Nature Spots in Nagano Area

  • Saigawa Hakucho Lake
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    Nagano Azumino Toyoshina
    A lake in Toyoshina, Azumino City. A dammed portion of the Saigawa River, it has been known for its swans since 1984 when tundra swans first arrived. There are observation shelters and feeding houses on the lakeside where you can watch the swans, typically from between October and March.
  • Organic Resort IIZUNA HIGASHI KOGEN
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    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Iizunamachi Kawakami 2755-345
    A highland surrounded by the Five Peaks of Northern Nagano, Mt. Iizuna, Mt. Kurohime, Mt. Togakushi, Mt. Myoko, and Mt. Madarao. Located at an altitude of about 900 meters, it has a lush natural environment with alpine plants, plants found at lower elevations, birds, insects, etc. You can enjoy the great outdoors there year-round with the changing seasons. This includes mountain cherry trees and azaleas in spring, hydrangea and insects in summer, vivid foliage in fall, and the snowy landscape of winter. There are various facilities like a golf course, campground, athletic field, and a petting zoo in the area around Lake Reisenji. The highland is a fun day out for everyone from kids to grown-ups.
  • Daiza Hoshi Pond
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    Nagano Nagano-shi Ageya 2471-1526
    One of the Iizuna Highland's main sightseeing spots, not far from Zenkoji Temple. A legend says the pond came about when water accumulated in the footprint of a mythical giant known as Daidarabocchi. Located at the edge of the highland, there are many restaurants, convenience stores, and farm stands in the vicinity. Other facilities dotting the area include a campground, athletic field, and a boat launch. It gets busy with families on holidays and is great for picnics or a walk. There's a path around it you can complete in 20 minutes.
  • Kamaike Pond
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    Nagano Kita-azumi-gun Otarimura
    "A mysterious pond surrounded by beech trees at an elevation of 1,190 meters. Its name comes from its shape that resembles a ""kama,"" or sickle used to cut grass. The pond is popular with photographers for the young leaves of spring and the fall foliage. It has earned its reputation for amazing scenery. The beauty of the clear sky, grand mountains, and colorful leaves reflected in the pond is breathtaking. There is a two-kilometer trail around the pond. With its quiet atmosphere, it's also one of the main courses in the area for ""forest therapy."" Nestled beside the pond, Kamaike Bunarin-tei has pickled vegetables, specialty items, and more. If your timing's right, you can also try some of their cuisine made with mushrooms."
  • Mt. Daikoku
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    Gifu Koyamaichi Nyukawacho Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi
  • Mt. Kengamine
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    Gifu Koyamaichi Nyukawacho Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi
  • Magome Pass
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    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Magome Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi
  • Mt. Hikarujo
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    Nagano Azumino Toyoshina Hikari
  • Lake Tagawaura
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    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Kanai
  • Lake Midori
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    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Kanai
    A charming dam lake with a relaxing, quiet atmosphere surrounded by forest. There are parks and hot spring bathhouses in the surrounded area, as well as other sightseeing destinations such as flower gardens and colonies of Asian skunk cabbage. The lake is also a renowned Japanese crucian carp fishing destination. A crucian carp fishing tournament is held here in early summer, attracting many anglers. The lake is conveniently located a 20-minute walk from JR Midoriko Station and a 10-minute drive from the Shiojiri Interchange on the Nagano Expressway. The lake has also been selected for inclusion in a local list of the 30 best sightseeing destinations in Shiojiri City.
  • Shinshu University Nature Education Garden
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen
    An outdoor research facility which belongs to Shinshu University's Faculty of Education, located a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange. All are welcome to enter the garden, and admission is free. Located in a special conservation district in a national park at the northern foot of Mt. Shiga, here visitors come in contact with the natural abundance of the Shiga Highlands and have fun learning about the area and its ecology. There's a 3.5 kilometer long walking path, a rock garden where around 50 varieties of Japanese alpine plants are grown, and a museum with mounted examples of animals living in the park and other exhibits.
  • Shijuhachiike Marsh
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Tanohara Marsh
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Maruike
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Takamagahara
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Mt. Higashidate
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Biwa Pond
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    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Yashigamine
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    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Tateshinamachi
  • Token Gorge
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    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama
  • Cosmos Kaido
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    Nagano Saku-shi Uchiyama
    A 20-minute drive from the Saku-minami Interchange. A highway close to Uchiyama Valley on National Route 254. A popular tourist destination, here visitors can enjoy a comfortable drive along a nine kilometer stretch of road along which cosmos, the official flower of Saku City, have been planted. The flowers bloom from early to late September. The flowers were first planted by a local senior citizens' club in 1972; today, the scenic road is maintained by local residents. The Saku Kogen Cosmos Festival is held in mid-September and during this time a tea cafe opens up; visitors can also try dying a handkerchief.

Nagano Areas

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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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