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[Tour A] Taking in the Popular Shinshu Spots

This trip was designed for travelers to take in the popular locations of Shinshu.

It is designed for people wanting to see the most popular tourist attractions of Shinshu. Enjoy strolling and shopping in the popular highland resort area of Karuizawa as well as visiting historical structures including Zenkoji Temple—symbol of Nagano—and Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure.

Trip Details

Tokyo Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 70 minutes

Karuizawa Station

Hokuriku Shinkansen - 35 minutes

Karuizawa – a Popular Highland Resort

The reflection of the brilliant fall colors in Kumoba Pond is a sight not to be missed!
The reflection of the brilliant fall colors in Kumoba Pond is a sight not to be missed!

Karuizawa is a popular highland resort. After enjoying a walk through Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza, rent a bicycle to go see Kumoba Pond and the Kyu-Mikasa Hotel. We especially recommend shopping at the outlet stores!

Nagano Station

Local bus - Approx. 15 minutes

Zenkoji Temple, Symbol of Nagano

Zenkoji Temple, symbol of Nagano
Zenkoji Temple, symbol of Nagano

Nagano's symbol Zenkoji Temple has drawn a large number of people of any belief since ancient times. Today, some six million people visit the temple per year. In Nagano City, which flourished with Zenkoji as its center, travelers can see historical buildings worth visiting.

Accommodations:
Nagano City

1 minute on foot

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano – Conveniently Located Near the Station

The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano is located next to the station for easy access
The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano is located next to the station for easy access

The Hotel Metropolitan Nagano is an excellent choice as a travel base, conveniently located steps away from JR Nagano Station. This urban-style hotel provides comfort and ease, serving as a gateway to Shinshu and all of its natural richness.

Nagano Station

Resort View Furusato - 1 hour, 25 minutes

The Resort View Furusato, a Hybrid Train

The Resort View Furusato
The Resort View Furusato

This new-style resort train is equipped with a hybrid engine system and runs along the Oito Line with the majestic Northern Alps in the background. This environmentally friendly train is an experience not to miss.
The Resort View Furusato runs between Nagano and Minami-Otari Stations, stopping at Matsumoto Station along the way.

*The Resort View Furusato debuts in October 2010

Matsumoto Station

Limited Express Azusa - 2 hours, 35 minutes

Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure

Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure
Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure

With 400 years of history, Matsumoto Castle is a National Treasure that every traveler should see. Once inside the keep, look out to the beauty of the Northern Alps. Matsumoto has an abundance of spring water. Spring water and wells can be found throughout the town. Pick up a copy of the Guide to Shinshu's Natural Water Features to appreciate the natural springs and wells around Shinshu.

Shinjuku Station

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