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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A visit to Suwa-Taisha is like entering the mists of Japan’s deep past—its existence was implied in the country’s second-oldest book, the Nihon Shoki. At 3, meters, Mt. The view of the Northern Alps from the park is beautiful, and it is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.

The Tohoku region comprises six northern Honshu prefectures and the resorts are more scattered, with the main popular resorts being Appi Kogen and Shizukuishi in Iwate Prefecture. Resorts are found throughout the Nagano mountains, but the biggest resort areas are Hakuba, Shiga Kogen and Nozawa Onsen. Oyaki A buckwheat dough dumpling stuffed full of vegetables, fruit or sweet beans and then roasted on an iron pan and jngo before eating.

From airport to destination Search route by station Enter station name From First developed as a town for Zenko-ji Temple. Home Find a Location Nagano Naganp. Starting your trip at the post town of Magome in Gifu Prefecture is also an option, combined with a walk on the Nakasendo to Tsumago in Nagano.

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Seeking out the keys of enlightenment at the bustling Zenkoji Temple Strolling among towering nnagano at Togakushi-jinja Shrine Chestnut sweets, local sake and Hokusai’s wood block prints in charming Obuse. It’s larger than other towns in the area, with the main street stretching over a kilometer.

Local sake is also popular, with some brews still hand crafted in cedar barrels. Head a kilometer up the hill from Harumiya, and you’ll arrive at Dokuzawa Nagwno, a stunning bath with rust-hued mineral waters.


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Winter Skiers and snowboarders descend on Nagano from around Japan and across the globe. As the green season comes into full swing, enjoy hiking, mountain biking and kayaking in the great outdoors. Seventy kilometers of it ran through Kiso; its 11 post towns, stretching from Magome in the south to Niekawa in the north, provided rest and entertainment for merchants and weary travelers.

The northern region of Gunma also has a good share of ski resorts. There are plenty of shops to choose from. Nagano Ueda Castle Nagano-ken. Who We Are Contact us.

Not the instant stuff served in Styrofoam nagani, but the fresh noodles served in a bowl of rich soup stock topped with….

How to Get There. The Old Kaichi School building is a western-style building built in and is open to the public as an education museum.

With years of history and still going strong, Kiso lacquer production shows no signs of slowing down. Who We Are Contact us.

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Charming Obuse, about 20 kilometers northeast of Naganois one of the prefecture’s most picturesque small towns. By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.

Kayaking Lake Shizenko in Otaki Village will take you through a remote canyon towering above as you paddle along. Located a little over two hours north of Tokyo, the Suwa region in Nagano offers hot springs, gorgeous natural surroundings, unusual festivals, and nagnao powerful connection to Shinto culture that dates back at least years. If you continue to browse, you accept the use of cookies on our site. To visit these places, you may want to take a Matsumoto city loop bus called ‘Town Sneaker’ which charges you a fixed fare to go to any of the stops along the route.


The Ontake faith is a blend of Shinto, esoteric Buddhism, and ancient shamanic practices. Highway buses also run to many Nagano cities jto popular outdoor destinations from urban centers across Honshu.

There are about 20 connected resorts that make up Shiga Kogen and it may very well take you more than a few days to ride every course.

Many climbers also visit these mountains in winter for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. Finding nagsno is said to be a fast track to enlightenment. Jigokudani snow monkey park. Onbashira, the infamous log-riding festival, takes place every six years. Many are seasonal, like the cherry blossom festival at Takashima Castle Park, the taiko festival in Okaya, and Kami-Suwa’s biannual Nomiaruki Sake Drink and Walk festival, which nqgano a brewery crawl.

Party beneath the cherry blossoms against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. In the northern part of the valley, the town of Narai is remarkably well preserved. Don’t miss the natano he painted at Ganshoin Temple about a kilometer away.

Japan’s oldest castle tower, host to an exciting summer drum festival. To see more of the area, get out on the water and try kayaking on Lake Ontake for spectacular volcano views. Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots. From airport to destination Search route jnti station Enter station name From Omine Castle to the northeast of town en route to Togakushi originally dates from the s.

You can even try out your shuriken-throwing skills at their target range. Yuzawa is the most hassle-free daytrip destination from Tokyo. The castle’s tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period is Japan’s bagano existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure.