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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Sights in Nagano

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Tankakyou

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Recent Articles

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Snow monkeys - Japanese rarity

Written by Simon Happy

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!

Written by Nami Komorebispirit

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

Written by Simon Happy

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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Worldtreck Dinner & Guesthouse Pise

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Worldtreck Dinner & Guesthouse Pise is located in the central area of Nagano. Zenkoji Temple is a 10-minute walk away, and the Togakushi area is accessible by t

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Pure Nagasaka

Hotel in Nagano

Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, Pure Nagasaka offers cosy rooms fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring. Each room is fit

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Aun

Hotel in Nagano

Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from JR Nagano Station, AUN offers dormitory rooms with free WiFi access. There is also a shared kitchen equipped with a mi

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Dormy Inn Nagano

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Situated conveniently a minute's stroll away from JR Nagano Station, Dormy Inn Nagano features a 24-hour front desk and a public hot spring facility with an ope

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Yamasanso

Hotel in Nagano

Located in Nozawa Onsen, 1.9 km from Lake Hokuryuko, Yamasanso features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV.

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Villa South Fuji

Hotel in Nagano

Offering ski storage space, Villa South Fuji is located in Nozawa Onsen, 1.7 km from Lake Hokuryuko. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at th

Neighborhoods

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Iizuna

Neighborhood in Nagano:

Located in the Kamiminochi District in Northen Nagano Prefecture, Iizuna is an awesome place for any traveler to Japan looking for some refreshing farmland scen

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Obuse

Neighborhood in Nagano:

Located in northern Nagano Prefecture, Obuse-machi is en route to the famous Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Yamanochi-machi town. Obuse-machi is renown for its

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Karuizawa

Neighborhood in Nagano:

Karuizawa is a popular resort spot for people from Tokyo. Though famous as an escape in summer when the city is too hot, spring cherry blossoms, fall foliage, a

Nearby Locations

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Yamanashi, about 1½ hours from Tokyo, is surrounded by high mountains and is covered by huge beautiful forests, including Mount Fuji and the 5 lakes area. Visit

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Toyama is a small prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It has mountainous borders inland with wonderful natural views, hiking trails, hot springs and ev

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Shizuoka


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Niigata


Niigata prefecture has a long coastline facing the sea of Japan, because of this it was a critical port area during the Edo period in the 17th and 18th centurie

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Ishikawa


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Gifu


Gifu prefecture, known as the unofficial “center” of Japan, was and is very important to Japan in many aspects. For starters, it holds the record for most open

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Fukui


Fukui is a small prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan. When you explore this beautiful area you can see gorgeous rocky coastlines and beaches, taste fres

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Aichi


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