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NAGANO CITY
  • Nagano's famous Zenko-ji Temple

    One of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan, Zenko-ji is the most important cultural treasure in all of Nagano

  • Nakamise Shopping Street

    The walk to Zenko-ji takes you through Nakamise Shopping Street; a precinct of craft and souvenir stores, cafes, and restaurants

  • Festivals and fun

    Nagano plays host to numerous 'matsuri' (festivals) throughout the year including the Gion Festival in July and Binzuru Dance Festival in August

  • The magic and light of the Ebisu-ko Fireworks

    Each November heralds the city's Ebisu-ko Fireworks dispaly, an event that brings thousand to Nagano to be dazzled by one of Japan's largest fireworks displays

  • Gateway to the region

    Nagano is the primary hub for visitors heading to regional destinations including nearby Togakushi, Matsumoto, and numerous ski resorts

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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 famous cultural site, Zenko-ji Temple. First founded in 642, the temple is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist sites in Japan and the epicenter from which the city grew. From those origins the city's history is one of warlords and ninjas, as Nagano was dragged into the upheaval of long wars and territorial battles. Though much more peaceful now, the city retains its historic character in the streets, merchant buildings, many temples, and festivals that make Nagano one of the most popular places to live for Japanese.

Nagano is a convenient transport hub for visitors en route to other popular destinations in the region. Whether you are visiting nearby historic towns including Matsumoto, Suzaka, or Obuse, headed to the mountainous surrounds of Togakushi, or the ski resorts of Shiga Kogen, Hakuba, and Nozawa Onsen, Nagano City is the perfect location to base yourself and explore the best of central Japan.

TOURS

  • 1-DAY TOUR IN NAGANO: SNOW MONKEYS, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE

    Highlights Visit the world-famous snow mo…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & SNOW FUN IN SHIGA KOGEN

    Highlights: Visit the world-famous snow m…
  • [JAN 15 ONLY] FROM HAKUBA & NAGANO: NOZAWA FIRE FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEY

    Highlights Get transported from and back …
  • [Spring Only] 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEY & CHERRY BLOSSOM IN NAGANO

    Highlights: Day tour with visits to the f…
  • [NOV 23RD ONLY] 1 DAY TOUR: EBISU-KO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEY TOUR

    Highlights See Japan’s most beautif…
  • 1-DAY NAGANO TO MATSUMOTO: CASTLES & CULINARY EXPLORATIONS

    Highlights: See some of Nagano prefecture…
  • 2-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS, LUXURY RYOKAN, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE

    Highlights: Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey …
  • 2D SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTO

    Highlights: Visit the world-famous snow m…
  • 3-DAY SNOW MONKEYS & NAKASENDO WALKING TOUR

    Highlights Day 1: Visit the world-famous …
  • 【CUSTOMIZED SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR】

    If you have a clear-cut idea of what you w…
  • 3 DAY TOUR FROM TOKYO: MT. FUJI, SNOW MONKEYS, LUXURY RYOKAN, FRUIT PICKING, MATSUMOTO CASTLE

    Highlights See the highlights of Japan on…
  • 2-DAY FROM NAGANO: MATSUMOTO CASTLE & MAGOME TO TSUMAGO POST TOWN HIKE

    Highlights: Hike the postal road between …
  • 【START FROM NOZAWA/MADARAO】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM SHIGA KOGEN】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM MYOKO】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM HAKUBA】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM KARUIZAWA】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…

