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  • 1. SNOW MONKEY PARK

    SNOW MONKEY PARK

    Located near the base of the Joshinestu Kogen National Park, the Jigokudani Yaen Koen (otherwise known as the Snow Monkey Park) is home to a very special troop of monkeys. Created in 1964, the park was established as a conservation area in which the monkeys - ...

  • 2. YUDANAKA & SHIBU ONSEN

    YUDANAKA & SHIBU ONSEN

    Located near the base of Shiga Kogen, both Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen are famous of their abundance of 'onsens' (natural hot springs). Discovered more than one thousand years ago, the water is said to hold powerful healing properties and specif medicin...

  • 3. SHIGA KOGEN

    SHIGA KOGEN

    Part of the expansive Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, Shiga Kogen is a mountainous region of stunning beauty and ecological importance. In winter, the mountains are inundated by heavy snowfall – more than 12 meters per year – turning the landscape powder white...

  • 4. OBUSE & MATSUKAWA VALLEY

    OBUSE & MATSUKAWA VALLEY

    Obuse is a small Edo Period (1603-1868) town steeped in history and tradition. Located in the heart of the countryside of Nagano Prefecture, Obuse is populated by quaint shops, gardens, temples, local delicacies and sake, and home to the Hokusai Museum.
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  • 5. NAGANO CITY

    NAGANO CITY

    Easily accessible from Tokyo and other destinations on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, Nagano City is the largest metropolitan area in Nagano Prefecture. With its origins in the 6th and 7th centuries, Nagano's history is entwined with that of its most famou...

  • 6. NOZAWA & IIYAMA

    NOZAWA & IIYAMA

    The hot springs of Nozawa Onsen were discovered in the 8th century and since that time have been known for their healing properties. Like the Japanese for centuries before them, international visitors now head to Nozawa to soak their bodies (and souls) in the ...

  • 7. HAKUBA

    HAKUBA

    Hakuba is internationally known as one of the host venues of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games; selected as such due to its world-class terrain, courses, and the abundance of powder snow that covers the mountains each winter. Comprising 11 individual snow resorts ...

  • 8. TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE

    TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE

    Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route connects Tateyama (Toyama) and Omachi (Nagano) and is famous throughout Japan for its spectacular landscape and heavy snowfall. Known as the "Roof of Japan", the route passes over the Northern Alps, approximately 2400 met...

  • 9. MATSUMOTO

    MATSUMOTO

    Famous for its historical importance, cultural treasures and nearby natural splendors, Matsumoto is the perfect destination for visitors who want to explore the beauty and rich tradition of central Japan. You can experience the atmosphere of samurai-era Matsu...

  • 10. KARUIZAWA

    KARUIZAWA

    Found at an altitude of 1000 meters, Karuizawa is blessed with a cool climate and beautiful natural surrounding and as such, has been used as a mountain resort town since the late 19th Century. As part of the old Nakasendo Way, the town retains hints of its or...

  • 11. KISO VALLEY

    KISO VALLEY

    During Japan's Edo Period (1603 to 1868) the Nakasendo Way ran between Kyoto and then capital Edo (known known as Tokyo). The road acted as one of the main highways between Japan's two most important urban centers and allowed traders and travelers t...

  • 12. TAKAYAMA

    TAKAYAMA

    Located deep within the mountains of central Japan, Takayama is famous for the excellent preservation and charm of its Edo period historical center, known as Sanno-machi. The distinctive black facades of buildings that line the narrow streets are full of fasc...