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Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics
  • Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics

Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics

Experience Nagano's Olympic Heritage

Key features

  • Nagano Olympics
  • Winter Olympics
  • 1998 Winter Olympics
  • Winter Sports
  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Ski Resorts
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Tours

Distance from Nagano Station

M-Wave/Olympic Museum15 min by bus
Hakuba60 min drive
Shiga Kogen80 min drive

Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics

Experience Nagano's Olympic Heritage

Key features

  • Nagano Olympics
  • Winter Olympics
  • 1998 Winter Olympics
  • Winter Sports
  • Ski
  • Snowboard
  • Ski Resorts
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Tours
Long known for its huge snowfall and world-class skiing, Nagano was the proud host of the 1988 Winter Olympics – a legacy which lives on today! As the first Games to include snowboarding as a medaled event, the story of the Nagano Olympics is forever tied to the development and popularity of snowboarding around the world. Proud of its Olympic heritage, Nagano celebrates its role as host of the 1998 Winter Olympic each February with the Tomyo Lantern Festival.
During the Olympics, events took place at various resorts across the prefecture and venues in Nagano City. Today, most of the host resorts and venues remain open and can be visited by the public including Olympic courses at several ski resorts – the perfect way to test your Olympic pedigree and relive the spirit of Nagano 1998.

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Nagano, Japan: Proud Host of the 1998 Winter Olympics

Nagano, Japan: Proud Host of the 1998 Winter Olympics

From February 7 to 22 1998, Nagano hosted the 18th Winter Olympic Games – an event which brought the region global fame and changed it forever.

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Ski Resorts of the 1998 Winter Olympics

Ski Resorts of the 1998 Winter Olympics

Several resorts hosted events during the Olympics. Visiting those resorts and testing yourself on the Olympic courses is something of a must-do while in Nagano.

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Olympic Venues in Nagano City

Olympic Venues in Nagano City

The Olympic venues of Nagano City continued to be used today, including the multipurpose M-Wave which is home to the Nagano Olympic Museum.

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Tomyo Lantern Festival: Nagano's Olympic Legacy Lives On

Tomyo Lantern Festival: Nagano's Olympic Legacy Lives On

Held each year in February, this tranquil and beautiful festival celebrates Nagano’s Olympic history and gives thanks to the Buddha.

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Nearby Olympic Resorts & Venues

Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen

Japan's Largest Ski Resort

Host of several events including snowboarding, Shiga Kogen is Japan's largest and highest resort.

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Hakuba

Hakuba

Home to Some of Nagano's Best Resorts

Host of several Olympic events, Hakuba remains Nagano's most international resort.

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Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen

A Lively & Popular Resort

Well-suited to snowboaders, Nozawa also boasts Olympic pedigree.

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M-Mave Olympic Memorial Arena & Olympic Museum

M-Mave Olympic Memorial Arena & Olympic Museum

Get Your Skates On!

Hosting events throughout the year, Nagano's M-Wave houses the Olympic Museum and an ice-skating rink in winter.

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Olympic Stadium / Minami Nagano Sports Park

Olympic Stadium / Minami Nagano Sports Park

Nagano's Ceremonial Olympic Stadium

Now used as a baseball ground, the surrounding sports park is home to Nagano's J3 league mens and womens teams.

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White Ring Arena

White Ring Arena

Ice Skating & More!

Host of ice-skating events during the Games, The White Ring remains a busy multi-purpose arena.

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Big Hat Arena

Big Hat Arena

Ice Hockey & Ice Skating

Another big and busy mutli-purpose venue with a proud Olympic pedigree.

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Aqua Wing Arena

Aqua Wing Arena

Water Sports & More!

Rounding-out the Olympic venues in Nagano City, the Aqua Wing Area remains a busy event space.

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Access

Distance from Nagano Station

M-Wave/Olympic Museum15 min by bus
Hakuba60 min drive
Shiga Kogen80 min drive