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Nagano is a world famous ski resort and site of former Winter
is a world famous ski resort region only 90 minutes from
Tokyo. Nagano (長野市) is the capital city of Nagano
Prefecture, situated near the junction of the Chikuma River and the
Sai River on the island of Honshu, in the Chubu region of
Nagano Ski Resorts
Located one hours
drive west of Nagano is Hakuba - One
of the best ski resorts in
features 14 ski areas joining together to form six large ski
resorts. Hakuba is ideal for skiing and
snowboarding. The ski season in Hakuba runs from December to April.
Shiga Kogen is a cosy ski resort nestled in the heart of
the Joshinetsu National Park near Nagano.
Consisting of over 21 ski fields and 70 plus lifts, gondolas,
ropeways and tows, Shiga Kogen is by far the largest ski resort in
Famous for its grand scale, ranging ski terrain, amazing panoramic
views, and powder quality snow, Shiga Kogen is the ultimate destination for the
keen skier and snowboarder who is in search of the best powder snow. The ski
season in Shiga Kogen runs from December to May.
Nagano was the host city to the 1998 Winter Olympics and thus is
clearly related to winter tourism activities. The Olympics also
brought with them new infrastructure including a
Shinkansen link to
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Getting to Nagano
From Tokyo By train
The Nagano Shinkansen runs from
Tokyo, with the fastest trains taking
around 90 minutes. Nagano is also about the same distance from
and the "Shinano" limited express makes the run 13 times a day.
Highway buses depart from the terminal in
Shinjuku. The trip takes
around four hours, and the fare is Y7970 round trip, about half the
cost of the Shinkansen.
From Osaka/Kyoto By Train
The Wide View Shinano limited express train runs hourly from
Nagoya to Nagano. Taking about three hours,
and at a cost of ¥7130 each way, this is the best method of reaching
Nagano by train from Kyoto,
Osaka, and elsewhere in western Japan;
simply take the Shinkansen and change
to the JR Chuo Honsen Line limited express (Shinano) in
From Osaka/Kyoto By Bus
Hankyu and Nankai buses also make a few daytime and night time runs
from Osaka and Kyoto
to Nagano. The day runs take about seven hours, and the night runs,
nine hours. Expect to pay in the range of ¥6200 one-way, ¥10000
round trip from Osaka, and ¥5300 one-way,
¥9500 round-trip from Kyoto.
Chubu Centrair International Airport
Centrair International Airport is located on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line operated by the
Nagoya Railroad. The fastest "Rapid Limited Express" service connects
the airport to Meitetsu Nagoya Station in 28 minutes. Meitetsu Nagoya
is adjacent to JR Nagoya Station,
Transfer to the JR Nagoya Station
and catch the train on the JR Chuo Honsen Line limited express (Shinano).
Not far from Nagano is
Jigokudani Monkey Park where you
can see the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys in winter taking a hot spring bath.
Nagano is also famous for a 7th century Buddhist
temple, Zenkoji (善光寺).Nagano city, established in 1897, was once a
town built around the temple. Zenkoji is perhaps most famous for its
involvement in the battles between Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen
in the 16th century, when it served as one of Kenshin's bases of
Zenkoji Buddhist temple Nagano by
The best soba (buckwheat noodles) in Japan is made
in the area around Nagano (in particular, Togakushi just to the
north). A common condiment for soba is shichimi ("seven flavors"),
consisting of ground chili peppers, sesame, citrus, and other spices;
this is available around Zenkoji in distinctive small tin containers.
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