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From Bustling Tokyo to Serene Nagano: Experience Japan

This guide takes you on a journey from the vibrant city life of Tokyo to the tranquil temples and parks of Nagano.

This guide takes you on a journey from the vibrant city life of Tokyo to the tranquil temples and parks of Nagano.

Departure
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3

Nights

2

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. In Roppongi's popular MORI Building, the city's past, present and future are explored at the MORI Art Museum and through interactive exhibits.

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2

Nights

1

Nagano, capital of Nagano Prefecture, is a vibrant city surrounded by mountains and known for impressive temples and outdoor activities. Notable for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics, you can find several sporting sites scattered around. It's most famous for the Zenkoji Temple, a 7th-century Buddhist temple which attracts millions of pilgrims yearly. With its stunning sceneries each season, Nagano is the perfect blend of history and nature.

Days

2

Nights

1

Days

2

Nights

1

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. In Roppongi's popular MORI Building, the city's past, present and future are explored at the MORI Art Museum and through interactive exhibits.

Days

2

Night

1

Arrival
Arrival
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Washington

Day 1

Air Drive

9,773 km

Tokyo

Day 1

9:00 AM

10:34 PM

14h 34m

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Tokyo

Day 3

Air Drive

267 km

Nagano

Day 3

9:00 AM

1:08 PM

4h 8m

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Nagano

Day 4

Air Drive

506 km

Takayama

Day 4

9:00 AM

9:42 AM

1h 42m

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Takayama

Day 5

Air Drive

546 km

Tokyo

Day 5

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

1h 45m

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Tokyo

Day 6

Air Drive

9,773 km

Washington

Day 6

9:00 AM

10:34 PM

14h 34m

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Travel Tips

Of course! Your journey to Tokyo, Nagano, and Takayama in Japan sounds exciting. Here are some travel tips for a smooth journey:

Best Time to Visit:
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are ideal times to visit Japan, offering mild weather and scenic views. However, if you are a winter sports enthusiast, Nagano during winter (December to February) would be perfect due to its famous ski resorts.

Route and Accessibility:
Nagano and Takayama are easily accessible from Tokyo by train. Book a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) for unlimited train travel - it's both cost-efficient and convenient.

Altitude and Acclimatization:
Tokyo, Nagano, and Takayama do not have significant altitude variations that would require acclimatization. However, always stay hydrated and take it easy upon arrival.

Accommodation and Booking:
Japan offers a wide array of accommodation options ranging from luxury hotels, traditional Ryokans (Japanese-style inn), and budget-friendly hostels. Booking in advance is always recommended.

Clothing and Essentials:
Pack accordingly to the season you are visiting. For winter, warm clothing is a must, especially for Nagano. If you plan on visiting onsens (hot springs), you might want to bring a personal towel and necessary toiletries.

Health and Safety:
Remember to have travel insurance in case of any emergencies. Make sure to carry any personal medication and keep a note of nearby hospitals.

Local Etiquette and Respect:
Japan has rich cultural heritage and traditions where manners are highly valued. Be polite, respect local customs, try to learn a few basic phrases in Japanese, and most importantly, follow the local etiquette like not tipping, and removing your shoes before entering a home or temple.

Remember to have a Suica or Pasmo card handy for easy access to public transportation in Tokyo. And don't forget to try traditional local food like sushi in Tokyo, soba noodles in Nagano, and Hida beef in Takayama. Enjoy your trip!