HOTELS

  • HOTEL KOKUSAI 21

    Hotel Kokusai 21 is a hotel in the cent…
  • JIZOKAN MATSUYA RYOKAN

    If you plan on seeing much of the cente…
  • RYOKAN CHUOUKAN SHIMIZUYA

    Chuoukan Shimizuya, a Japanese guesthou…
  • HOTEL ABEST NAGANOEKI-MAE

    Just a convenient 1-minute walk away fr…
  • HOTEL NAGANO AVENUE

    Hotel Nagano Avenue is located very clo…
  • HOTEL MIELPARQUE NAGANO

    The majestic peaks of the Northern Japa…
  • CHISUN GRAND HOTEL NAGANO

    The Chisun Grand Hotel is part of a cha…
  • HOTEL SUNROUTE NAGANO

    If you’re looking for a hotel eas…
  • HOTEL METROPOLITAN NAGANO

    Hotel Metropolitan is directly connecte…
  • NAGANO CITY AREA

    Nagano was home to the 1998 Winter Olym…
  • TOKYU REI HOTEL

    When exiting the Zenko-ji Exit of the N…

RESTAURANTS

  • MONZEN TERRACE ENYA

    Monzen Terrace Enya is one of the n…
  • KOKUSAI 21: SKY LOUNGE BOULANGER

    Boulanger is a French restaurant wi…
  • KOKUSAI 21: TEPPANYAKI SAKURA

    If you enjoy beef, then teppanyaki …
  • KOKUSAI 21: CHINESE RESTAURANT KARIN

    If you want to eat the real, proper…
  • KOKUSAI 21: ITALIAN RESTAURANT DONODONO

    In the south wing of Hotel Kokusai …
  • KINOKO & VEGETABLE

    Kinoko & Vegetable (also called…
  • DAIMARU SOBA

    Nagano’s staple dish is a noo…
  • HIYORI CAFE

    Hiyori Cafe is a rare find in Nagan…
  • GONDO'S MENYA BUSON

    Menya Buson has a chain of ramen st…
  • BISTRO & BAR NAGI

    Bistro & Bar Nagi is a izakaya …
  • BEERHALL TOPI

    Beerhall Topi in the Gondo arcade s…
  • TENTEN RAMEN

    Tenten Ramen is one of the best fin…
  • SATSUMAIMO (SWEET POTATO) SWEETS STORE

    This sweet potato store could very …
  • KUICHI IMAMURA SOBA

    This restaurant has a very long his…
  • HAKATA TONKOTSU RAMEN

    At the beginning of the Gondo arcad…
  • BIKURA

    Bikura is a restaurant right in the…
  • KOKUSAI 21: COFFEE LOUNGE BAYBERRY

    Overlooking the courtyard of Hotel …
  • KOMATSUYA

    Komatsuya (こまつや) is located next to…
  • GOTOKUTEI

    Gotokutei (ごとく亭) is a restaurant lo…
  • BACCARA

    Baccara (バカラ) is a cozy Italian the…
  • TIKU

    Having had too much Japanese food a…
  • SEISHINDO

    Seishindo (誠心堂) has a 30 year histo…
  • SUZUKIEN CHATEN

    The tea house Suzukien Chaten (寿ゞき園…
  • YAMACHO

    Yamacho (ヤマチョウ) has ramen, pizza, v…
  • MENYA BUSON

    The ramen at Menya Buson (麺屋蕪村) has…
  • RISTORANTE LA CAMPANELLA

    Interested in an Italian fine dinin…
  • GAGATON

    Gagaton (ガガトン) is a yakitori place …
  • CHO BALI BALI

    The restaurant Cho Bali Bali (チョーバリ…
  • ARTERIA BAKERY

    Arteria Bakery is found on the Chuo…
  • IKA-SENBEI

    Right next to the station is this s…
  • HEIGORO

    Heigoro (平五郎) is located close to Z…
  • SHINSHU NAGAYA SAKABA

    Shinshu Nagaya Sakaba (信州長屋酒場), an …
  • THE FUJIYA GOHONJIN

    The Fujiya Gohonjin (藤屋御本陣) serves …
  • OGAWA NO SHO

    Freshly made food with local ingred…
  • JAMES NAGANO BEER MARKET

    Looking for a pub with some delicio…
  • ORIENTAL KITCHEN SANDALWOOD

    Oriental Kitchen Sandalwood (オリエンタル…
  • TADAIMA

    Tadaima (只今) is a kushiage restaura…
  • BURGER SPRINGS

    Even if you are traveling in Japan,…
  • MOMIJI CHAYA

    Momiji Chaya (もみじ茶屋) is an izakaya-…
  • KOKUSAI 21: TSUKASA

    Tsukasa’s specialty is kaisek…

ACTIVITY

  • VISIT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    Enjoy the bustling, dynamic atmosphere of …
  • FRUIT-PICKING NEARBY JR IIYAMA STATION

