Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Nagano Area

  • Jigokudani Yaen-koen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 6845
    This is a park where you can watch bathing monkeys in a hot spring and it is also popular with foreign tourists as a place to see “snow monkeys”. All the monkeys in the park are wild and enter the hot spring in order to be able to endure the cold temperatures of the severe winters which can reach minus 10°C. The park is located in the valley of Yokoyu River which brims with rustic beauty, and is located 30 minutes by foot from the free parking lot at Kanbayashi hot spring.
  • Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    A gigantic shopping mall and virtual landmark in Karuizawa. With a total of seven parking areas, shoppers visiting by car are encouraged to look up which stores they are most interested in before choosing where to park. In addition to fashion brands, the mall also contains a shop selling Karuizawa sweets and jams, making it the perfect place to pick up a few souvenirs as well. Children can play to their hearts’ content in the spacious outdoor kids park.
  • Daio Wasabi Farm
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    Nagano Pref. Aduminoshi Hotaka 3640
    This vast wasabi farm in Azumino spans a space equal to 11 Tokyo Domes. Entry is free and the farm is open every day year-round. In addition to wasabi fields and a processing plant, visitors can enjoy the tranquil waterside scenery, including a water mill used in a Kurosawa’s film. The farm’s shop sells unique products found nowhere else such as wasabi soft serve ice cream and wasabi-don rice bowls. If traveling by train, a 10-minute taxi ride from Hotaka Station on the JR Oito Line.
  • Harunire Terrace
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 2148
    Located in a commercial facility that serves as the entrance to the Hoshino Area in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, the concept of this store is “everyday Karuizawa.” Taking on the role as the hot spring town for Hoshino Onsen Tombo-no-Yu, it features 15 stores that include restaurants and shops. Inside the facility which features a wood deck construction and nine buildings is a space full of abundant scenery that incorporates a grove of more than 100 Japanese elm trees which had been growing there naturally. There are also book cafes and unique miscellaneous good shops, and visitors can experience the vacation home life that is typical of Karuizawa.
  • Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air Museum
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Takeshikamihoniri 2085-70
    An outdoor sculpture museum located on the Utsukushigahara Highlands in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture which displays some 350 modern art sculptures on a meadow 2,000 meters above sea level. Dotted with pieces by such famed domestic and international artists as César Baldaccini, Alexander Liberman, Izumi Ando, and Masuo Ikeda, the museum’s meadow is truly a stunning sight. The museum is also surrounded by magnificent mountains, and lovely mountain plants bloom from spring to fall. The museum is open from late April to mid-November.
  • Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunnozawaonsenmura Toyosato 7653
    One of Japan’s foremost ski and snowboarding resorts offering elevation differences reaching 1085 meters. The resort is popular for its wide array of courses enjoyable from beginners to experts. The resort also has a wide and gentle slope for children as well as a kids’ park for young ones to play in the snow making it a great destination for families as well. Another attractive point is the resort’s moving walkway which extends from the hot spring district directly to the slopes.
  • Fujimi Panorama Resort (Ski resort)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Suwagunfujimimachi Fujimi 6666-703
    This ski resort is in Fujimi Fujimi Town. Besides winter sports there are many activities that showcase Mt. Nyukasa’s natural seasonal scenery. You can enjoy trekking and mountainbike riding in spring and summer and in autumn you can go on one of the many gondola rides and see the scenery illuminated by the Mt. Yatsutagake sunrise; options include the “premium sea of clouds gondola” “fall foliage gondola” and “night gondola” rides. In addition because the ski slopes make a heart shape when viewed from the Yatsutagake observation platform onsite the area is known as a sacred lovers’ spot.
  • Tateishi Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Kamisuwa
    Tateishi Park offers great views of the urban landscape, Lake Suwa, Okaya, Shimosuwa Town, and even the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) during fair weather. The panoramic sunset view has earned widespread acclaim, and it is ranked among the 100 best sunset spots in Shinshu, the “New Japan Top Three Night Views,” and the “Top 100 Night Views.” It is also known as a natural habitat of Japan’s national butterfly, the giant purple butterfly. It is about 30 minutes by car from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.
  • Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Otari village Kitaazumi-gun Nagano prefecture Tsugaike plateau
    Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort is popular among beginners and families for its safe terrain. The Kane-no-naru-oka course slopes gently down the hill and has a generous width of over 1200 meters. Skiers can also enjoy the fantastic atmosphere when the slopes are lit up during night skiing. The uma-no-se (horseback) course for advanced skiers is set on a narrow ridge with large humps continuing down the steep slope. On fine days Mt. Fuji can be seen from the highest point at an elevation of 1700 meters. For the adventurous why not try out the special Heli-ski and Snowboard activity.
  • Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Nagakura 815
    Located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture, this private art museum exhibits the works it owns created by artist Hiroshi Senju, a modern Japanese painter who is active around the world. The building was designed by architect Ryue Nishizawa and has large glass windows that give it a bright and spacious atmosphere. It also has a beautiful garden with various trees and plants, and is a creative space that achieves harmony with nature. The museum holds exhibitions that introduce Senju’s works as well as special exhibitions according to different themes. There are also a bakery café and shop, and guests can relax and enjoy art and nature.
