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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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

The Ganshoin Temple

And its Beautiful Ho-O Painting

Community discussion

Magome to Tsumago

Walk the Kiso Valley's ancient Nakasendo

Unfortunately, Magome & Tsumago are over 230 kilometers from Kyoto, with no direct train access, so it is impossible to do a day trip there. I do recommend a visit, however, as the area is one of Japan's...

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen's Snow Monkeys

Paradise of the onsen-bathing snow monkeys

Great Pictures.

Honzawa Onsen

Highest onsen in Japan

Looks like an awesome onsen experience

One Day in Suwa

Itinerary for exploring Nagano's lakeside city

Looks lovely!