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DESTINATIONS
NAGANO CITY
  • Zenko-ji Temple

    One of the biggest and most prominent wooden Buddhist temples in Japan

  • Nagano City

    The area around Nagano Station has a lot shopping, nightlife and entertainment options for you to enjoy

  • 1998 Winter Olympics

    Nagano became famous world-wide as the city that held the 1998 Olympics

  • Nagano Marathon

    Every year in Mid-April a marathon is held that attracts about 10,000 runners from all over the world

  • Togakushi Shrine

    A path of hundreds of skyscraping cedars lead the way to a shrine that is home to one of Shinto's important deities,

NAGANO CITY

With a history of Buddhism, warlords, and ninjas, Nagano City began as a small temple town thrown into the plight of territorial and religious war. Now a bustling little metropolis with bars and restaurants, Nagano offers you city life mixed with history and culture.

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ACTIVITY

  • 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 …
  • TOGAKUSHI SHRINE OKUSHA

    This sacred shrine is said to date back ov…
  • EXPERIENCE TOGAKUSHI NINJA HOUSE

    Togakushi, or Togakure as it is often refe…
  • VISIT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    Enjoy the bustling, dynamic atmosphere of …
  • SHOP AT NAKAMISE STREET

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

    Dating back over 300 years, the Yoshinoya …
  • WATCH CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN NAGANO CITY

    Watching the cherry blossoms bloom is the …
  • 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…

TOURS

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

    Highlights Take photos with the world-fam…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & SNOW FUN IN SHIGA KOGEN

    Highlights: Play around in the snow of th…
  • [APRIL-MAY ONLY] 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEY AND CHERRY BLOSSOM

    Highlights: Day tour with visits to the f…
  • 【CUSTOMIZED SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR】

    If you have a clear-cut idea of what you w…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEY, SHIGA KOGEN NATURE, AND SHIBU VILLAGE

    Highlights: See the famous Japanese snow …
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEY, FRUIT PICKING, AND OBUSE TOWN VISIT

    Highlights: Visit the Jigokudani Monkey P…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: TOGAKUSHI NATURE BEAUTY, SHINTOISM, AND NINJA EXPERIENCE

    Highlights: Hike a forest trail with scen…
  • NOV 23RD ONLY: EBISU-KO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL AND SNOW MONKEY TOUR

    Highlights See Japan’s most beautif…
  • 1-DAY: CYCLE THROUGH JAPAN'S COUNTRYSIDE TO IIYAMA & WASHI MAKING

    Highlights: See the true Japanese country…
  • SUMMER PREMIUM: SNOW MONKEY, HIGHLAND CYCLE, LUXURY RYOKAN, KUSATSU ONSEN

     Highlights: Visit the Jigokudani Snow Mo…
  • WINTER PREMIUM: SNOW MONKEY, ZENKO-JI, LUXURY RYOKAN, SNOW FUN, OBUSE VISIT

    Highlights: Visit the Jigokudani Snow Mon…
  • 【START FROM NOZAWA】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…

EVENT

  • 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…
  • NAGANO TOMYO FESTIVAL

    Starting on the Second Saturday of …

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

    First Saturday of August

    Nagano city’s biggest festiv…
  • SENGOKU PERIOD SAMURAI EXHIBITION

    Present up to December 12th, 2016

    Matsuhiro is home to the Sanada sa…
  • 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…
  • EBISU-KO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

    November 23rd, every year

    Japanese summer is filled with fir…

HOTELS

  • HOTEL KOKUSAI 21

    Hotel Kokusai 21 features 8 dining opti…
  • TOKYU REI HOTEL

    When exiting the Zenko-ji Exit of the N…
  • HOTEL NAGANO AVENUE

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

    The majestic peaks of the Northern Japa…
  • JIZOKAN MATSUYA RYOKAN

    If you plan on seeing much of the cente…
  • 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…

RESTAURANTS

  • 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 …
  • HAKATA TONKOTSU RAMEN

    At the beginning of the Gondo arcad…
  • 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-…

BLOG

  • 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

    The Japanese Bullet Train is one of the fa...
  • NEW YEARS AT ZENKOJI TEMPLE & SNOW MONKEY AREA

    New Year is only a few months away and we ...
  • BUS OR TRAIN? – HOW TO GET TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK FROM JR NAGANO STATION

    There are two ways to get to the Snow Monk...
  • ABOUT THE CITY OF NAGANO

    The city of Nagano has a long history and ...
  • NINJA’S 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...