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9 THINGS TO DO IN NAGANO THIS WINTERWe are now officially into winter and while the snow is a little late this year, sooner or later it will begin to fall in abundance. Most famous as a winter destination, Nagano has so mu...
HOTARU-TEI: JAPANESE DINING & LUNCH IN A 160-YEAR-OLD MANSIONNewly opened Japanese restaurant Hotaru-tei in the Kanbayashi Onsen area is the place to go if you're looking for a local food experience in a traditional setting. The restaurant, located only 10 minu...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW 2-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTONagano and the surrounding regions that make-up central Japan are a place of natural beauty, typified by high mountain peaks, and deep culture found in its historic towns, temples and castles. Often o...
3-DAY ITINERARY: NAGANO PREFECTURE HIGHLIGHTSNagano Prefecture is one of the biggest prefectures in Japan. Widely known for its high mountains, apple orchards, and rice production, Nagano offers plenty to discover. See below for an itinerary tha...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW SNOW MONKEY WINTER TOUR FROM HAKUBA!Snow Monkey Resorts is excited to announce a new day tour from Hakuba for the coming 2018/19 winter season - our Snow Monkey Winter Tour! This tour combines visits to the famous hot spring-ba...
VISITING ZENKO-JI: ONE OF JAPAN’S MOST ACTIVE & WELCOMING TEMPLESNagano’s Zenko-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist complexes in Japan with a near-1400 year history. A place of true religious significance, legend, and myth, Zenko-ji is the he...
NAGANO CITY NIGHTLIFE: AFTER DARK AROUND ZENKO-JI TEMPLEMost visitors to Nagano will take the time to head up the hill from the station and visit the city’s most famous attraction, Zenko-ji Temple. With a near 1400-year history, the temple embodies a seduc...
STAYING OVERNIGHT AT THE SNOW MONKEY AREA: 9 THINGS TO DOMany visitors headed to this region see the famous Snow Monkey Park as the primary destination and don't allocate time to explore other sights nearby the park. Given the global fame of the hot spring-...
NAGANO CITY HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONSThere is plenty to discover in and around Nagano City. There's the Zenko-ji temple complex, Matsushiro, Togakushi, Obuse, and the Snow Monkey Park. It is difficult to fit all the sights to see into 1 ...
INTRODUCING SHIGA KOGEN’S ICHINOSE VILLAGEIf you're thinking of heading to Shiga Kogen for your ski/snowboard trip you have multiple accommodation areas to choose from. As Japan's largest resort, Shiga is expansive therefore it's important to...
HOW TO: JR HOKURIKU ARCH PASSWhat is the Hokuriku Arch Pass: The Japan Rail company has a new pass that could make your travel through the country of the rising sun even more comfortable and convenient. The new pass is called ...
NAGANO FAVORITES: HOTEL KOKUSAI 21Nagano City has a great many hotels, being the capital of Nagano Prefecture and the capital of the 1998 Olympics. One favourite hotel we'd like to introduce is Hotel Kokusai 21, one of the most high-c...
NAGANO CITY: INTRODUCING THE GONDO DISTRICTMost people stay close the Nagano Station when visiting Nagano City. We'd like to propose an alternative course. When staying overnight, stay closer to Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano's main attraction, and c...
NAGANO CITY: RESTAURANTS AROUND ZENKO-JI TEMPLEOne of the biggest attractions in Nagano City is the near-1400 year old temple complex of Zenko-ji. As one of the oldest, largest, and most significant Buddhist temples in Japan, visiting Zenko-ji is ...
NAGANO CITY: RESTAURANTS IN GONDO AREAOne of the most dynamic areas in Nagano City is the entertainment district of Gondo. Most people visiting Nagano City often don't venture any further than the station area, but that's a shame. Gondo h...
INTERESTING SHOPS ON THE STREET LEADING TO ZENKOJI TEMPLEWhen in Nagano, most people stay around the station area for the food and souvenirs. We'd like to suggest somewhere different: The street leading up to the temple complex of Zenko-ji is full of shops ...
BEST VIEWS OVER NAGANO CITYNagano City lies in a valley, surrounded by mountains from all sides. If you know the right vantage point, you can see all over the plains of Zenko-ji and surrounding areas like Obuse and even up to t...
CASTLE GROUNDS OF MATSUSHIRO, NAGANO CITY’S SAMURAI SUBURBNagano City is bigger than most people imagine, with suburbs going so far out that it will take you 1 hour by car to get there. One of the Nagano suburbs is called Matsushiro, a part of Nagano that is...
NAGANO CITY: 1998 WINTER OLYMPICS FACILITIESAs most coming to this area will know, Nagano City was the host city for the 1998 Winter Olympics. With its tall mountains, long snow season, and proximity to Tokyo, Nagano was thought to be the perfe...
NAGANO CITY: FINDING THE KEY TO PARADISE AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLEOne of the main things to do when visiting the temple complex of Zenko-ji, is to find the Key to Paradise. In the main hall of Zenko-ji, under the inner sanctuary and the main altar which holds Japan'...
NAGANO CITY: GET BLESSED AT ZENKO-JI’S BUDDHIST MORNING RITUALThe morning service, also called "o-asaji" at Zenko-ji Temple, is one of the most interesting activities that you could partake in while you are in Nagano City. What's "o-asaji"?  ...
PHOTOBLOG: THINGS TO SEE/DO IN SHIBU ONSENShibu Onsen is famous for its variety of hot springs and its lovely streets. If you're in the Snow Monkey area for a visit to the Jigokudani Monkeys, don't miss out on a stroll through the picture...
SHIBU ONSEN: TOURING THE 9 HOT SPRINGSClose to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is a little town called Shibu Onsen. Shibu Onsen is famous for its long history with hot springs (onsen in Japanese). From 600 AC., many Japanese have traveled...
SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE SNOW MONKEY AREAEven though this region is called the Snow Monkey area, we have more than six months without snow. Our Spring, Summer, and Autumn all have their own attractions. In this article we will expand on the ...
CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON/SITES IN NORTHERN NAGANOWhen you ask people to name three things that define Japan they usually name Mount Fuji, geisha, and cherry blossoms. Nagano Prefecture is quite far from Fuji and we would advise you to go to Kyoto to...
ATTRACTIONS AROUND NAGANO CITYHaving found your way to this website most likely means that you want to see the snow monkeys. Many people do this as a day trip from Tokyo. They leave Tokyo early in the morning and arrive back to To...
ABOUT THE CITY OF NAGANOThe city of Nagano has a long history and was formally established as a city on April 1, 1897. It was the first established city within Nagano Prefecture and the 43rd city in Japan. Nagano City is loc...
INFORMATION ABOUT ONSEN IN THE AREAWanting to enter an onsen, a Japanese hot bath, but feeling insecure about how to? Then please look at the 'How to' article to learn the basics! Here we will introduce you to some of the onsen in t...