    Nagano is synonymous with apples and one o…
  • WATCH CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN NAGANO CITY

    Watching the cherry blossoms bloom is the …
  • TOGAKUSHI SHRINE OKUSHA

    This sacred shrine is said to date back ov…
  • ‘ZAZEN’ MEDITATION (SEATED MEDITATION)

    Meditation is one the primary Buddhist pra…
  • ‘GOMA’ PRAYER (FIRE CEREMONY)

    Buddhists belief that we must subjugate an…
  • ‘SHAKYO’ MEDITATION (BRUSH MEDITATION)

    The teachings of the Buddha have been pass…
  • URUOIKAN

    Uruoikan (うるおい館) is an onsen facility (as …
  • KIDS' NINJA VILLAGE

    Togakushi is known for several things, and…
  • HIKING AT TOGAKUSHI

    Togakushi is a region filled with nature a…
  • LAKE KAGAMI-IKE

    Lake Kagami-ike translates to Mirror Lake …
  • EXPERIENCE TOGAKUSHI NINJA HOUSE

    Togakushi, or Togakure as it is often refe…
  • SHOP AT NAKAMISE STREET

    The name of this street in Nagano City lit…
  • YOSHINOYA SAKE BREWERY

    Dating back over 300 years, the Yoshinoya …
  • WATCH AUTUMN COLORS AROUND NAGANO CITY

    If you happen to be in Japan during Autumn…
  • TOKYU DEPARTMENT STORE

    Tokyu fills in the middle price point for …
  • KALEIDOSCOPE WORKSHOP

    Kaleidoscopes are not as popular now as th…
  • BRACELET MAKING

    At Byakurenbo (白蓮坊) you can make your own …
  • NAGANO PREFECTURAL SHINANO ART MUSEUM

    The Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum …
  • C-ONE DEPARTMENT STORE

    C-one is a department store close to Nagan…
  • MIDORI DEPARTMENT STORE

    Shopping is always a fun occasion and that…
  • KARAOKE: JOYSOUND

    If you’re in Japan and are in need o…
  • TONBO-DAMA BEAD CRAFTING

    At Gallery Shop Hanagura (ギャラリーショップ花蔵)  yo…
  • YUZEN & KUSAKI-ZOME DYEING WORKSHOP

    At Gallery Hanagura (ギャラリー花蔵), various tra…
  • MAKE OYAKI

    Oyaki are buns filled with vegetables and …
  • MEET MAIDS AT MAID CAFE & BAR REI

    Most people coming to Japan will have hear…
  • MOVIE THEATER (GRAND CINEMA)

    Going to a Japanese movie theater is somew…
  • PLAY WITH CATS AT CAT CAFE NARU

    If you visit Japan and are a cat lover, th…
  • ROSARY BLESSING & MORNING SERVICE AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    The rosary blessing (called juzu choudai i…

EVENT

  • EBISU-KO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

    November 23rd, every year

    Japanese fireworks festivals are g…
  • NAGANO TOMYO FESTIVAL

    Starting on the Second Saturday of …

    The Nagano Tomyo festival (長野灯明まつり…
  • NAGANO BINZURU DANCE FESTIVAL

    First Saturday of August

    Nagano city’s biggest festiv…
  • TOGAKUSHI DONDO-YAKI FESTIVAL

    The 3rd Saturday of January

    Dondo-Yaki is an event usually hel…
  • NAGANO SETSUBUN FESTIVAL

    February 3rd

    Setsubun (節分) means the last day o…
  • THE BEESO - TOGAKUSHI DRINKING FESTIVAL

    The 1st Saturday of March

    This annual snow event “The Beeso …
  • MATSUSHIRO SPRING FESTIVAL

    Second Saturday of April

    The Matsushiro spring festival (松代…
  • NAGANO MARATHON

    Mid-April

    Nagano Marathon invites world clas…
  • The Nagano Flower Festival

    May 5th

    The Nagano Flower Festival (長野花まつり…
  • NAGANO GION FESTIVAL

    The 2nd Sunday of July

    The Gion festival is a celebration…
  • WAKAHO FURE-AI ODORI FESTIVAL

    Last Saturday of July

    Wakaho is a district within Nagano…
  • TOYONO YOISHOKO FESTIVAL

    Early August (usually 2nd Saturday)

