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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The town also has a beautiful view of the Northern Alps. Soak up the local spirituality at Suwa-Taisha Shrine Enjoy a long, hot soak in one of the area’s many onsen Explore the volcanic Yatsugatake mountain range.

Local sake is also popular, with some brews still hand crafted in cedar barrels. The neighboring Matsumoto City Alps Park has popular field athletic facilities, as well as the meter-long Dream Coaster. The Omote-Sando area, along the front approach to Zenko-ji Temple, is now home to the largest shopping mall in the city. From airport to destination.

The current reconstruction was built in the s. It houses what is said to be Japan’s first Buddha image, brought to the country jto the 6th century, though it has been hidden away for over a millennium.

A replica makes an appearance for public viewing every six years during the period known as Gokaicho. Nagano Fujimi Panorama Resort Nagano-ken. Known for its bold red and black colors as well as detailed designs on both small and large household objects, this traditional craft continues to please locals and visitors alike. A buckwheat dough dumpling stuffed unto of vegetables, fruit or sweet beans and then roasted on an iron pan and steamed before eating. The Yatsugatake Museum of Art displays a rotating collection of work by local artisans.

From the early s until the late s, the Nakasendo Highway served as a vital travel artery, connecting Kyoto and Edo now Tokyo. Nagano Shibu Onsen Nagano-ken. A great treat after a day on the slopes or at any time.


Read the “Usage Guide” and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan. The Lake Suwa naagano display in August is among Japan’s most lavish displays. The Yatsugatake mountains form the ridge of a long-extinct volcano.

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The Ontake faith is a blend of Shinto, esoteric Buddhism, and ancient shamanic practices. Along the Nakamachi-dori Street to the south of the castle are many old merchant houses built in the ‘kura-zukuri’ style and warehouses built with ‘namako’ walls covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster. Stop by Masuichi-Ichimura brewery or Matsubaya for samples.

The Omote-Sando area was renovated at the time of the Nagano Olympics inand it is lined with buildings in both Japanese and western architectural styles, all arranged in a modern manner.

Kiso’s largest town is a relaxed community on the Kiso River. Finding them is nnto to be a fast track to enlightenment. Use the icon on pages to add to favourites.

Highway buses run from many other cities around the country. Hike the Nakasendo trail for a taste of old Japan. How to Get There. Shinshu Apples Shinshu is Japan’s second largest apple producer, growing firm and sweet fruit with a mild tartness.

Oyaki A buckwheat dough dumpling stuffed full of vegetables, fruit or sweet beans and then roasted on an iron pan and steamed before eating. To visit these places, you may want to take a Matsumoto city loop bus called ‘Town Sneaker’ nagaho charges you jjnto fixed fare to go to any of the stops along the route. There are about 20 connected resorts that make up Shiga Kogen and it may very well take you more than a few days to ride every course.

Inside the ice skating rink M-Wave, one of the venues for the Winter Olympics, is the Nagano Olympics Memorial Corner exhibiting some of the sports equipment that was actually used in the games along with licensed products.

Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture is less of a resort but is popular for people hunting out powder conditions on the mountain. If you have a specific travel goal in mind, say skiing in Hakuba, some direct airport bus services from the airport can be convenient.


Njto you plan to stay overnight in the area, choose from one of the many traditional hot spring hotels that line the main street running through Shibu Onsen.

The ski season jnfo starts in December and lasts until April in Japan, with excellent snow conditions almost guaranteed from January through February. Party beneath the cherry blossoms against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Raucous festivals and the stately black walls of Matsumoto Castle also survive intact, as do rustic onsen villages with their relaxing mountain ambiance.

Planning a Jntto to Japan? Summer As the green season comes into full swing, enjoy hiking, mountain biking and kayaking in the great outdoors. Search route jmto station Enter station name From The Kawanaka-jima War Field, the site of many episodes during the age of civil wars in the 16th century, is maintained as Hachiman-para Historical Park.

Skiing & Snowboarding in Japan

Lake Suwa is at the center of the Suwa region, and there is plenty to do along its shores. Onbashira Festival devotees are infamous for riding the pillars all the way down the mountain slope.

To improve your chances in the hereafter, join the line and descend into the cave-like pitch black tunnel that runs below the Zenkoji’s inner sanctum.

Soaking in an onsen to relax tired muscles after an exhilarating day on the slopes makes the Japanese skiing experience unforgettable. Suwa-Taisha Shrine is Suwa’s spiritual heart. Using brightly colored silk and cotton string, artisans create a variety of designs and patterns around the ball and place a bell inside.

Cancel Search routes by area Search a different route. Skiers and snowboarders descend on Nagano from around Japan and across the globe. 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.