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Nagano

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Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Kamikochi is a popular resort and often associated with some of the best natural beauty that the central Japanese Alps—and indeed Japan—have to offer. Go for a hike on one of the many trails or follow the river and its crystal-clear waters. Kamikochi is usually only open during the warme..

Matsumoto

Matsumoto

Many people think of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture as an overnight spot before heading to the Japan Alps or Utsukushigahara Heights. If not for my wife having a good friend who is a resident, the city probably would not have been on my list of places to visit. Before our trip I had not seen much ad..

Karuizawa

Karuizawa

Tokyo is a great city to enjoy, with its unfinishable array of sights, shops and restaurants, but sometimes it's nice to get away for a day or two to somewhere quieter, and enjoy a more tranquil pace. Very different in feel, slightly touristy but with interesting and varied sights, Karuizawa is ..

Dining

Restaurant Avant Kyu-Karuizawa

Restaurant Avant Kyu-Karuizawa

When we stay at Hotel Harvest Club Kyu-Karuizawa, we usually have breakfast at restaurant Avant. Although there are some options within 10 minutes walk, the hotel breakfast buffet is already included into the room rate so why not relax with a beautif..

Cafe Mikado in Karuizawa

Cafe Mikado in Karuizawa

Mikado is a famous coffee shop whose speciality is mocha soft serve ice cream. You can it eat it in a cone or in a cup, or in a coffee float (with iced coffee, of course). When served in a cup, mocha soft ice-cream is garnished with a dried Californi..

Japan Food Trip

Japan Food Trip

Oiishi (delicious) is definitely the perfect word to describe Japanese cuisine. Who does not want perfectly fried tempura, deliciously seasoned ramen, or freshly served sushi? Many people crave Japanese food for its extraordinarily good tas..

Places to stay

Bessho Onsen's Ryokan Katsuraso

Bessho Onsen's Ryokan Katsuraso

With only seven rooms, Ryokan Katsuraso is a lovely family-run inn located in the heart of Bessho Onsen. It sits beside a temple and is only a one minute walk to Bessho Onsen's old main street. Although the building itself is older, the ryokan ha..

The Kurobe Kanko Hotel

The Kurobe Kanko Hotel

When most people think of Japan, they tend to imagine the futuristic bustle of Tokyo or the traditional gardens and temples of Kyoto, but the gateway to the Northern Japanese Alps reveals another side of the character of this beautiful and varied cou..

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

If you need a reason to visit Nagano prefecture, you must know that in this area you will find many points of interest to visit that will leave you speechless. From Zenko-ji Temple, to Jigokudani snow monkey park and Matsumoto Castle, Nagano attracts..

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Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple in Nagano prefecture is considered one of Japan's most popular temples and the largest after Nara's Todai-ji. It is surrounded by a bustling religious district and is reached by following the lively Nakamise-dori avenue that is..

Hiking Mt Kiso-Koma to Usugi-dake

Hiking Mt Kiso-Koma to Usugi-dake

Spanning over 80 kilometers in length, Japan’s Central Alps encompasses a vast area stretching from Southern Nagano up to the borders of Gifu and Aichi Prefectures. Although often overshadowed by the more popular Northern and Southern Alps, the..

Journey of 1,000 Steps....

Journey of 1,000 Steps....

The extensive transportation system in Japan encourages exploration and if you enjoy hiking in the refreshing mountain air, then a visit to the beautiful Chuba-Sangaku National Park, stretching across the Nagano, Gifu and Toyama Prefectures, is a mus..

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About nagano

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalNagano
Population2,152,449
Area13,561.56 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.

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