    The Toyono Yoishoko Festival (豊野ヨイ…
  • BINZURU-ICHI MARKET

    Every 2nd Saturday

    The Zenko-ji Binzuru-ichi Market (…
  • IIZUNA FIRE FESTIVAL

    August 10th, every year

    The Iizuna Fire Festival (飯綱火まつり) …
  • ZENKO-JI TEMPLE SUMMER ENNICHI

    August 14th - 15th (2 days)

    Ennichi (縁日), meaning “festival da…
  • ROKAKU-LAKE FIREWORKS AND LANTERN FLOAT FESTIVAL

    August 15th

    The Rokaku-lake Fireworks and Lant…
  • NAGANO DAIDOGEI STREET PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

    First Saturday of September

    The Daidogei Street Performance Fe…
  • KAWANAKAJIMA BATTLEFIELD FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

    The 2nd Saturday of October

    Kawanakajima Battlefield fireworks…
  • MATSUSHIRO SANADA CLAN JUMANGOKU FESTIVAL

    Second weekend of October

    Want a taste of the Sengoku period…
  • GHIBLI MOVIE EXHIBITION

    April 16th 2016 - June 26th 2016

    Ghibli studios is famous world wid…

BLOG

  • HOW TO: GETTING TO NAGANO FROM TOKYO BY SHINKANSEN

    Using the shinkansen (bullet train) se...
  • INTRODUCING OUR NEW 2-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTO

    Nagano and the surrounding regions that ma...
  • 3-DAY ITINERARY: NAGANO PREFECTURE HIGHLIGHTS

    Nagano Prefecture is one of the biggest pr...
  • VISITING ZENKO-JI: ONE OF JAPAN’S MOST ACTIVE & WELCOMING TEMPLES

    Nagano’s Zenko-ji Temple is one of the old...
  • NAGANO CITY NIGHTLIFE: AFTER DARK AROUND ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    Most visitors to Nagano will take the time...
  • NAGANO’S ‘ENNICHI’ SUMMER FESTIVAL: EAT, DRINK, DANCE!

    Summer in Japan is synonymous with heat, h...
  • ZENKO-JI OMOTESANDO ILLUMINATION: NAGANO’S FAMOUS TEMPLE COMES TO LIGHT!

    Founded in 642, Nagano’s Zenko-ji Temp...
  • MONZEN TERRACE ENYA: A WELCOME ADDITION TO NAGANO CITY’S RESTAURANT SCENE

    With summer now in full force and temperat...
  • IT’S ALMOST SUMMER & TIME TO CELEBRATE: NAGANO CITY’S BINZURU DANCE FESTIVAL

    As we head toward summer in Japan, it mean...
  • VISITING ZENKO-JI TEMPLE: EXPERIENCE 3 ESSENTIAL JAPANESE BUDDHIST PRACTICES

    Nagano City is home to one of Japan’s olde...
  • TOUR PICKUP POINTS IN NAGANO CITY: WINTER 2018/19 (Dec 1st 2018 to Mar 31st 2019)

    We are happy to announce that if you are b...
  • GETTING TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK BY BUS: REVISED TIMETABLES FOR APRIL TO NOVEMBER 2018

    Visitors have several transport options fo...
  • SNOW MONKEYS & CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR: THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GUESTS & LOOKING FORWARD TO CHERRY BLOSSOM TOURS IN 2019!

    As spring continues to warm this year’s ch...
  • NAGANO’S YUKEMURI EXPRESS SIGHTSEEING TRAIN: TURNING YOUR JOURNEY TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK INTO AN EVENT!

