Nagano, in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, is located at the basin of the Chikuma-gawa River that runs through the Zenko-ji-daira Plateau. It developed. Host of the Winter Olympics, Nagano is an outdoor sports mecca particularly famous for skiing and snowboarding. Often called the “roof of Japan,” it boasts. The rugged and forested Kiso Valley in southwestern Nagano is a fascinating step back in time. The area is home to the best-preserved section of the old.

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Cancel Search routes by area Search a different route. Don’t forget to try Tokagushi’s famous buckwheat soba noodles while in town.

Ontake’s sacred hnto in remote Otaki Village Getting up close to Kiso’s gorgeous lakes and rivers. Search route by station Enter station name From Read the jjto Guide” and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan. Follow the pilgrim’s way. How to Get There. A little further down the train line from Obuse is Yudanakaa small hot spring town from where you can catch a bus to visit the local hot spring-bathing monkeys.

Come to Nagano for world-class outdoor sports, and stay for townscapes from the samurai era, vibrant festivals and abundant hot springs. Cancel Search routes by area Search a different route. Autumn Autumn colors engulf the mountains and castle grounds as the leaves turn. Kayak along Lake Ontake. We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. Formerly, it functioned as one of the checkpoints along the Nakasendo, used by the Tokugawa Shoguns in Edo to keep tight control over the movement of people, goods, and especially, guns.


From airport to destination Search route by station Enter station name From Jigokudani snow monkey park. A cousin of horseradish but far less common, wasabi is the spicy Japanese alternative to hot mustard. The seated wooden image of Obinzuru-sama near the entrance to the main hall has been worn smooth from the touch of believers over the centuries.

Kusatsu is located to the west on the border with Nagano Prefecture and is another traditional hot spring town. How to Get There.

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From the early s until the late s, the Nakasendo Highway served as a vital travel artery, connecting Kyoto and Edo now Tokyo. Niseko is the most popular resort area, boasting nagsno of the driest, lightest powder in the world and a wide variety of terrain.

There are a number of resorts along a 30km stretch of mountains, including Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu. Suwa Taisha Shrine consists of four separate shrines, each with their own singular atmosphere. Use the icon on pages to add to favourites. The area is home to the best-preserved section of the old Nakasendo merchant trail, charming historic towns, and sacred Mt Ontake. The neighboring Matsumoto City Alps Park has popular field athletic facilities, as well as the meter-long Dream Coaster.

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You can even try out your shuriken-throwing skills at their target range. One of Japan’s most sacred mountains, Mt Ontakehas been a pilgrimage destination for over a thousand years.

Charming Obuse, about 20 kilometers northeast of Naganois one of the prefecture’s most picturesque nagzno towns. The Yatsugatake mountains form the ridge of a long-extinct volcano.

Depending on lighting and other factors, its lakes, rivers, and streams vary from crystal clear to turquoise to emerald green. The foothills offer art, crafts, and museums to complement the area’s outdoor and onsen delights. Blindly searching for paradise. In keeping with the festivities, Kami-Suwa holds a lakeside fireworks display virtually every evening from mid-July until September. Nagank our cookies policy for more information.


If you continue knto browse, you accept the use of cookies on our site. Legend says this haughty range caught the ire of the Konohanasakuya-hime, the goddess of Mt. After hitting the powder-rich slopes, get warm with onsen soaks and flasks of hot local sake. Suwa is easily accessible from both Tokyo and the greater Nagano area by train. It’s a popular area for hiking and trekking, rivaled only by the Nagano Alps.

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Immerse yourself in Japan’s food culture by having soba noodles at their origin. Raucous festivals and the stately black walls of Matsumoto Castle also survive intact, as do rustic onsen villages with their relaxing mountain ambiance.

Today, Kiso Fukushima is a delightful town to wander around, with houses huddled above the Kiso River, several well-preserved neighborhoods, and souvenir shops. In summer, the Taiko Japanese drum Festival and the Takigi-Noh Noh play under torchlight are held at the castle and attract many visitors. Shinshu Soba Buckwheat has been consumed in Japan for over years.

Buckwheat has been consumed in Japan for over years.