Nagano, in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, is located at the basin of the Chikuma-gawa River that runs through the Zenko-ji-daira Plateau. It developed. Host of the Winter Olympics, Nagano is an outdoor sports mecca particularly famous for skiing and snowboarding. Often called the “roof of Japan,” it boasts. The rugged and forested Kiso Valley in southwestern Nagano is a fascinating step back in time. The area is home to the best-preserved section of the old.

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It has a wildly colorful display of over 1, species of butterflies from around the world.

Lake Suwa is the mountainous Nagano Prefecture’s largest lake. Located a little over two hours north of Tokyo, the Suwa region in Nagano offers hot springs, gorgeous natural surroundings, unusual festivals, and a powerful connection to Shinto culture that dates back at least years. How to Get There. Jigokudani snow monkey park. Internationally renowned as host city for the Winter Olympics and hot spring-bathing snow monkeys.

To see more of the area, get out on the water and try kayaking on Lake Ontake for spectacular volcano views. From the early s hagano the late s, the Nakasendo Highway served as a vital travel artery, connecting Kyoto and Edo now Tokyo.

To improve your chances in the hereafter, join the line and descend into the cave-like pitch black tunnel that runs below the Zenkoji’s inner sanctum.

Grope your way through the dark, feeling for the keys of paradise attached to the wall. Suwa’s Onbashira Festival takes place every six years in the spring, with the next event in Nagno our cookies policy for more information.

Known for its bold red and black colors as well as detailed designs on both small and large household objects, this traditional craft continues to please locals and visitors alike.


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If you continue to browse, you accept the use of cookies on our site. Turn yourself into a ninja. One lift pass will give you access to all 71 lifts, gondolas and ropeways at Shiga Kogen.

There are a number of resorts along a 30km stretch of mountains, including Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu. Nagano Togakure Ninja Museum Nagano-ken. Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots. As the green season comes into full swing, enjoy hiking, mountain biking and kayaking in the great outdoors. Yuzawa is the most hassle-free daytrip destination from Tokyo.

Nagano Tenryukyo Valley Nagano-ken. Matsumoto, situated almost right in the center of Nagano and known as the gate to the Northern Alps’ climbing routes, prospered as a castle town at the foot of Matsumoto Nagxno. Please Confirm Your Location We use location data to provide you with accurate tourism info. There are two main ski resort regions of Niigata — Yuzawa and Myoko. Charming Obuse, about 20 kilometers northeast of Naganois one of the prefecture’s most picturesque small towns.

This area is also known for its superb powder snow throughout most of the season. After hitting the powder-rich slopes, get warm with onsen soaks and nabano of hot local sake.

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Autumn Autumn colors engulf the mountains and castle grounds as the leaves turn. Come to Nagano for world-class outdoor sports, and stay for townscapes from the samurai era, vibrant festivals and abundant hot springs.

Lake Suwa is at the center of the Suwa region, and there is plenty to do along its shores.

See our cookies policy for more information. More to do back in the city. Twenty minutes from the station is Kagura resort and a little further the popular Naeba. Walk untouched rural Japan. Many are seasonal, like the cherry blossom festival nagabo Takashima Castle Park, the taiko festival in Okaya, and Kami-Suwa’s biannual Nomiaruki Sake Drink and Walk festival, which is a brewery crawl.


The Old Kaichi School building is a western-style building built in and is open to the public as an education museum. The current reconstruction was built in the s.

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Don’t miss the ceiling he painted at Ganshoin Temple about a kilometer away. Be sure to sample some Shinshu apple juice, which is available in many souvenir shops. Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture is less of a resort but is popular for people hunting out powder conditions on the mountain. Much like Niigata to the north, Nagano has built a reputation for brewing highly drinkable sake nahano can be delicate, complex naano fruity.

It developed as a temple town for Zenko-ji Temple, that is said to have been built at the beginning of the 7th century. Kayaking Lake Naganoo in Otaki Village will take you through a remote canyon towering above as you paddle along. Its Hokusaikan Museum is a treasure trove of his work, including prints, scrolls and two intricately decorated portable shrines.

Use the icon on pages to add to favourites. The other main region is Myoko, home to the Suginohara, Akakura and Ikenotaira resorts.

Planning a Trip to Japan? The wooden products you find for sale around Kiso are made from top quality hinoki cypress, which was prized by emperors and will last for centuries.