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JapanTravel Original: Hakuba Ski/Snowboarding package

JapanTravel Original: Hakuba Ski/Snowboarding package

Hakuba for the winter season - if you're looking to do a short ski/snowboarding tour around Japan, look no further than here! As the site for the 1998 Winter Olympic games, Hakuba has become increasingly popular throughout the years among both Japane..

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Hakuba

Hakuba

Hakuba is considered one of Japan's premier alpine resort getaways, located in the Japanese Alps in Nagano and gaining recognition worldwide as one of the featured venues in Nagano's 1998 Winter Olympics.

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..

Where to eat

Le Blanc Restaurant in Matsumoto

Le Blanc Restaurant in Matsumoto

On a visit to Matsumoto one time, I visited the town's excellent art museum late in the morning, lingered longer than I'd expected over the exhibition, and emerged very ready for lunch. Just a quick walk down the main road I found Le Blanc: f..

Bistro Kotsuna Seta in Matsumoto

Bistro Kotsuna Seta in Matsumoto

On a Golden Week visit to Matsumoto one time, I went to the castle in the morning then, rather than deal with the crowds, I decided to head away from the station instead of towards it, hoping to find a quiet place for lunch. This doesn't always w..

St. Cousair Winery

St. Cousair Winery

St. Cousair, an award-winning winery located in northern Nagano Prefecture’s town of Iizuna, is a delightful spot to relax, enjoy gourmet cuisine and fine wines, take a tour of the winery, and, from a cozy setting, view the breathtaking scenery..

Places to stay

Hotel M Matsumoto

Hotel M Matsumoto

Being a popular destination for Japanese travelers, Matsumoto has the full range of accommodation options, from a backpackers' hostel up to high-end hotels. I'm not a high roller, and I quite enjoy capsule hotels, so when I was looking for a ..

Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps

Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps

Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps lies in the deep Omachi onsen territory of Nagano's Northern Alps mountain range, and promises an invigorating mix of rejuvenation for body and mind, with unparalleled dining, soothing hot springs and local Shinshu cultur..

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..

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Public Art in Matsumoto

Public Art in Matsumoto

Matsumoto is a nice, compact city to walk around, and it was good to see that city officials want to make it a nice place for residents. So on its streets and intersections, you'll find a range of public art, variously cute, classical and traditi..

A Day Trip to Obuse

A Day Trip to Obuse

If you want to take a day off to enjoy the serenity and quietness of the Japanese countryside, Obuse is a must-see. It is easily reachable from cities like Tokyo and Kanazawa. Only 30 minutes away from Nagano station by train, you won’t find an..

The Beautiful Landscape of Azumino

The Beautiful Landscape of Azumino

Nestled in the mountains of Nagano prefecture, Matsumoto is a nice place to stay for a few days, with a relaxed atmosphere and a number of interesting sights. It's also easy to get out of the city to enjoy the area's range of natural scenery...

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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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