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Mountain adventures at Japan's Alps

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Top Attractions in Nagano

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Karuizawa

Karuizawa

Tokyo is a great city to enjoy, with its unfinishable array of sights, shops and restaurants, but sometimes it's nice to get ...

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto

Many people think of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture as an overnight spot before heading to the Japan Alps or Utsukushigahara ...

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Kamikochi

Kamikochi

Kamikochi is a popular resort and often associated with some of the best natural beauty that the central Japanese Alps—and in...

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Hakuba

Hakuba

Hakuba is considered one of Japan's premier alpine resort getaways, located in the Japanese Alps in Nagano and gaining recogn...

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Upcoming Nagano Events

Karuizawa Winter Festival

Karuizawa Winter Festival

Lynda Hogan

Karuizawa has long been renowned as a great place to enjoy Christmas in Japan. Furthermore the area has some great winter spo...

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Where to eat in Nagano

St. Cousair Winery

St. Cousair Winery

Robert Grey

St. Cousair, an award-winning winery located in northern Nagano Prefecture’s town of Iizuna, is a delightful spot to relax, e...

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Places to stay in Nagano

Hotel M Matsumoto

Hotel M Matsumoto

Peter Sidell

In Matsumoto in central Japan's Nagano prefecture, Hotel M is a conveniently located, inexpensive hotel, mainly with capsules...

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Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps

Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps

Tom Roseveare

Hoshino Resorts KAI Alps lies in the deep Omachi onsen territory of Nagano's Northern Alps mountain range, and promises an in...

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Latest Nagano Reports

Nagano Olympic Museum

Nagano Olympic Museum

Kim

Nagano played host to the Winter Olympics in 1998, and the Nagano Olympic Museum was created to inspire interest in the Games...

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Spring in Ikeda Town

Spring in Ikeda Town

Japan Travel

The small town of Ikeda is less than 200 kilometers from Tokyo. The area has been called one of Japan's most beautiful villag...

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About Nagano

Nagano
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chubu
Island Honshu
Capital Nagano
Population 2,152,449
Area 13,561.56 sq. km

The mountainous prefecture of Nagano Prefecture (長野県, Nagano-ken) is the perfect summer resort to avoid the heat, with the town of Karuizawa being one of the most popular summer getaway spots in Japan.

Take advantage of the relatively cool weather to explore the famous Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s oldest shrines in Suwa Taisha, and Zenko-ji, a major pilgrimage site. Nagano’s many tall mountains serve as challenging but beautiful hiking trails, especially those of Kamikochi.

That being said, Nagano is also a great destination in the winter, and it was the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. The prefecture’s mountains are some of the largest ski resorts in Japan, most notably Shika Kogen and Mount Hakuba. After being out in the cold, seek warmth in one of Nagano’s many famous hot springs. 

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