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Hiking / Walking Spots in Nagano Area

  • Happo-One Shizen-Kenkyu-ro (nature study path)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou Everywhere
    This is a trekking course in Happo-One stretching out from Mt. Karamatsu of the Northern Alps Hakuba Mountain Range. Taking a gondola and two lifts to Happo Pond Sanso, it’s an approximate 90-minute course on to Happo Pond. Called the treasury of alpine plants, rare alpine plants endemic to the area grow here. In the summer one can appreciate a variety of flowers around Happo Pond and Kurohishidaira. It is a scenic course looking onto the three Shirouma mountains, and if the weather is good one can see a wide sea of clouds and the mystical sight of mountains reflected in Happo Pond. The starting point is gondola lift Happo Station.
  • Picchio
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Hoshino Karuizawa Wild Bird Forest Picchio Visitor Center
    Your guide to the forest creatures of Karuizawa—Picchio conducts a variety of nature tours. Go on a nature walk in the forest on the island of Nojima, where 80 species of birds can be seen throughout the year and creatures such as Asian black bears and Japanese serows make their home. Or go and observe Japanese giant flying squirrels gliding through the air at dusk. On a Picchio tour, you can enjoy and learn about the mysteries of local forests and animals. Tours leave from the visitor center in the Hoshino Area facility in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture.
  • Lake Aoki Campground & Adventure Club
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira 20780-1
    A campground in Taira, Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture located on the shore of Lake Aoki, known for its pure waters and ethereal beauty. Surrounded by larches and Oyama cherry trees, the campground offers a variety of lodging styles, including cottages, caravanning, tent camping, and bungalows. There are also an abundance of activities on offer, like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and nature observation cruises. The Lake Aoki firefly cruise is particularly popular. The campground also has a barbecue area where you can rent the necessary equipment and purchase food for grilling as well.

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  • Tokusawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi
    These plains can be found beyond the Azusa River heading upstream from Kamikochi. Huge Japanese elms and katsura trees can be found here, along with flaccid anemone around May, making it one of Kamikochi’s prime trekking spots. You can enjoy a sweet repose among the grandeur of nature at the “Tokusawaen” and “Tokusawa Campsite,” which both used to be frequented by author Yasushi Inoue.
  • Aburagi Birin Forest Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Mitake
    A walking path extending from Aburagi Birin Forest in Kiso Town, Kiso County to the eight station of Mt. Ontake. Visitors can walk among pristine forest designated an Academic Reference Forest Reserve in which hinoki cypress and other trees over 300 years old grow. The forest is also a great spot for bird watching.
  • Sundayplanning Guesthouse Lamp
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Nojiri 379-2
    An outdoor school located close to Lake Nojiri in Nojiri, Shinano Town, Kamiminochi County. Here you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with a focus on Lake Nojiri, including canoeing, kayaking, rafting, stand up paddle boarding, mushroom and edible wild plant hunting, and, in winter, ski hiking and snowshoeing.

    I've been here at least 50 times and the food never disappoints! Friendly staff, free wi-if and cozy atmosphere makes Lamp an great place to eat and hang out.

