15 days in Shiga Prefecture, Nozawaonsen-mura & Myoko Itinerary

15 days in Shiga Prefecture, Nozawaonsen-mura & Myoko Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

©
Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Otsu
— 2 nights
2
Nagahama
— 3 nights
3
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 4 nights
4
Myoko
— 4 nights

2
nights
Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Venture out of the city with trips to Omihachiman (Himure Hachimangu, Hachiman-bori, &more), Miho Museum (in Koka) and Kutsuki Keiryugyo Center (in Takashima). The adventure continues: tee off at Seta Golf Course North Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiyamadera Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and make a trip to Katsuragawa Sokusho Myououin.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Otsu trip builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Otsu is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Melbourne to Otsu, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Otsu to be a bit cooler, around °C, while days are much colder, around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagahama.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Omihachiman, Miho Museum, Kutsuki Keiryugyo Center
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Biwako Valley ©
Biwako Valley
Ishiyamadera Temple ©
Ishiyamadera Temple

3
nights
Nagahama

Nagahama ©
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagahama: Higashiomi (Gokasyo Omisyonin House Of Tonomura Shigurutei, Oumi Shonin Yashiki Nakae Jungoro Tei, &more), Itoju Honten (in Hikone) and Taga Taisha (in Taga-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongorin-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower, get to know the fascinating history of 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, and contemplate the long history of Kinomoto Jizoin Temple.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagahama online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Otsu to Nagahama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Nagahama, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagahama

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikone, Higashiomi, Takashima, Kora-cho, Kongorin-ji Temple 3 Storey Tower
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Lake Biwa ©
Lake Biwa
Taga Taisha ©
Taga Taisha

4
nights
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nozawaonsen-mura: Kijimadaira-mura (Kijimadaira Yamabiko no Oka Koen & Kijimadaira Ski Resort), Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, Shiga Kogen, &more) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba, Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, &more). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, examine the collection at Japan Ski Museum, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nozawaonsen-mura travel route planner.

You can drive from Nagahama to Nozawaonsen-mura in 5 hours. Traveling from Nagahama in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nozawaonsen-mura, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Myoko.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Hakuba-mura, Karuizawa-machi, Kijimadaira-mura, Onioshidashi Volcanic Park
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Thermal Spas

4
nights
Myoko

Myoko ©
The small town of Myoko, nestled between five mountain peaks, attracts skiing and winter-sport enthusiasts with its famed resorts and abundant snowfall.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Myoko: Kusatsu-machi (Sainokawara Park, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Nagano (Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Zenko-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Suginohara, hit the slopes at Akakura Onsen Ski Area, and wander the wide-open spaces of Sasagamine Farm.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Myoko trip planner.

Drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Myoko in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Myoko

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi, Nagano
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Suginohara ©
Suginohara
Akakura Onsen Ski Area ©
Akakura Onsen Ski Area
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park

Similar Plans

8 days in Japan BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 7 days in Shiga Prefecture BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE February, relaxing, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: February, relaxing, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 5 days in Shiga Prefecture & Mie Prefecture BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, relaxing, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 3 days in Shiga Prefecture BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: February, relaxing, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 13 days in Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture & Tokushima Prefecture BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Japan BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, relaxing, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: February, relaxing Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 6 days in Nozawaonsen-mura BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, kids, popular sights Preferences: February, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Shiga Prefecture & Mie Prefecture BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, shopping, popular sights Preferences: February, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Nozawaonsen-mura BY A USER FROM THAILAND February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 1 day in Nozawaonsen-mura BY A USER FROM HONG KONG SAR CHINA February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Osaka, Shiga Prefecture & Mie Prefecture BY A USER FROM JAPAN February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans