is about 70km from central Tokyo and about 1 hour by expressway. They provide a free shuttle bus from the branch to the airport. Normally it takes 15-30 min but may take up to 1 hour during busy times.

③Returning a car in Tokyo
Traffic jams often occur in Tokyo. Be sure to return your car with plenty of time to spare.

There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo! Enjoy your last Japanese meal before returning to your home country as much as you want!

Shibuya Crossing
Akihabara takes 20min from Shinjuku by train
There are many high-end Sushi restaurants in Tokyo




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You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
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Where to stay in Tokyo

If you are planning to stay overnight in Tokyo, we recommend the following places.
①Shinjuku Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
②Shibuya Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
③Tokyo Station
Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
④Haneda Airport
There are some huge hotels at the airport.
⑤Narita Airport
As you may know, Narita Airport is located 80km away from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours by car. Please travel well in advance of your schedule.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 3,000 inns in Tokyo. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Process

  1. Book hotels or rental cars from the links below.
  2. Submit the “Map Request Form” at the bottom after bookings.
  3. We will send you day-by-day Driving Maps with MAPCODE of the itinerary you choose!
    Enjoy your trip without the hassle of finding parking!

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide
  • Airport
    Tokyo has 2 main airports. Haneda is close to Tokyo and Narita is 70km away.
    If you arrive after 14:00 at Haneda or 12:00 at Narita airport, consider staying overnight around the airport or in Tokyo and departing the next morning.
    • Haneda Airport
      20km to center of Tokyo
      30-45 min to Tokyo, Shibuya and Shinjuku Stations by train.
    • Narita Airport
      70km to center of Tokyo.
      60 minutes from Tokyo by train, 90 minutes by car.
  • Main stations in Tokyo
    • Tokyo Station
      Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
    • Shinjuku Station
    • Shibuya Station
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    You can rent at the airport and return at the stations, and vice versa. Normally, the one-way charge is about JPY3000~7000.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    If you travel from the end of November to the end of March, you must book a car with snow tires.

Hotel Booking

You can book any hotels for this itinerary from the links below, however we will suggest a recommended mid range
hotel or inn that has:
・Parking
・A convenient location
・A rate of about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Hakone or Atami
Recommended Inn

Hotel Okada

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone town or Atami city. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous onsen areas.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is small but has many luxury onsen ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and the “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)
Recommended Inn

Fuji Lake Hotel

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There are no onsens in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Matsumoto
Recommended Inn

Hotel Buena Vista

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Matsumoto
Recommended Inn

Hotel Buena Vista

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Karuizawa
Recommended Inn

Karuizawa Prince Hotel East

On this day, you will stay in Karuizawa city(軽井沢) which is famous for its summer and snow resorts.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Karuizawa Station.
And when you stay in Karuizawa, be aware of the strict town ordinances. All restaurants close by 21:00 and all convenience stores also close at 23:00.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay at an inn with an onsen, “Karuizawa Prince hotel” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many nice restaurants for dinner around the hotel. And some inns also provide nice dinners too. Therefore, please make reservations according to your preference. Due to the town ordinances, most of the restaurants close around 20:00-21:00. Please note that there is no place where you can eat dinner at a late time.
/ stay in Kusatsu
Recommended Inn

Ichii

Kusatsu is one of the most famous onsen town in all over Japan.
Drive Japan recommends an inn within walking distance of the symbolic “Yubatake” hot spring field.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking. But some of their parking is far from the inn and they provide a free shuttle bus.
  • Onsen
    Of course, most of the inns have onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.
/ stay in Nagano
Recommended Inn

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

On this day, you will stay in Nagano(長野) City. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Nagano Station
Many inns are located north of Nagano Station. Convenient for dinner and recommended for family.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star Western-style Hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Shukubo Around Zenkoji Temple
Near Zenkoji Temple, there are small inns operated by Buddhist temples called “Shukubo(宿坊)”.
Some Shukubo provide special activity such as “Shakyo(写経)”sutra chanting. They also offer vegetarian meals for monks, called “Shojin Ryori(精進料理)”. Please take note that they are not normal inn and you need to follow their rules. Not recommended for small children.
Most of Shukubo cannot book via Online Travel Agency. Please search by yourself.

/ stay in Yuzawa
Recommended Inn

Echigoyuzawa Onsen Shosenkaku Kagetsu Ryokan

On this day, you will stay in either Yuzawa town or Minakami town. It is 35km and takes about 30min away across the very long Kanetsu Tunnel on the expressway. Both of them are famous for their Onsen and Minakami town is known to have more luxurious inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    Both town don’t have many restaurants and recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Nikko or Kinugawa
Recommended Inn

Asaya

On this day, you will stay in Nikko(日光) City. Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Toshogu Shrine
The biggest highlight of Nikko is “Toshogu Shrine” and many inns are concentrated near it.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star Japanese Ryokan and 5-star historic western hotels. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Kinugawa Onsen(鬼怒川温泉) area
Kinugawa located 20km and takes 30min from the Toshogu shrine is famous for onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Tokyo(If you need)
Recommended Inn

Keio Plaza Hotel

If you are planning to stay overnight in Tokyo, we recommend the following places.
①Shinjuku Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
②Shibuya Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
③Tokyo Station
Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
④Haneda Airport
There are some huge hotels at the airport.
⑤Narita Airport
As you may know, Narita Airport is located 80km away from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours by car. Please travel well in advance of your schedule.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 3,000 inns in Tokyo. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

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