Travel / Tourism Information Spots in Nagano Area

  • Tsumago-juku Tourist Information Office
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 2159-2
    Built in 1897 at the former Azuma Village Police Station, this historical building was later used for many years as the village office. It was redeveloped as a tourist information center and free resting place in 1979, and provides information related to tourist attractions in the Tsumago-juku area on the Nakasendo Road, and nearby accommodations, eateries and sightseeing spots.
  • Ogisawa Visitor Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira 2117
    An information center located close to Ogizawa Station on the Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus in Taira, Omachi City. The center provides information on lodging and sightseeing destinations in the area such as the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Hida Mountains (Northern Alps) sightseeing route.
  • Kamikochi Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi 4468
    Located at the entrance to Konashidaira in Azumi-kamikochi, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, the visitor center provides information on the animals and wilderness of Kamikochi. The facility teaches about local wildlife through videos, displays, and lectures; you can also find all the information needed to trek or walk through the area, such as which flowers are in season, local plants and animals, weather forecasts, and safety tips. The facility is only open from late April to November 15 when the Kamikochi area is open to visitors.
  • Utsukushigahara Nature Conservation Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Iriyamabe Mikahara plateau
    Utsukushigahara Nature Center is an information center opened in 1993 in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. Visitors can learn about the natural environment and history of Utsukushigahara by seeing panel displays and specimens. Nature observation sessions and other events are held here, drawing large numbers of visitors. The Center is open from late April to early November.
  • Yashima Visitor Center Azamikan
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    Nagano Pref. Suwagunshimosuwamachi Yashima Marshland 10618
    This information facility is located on Kirigamine Highland in the Shimosuwa-machi area of Suwa County, Nagano Prefecture. It introduces information and the history related to Yashimagahara Wetland and holds model exhibitions and screenings in the video corner. In addition, they have guided walks with commentators, attracting many tourists. It is open from late-April to around mid-November.
  • Nagano City Tourist Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Kurita Kitagawara 1038-4JR Nagano Station East-West free passage
    This tourist information center is located inside JR Nagano Station right next to the ticket gates. The center is filled with pamphlets on Nagano City and the surrounding cities, towns, and villages, many of which are offered in multiple languages. A staff member is always on duty during business hours who can provide basic tourism information and assistance with round trip planning. The center is also equipped with a money-changing machine that can convert foreign currencies into yen.
  • Matsushiro Tourist Information Center
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    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Matsushiromachi Matsushiro 4-1 Sanada Treasure Hall north neighbor
    A tourist information center located just to the north of the Sanada Treasures Museum in Matsushiro-machi Matsushiro, Nagano City. Surprisingly open and airy on the inside despite its modest-looking exterior, center staff can provide you with tourism information primarily concerning Nagano City’s Matsushiro-machi neighborhood; you can also find free tourism pamphlets on Nagano City and the surrounding area.
  • Akiyama-go Sogo Center Tonenbo
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimominochi-gun Sakaemura Sakai 18281
    "A tourist information center dedicated to Akiyamago, the collective name for the 12 settlements which dot the area along National Route 405 sandwiched between Mt. Naeba and Mt. Torikabuto. ""Tonenbo"" means ""things brought together"" in the local dialect. There's a folk museum in the building with exhibits on local customs such as Yakihata slash-and-burn agriculture and matagi (traditional hunter) straw capes; and an exhibit corner introducing the geopark at the foot of Mt. Naeba. In addition, the center sells handicrafts. An old Japanese home open to the public for viewing is located a three-minute walk from the center."
  • Tsugaike Visitor Center
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    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Otarimura Chikuniotsu Chubu Mountains National Park Tsugaike Natural Sono
    A visitor center located in Tsugaike Nature Park, a natural treasure trove where a variety of plants and animals live 1,900 meters above sea level. The center was built using wood from old Japanese homes in Otari Village and distinctive teppeiseki stone from the Suwa area in Nagano Prefecture. Here visitors can learn about the alpine plant and animal life of Tsugaike Nature Park and take fun quizzes. There are also large monitors showing live feeds from four cameras situated in the park.
  • Karuizawa Tourist Information Center (Inside Karuizawa Station)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Karuizawa 1178
    A tourist information center located on the premises of Karuizawa Station in Karuizawa, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The center provides guidance concerning sightseeing spots in Karuizawa as well as information on lodging facilities and other tourism-related matters. Conveniently located in the station, the center can be used as a starting off point for touring Karuizawa.
