Come See the Massive Blaze at the Nozawa Fire Festival!

Nozawa Fire Festival is held on January 15th every year in the Nozawa Onsen village of Nagano prefecture. It is the brightest fire festival you can witness in January. The energy and heat of this festival are incredible. Details of the Festival   Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival is called ‘Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Matsuri’ in Japanese.…

The History Behind Karuizawa’s Premium Whiskey

Whiskey production began a long time ago in Japan. Broadly speaking, the Japanese whiskey is more similar to the Scottish whiskey than any other major styles of whiskey. There are several companies producing whiskey in Japan with the smallest distillery known as “Karuizawa Distillery.” Let’s take a closer look at its history. The History Karuizawa…

Shop and Relax in One of Nagano’s Most Serene Towns – Karuizawa

For many of those who live in Tokyo, the most popular “recreational” destination is the town called “Karuizawa.” Karuizawa Hoshino Resort It is a sweet escape from the summer heat. It is also an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of an active volcano. There are several places to unmask the historic beauty of Karuizawa.…

Matsumoto Castle: A Must for Castle Lovers!

Depending on different sources and opinions, the ranking of the great castles differ. Apart from Himeji and Kumamoto castle, I personally would recommend Matsumoto Castle (松本城) as one of the “Must Visit” places if you are into castles. Located in Nagano, Matsumoto Castle earned its name as the “Crow castle” because of its elegant black…

Weekend Getaway to Kamikochi, a Gorgeously Scenic Spot!

Mt. Oku-Hotaka 奥穂高岳 stands at 3190 meters and is the third highest mountain in Japan. It is however, not one of the 3 Holy Mountains. It is part of the Hotaka mountain range or renpou 連峰 that sits between the prefectures of Nagano and Gifu in the Hida Mountains 飛騨山. It is known as the…

Winter Wonderland in Nagano, Japan!

Lots of people talk about Japan and how it has very distinct seasons, and this is fairly true! Spring is refreshing, and beautiful cherry blossom trees line every street. Summer is sweltering, and filled with beach parties and beer gardens. Autumn (Fall) brings beautiful red leaves and cooler weather, and then Winter can sometimes bring…

Let’s Go Hiking in Nagano’s Northern Alps

The Japanese Alps is a series of mountains dividing the island of Honshu. Popularly known as the Northern Alps (Nihon Arupusu), Hida mountain is a volcanic mountain range stretching through three prefectures namely, Nagano, Toyama and Gifu prefectures. Because of its amazing views and beautiful sceneries, this became a part of Japanese tourism attraction, especially…

A weekend at Azumino the land of wasabi farms and rivers, Nagano

A weekend trip to Azumino of Nagano prefecture is really a nice experience to stay away from the busy city and spend some hours leading a life mingling with nature, enjoying the beauty of mountain ranges surrounding there. Staying at a Ryokan, enjoying a bath at the hot springs and taste the delicious Japanese food.…

A Full Day Adventure: Happo Pond Hakuba, Nagano

Looking for an easy full day adventure in the Hakuba area? Then a hike up to Happoike or Happo Pond is just perfect. It is not a strenuous hike as the gondola and chairlifts will provide you a lift and you can enjoy the short hike to Happo Pond at a leisurely pace. This hike…

Have a pleasant time in Nagano: hot springs, Japanese archery and snow monkeys!

If you’re looking for a great mountain getaway in Japan with mountains, snow, monkeys and hot springs, you should try heading to Uotoshi ryokan in Nagano. I stayed there during December and it was a great winter experience! Location Author’s photo Getting to the Ryokan from the train station only took about 10 minutes, even…