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Nagano Lantern Festival

Nagano Lantern Festival

Feb 9th - Feb 12th

Nagano Lantern Festival, a week of lanterns on display along the road to Zenkoji, finished off with Zenkoji itself lit up in brilliant..

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Iiyama Snow Festival

Iiyama Snow Festival

Feb 11th - Feb 12th

The Iiyama Snow Festival has been running for four decades now, and was originally born from the idea of trying to revitalize this..

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Matsumoto Castle Projection Mapping

Matsumoto Castle Projection Mapping

Dec 1st - Feb 28th

A special winter event brings the beauty of digital art to Matsumoto Castle, with a variety of stunning projection mapping displays..

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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

Koshinzuka

Koshinzuka

Anne Lauenroth

Koshinzuka is a charming minshuku - or traditional Japanese inn - near Tsumago on the Nakasendo in the Kiso Valley.

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Blades of Shinanomachi

Blades of Shinanomachi

Nathan Eden

I visited a knife and blade maker in Shinanomachi to see how he forges his traditional craft's products. It was both fascinating..

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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 km²

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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