  • Karuizawa Tourist Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Nagakura 3037-18
    A tourist information center located in the Kutsukake Terace civic center in front of Shinano Railway Naka-Karuizawa Station in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. The center provides tourist information on the surrounding area. The same facility also hosts a library and community-supported trial run establishments such as a restaurant and boutique.
  • Yukimura Yume Kobo
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sanadamachiosa 6090-1
    This is a tourist facility in Sanada Town, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, a village famous as the birthplace of samurai Yukimura Sanada and two other generation leaders of the Sanada clan. They provide an introduction to the areas and tourist spots connected to the Sanada clan and electric-powered bicycles free of charge. They also sell souvenirs and special goods. One can also book traditional food-making experience courses including handmade soba noodles, oyaki, bread, and miso. There is a joint established agricultural produce direct sales shop that sells vegetables and mountain plants.
  • Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa 739-2
    A tourist information center housed in an old-fashioned wood building located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. An information desk and displays presenting famous Karuizawa destinations and sightseeing spots can be found on the first floor; feel free to use the center as the starting point for your explorations of the area. There is also a rest area and free Wi-Fi. Karuizawa local specialty products are presented on the second floor. The center’s pay toilets have changing rooms and diaper changing stations (toilets free for people with disabilities).
  • Kamikochi Information Center (Visitor center)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi
    A tourist information center next to the Kamikochi Bus Terminal. Inside you’ll find a restaurant, a shop, luggage storage and more. The restaurant has both Western and Japanese dishes, all made with Shinshu in-season ingredients. The Kamikochi set meal and the set meal with Shinshu’s famous sanzoku-yaki are popular. At the shop, you’ll find a wide selection, from standard souvenirs to Kamikochi-limited goods, as well as local sakes. Popular sweets include “kappa yaki”—an original sweet that was featured on television. Open hours depend on the season, but they usually open from early morning.
  • Suzaka City Kura-no-machi Kankou Koryu Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Suzaka 352-2
    This international exchange center in Kura no Machi, Suzaka City was built in the mid-Meiji period and is a Heritage of Industrial Modernization site once used to store cocoons. It is often used as the starting point for excursions in Kura no Machi and offers both rental bicycles and souvenirs, making it a very convenient spot. Of course, it also offers tourism information. It’s about an eight-minute walk from Suzaka Station on the Nagano Line.
  • Nagano Prefecture Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Shiga Kirigamine 7718-9
    The “Kirigamine Nature Conservation Center” helps educate visitors about the precious natural landscape of the Kirigamine Highland. The exhibitions explain the flora and fauna, terrain, climate, and history in an easy-to-understand manner, and the staff periodically offer explanations as well. On weekends and holidays, they offer guided walks for up to 10 people to offer visitors a chance to see and feel the appeal of the landscape directly. It’s about 40 minutes from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway, or via bus from the JR Kami-Suwa Station and then a five-minute walk from the Kirigamine Interchange.
  • Madarao Kogen Yama no Ie
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Madaraokougen 11492-70
    A comprehensive information facility standing on Prefectural Route 97 in the Madaraokogen in Iiyama City. Also serving as the Madarao Resort Tourist Association Office, the facility has an information corner and reading corner. The facility is free to enter and open year round, serving as a service base for tourists visiting the Madarao Highland resort area.
  • Shinetsu Shizenkyo Activity Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Iyama 772-6 Iiyama station 1F
    This information center at Iiyama Station provides guidance on outdoor activities including skiing and snowboarding in winter, cycling, mountain climbing, rafting, and more. They also arrange tours and activities and offer services such as outdoor gear rental.
  • Yudanaka Station Guide Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 3227-2
    This tourist information center is in Yudanaka Station's waiting room. The station is in Hirao, Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai County. They distribute maps and pamphlets of the Yamanouchi area that are useful when walking around town. They also lend out e-bikes for free. Don't miss the free footbaths near the station.
  • Shinshu Matsukawa Fruit Tourism Association Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shimoinagunmatsukawamachi Ojima 2065-1
    A tourist information center located inside Koryu Center Mirai along Prefectural Route 59 in Ojima, Matsukawa Town, Shimoina County. The center can provide you with information on fruit picking in area orchards. The center issues information on picking seasonal fruits such as apples, blueberries, cherries, Japanese pears, and grapes.

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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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