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  • 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Visit Nagano: Everything You Need To Know

    Lying in the centre of Honshu, Japan’s l...
  • 40 Things To Do In & Around Nagano

    As the proud host of the 1998 Winter Oly...
  • 9 Things to Do in Nagano this Winter

    Most famous as a winter destination, Nag...
  • 10 Things to Do in Nagano in Spring & Summer

    As host of the 1998 Winter Olympics and home...
  • 15 Things To Do In & Around Togakushi

    Nestled in the mountains to the north-we...
  • 15 Things to Do in Matsushiro

    Located 12km to the south of central Nag...

ACCESS

  • How to Get to Nagano City

    As the largest city in Nagano Prefecture...
  • How to Get to Matsushiro

    Located approximately 12km to the south ...

TOURS

  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake In Nagano

      Take in some of the highlights of …
  • 1-Day Tour: Togakushi Forest Shrines & Mountain Ninja

    Sitting just outside Nagano City, the fore…
  • 2-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Tateyama Mountain Worship

    Starting in Nagano and ending in Toyama, t…
  • [START FROM NAGANO CITY] Private Snow Monkey Tour

        Home to the world-famous …
  • [START FROM HAKUBA] Private Snow Monkey Tour

      Approximately 1 hour from JR Nag…
  • [START FROM NOZAWA/MADARAO] Private Snow Monkey Tour

    Located around 70 minutes from JR Nagan…
  • [START FROM SHIGA KOGEN] Private Snow Monkey Tour

    Located nearby the Snow Monkey Park and…
  • [START FROM MYOKO] Private Snow Monkey Tour

      Compromised of several resorts – …
  • [START FROM KARUIZAWA] Private Snow Monkey Tour

    Karuizawa is a picturesque mountain tow…
  • 2-Day Snow Monkeys, Luxury Ryokan, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour

    Highlights Visit the world-famous Jigokud…
  • [NOV 23 ONLY] 1-Day Tour: Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys

    *Due to restrictions in place to prevent t…
  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Zenko-ji Winter Illumination

      Highlights   Visit the world-…
  • 1-Day Tour From Hakuba & Nagano: Nozawa Fire Festival & Snow Monkeys

    *Due to restrictions in place to prevent t…
  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Zenko-ji Tomyo Lantern Festival

    Highlights Visit the world-famous hot s…
  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun In Shiga Kogen

      This exciting one-day tour combine…
  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snowmobiling in Shiga Kogen

    This enjoyable one-day tour combines a mor…
  • [Special Event] 1-Day Tour: Cherry Blossoms of Takato Castle Park

      Highlights Visit Takato Castle Pa…
  • [Spring Only] 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms In Nagano

    Highlights Visit the world-famous Jigokud…
  • 2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano To Takayama via Matsumoto

    Highlights Explore Zenko-ji – a Nat…

ACTIVITY

HOTELS

RESTAURANTS

EVENT

  • Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival

    November 23rd

  • Zenkoji Omotesando Illumination

    Omotesando Illumination: Nov.7 to M…

  • Nagano Tomyo Lantern Festival

    February 11th to 14th

  • Nagano Setsubun Festival

    February 3rd

  • Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival

    Early-April / varies between season…

  • Nagano Binzuru Dance Festival

    First Saturday of August

  • Togakushi 'Dondo-Yaki' Festival

    Third Saturday of January

  • The Beeso - Togakushi Drinking Festival

    The 1st Saturday of March

  • Matsushiro Spring Cherry Blossom Festival

    Second Saturday of April

  • Nagano Marathon

    Mid-April

  • The Nagano Flower Festival

    May 5th

  • Nagano Gion Festival

    Second Sunday of July

  • Wakaho Fure-Ai Odori Festival

    Last Saturday of July

  • Toyono Yoishoko Festival

    Early August (usually 2nd Saturday)

  • Binzuru-Ichi Market

    Every 2nd Saturday

  • Iizuna Fire Festival

    August 10th, every year

  • Zenko-ji Temple Summer Ennichi

    August 14th & 15th

  • Rokaku-Lake Fireworks and Lantern Float Festival

    August 15th

  • Nagano Daidogei Street Performance Festival

    First Saturday of September

  • Kawanakajima Battlefield Fireworks Festival

    The 2nd Saturday of October

  • Matsushiro Autumn Sanada Clan Jumangoku Festival

    Second weekend of October

BLOG

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    Winter is off to a great start here i...
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    Japan’s rail system is famous thr...
  • #GOTOTRAVEL: Winter is Coming – Plan & Book Your Hakuba Ski Trip for Winter 2020/21!

