Sightseeing Spot Spots in Nagano Area

  • Garyu Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Garyu 2-4-8
    This comprehensive park is located in Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture. 150 Yoshino cherry trees are planted around Ryugaike Pond, and the park has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots. In addition, the adjoining Suzaka Zoo makes the park popular with mainly families. Many people come to view the flowers during the Cherry Blossom Festival held each April.
  • Suwa Lake Geyser Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Kogandori 2-208-90
    This tourism facility, a 13 minute walk from Kami-Suwa Station, has a geyser which shoots sprays of water high into the air. The geyser, which first burst out of the ground in 1983, originally created spouts almost 50 meters tall, which made it the second tallest geyser in the world at the time. Today, it reaches around five meters tall, shooting out give to six jets every 90 minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. The adjoining building hosts a souvenir shop on the first floor and other facilities. The second floor exhibition space introduces movies and drams which were filmed in Suwa. The third floor Fireworks Museum displays pictures and materials relating to the fireworks shows held over Lake Suwa each year.
  • Takamine Kogen Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Takamine Plateau, Komoro, Nagano Prefecture 704
    This information facility is located inside Joshin'etsukogen National Park in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture. Inside the building, there is staff from Asama International Outdoors and Nature School, and you can see information bulletins related to the Asama Foothills. In addition, the visitor's cafe offers menu items using local ingredients, and it is visited not only by climbers but also many tourists. It is open every year from late April until around early November.
  • Obasute Rice Terraces
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chikumashi Yawata
    Scenic terraced rice fields located close to Obasute Station on the JR Shinonoi Line. A sprawling array of 2,000 fields, the area has been selected as one of Japan's 100 most beautiful terraced rice fields. Popular for its picturesque Zenkoji Plain night view and sunrises, Obasute night view tours are also conducted in the area. Many tourists come here to take in the spectacular view.
  • Katsuma Yakushido and Weeping Cherries
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Ina-shi Takatomachi Katsuma
    This Yakushido temple is located on a small hill in an area called Katsuma sprawling on the south bank of Takato Lake. The temple enshrines a Buddhist statue with supposed miraculous powers said to have been carved by the great priest Gyoki., as well as statues of the twelve divine generals protecting it and thirteen Buddhist statues once the object of local folk belief. In addition, there are three large weeping cherries on the temple's grounds which notably begin flowering around the time the blossoms of the Kohigan-zakura cherries in Takato Castle Site Park begin to fall. The trees are said to have been planted during the Ansei era in the Edo period and are over 140 years old. Their stunning forms dominate the surrounding scenery and many flower viewing-lovers come here just to see them.
  • Takato Shinwa no Oka Rose Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Ina-shi Takatomachi Higashitakatoo 973-1
    A rose garden which grows some 3,000 plants spanning around 270 varieties on 8,851 square meter grounds sprawling on the side of a mountain. The garden is located a 30-minute drive on National Route 361 from the Ina Interchange on the Chuo Expressway. Visitors can view hybrids, floribunda, and other colorful roses, as well as the scenery of the Central Japan Alps from 830 meters above sea level. The teahouse on the grounds offers soft serve ice cream and herbal teas. Each year, the garden holds a rose festival in June when they begin to bloom. Additionally, the garden holds concerts, flamenco performances, and other shows, as well as classes on how to raise roses.
  • Ina Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Ina-shi Chuo 5528-1
    "A large park built on a terrace beyond the Tenryu River travelling from JR Inakita Station. Facilities include tennis courts, baseball grounds, a pool, and playground equipment. The park is designed to be a space where everyone from children to senior citizens can enjoy sports and exercise. The park has also long been known as an excellent cherry blossom viewing destination, and during the blooming period in spring, many visitors come here to enjoy the sight of the park's nearly 300 Yoshino cherries and Kohigan-zakura cherry. Some of the park's many other highlights include the D51-209, a real locomotive, known to locals as ""Degoichi;"" and a stone monument dedicated to a song called ""Ina Bushi."""
  • Tenpaku Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimoina-gun Takamorimachi Yamabuki
    A 10-minute walk from Shimodaira Station on the JR Iida Line. From mid- through late June each year, visitors can see large numbers of Genji and Heike fireflies, and many know the valley as a top destination for firefly viewing. Fireflies require pure water to grow, and the area where their larvae live is also used to raise freshwater snails which serve as their food. A firefly festival is also held during the season. On the day of the festival, firefly watching events, elementary school student drum performances, a bazaar, and other events are held.
  • Shiga Highlands Ishi no Yu Genji Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen Hasuike
    A 50-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. At Ishi no Yu in the Shiga Highlands, you can watch Genji fireflies, a large variety of firefly which only lives in Japan. One of only a few firefly varieties in the world to spend its larval stage, Genji fireflies are an essential part of summertime nights in the Shiga Highlands. The Iwakurazawa River in Ishi no Yu is known as the highest habitat for Genji fireflies in Japan. In recognition of its uniqueness, the area was designated a National Natural Monument in 2008.