  • Salt Road, Chikuni Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunotarimura Chikuni
    "This is one of the Salt Road's walking courses along the Chikuni Highway. It covers about nine kilometers from the Tsugaike Highland to Otari Village, and you can check out stone Buddhas, historical sites, local halls, and so on as you stroll along. The course is also part of the annual walking event known as the ""Salt Road Festival."""
  • Sanjiro Ikoi no Hiroba
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Iriyamabe 8961
    A auto campground located a 50-minute drive from the Matsumoto Interchange on the Nagano Expressway. Situated at the gateway to the lush Utsukushigahara Plateau, the campground has open tent sites, a free-range cattle grazing area, a fun obstacle course, and a multipurpose ground. The campground’s layout is designed to make use of the area’s natural beauty, and there are four cooking buildings. The central campground office has a shop and adjoining restaurant. Customers can also drive their mobile home or motorcycle right onto the grounds (customers must make contact in advance if they will be driving a large-sized vehicle).
  • Mt. Shiga Climbing Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Shigakogen
    A trekking course a 50-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. The 12.6 kilometer long trail experiences a 300 meter difference in elevation and is suited to advanced trekkers. Those walking the trail can enjoy sweeping views of the mountains of the Shiga Highlands and, from the mountaintop, look down on numerous ponds below. The trail visits Onuma Pond, whose mysterious emerald green waters draw the eye; Shijuhachiike Marsh, habitat for wetland plants like beautiful Asian skunk cabbage; and Shibuike, a pond where the ice age relic species creeping pine still grows.
  • Shiga Highlands Hiking Nature Sightseeing Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Shigakogen
    A hiking course located a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. 4.1 kilometers long and with a total difference in elevation of 160 meters, the trail condenses all the charms and beauty of the Shiga Highlands into one area, and this beginner-oriented course makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Starting at Shiga Highland Mountain Station, the trail visits Hasu Pond, where you can see aquatic plants such as the lotus-like Japanese spatterdock; Tanohara Marsh, a prefecturally designated nature park; and majestic trees with luminous moss growing amidst stunning exposed root systems.
  • Shiga Highlands Hiking Mt. Higashidate Tenku Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Shigakogen Hoppo Onsen
    A hiking course located a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. The round trip course includes gondola, lift, and free shuttle bus rides. Kouzan (Alpine Plant) Botanical Garden, situated near the top of Mt. Higashitateyama 2,000 meters above sea level, has been in operation for over 50 years and here visitors can view 500 varieties of rare alpine plants. The Mt. Higashitateyama Observatory at the entrance to the garden offers a sweeping view of the Shiga Highlands as well as the Northern Japan Alps and the Five Peaks of Northern Nagano.
  • Yumichi Nature Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Uebayashi Onsen
    "A 15-minute bus ride for Kanbayashi Onsen leaving from Nagano Electric Railway Yudanaka Station. The 1.6 kilometer long trail connects the terminal station, Kanbayashi Onsen and Jigokudani Onsen's Jigokudani Monkey Park, famous for its Japanese macaques who bath in the local hot springs. Passing through a cedar forest, it takes around 30 minutes to walk the flat mountain trail. Walkers can catch site of macaques living in the area and, in winter, maybe see snow-covered ""snow monkeys."" Note that snow accumulations in winter make the trail slippery, necessitating the use of shoes with good traction as well as proper clothing to protect against the cold."
  • ACN Shinshu Inadani Campers Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kamiina-gun Nakagawa Mura Okusa 7883
    An auto campground with 50 campsites surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of the Southern Japan Alps. Free from light pollution, the campground takes great pride in the star-filled skies campers can enjoy enshrouded by the comfortable silence of the rural location. In addition to convenient log cabins, log houses, and trailer cabins, the campground also has a dedicated camping equipment shop and a sports bike shop. In addition, the campground offers a variety of nature activity programs fun for children and adults, including crafts, trekking, fishing, canoeing, edible wild plant hunting, and nature tours. There are also an abundance of activity facilities located in the area.
  • Shioda Plain Temple Walk
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Ueda-shi Bessho Onsen
    A walking course extending from Shiodamachi Station to the Bessho Onsen hot spring district. 10 kilometers long, the course takes around five to six hours to walk. The course visits the ancient Anrakuji Temple and the Zensanji Temple, founded by the great Kobo Daishi, and visitors can take in the history of Nagano and the Ueda region while on their walk. The course is virtually flat and connected by a shuttle bus, ensuring that just about anyone can walk at least part of the course as their stamina dictates. Maps of the course can be obtained from the Ueda City Kanko Kaikan and other tourist information centers.
  • Harinoki Nature Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Omachi-shi Taira
    A trail leading up Mt. Harinoki which passes through an area considered one of Japan's three most beautiful snowy valleys, taking around an hour and 20 minutes to walk a forested area from Ogizawa to reach the Osawagoya cabin. Note that the cabin is only open from early July to late September. It takes around 40 minutes to walk from the Osawagoya to the end of the valley. The Mt. Harinoki Shintaro Festival is held here on the first Sunday in June.
  • Kagami Pond Walking Path
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi
    Kagami Pond, situated 1,200 meters above sea level, is a depression filled with spring water situated at the foot of the Togakushi Mountains, land which long ago formed the bottom of the ocean and which later rose and grew to form mountains. A walking path encircles the pond; one circuit takes around 30 minutes. The walking path connects with Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden and Tenmei Inari Shrine, dedicated to Toyoukeno-Omikami, goddess of the outer shrine at Ise, is located along the way. The area is beautiful year round, but the time around mid-October when the fall foliage is at its peak is particularly stunning.
  • Old Usui Pass Sightseeing Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
    A walking path maintained on Usui Pass on the border of Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture. From Karuizawa Town, the hiking course consists of a 90-minute uphill walk and a 60-minute downhill walk. The Usui Pass Observation Platform is located near the top of the pass, and from here visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of surrounding mountains such as Mt. Asama and the Myogi Mountains.
  • Shinanoji Nature Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Kose
    A walking path located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. This hiking course starts in Nagakura, Karuizawa Tone, passing through the town's cool forests and visiting scenic waterfalls such as Shiraito Falls and Ryugaeshi Falls along the way.
  • Enupiohojin ochikurabakkukantorifirudo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou 14920-61
  • Weston Enchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi

Nagano Main Areas


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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