    Located only one hour from centra...
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  • #SNOWMONKEYRESORTSLOCAL: Nagano in Autumn – ‘Koyo’ Season Will Soon Be Here!

    Over the past week, the temperature h...
  • #SNOWMONKEYRESORTSLOCAL: ‘Go To Travel’ Extended to Tokyo as of October 1st 2020

    As highlighted in our recent blog art...
  • #SNOWMONKEYRESORTSLOCAL: What is Japan’s ‘Go To Travel’ Campaign?

    For our friends living in Japan, you ...
  • Using the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Visit Nagano & Central Japan – 50% Discounts Available from August 20th!

    With the summer holidays in full swin...
  • Enjoy Nagano in Summer – Open Spaces, Cool Evenings & Lots to Do!

    If you are living in Nagano or headed...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Fruit-picking in Nagano – an Ideal Outdoor Activity in Summer & Autumn

    As we head into the middle of summer,...
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    When planning your travel in Central ...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Clean Green & Healthy – Get Outdoors & Get Back to Nature!

    When thinking about your future trave...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Clean Green & Healthy – Discover Central Japan

    When researching and planning a visit...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Clean Green & Healthy – Accessing Medical Assistance in Japan during COVID-19

    In anticipation of the borders openin...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Clean Green & Healthy – Choosing your Accommodation in Japan

    When considering your future travel t...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Clean Green & Healthy – When Can I Travel to Japan & is it Safe?

    At the time of writing, entry to Japa...
  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Clean Green & Healthy Japan

    As announced in our recent blog, our ...
  • Snow Monkey Resorts Update: Introducing our Dedicated COVID-19 Information Pages

    In response to the ongoing impact of ...
  • Snow Monkey Resorts Winter Tours & Charters

    From all of us at Snow Monkey Resorts, w...
  • Nagano Cherry Blossom Update: April 13th 2020

    From everyone at Snow Monkey Resorts, we...
  • Travelling in Japan: Coronavirus Update as of Mar-26 2020

    The impact of the coronavirus on daily l...
  • Travelling in Japan: Coronavirus Update as of Mar-13 2020

    As the coronavirus continues disrupt dai...
  • The Taste of Nagano: 18 Foods You Must Try

    The old saying goes that a way to a ma...
  • 2020 Nagano Cherry Blossom Forecast

    Known as 'sakura', cherry blossoms are s...
  • Bright Light in the Winter Night: Combine Your Visit to the Snow Monkeys with a Winter Festival in Nagano

    As host of the 1998 Winter Olympics and ...
  • Snow Monkey Resorts Update for Oct-16 2019: Tours are Operating as Normal

    Given the recent impact of Typhoon Hagib...
  • TRADITIONAL CRAFT EXPERIENCES IN NAGANO CITY: MORNING & AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES NEAR ZENKO-JI TEMPLE!

    One of the main attractions for many v...
  • RECOMMENDED FIREWORKS FESTIVALS IN NAGANO

    You can't say that you have experienced th...
  • WINTER-ONLY SHUTTLE SERVICE: YOU CAN NOW JOIN OUR AWARD-WINNING 1-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR FROM HAKUBA!

    Recognised as one of the Top 10 Experi...
  • 1-DAY SNOW MONKEYS, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE TOUR: ALTERNATE PICKUP POINTS AVAILABLE IN NAGANO CITY!

    As Nagano's No.1 tour and charter ope...
  • COMBINING SNOW MONKEY RESORTS SKI PACKAGES & PRIVATE CHARTERS: RECOMMENDED MULTI-RESORT SKI TOURS IN NAGANO!

    As recently featured, Shiga Kogen is n...
  • Get More Out of Your Winter Adventure in Japan: Private Charters to, from & Between any Nagano Ski Resort!

