A Hidden Healing Paradise: Kamikochi, Nagano

Kamikochi Kamikochi (上高地, Kamikōchi) is a mountain resort located in the Northern Alps, Nagano Prefecture only accessible between mid-April to mid-November. It is under Chubu Sangaku Park and is off-limits to private vehicles restricting access using only buses and taxis. It can be accessed by train and bus from Matsumoto Station if you are coming…

Enjoy the Amazing Mountainous Scenery and Festivals in Kamikochi Valley

Japan is a mountainous country therefore it seems like hiking is a must-do when you arrive here. Hiking is very good for your health, as a challenge, just for fun, but also to be as close as possible to the nature. Hence, to experience hard effort and to admire the beauty of Japanese nature we…

View the volcanic fumes while hiking Mt. Ontake

Mount Ontake is one of the most famous hiking locations near Nagano. It is the 14th highest mountains and one of the most active volcanoes of Japan. Mount Ontake is having a height of 3067meters. Unfortunately, without any warnings, it erupted very recently on Sep 27, 2014 causing the death of many of the hikers…

Snow Monkeys Bathing in Hot Springs? See Them Only in Nagano, Japan!

To those who love monkeys, did you know there is a really interesting place famous for its monkeys in Japan? It’s called JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN. What is so interesting about it? The monkeys soak in hot springs! JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN is located in Nagano prefecture and you can see the bathing snow monkeys there. Every…

5 Unique Destinations for Tourists

There are many places to visit upon arriving in Japan, that many people would recommend when asked, such as the temples in Kyoto, the enormous Buddha statue in Nara, or Tokyo Tower, etc. However, there are a lot of less famous places, that you may not have heard many people talking about, with a lower…

Jigokudani Yaen Park, Monkey hot spring paradise

Snow Monkey Park “Jigokudani Yaenkoen” is the official name of a Snow Monkey Park, which is located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. This park is one of the main tourists’ attractions in the area; there are so many unique wild monkeys who love to bathe in the park’s natural hot springs (known as “Onsen” in Japanese).…

How to Revive Your Day by Taking a Bath in Onsen

What is on your mind when you hear the word “onsen”? public bathing ? natural hot springs? Yes! Onsen generally is a public bath that use natural hot water from geothermally heated springs. In Japan, onsen is so popular and everywhere. Japan has onsen in every districts. There are some types of onsen according to…

5 Treasures inside Nagano Prefecture

“The roof of Japan” that’s what people said. Located in central Japan, and surrounded by 3000 meters tall mountains, Nagano is not an ordinary place in Japan. So what else that make it beautiful? Not only because of many ski resorts that makes it special, but there are a lot of majestic things of Japan…

Would you like to see a magical beauty of nature reflected on the water surface?

Mishaka Pond was made famous after being depicted in a well known Japanese painting. Please enjoy the magical beauty of each season as they reflect off the water surface. Mishaka Pond is a famous spot visited by many tourists from all over Japan. The water is highly acidic, and the hostile environment for fish and…