- SNOW MONKEY PARK
- YUDANAKA & SHIBU ONSEN
- SHIGA KOGEN
- OBUSE & MATSUKAWA VALLEY
- NAGANO CITY
- NOZAWA & IIYAMA
- TATEYAMA KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE
- KISO VALLEY
Nozawa Fire Festival
In the midst of winter Nozawa comes to life with the exuberance, antics, and heat of its famous Fire Festival
Deep powder days and party at night
Nozawa is home to a popular ski resort known for its powder snow, great terrain, and lively village nightlife
Nanohana Flower Festival
Every May welcomes the blooming of fields of yellow 'nanohana' flowers and Iiyama's beloved flower festival
'Kamakura' - domes in the snow
Winter brings deep snowfall and locals relish the chance to construct traditional 'kamakura' or snow domes for the community to use for dining and drinking
The tranquility of rural Japan
Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, Iiyama is a rural town which reflects the heart and soul of Japan
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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 ancient springs. The village is home to 13 'soto-yu' (free public baths), which visitors are encouraged to enjoy like a local. Winter brings the village to life as powder snow buries the village and mountains and turns Nozawa into one of the most popular ski resorts in all of Nagano.
A short distance in the valley below Nozawa Onsen, Iiyama is historic town serviced by JR Nagano Station and the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train) line. Iiyama's historic past underlies its contemporary character as a hub within an agricultural landscape, and as such, plays host to festivals including the Nanohano Flower Festival (every May), which celebrate the innate connection between people and nature that defines the region.
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