    As host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, ...
  • ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY & ENJOY THE BEST OF JAPAN THIS AUTUMN! BEST DAY TOURS FROM TOKYO DURING THE RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019!

    The world will turn its focus to Japan...
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    Snow Monkey Resorts is happy to announce...
  • RECOMMENDED TRAIL IN NAGANO PART 2: HISTORIC TRAILS

    In the next installment of our “Recommende...
  • SNOW MONKEY RESORTS WINTER TOURS & CHARTERS! START PLANNING YOUR NAGANO SKI & SNOWBOARD ADVENTURE FOR WINTER 2019/20!

    Winter is never far away – or at least...
  • NAGANO’S BEST SPRING/SUMMER TOURS! COMBINE TOURS & CREATE YOUR OWN MULTIDAY PACKAGE!

    As Nagano’s No.1 tour operator, Snow M...
  • ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST TOUR: 1-DAY SNOW MONKEYS & ZENKO-JI WINTER ILLUMINATION!

      *The illumination event sche...
  • HOTEL KOKUSAI 21 – SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE FOR NAGANO STATION

    Hotel Kokusai 21 is conveniently located ...
  • BRIGHT LIGHT IN THE DARK NIGHT: NAGANO’S TOMYO LANTERN FESTIVAL

    As host of the 1998 Winter Olympi...
  • 2019 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM FORECAST

    Spring in Japan brings beautiful weath...
  • WINTER TOUR PICKUP SERVICE: AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (Dec 1st 2018 to Mar 31st 2019)!

    *Please note that in 2019, this service ha...
  • ZENKO-JI OMOTESANDO ILLUMINATION: A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE NAGANO AT NIGHT!

    *Please note, the illumination of the temp...
  • How To: Getting to Nagano from Tokyo by Shinkansen

    When heading to Nagano from Tokyo, the s...
  • INTRODUCING OUR NEW 2-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTO

    Nagano and the surrounding regions that ma...
  • 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 Temple...
  • 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)

    *Please note that in 2019, this service ha...
  • GETTING TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK BY BUS: REVISED TIMETABLES FOR APRIL TO NOVEMBER Getting to the Snow Monkey Park by Bus: Revised Timetables for April to November

    A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park is...
  • 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 or Train? How to Get to the Snow Monkey Park from JR Nagano Station

    A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park is...
  • 2018/4/19 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE

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

    (2019/4 updated) Scheduled shuttle service...
  • 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 Pt.2: Ski Resorts 1998

    With the recent completion of the XXIII ...
  • How To: Introducing the Hokuriku Arch Pass

    Japan Rail offers a range of passes to i...
  • LIMITED PLAN: SNOW MONKEY TRANSPORTATION PASS & ACCOMMODATION

    Senjukaku is celebrating their 90th year a...
  • 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)

    *Please note that in 2019, this service ha...
  • 10/31 THE KANBAYASHI ROUTE TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IS REOPENED

    The Kanbayashi route to the Snow Monkey Pa...
  • NAGANO CITY: INTRODUCING THE 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...
  • TRADITIONAL CRAFT EXPERIENCES, RESTAURANTS & INTERESTING SHOPS ON THE STREET LEADING TO ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    When visiting Nagano City, many people...
  • BEST VIEWS OVER NAGANO CITY

    Nagano City lies in a valley, surrounded b...
  • Uruoikan: the Only Natural Onsen in Nagano City

    Uruoikan is a hot spring facility in Nag...
  • Matsushiro Castle Park: Former Stronghold of Nagano’s Samurai Town

    Like most modern cities, Nagano grew ...
  • 1998 Nagano Olympics Pt.1: Facilities in Nagano City

    As may if not most visitors heading to t...
  • NAGANO CITY: GET BLESSED AT ZENKO-JI’S BUDDHIST MORNING RITUAL

    The morning service, also called "o-asaji"...
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    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 get...
  • 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

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  • TOGAKUSHI SHRINE OKUSHA

    Shinto is the religion indigenous to Japan...
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    A trip to Nagano could never be complete w...
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  • TOP 5 SOUVENIRS AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLE

    When you visit Zenkoji-temple, the thi...
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