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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

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..

Koshinzuka

Koshinzuka

Koshinzuka is a traditional Japanese inn near Tsumago-juku, Nagano prefecture. Located on the Nakasendo, this charming little minshuku has served as a resting place for travelers in the idyllic Kiso Valley for many years. From the outside, the tiny ..

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Tsumago Post Town

Tsumago Post Town

Tsumago is known today as one of the best-preserved post towns in Japan. The town and its residents do their best to recreate the ambience of the Edo Period. Cars are prohibited on the main street and the usual Japan phone lines and power cables..

Takashima Castle of Suwa

Takashima Castle of Suwa

Takashima Castle is located in the town Suwa, central Nagano Prefecture. At the end of the Edo period, Takashima Castle was the home to the Suwa Clan. The castle is also known as “The Floating Castle of Suwa” ..

Surroundings of Matsumoto Castle

Surroundings of Matsumoto Castle

When I plan a visit to Japan, I search for interesting places at several different sites off of the beaten track. Usually, other people take photos of castles, temples, or other famous buildings, but then I have no idea what is in the surrounding are..

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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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