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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Who We Are Contact us. We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. It houses what is said to be Japan’s first Buddha naano, brought to the country in the 6th century, though it has been hidden away for naganoo a millennium. Seeking out the keys of enlightenment at the bustling Zenkoji Temple Strolling among towering cedars at Togakushi-jinja Shrine Chestnut sweets, local sake and Hokusai’s wood block nwgano in charming Obuse.

Nagano Narai Nakasendo Nagano-ken. You can even try out your shuriken-throwing skills at their target range. From the early s until the late s, the Nakasendo Highway served as a vital travel artery, connecting Kyoto and Edo now Tokyo. Fuji, who knocked it down to its current size. Suwa-Taisha Shrine is Suwa’s spiritual heart. Along the Nakamachi-dori Street to the south of the castle are many old merchant houses built in the ‘kura-zukuri’ style and warehouses built with ‘namako’ walls covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster.

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The northern region of Gunma also has a good share of ski resorts. Soak up the local spirituality at Suwa-Taisha Shrine Enjoy a long, hot soak in one of the area’s many onsen Explore the volcanic Yatsugatake mountain range.


Kick back at a Suwa hot spring. Oyaki A buckwheat dough dumpling stuffed full of vegetables, fruit or sweet beans and then roasted on an iron pan and steamed before eating. Inside the ice skating rink M-Wave, one of the venues for the Winter Olympics, is the Nagano Olympics Memorial Corner exhibiting some of the sports equipment that was actually used in the games along with licensed products.

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Please Confirm Your Location We use location data to provide you with accurate tourism info. If you continue to browse, you accept the use of cookies on our site. Suwa’s Onbashira Festival takes place every six years in the spring, with the next event in Jigokudani snow monkey park. The faithful still come from all across Japan to walk the Ontake Pilgrimage Trail up to the summit, performing ceremonies at holy sites along the way.

Nozawa Onsen is a small hot spring village with its very own large-scale ski and snowboard resort and is a favorite for many due to its charming village atmosphere. How to Get There. Then, find the perfect cove for a barbeque beside the turquoise waters that flow through the Atera Ravine. Kami-Suwa Station is the most central and connects to many of the area’s major destinations.

Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, beginner or expert, planning a ski vacation to Japan or day trips while in Japan, you will not be disappointed. If you’re traveling from the neighboring city of Matsumoto, take the JR Shinonoi Line from Matsumoto Station, which takes a little over 30 minutes.

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. Please Confirm Your Location We use location data to provide you with accurate tourism info.

Finding them is said to be a fast track to enlightenment. The temple’s Buddha is believed to have restorative powers and in the courtyard you’ll see visitors wafting incense from an enormous cauldron onto themselves to aid healing. This is especially true of Magome and Tsumagotwo iconic post towns with old wooden streetscapes at the southern entrance to the Kiso Valley.


One of Japan’s most sacred mountains, Mt Ontakehas been a pilgrimage destination for over a thousand years.

Jigokudani snow monkey park. They host a follow-up event one month later to show off newer models. There are two main ski resort regions of Niigata — Yuzawa and Myoko. Many climbers also visit these mountains in winter for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing.

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How to Get There. Nagano Shibu Onsen Nagano-ken. Soaking in an onsen to relax tired muscles after an exhilarating day on the slopes makes the Japanese skiing experience unforgettable. A little further down the train line from Obuse is Yudanakaa small hot spring town from where you can catch a bus to visit naganno local hot spring-bathing monkeys.

Suwa comes alive with festivals and events throughout the year. Enclaves of rural culture continue much as they have for centuries, with the villages of Tsumago and Narai appearing as if they were plucked straight from a samurai film. Suwa Taisha Shrine consists of four separate shrines, each with their own singular atmosphere.

The Shinano Express runs the full length of nagsno Kiso Valley, connecting the area to the rest of Japan. In the north east of the prefecture are Marunuma Kogen, Kawaba, plus more resorts in the Minakami and Katashina town areas.