Nagano Prefecture is famous for its world class ski fields, snow monkeys and Japanese Castles. Nagano Prefecture is a mountainous region, located in the Chubu region of central Japan. The capital of Nagano Prefecture is Nagano City. Other major cities include Matsumoto and Azumino. Nagano Prefecture attractions include some of the best ski resorts in the world at Hakuba and Shiga Kogen. Other attractions include the “snow monkeys” which are located at Jigokudani Monkey Park, Matsumoto Castle and Zenkoji Temple, a famous 7th century Buddhist temple.


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  • Garyuu Park

    Garyuu Park, in Suzaka Nagano Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.

  • Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Jigokudani Monkey Park is famous for its Snow Monkeys, that are wild population of Japanese Macaques which learnt to take advantage of natural hot springs in winter to keep warm. There are many famous pictures of the Snow Monkeys sitting in the hot springs with a light cover of snow over their fur.

  • Kaikoen Park

    Kaikoen Park, in Komoro Nagano Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Komoro Kaikoen Park also features the remains and ruins of Komoro Castle.

  • Kiso Valley

    Kiso Valley is famous for its history and woodlands which are ideal for hiking. Kiso Valley is also near to the famous ski fields of Nagano Prefecture. In the Edo Period the main route (Nakasen-do) between Tokyo and Kyoto went through the Kiso Valley, roughly following the path of the Kiso River and surrounded by read more

  • Komoro Castle

    Komoro Castle is a hill top style Japanese Castle in Komoro in Nagano Prefecture. Komoro Castle was first built in 1554, with the donjon added in 1590. The donjon later burnt down in the Edo Period and most other structures were demolished in 1871 as part of the Meiji Restoration. Today two original gates remain, read more

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    Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle is in Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto Castle is one of only four Japanese Castles that is classified as a National Treasure. Matsumoto Castle, also known as Crow Castle because of its distinctive black exterior, relied heavily on its walls, moats and gatehouses for its defence. Matsumoto read more


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    Bike Tour of the Snow Monkey Countryside

    Experience a fun and easy cycling tour around the Japanese countryside after seeing the famous snow monkeys, or Japanese Macaque.This is a comfortable and exciting bike ride to experience the rural town which lies at the base of the Jigokudani Monkey Park. The tour begins at Snow Monkey Resorts Info and Gift Shop, located right before the trail read more

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    Full Day Togakushi Nature Hike and Ninja Tour

    The Togakushi in Nagano district is famous for nature hiking, soba (buckwheat noodle), the Togakushi Shrines, and Ninjas. This 8-hour tour offers a hike in one of the most nature-abundant areas of Nagano, a traditional Japanese lunch, and a visit to the Ninja House. Learn more about Japan’s indigenous religion Shintoism, with explanations from a read more