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Nagano, Nagano-ken, Japan

How much does it cost to travel to Nagano?

You should plan to spend around $95 (¥13,728) per day on your vacation in Nagano. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $23 (¥3,366) on meals
  • $10 (¥1,500) on local transportation
  • $128 (¥18,600) on hotels

A one week trip to Nagano for two people costs, on average, $1,327 (¥192,198). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Nagano cost?

A one week trip to Nagano usually costs around $663 (¥96,099) for one person and $1,327 (¥192,198) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Nagano on average costs around $1,327 (¥192,198) for one person and $2,653 (¥384,396) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Nagano will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Nagano on average costs around $2,843 (¥411,853) for one person and $5,686 (¥823,706) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Nagano has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Nagano expensive to visit?

Prices in Nagano are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Nagano is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Nagasaki or Benxi.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Nagano Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Nagano?

The average Nagano trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Nagano travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥18,600 ($128)
Local Transportation 1 ¥1,500 ($10)
Food 2 ¥3,366 ($23)
Entertainment 1 ¥1,250 ($9)
Accommodation Budget in Nagano
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Nagano is $64 (¥9,300). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Nagano is $128 (¥18,600). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Nagano

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Nagano based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $89. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Nagano
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nagano is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $10 (¥1,500) per person, per day, on local transportation in Nagano.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Nagano
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Nagano can vary, the average cost of food in Nagano is $23 (¥3,366) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nagano should cost around $9.29 (¥1,346) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nagano is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Nagano
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  • Entertainment and activities in Nagano typically cost an average of $8.63 (¥1,250) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Nagano On a Budget
Nagano Narai-juku historic town, Nagano, Japan (©Nagano Prefecture/©JNTO)
Nagano city and its surrounding prefecture of Japan is a temple region built around Zenkoji, a 7th century Buddhist temple that overlooks the city. Nagano was also home to the Winter Olympic Games in 1998, with some facilities still existing around town. And then there is the forested mountain Togakushi area to the northwest, which is another draw of Nagano, known for its shrines and status as the home of the Togakure Ninja School.
The Zenkoji Temple is the center of Nagano. It is a major pilgrimage site and stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced in the 6th century. The original statue remains hidden within the temple while a copy of it is shown to the public every six years for a few weeks. Zenkoji is also significant because the town of Nagano was built around it. Some of its features include a decorative main hall and dark underground passage to the "key to paradise" which is thought to grant salvation to anyone who touches it. Near the temple there is also the Zenkoji History Museum, the main Sanmon Gate, and the outer Niomon Gate. Just south of Zenkoji's main gate there is also Nishi-no-Mon, a sake brewery with a restaurant, small museum, and shops housed in traditional buildings. Other attractions of the city include the Shinano Art Museum which holds rotating exhibitions of local fine art, and the Olympic facilities remaining from the 1998 Winter Olympics. These include the M-Wave, the Olympic Stadium, the White Ring, and the Big Hat.

Outside of the city, to the forested mountains of the northwest, there is the Togakushi region of Nagano. Here is the home of the Togakushi shrine which consists of a lower, middle, and upper shrine important to Japanese mythology. They are connected both by roads and hiking trails up the mountain's forested slopes with opportunities to see a small waterfall, age old architecture, sacred trees, and a serene pond amidst mountain scenery. The Togakushi area is also home to the Togakure Ninja School, Togakushi Ninpo Museum, and the Kids Ninja Village-a small theme park with ninja related attractions.
The city of Nagano is centered on Zenkoji Temple. Chuo Dori Street is the main thoroughfare that leads up to the temple and is lined with plenty of traditional shop buildings and ryokan, or traditional Japanese hotels. Around the temple itself there are also a number of food stalls and souvenir shops to enjoy amidst the traditional design of the temple and gardens. Another popular hub of activity is Gondo Dori Shopping Street which is full of cafes, restaurants, and shops as well. Beyond Nagano city, there is the Togakushi area known for its shrine and ninja school as well as several mountain towns including Hakuba, Karuizawa, Nozawa, and Shiga Kogen.

Beyond the temples, shrines, Olympic facilities, and attractions of the mountainous Togakushi area, Nagano holds a festival each summer on the first Saturday in August. The festival is called Binzuru and involves a parade of people walking and dancing down the main street all the way down to the Zenkoji Temple to rub a Binzaru statue for luck.

If you seek some relaxation after all of your sightseeing, Nagano is also in the vicinity of some renowned onsen, or bath houses. Kagai Onsen Ichiyoukan has separate long flowing indoor baths for men and women, while Omuro Onsen Makibanoyu has a large outdoor bath with views across the Zenkouji Plain to the Northern Alps.

In the winter, Karuizawa is a popular mountain resort town to visit, while Nozawa Onsen serves as a hot spring and ski resort.
Food and Dining
When it comes to food, Nagano is best known for its soba (buckwheat noodles), known as Shinano soba or Shinshu soba. In fact, Togakushi, about an hour by bus in northwest of the city center, is considered to have some of the best soba in Japan. Miso, or fermented bean paste, is also a famous product of the region and staple throughout Japan, as is oyaki which consists of small grilled dough balls filled with vegetables or meat. For the adventurous palette, some of the more unusual specialties include basashi (raw horse meat) and inago (locusts). Bento, a kind of Japanese packed meal, is popular throughout Japan-the local form being the Kamameshi bento. You can find them at train stations, cooked and served in a clay pot. And then there are sweet and juicy Nagano apples, for the prefecture yields the second largest crop in Japan.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

The best way to reach Nagano is to first fly into Tokyo to either the Narita or Haneda Airport. By train, Tokyo and Nagano are connected with each other by the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The one way trip takes about 80-100 minutes.

By bus, there are multiple bus companies that operate frequent daytime highway buses between Tokyo and Nagano Station. The trip one way takes about 3.5 hours.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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