Nagano

A flower paradise with blooming alpine plants of various kinds Karuizawa is one of the most famous summer resorts in Japan

Nagano Prefecture is an inland prefecture situated in the central part of the Japanese mainland and covers the Central Highland also known as the Roof of Japan. Because it is situated between Kanto and Kansai regions, it developed whilst being influenced by both the cultures of the east and west.

In the central part of the prefecture are mountains that belong to three volcanic mountains, Nasu, Fuji and Norikura, and the 3,000 meter-class Japan Alps Mountains on the west. Nagano has both a high and severe mountain region as well as a more moderate stretch of highlands. In the summer it becomes a flower paradise with blooming alpine plants of various kinds. The natural beauty here is grand and fragile. In the winter ski resorts open in various places throughout the prefecture and many skiers visit.

The line of tourists does not seem to end throughout the year. They visit scenic spots like Jyoestu Kogen National Park, which has Mt. Asama and Mt. Yokote , Minami Alps National Park, and Chubu Sangakau National Park.

They also visit Karuizawa, which is one of the most famous summer resorts in Japan, and Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano City, which hosted the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, as well as Ueda, and Matsumoto cities, which prospered as castle cities.

Famous hot springs include Nozawa onsen, and Shibu onsen known for bathing monkeys in the rock bathes at Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park).

Getting to Nagano

About 1 hour 45 minutes from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station by JR Nagano Shinkansen Line. About 1 hour from Shin Osaka Station to Nagoya Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, and about 2 hours 47 minutes from Nagoya Station to Nagano Station by JR Chuo Honsen Line.