NaganoSurrounded on all four sides by 3000+ meter tall mountains, Nagano prefecture is called the “Roof of Japan.” The 1998 Winter Olympics and Paralympics were hosted in this world-class snow resort area. Hakuba, Shiga Kogen Heights, and Nozawa Onsen have continued to attract winter sports enthusiasts every year since. Approximately 20% of Nagano is Natural Park land. But Nagano is not only popular for skiing and winter sports, Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park is the only place in the world where you can see wild monkeys bathing in an onsen (hot spring) in the winter months. In summer, Karuizawa is one of Japan’s most popular resort towns. A trip to the Edo-era post town of Tsumago-juku gives you the feeling of having stepped back in time, and, of course, visiting the national treasure Matsumoto Castle is a must. The mix of history, inspiring nature, adventure, and relaxation make Nagano the perfect destination for creating lifelong memories.
Places to visit in Nagano
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is located in the mountainous prefecture of Nagano. Near the ski slopes, a museum traces the history of skis and skiing both in Japan and abroad.
Situated in Nagano prefecture and completely surrounded by nature, this area is commonly visited by avid hikers and nature enthusiasts. The area is known for its vast virgin forests of birch trees and larch trees, home to many wild animals. Designated as a nat
Bakery & Restaurant Sawamura (Kyu-Karuizawa)
Sawamura is a restaurant and bakery chain with international food. English menu is available.
Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park
The Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in northern Nagano is famous for its wild monkeys bathing in hot springs during the cold winter.
Komoro Castle Remains Kaiko-en
The remains of Komoro Castle, which was originally constructed in 1554 by Lord Takeda Shigen, are now home to a park, zoo and playground.
Peanuts House Kumakuma
Just a 2-minute drive from Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and a 1-minute walk from Onsen Kenkokan Nozawa hot spring, Peanuts House serves Western-style meals and provides air-conditioned Japanese rooms with an LCD TV and shared bathrooms
Tateshina Onsen Suimeikaku
In front of Tateshina-ko Lake, Tateshina Onsen Suimeikaku offers an indoor and outdoor hot spring bath, free Wi-Fi at the lobby and Japanese-style rooms with lake and mountain views. It’s a 15-minute drive from Pilatus Snow Resort
Togakushi- Kogen Minshuku Rindo
Boasting ski-to-door access from Togakushi Ski Area a 1-minute walk away, Togakushi-Kogen Minshuku Rindo offers Japanese-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, drinks vending machines and barbecue facilities. It features a hot public bath a
Featuring free WiFi, Kimimatisou is located in Chino, 200 metres from Shirakaba-Lake. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a TV. Some rooms feature views of the mountain or lake.
Hotel Haus St Anton
A 10-minute walk from Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, the completely non-smoking Hotel Haus St Anton boasts a hot-spring bath and sells homemade pickles and jams. Rooms are simple but homely, with a satellite TV.
Pension Woody Hill
Set in Iiyama, 500 metres from Madarao Ski Resort, Pension Woody Hill boasts ski-to-door access and a ski pass sales point. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on s
A 10-minute walk from Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, Bergland features free Wi-Fi at the entire property. Guests can enjoy a barbecue during the summer season and use the ski storage in the winter. JR Iiyama Train Station is a 25-minut
The all-year-round resort at the doorstep of Tokyo with celebrity factor!
Just over an hour away from Tokyo lies Karuizawa, a beautiful mountain resort, that famously serves as an escape from the suffocating summer heat of the city in summer, as a stunning retreat in spring and fall to watch the cherry blossoms and fall foliage, and
Places worth visiting in and near Matsumoto city
Matsumoto city is an excellent and compact city with lots of local soba restaurants, izakayas, and some tourist attractions. You can ride a bike for free if you sign up at the bike parking in front of the railway station. If you plan to stay for more than one