Nagano City, Shiga Highlands
Nozawa Onsen Village in Nagano Prefecture is famous for its hot springs and ski resorts. The area’s “Dosojin Matsuri” (“Fire Festival”) is one of Japan’s three great fire festivals, and it is an important Intangible Cultural Property of the country.
3 Must-visit place in Nagano Prefecture to enjoy grand nature! Also introducing great-value transportation pass from Tokyo.Read Later
We know that among those who are considering a trip to Tokyo, there are many who want to travel further with their basecamp in Tokyo. It is a good idea to go towards Osaka area, but it is also a great idea to go over to nature-rich area especially in summer through fall.
Togakushi ShrineRead Later
Togakushi Shrine, located at the base of Nagano Prefecture’s Mt. Togakushi, has a history of over 2000 years, and in the past, it was a very famous place for practicing Shintoism.
The shrine is comprised of five buildings, Oku-sha, Chu-sha, Hoko-sha, Kuzuryu-sha, and Hino-miko-sha. It is said that worshipping at all five locations improves your luck in a very balanced manner.
The new JR EAST PASS: Taking you away from Tokyo to experience the nature and history of the Nagano-Niigata area!Read Later
Right now is the perfect time of year to head out of Tokyo and take in the exquisite natural landscapes of Nagano and Niigata. The areas are known as popular summer getaway spots due to their cooler climates...
A Free Travel to Nagano in Winter to See Wild Japanese Macaques Loving Bathing in Hot Springs and Living in Jigokudani Monkey Park!Read Later
An around 90-minute train ride on the Nagano Shinkansen (now a part of the Hokuriku Shinkansen) can take us from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station, where we can take another train by the Nagano Electric Railway to get to Yudanaka Station. The station is close to the entrance of Jigokudani (hell valley), which is a paradise on earth for Japanese Macaques loving bathing in onsens (Japanese hot springs). Tourists from Europe and America have given the macaque inhabiting this area an affectionate nickname “snow monkey”.