  • Imaizumi Area Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimominochi-gun Sakaemura Hokushin Imaizumi
    Visitors to the area around the Nonomi Kogen Campground and Sakae Club Ski Area close to the Akiyama Onsen hot spring district can view Genji fireflies. The fireflies can be seen from late June to late July. The surrounding area is occupied by farming families, so visitors are asked to be mindful and avoid entering farm fields. Sakae Village has been selected as an Important Mountain Village for the Conservation of Biodiversity in order to preserve its excellent waterside, paddy, and marsh environments, and the village also engages in activities to promote firefly breeding.
  • Uchiyama Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Uchiyama
  • Yume Harvest Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Komoro-shi Hachi Man 2157-2
    A 10-minute drive from the Komoro Interchange and a 15-minute drive from the Saku Interchange. This farm is located a short distance north from the Asama Sunline intersection. The farm's 15 thousand square meter grounds include a lavender garden with 10 thousand lavender plants. The scent of essential oils extracted at the farm's distillation plant can be smelled even from the parking area. In addition to lavender, the farm grows over 350 varieties of herbs and visitors can also enjoy the sight and smell of colorful flowers here. The adjoining La Terre cafe serves herbal teas and lavender soft serve ice cream.
  • Tsuitoshi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi Shirahone Onsen
    "A six-minute walk from the Shirahone Onsen Tourist Information Center. This rock tunnel can be seen on the upper reaches of the river from the suspension bridge past Ryujin Falls. ""Yu"" means ""hot water"" or ""hot spring,"" and as the name of the Yu River implies, its waters contain an abundance of the same minerals found in the hot springs of Shirahone Onsen; this tunnel is presumed to have been carved out of the rock over countless years by the river's swift current. The limestone rock tunnel is six meters tall and 20 meters long. People are not allowed into the tunnel, but visitors can enjoy the stunning natural scenery of the tunnel and its surroundings from close by. Erosion control construction was conducted in 2018 due collapse and flood risks."
  • Funtokyu
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi Shirahone Onsen
    A 70-minute drive from Matsumoto Station. One of Shirahone Onsen's most scenic destinations, there are actually two locations, one on the right side in front of the Shirahone Grand Hotel, and one behind the Katsura no Yu Maruei Ryokan inn. The mineral deposits accumulated over countless years near areas where the calcium carbonate-rich waters of Shirahone Onsen burst forth. The globular shaped limestone formations, formed by layers and layers of dust hardening into stone, are extremely rare and were designated a National Natural Monument in 1952.
  • Akanuta Pheasant’s Eye Patch
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Akanuta
  • Shirahone Onsen Fall Foliage
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Shirahone Onsen
    A 90-minute bus ride from Shinshimashima Station and a one-hour drive from the Matsumoto Interchange. The Shirahone Onsen hot spring district is located on the northern side of Nagano Prefecture close to the border with Gifu Prefecture and is an excellent place to enjoy fall foliage. The best part is that you can enjoy the sight of mountains dyed orange, green, gold, and red and then enjoy a hot spring bath. In most years, the best time to see the foliage is from early to mid-October; the area's Katsura trees start changing color a little earlier. The scenery around Ryujin Falls and the Yukawa valley is particularly spectacular and these areas are recommended walking destinations.
  • Senninzuka Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kamiina-gun Iijimamachi Nanakubo 3017-108
    A nature park located in Iijima Town, Kamiina County, Nagano Prefecture. Built around the 33,000 square meter Jogaike Pond, the park sprawls along the southern bank of the Yotagiri River, and visitors can enjoy fishing, camping, and mallet golf. The park is situated in a scenic area 830 meters above sea level. Jogaike Pond, selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 best ponds, is encircled by some 700 cherry trees, including Yoshino cherries, Higan cherries, and Sato-zakura cherries. When the cherry blossoms are in bloom, visitors can take in the sight of the blossoms and the majestic Japan Alps reflecting off the surface of the pond in the daytime, and the magical scene created by the trees lit up at night. A variety of other seasonal flowers bloom on the park's grounds, and the park observatory has a spectacular view.
  • Ojika Marsh
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Shinanomachi
  • Komaruyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Shinanomachi Kashiwabara
    "A park located a three-minute drive from the Shinanomachi Interchange. Visitors will find a variety of facilities dedicated to the great Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa, including the ingeniously designed Issa Memorial Museum; the Haikaiji Temple, which was built in 1910; and stone monuments inscribed with Issa's poems. The park's rear garden, which leads to the graveyard, has a still and elegant atmosphere and is particularly beautiful in fall when the leaves change color. The park is famous for the Issa Festival held each year on May 5th on the date of Issa's birthday, and the park bustles with people of all ages during this time. In Utagaoka Park, located on the park grounds, visitors can find a monument inscribed with ""Shinano no Kuni,"" the official poem of the prefecture. In addition, the park offers fantastic, sweeping views of Nagano City."
  • Muremizu Bashoen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Iizunamachi Kawakami 2755-539

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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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