Here Are 7 Reasons Why Nagano Prefecture is a Great Place to Visit and Live!

Japan is a country that mixes tradition with futuristic innovation. Its rich culture, unique food, tourist hotspots, shrines, temples, and quirks make it a great choice for travelers. It is only a small country, but has many different kinds of landscapes such as mountains, beaches, forests, and even sand dunes, meaning that you’ll get a…

Relax in a Hot Spring Above the Clouds at this Onsen Retreat in Nagano

Have you ever heard of the onsen (温泉; hot spring) in the clouds? Takamine Onsen (高峰温泉) is 2000 meters above sea level and offers a vast view of the surrounding nature while allowing you to soak in its blissful hot spring water from the Asama Mountains (浅間山). Though located in a rural area where everyday…

9 Places to Visit in Karuizawa, Nagano for a Refreshing Summer Break

Summer in Japan is known to be hot and humid. When you are in the city, the heat can be quite intense. To escape the heat, some travel to other areas so that they can enjoy a refreshing summer. In Nagano Prefecture (長野県) lies Karuizawa (軽井沢), a popular summer destination. The town is a mountain…

3 Interesting Places in Nagano’s Chestnut Village That You Should Visit

Obuse (小布施) is one of the peaceful towns located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture (長野県), Japan. It is rich in art and culture and is popular for chestnuts, which is its local produce. You can find several chestnut-related products in the area such as chestnut rice, jelly, and ice cream. Its atmosphere is…

Discover the Wonders of Nagano on the Road to Zenkoji Temple

The road to Zenkoji (善光寺), one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan, is an easy one. Situated in the beautiful Japanese Alps, a convenient, regular, 80-minute bullet train links Tokyo with Nagano City (長野市), the capital of the Nagano Prefecture (長野県) and the gateway to this seventh-century icon. Nagano Unlike Zenkoji, Nagano City…

6 Exciting Things to Do in Togakushi, Nagano

Nagano Prefecture (長野県) has always been known as the number one winter paradise in Central Japan. With its position surrounded by the Japanese Alps, Nagano Prefecture has become home to many world-class ski resorts and famous natural hot springs. The most famous ski resorts area is Hakuba (白馬), a former 1998 Winter Olympics site. But…

Where to Go and What to Do in the Paradise of Matsumoto

Easy access to snow monkeys, mountain ranges, historic shrines, and perhaps the best-preserved castle in Japan; first-class bars selling regional wine and sake, a local football team whose fans are amongst the most loyal, and people whose genuine smiles warm the hearts of locals and tourists alike – this is what awaits you in Matsumoto…

Experience Being a Ninja for a Day at Chibikko Ninja Village in Nagano!

Ever dreamed of fulfilling your Hokage fantasies and finally becoming a Naruto in the making? If yes, then now is your chance! In a small village in northern Nagano (長野) Prefecture, stands a unique theme park that will satisfy your ninja yearnings in a very fun and playful way! Chibikko Ninja Village (Kids’ Ninja Village-チビッ子忍者村),…

Top 5 Breathtaking Places in Nagano to Enjoy the Autumn Foliage

Japan is known around the world as a country of advanced technology and developed cities. But aside from all its amazing skyscrapers and infrastructures, the country takes pride of its wonderful nature and picture-perfect sceneries. No wonder travelers from around the globe would never dare to forget including Japan on their bucket list! As everyone…
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