Nagano

About Nagano

Surrounded on all four sides by 3000+ meter tall mountains, Nagano prefecture is called the “Roof of Japan.” The 1998 Winter Olympics and Paralympics were hosted in this world-class snow resort area. Hakuba, Shiga Kogen Heights, and Nozawa Onsen have continued to attract winter sports enthusiasts every year since. Approximately 20% of Nagano is Natural Park land. But Nagano is not only popular for skiing and winter sports, Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park is the only place in the world where you can see wild monkeys bathing in an onsen (hot spring) in the winter months. In summer, Karuizawa is one of Japan’s most popular resort towns. A trip to the Edo-era post town of Tsumago-juku gives you the feeling of having stepped back in time, and, of course, visiting the national treasure Matsumoto Castle is a must. The mix of history, inspiring nature, adventure, and relaxation make Nagano the perfect destination for creating lifelong memories.

Places to visit in Nagano

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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle, a recognized National Treasure, is the oldest castle in Japan.

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Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in northern Nagano is famous for its wild monkeys bathing in hot springs during the cold winter.

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Kamikochi

Situated in Nagano prefecture and completely surrounded by nature, this area is commonly visited by avid hikers and nature enthusiasts. The area is known for it

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Daio Wasabi Farm

The Daio Wasabi Farm is a theme park-like farm where wasabi is cultivated.

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Karuizawa Ginza

This main street of Karuizawa, Nagano, is generally called Kyu-karu Ginza or Karuizawa Ginza.

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Tsumago-juku

Tsumago is an old post town in the Kiso District of Nagano prefecture.

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Tankakyou

If you want to have a perfect view of peach trees, this site comes highly recommended. When the season is right, you can see upwards of 1,500 peach trees that s

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St. Cousair Winery

As you enter this winery, you will be greeted by some terrific smelling salad dressing, pasta sauce, olive oil and jam. This winery has both a beautiful interio

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Iizuna Apple Museum

IIzuna is quite famous for its apples and if you have the chance to venture out to this area, you will be able to witness all of the apple fields laid out acros

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Iizuna East plateau Organic Resort

A resort facility for both locals as well as tourists, where you can enjoy a variety of activities such as golf, tennis, paragliding, hot springs, fishing, camp

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Sobadokoro Yokotei

A famous soba noodle restaurant in Iizuna where you can experience making buckwheat soba produced in Iizuna in a group of 4 - 5. You will be guided by a teacher

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Lake Nojiri

The Lake Nojiri used to be an ancient glacial lake and Nagano’s second largest located within 3hours from Tokyo

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Snow monkeys - Japanese rarity

One of the rarities Japan can boast with is “snow monkeys” living in Nagano prefecture. The monkeys are Japanese macaques, a species vernacular to Japanese moun

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The all-year-round resort at the doorstep of Tokyo with celebrity factor!

Just over an hour away from Tokyo lies Karuizawa, a beautiful mountain resort, that famously serves as an escape from the suffocating summer heat of the city in

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Places worth visiting in and near Matsumoto city

Matsumoto city is an excellent and compact city with lots of local soba restaurants, izakayas, and some tourist attractions. You can ride a bike for free if you

Hotels in Nagano

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Petit Hotel Assam

Offering a barbecue and a ski school, Petit Hotel Assam is set in Hakuba in the Nagano Region, 14 km from Hakuba Cortina Ski Area. Free WiFi is available throug

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Tanboso

Featuring free WiFi, Tanboso offers accommodation in Iiyama. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms have a f

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Ryuo Park Hotel

Set in Yamanouchi in the Nagano Region, 6 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park, Ryuo Park Hotel features ski-to-door access and ski storage space. Guests can enjoy th

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Hakuba Slopeside Chalet

Renovated in June 2016, Hakuba Slopeside Chalet is conveniently located in a prime position in an enclave right above the Tsugaike ski gondola with full ski-in

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Yuruino Yado Keizan

Offering a hot spring bath and sauna, Yuruino Yado Keizan is situated in Achi. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Eac

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The Phat House

The Phat House is located 750 metres from Iwatake Ski Resort Gondola and 7 km from the famed powder destination Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. It offers a dormitory

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