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Sakura Season at Komoro Castle Park

Sakura Season at Komoro Castle Park

Apr 1st - Apr 15th

From around Early to mid-April each year, the Komoro Castle Park is home to a sakura festival to celebrate the beauty of around..

3 ¥300
Garyu Park Sakura Festival

Garyu Park Sakura Festival

Apr 10th - Apr 24th

If you're after an ultra-picturesque cherry blossom spot, look no further than Nagano's Garyu Park. It was selected as one..

Free
Takato Castle Park Sakura Festival

Takato Castle Park Sakura Festival

Apr 1st - Apr 30th

From around early to mid April each year, Nagano's Takato Castle Park is filled with the pretty pink color of 1500 sakura trees..

¥500

Where to eat in Nagano

St. Cousair Winery

St. Cousair Winery

Robert Grey

St. Cousair, an award-winning winery located in northern Nagano Prefecture’s town of Iizuna, is a delightful spot to relax, en..

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Places to stay in Nagano

Yamaura Stay

Yamaura Stay

Nannini Cristina

Perched in the foothills of the Yatsugatake Mountains in Nagano is Yamaura, a lovely rural area that looks straight of an old Japanese..

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HOSHINOYA Karuizawa

HOSHINOYA Karuizawa

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Hidden away in the valley of the Yukawa River, HOSHINOYA Karuizawa is a ryokan mixed with a luxury hotel and a spa retreat, an..

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Latest Nagano Reports

Shibu Onsen Day Trip 12

Shibu Onsen Day Trip

Nathan Eden

Full of yukata-clad visitors during the weekend, the beautiful and historic village of Shibu Onsen is quiet mid-week. Amid the chaos..

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

The mountainous prefecture of Nagano Prefecture (長野県, Nagano-ken) 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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