About Nagano
Region:Chubu
Island:Honshu
Capital:Nagano
Population:2,152,449
Area:13,561.56 sq. km

The mountainous prefecture of Nagano is the perfect summer resort to avoid the heat, with the town of Karuizawa being one of the most popular summer getaway spots in Japan.

Take advantage of the relatively cool weather to explore the famous Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s oldest shrines in Suwa Taisha, and Zenko-ji, a major pilgrimage site. Nagano’s many tall mountains serve as challenging but beautiful hiking trails, especially those of Kamikochi.

That being said, Nagano is also a great destination in the winter, and it was the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. The prefecture’s mountains are some of the largest ski resorts in Japan, most notably Shika Kogen and Mount Hakuba. After being out in the cold, seek warmth in one of Nagano’s many famous hot springs.

Things to Do in Nagano

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Kumobaike Pond in Karuizawa

A peaceful stroll in nature

Matsumoto Castle

A national treasure of Japan

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

A good choice as a travel base in Nagano Prefecture

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen's Snow Monkeys

Paradise of the onsen-bathing snow monkeys

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Unique Things To Do in Suwa

Compiling the interesting and the bizarre into one list

Very nice pictures!

Matsumoto Castle

Historical Japan right on your doorstep

Great pictures!

Matsumoto Castle in Winter

A National Treasure in February snowfall

Nice Photos!

Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa

An urban escape close to Tokyo

Looks nice Place!