  • Shirakaba Resort Family Land Ikenotaira
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakuguntateshinamachi Ashitahatsukano 1596
    Shirakaba Resort Family Land Ikenotaira is near Lake Shirakaba and features many facilities besides the theme park attractions, such as an art museum and sports activities. You can bring food and drink onto the premises, and pets are allowed with leashes and cages. There’s an adjoining hotel as well with amenities for nursing children. There’s something for everyone at this nature-surrounded facility regardless of age. It’s about 35 minutes from the Suwa Minami Interchange or Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.
  • Usui Pass Observatory
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Tougemachi
    An observatory park located in Toge-machi, Karuizawa Town. Situated 1,200 meters above sea level on the border between Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture, visitors can enjoy a view of the surrounding scenery, including Mt. Asama, Yatsugatake, and the Myogi Mountain Range. The park also has a walking path which can be used as a hiking course.
  • shiromaiwadakeyurien & Montain view
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou 12056
    A mountain resort where you can enjoy activities as varied as winter sports, trekking, and mountain biking among magnificent scenery. In the winter, it's a white wonderland with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and more. It has 26 runs with a diversity of natural terrain, the most in the Hakuba area. Its HAKUBA MOUNTAIN HARBOR opened in 2018 and has a superb view of the Shirouma Sanzan peaks. The outdoor terrace hosts THE CITY BAKERY, a veteran shop with branches around the country. It's open during the winter, too.
  • Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro 22184-10
    With an elevation of 1515 meters at its highest part called Alps-daira Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort has some true alpine slopes. With an elevation as high as this powder snow and quality snow is all but guaranteed. The magnificent Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) can be experienced up close and the city of Hakuba sprawls out down below. In early spring you can see the shape of the Takeda family crest on the mountain side from the observatory on the roof of the gondola summit station. Even people who don’t ski or snowboard come here to relax enjoy a meal and take in the stunning scenery.
  • The Home of Ninja Kids’ Ninja Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi 3193
    Located in “Togakureryu Ninja Town” Togakushi, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, this experience-based amusement park is based on ninjas and ninjutsu. With trick houses, ninja manors and other buildings, there’s also field athletics that constitute ninja training, like “water-spider technique.” There’s enough for kids and adults to have a fun time. The resource museum is also popular, with its comprehensive collection of ninja goods, historical materials, as well as manga and movies that cover ninjas. You can even rent fun ninja costumes.
  • Kurumayama-kogen SKYPARK Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama 3413
    Because of the high altitude of this ski resort the quality of the snow is good and the slopes are always kept in prime condition. The weather is almost always good and from the top of the mountain and slopes views can be had of the Shinshu mountains. Slopes are designed so that both beginners and advanced skiers can enjoy themselves to the max. When spring comes the Natsuyama Observatory Lift starts running. You can enjoy all the wild plants and trekking on the highland plateau. The sunrise unkai (sea of clouds) lift from where you can see a sea of cloud from the summit at 1925 meters is also very popular.
  • Goko Pasture Auto Camp
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Minamisaku-gun Kawakamimura Hisawa 1417
    40 minutes from the Sutama Interchange on the Chuo Expressway via national Route 141. This campground, completely covered with grass, is situated on the vast grounds of a former farm. Sprawling on Nobeyama Highland at the foot of 1,300-meter-high Yatsugatake Mountains, the campground has no designated plots and campers can set up their location wherever they like. The campground is also replete with a free large bath. The cafe adjoining the reception area serves shaved ice made with spring water from Goko Pasture frozen naturally using the area's cold winters. The tasty condensed milk fruit sauces, created using an abundance of fruits, are all handmade. The soft serve ice cream and seasonal dishes are also recommended.
  • Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunmatsukawamura Nishihara 3358-24
    This art museum located inside of the Azumino Chihiro Park in the Matsukawa Village district of Kita-Azumi County, Nagano Prefecture collects and displays works by picture book artists from around the world including Chihiro Iwasaki. In addition to displays about Chihiro’s representative works, related items, and career, the museum also introduces the history of picture books and a collection of original pictures from picture books around the world. The museum is complete with facilities sure to delight children such as a reading room where they can read their choice from approximately 3,000 picture books as well as a play area for small children. There is also a picture book café where visitors can relax while gazing out at Japan’s Northern Alps (Hida Mountains).
  • Lala Matsumoto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Shimauchi 7412
    A sports facility located in Shimauchi, Matsumoto City. The facility has an indoor wave pool, flowing pool, and waterslides. There are also tennis courts and other indoor sports courts, a baseball diamond and other outdoor sports fields, bathing rooms, and a rest area. The facility makes use of the heat and electricity generated by the adjoining Matsumoto Clean Center garbage incineration plant.
  • Komadeike Campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunsakuhomachi Yakori
    A nicely situated campground located in Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The campground has a variety of lodging styles, including tent sites, bungalows, and cottages. The campground has classes on making crafts with white birch wood, cycling, and sports facilities. Particularly popular is beautiful the view of the sky reflecting off the surface of Komade Pond surrounded by white birch forest.

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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