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…

Cross Lake Suwa Which Is Known to Be “The Passage of Gods” in Japan

We have seen different natural ice or snow formations in places that see very cold temperatures in winter. Northern parts of Japan usually witness much more natural ice wonders in the cold season. One of such is Omiwatari (御神渡り) which literally means “The Passage of Gods” or “The God’s Crossing.” Let’s see what it is…

Explore the Japanese Alps and Stay at the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel in Nagano!

How fancy it is to have your stay in an environmentally protected national park combined with imperial cuisines and services. Such rare experience can only be found in the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel. It is a secluded forest landmark which serves as a base for exploring the beautiful Japanese Alps. imperialhotel.co.jp/ Hotel Information tamaken.seesaa.net/ The hotel,…

Take a Hike On Mount Shirouma, One of the Most Popular Climbs in Japan!

At the top of most Japanese hikers’ ‘must-climb’ list is Mt. Shirouma, the highest peak in the Hakuba section of the Kita Alps. The mountain lies in Nagano Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture. Being the 26th tallest mountain in Japan, Mt. Shirouma stands at a respectable height of 2,932 meters. Its beautiful landscape with natural surroundings…
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