    There are several transport options when v...
  • GETTING TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK: UPDATED TRAIN TIMETABLE AS OF APRIL 2018

    One of the most popular ways to access the...
  • BUS, TRAIN OR TOUR? – HOW TO GET TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK FROM JR NAGANO STATION

    There are two popular ways to get to and f...
  • 2018/4/19 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE

    The blossoms are now coming into full bloo...
  • HOTEL KOKUSAI 21: PICK-UP/DROP-OFF SERVICE

    If you're in need of accommodation in Naga...
  • 2018/4/5 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE

    In Japan the season of spring is heavily c...
  • NAGANO CITY HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS

    There is plenty to discover in and around ...
  • 1998 NAGANO OLYMPICS: SKI RESORTS

    With the recent completion of the XXIII Ol...
  • 1-DAY SNOW MONKEYS, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE TOUR: PICKUP/DROPOFF POINTS IN SHIGA KOGEN

    For guests joining our winter 1-Day Snow M...
  • HOW TO: JR HOKURIKU ARCH PASS

    What is the Hokuriku Arch Pass: The Jap...
  • NAGANO FAVORITES: HOTEL KOKUSAI 21

    Nagano City has a great many hotels, being...
  • TOUR PICK-UP SERVICE POINTS IN NAGANO CITY (Dec 1 2017 to March 31 2018)

    Make your reservations for this pick-up se...
  • 10/31 THE KANBAYASHI ROUTE TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IS REOPENED

    The Kanbayashi route to the Snow Monkey Pa...
  • NAGANO CITY: INTRODUCING GONDO DISTRICT

    Most people stay close the Nagano Station ...
  • NAGANO CITY: RESTAURANTS AROUND ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    One of the biggest attractions in Nagano C...
  • NAGANO CITY: RESTAURANTS IN GONDO AREA

    One of the most dynamic areas in Nagano Ci...
  • INTERESTING SHOPS ON THE STREET LEADING TO ZENKOJI TEMPLE

    When in Nagano, most people stay around th...
  • BEST VIEWS OVER NAGANO CITY

    Nagano City lies in a valley, surrounded b...
  • URUOIKAN – ONLY ONSEN IN NAGANO CITY CENTRE

    Uruoikan is a hot spring facility in Nagan...
  • CASTLE GROUNDS OF MATSUSHIRO, NAGANO CITY’S SAMURAI SUBURB

    Nagano City is bigger than most people ima...
  • NAGANO CITY: 1998 WINTER OLYMPICS FACILITIES

    As most coming to this area will know, Nag...
  • NAGANO CITY: FINDING THE KEY TO PARADISE AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    One of the main things to do when visiting...
  • NAGANO CITY: GET BLESSED AT ZENKO-JI’S BUDDHIST MORNING RITUAL

    The morning service, also called "o-asaji"...
  • FACTS ABOUT THE EBISU-KO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

    If you love fireworks than the Ebisu-k...
  • CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON/SITES IN NORTHERN NAGANO

    When you ask people to name three things t...
  • ATTRACTIONS AROUND NAGANO CITY

    Having found your way to this website most...
  • HOW TO: SHINKANSEN RESERVATIONS TO NAGANO

    Now that we’ve covered the basics of g...
  • NEW YEARS AT ZENKOJI TEMPLE & SNOW MONKEY AREA

    New Year is only a few months away and we ...
  • ABOUT THE CITY OF NAGANO

    The city of Nagano has a long history and ...
  • NINJAS AT TOGAKUSHI

    In a previous article we talked about Toga...
  • AUTUMN IN JAPAN

      Watching the reds, oranges a...
  • JAPANESE FIREWORKS FESTIVALS

    Summer is the time of year when it's hot a...
  • ENTERTAINMENT IN NAGANO CITY

    Tired of walking and sightseeing? Want to ...
  • SUMMER FESTIVALS IN NAGANO CITY

    Going to a festival is always a fun occasi...
  • BE LIKE A MONK AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    There are many Buddhist temples in Japan a...
  • TOGAKUSHI SHRINE OKUSHA

    Shinto is the religion indigenous to Japan...
  • SOBA NOODLE – NAGANO’S SIGNATURE FOOD

    A trip to Nagano could never be complete w...
  • THINGS TO DO AROUND JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    Welcome to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, ...
  • TOP 5 SOUVENIRS AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    When you visit Zenkoji-temple, the thi...
  • WHAT IS SNOW MONKEY RESORTS ?

    “Snow Monkey Resorts” refers to numerous r...