Valley Spots in Nagano Area

  • Kamikochi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi
    Kamikochi is an approximately 1,500 meter high gorge in the Chubu Sangaku National Park. Known as one of the top mountain scenic spots in the country it is designated as a special place of scenic beauty and natural monument. It is a gateway to the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) and many tourists, mainly climbers and photographers visit each year. To help protect the environment the use of cars is restricted so it is recommended to use a shuttle bus service or taxi.
  • Nezame no Toko
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    Nami Prefecture Kiso County Kamimatsu Town sleeping sensation
    This government-designated scenic spot is located along the Nakasendo route between Agematsu and Suhara. It contains rare terrain formations such as cubic joints and potholes. The strong current of the Kiso River has carved several unique rock formations, and the sight of its enchanting emerald hue is one worth beholding. This place appears in the legend of Urashima Taro as well, and it is said the name is taken from the scene when Urashima Taro returned from the dragon palace and opened the treasure casket.
  • Atera Gorge
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunokuwamura Nojiri (Arenda National Forest)
    The Atera River is a distributary of the Kiso River. The area from the water source to where it meets the Kiso River is the “Atera Gorge.” Due to the beautiful color of the clear stream sparkling emerald green, it is also called “Atera Blue.” It is especially recommended in the autumn season for the colors of the leaves.
  • Tenryu Valley
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    Nagano Pref. Idashi Kawaji ? Long river
    This valley is located along the Tenryu River, also known as Abaregawa River. From the Tsutsuji Bridge downstream, you can gaze upon the majestic scenery created by the massive rock. The verdant green of early summer and changing leaves of autumn are especially beautiful. You can also enjoy going downstream in a boat or taking a dip in the Tenryukyo Hot Spring.
  • Sanseiji
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    Nagano Pref. Higashichikumagunikusakamura Higashihirotsu
    Sanseiro is a gorge located about a 20-minute drive from the Omi Interchange or 25 minutes from Akashina Station. A village bus runs to the gorge from Akashina Station on weekdays. It has long had a reputation for scenic beauty, and it has been designated one of the best 100 Scenic Site in the Shinshu region. Azaleas and wisteria flourish there in the spring, and in the fall, colored leaves adorn the rocks, and they can be enjoyed along with the Saigawa River. Within the park are one of the famous 100 statues of the goddess Kannon and the bodhisattva Jizo along with Sanseiro Bridge. The Ikusaka Village Museum is also there, and its grounds can be used as a parking lot for sightseers. Boat tours down the river are available from July 1st to late September.
  • Sashikiri Gorge
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    Nagano Pref. Higashichikumagunchikuhokumura Sakakita
    Located 15 minutes by bus from Chikuhoku Station or a 15-minute drive from the Omi Interchange, Sashikiri Ravine was created by the Omigawa River flowing through layers of conglomerate and sandstone. It was designated a Prefectural Nature Park in 1965. Easy access has been one of its attractions, due to the New Sashikiri Road. It has been chosen as one of Nagano Prefecture's 100 best attractions. Not only does it feature rock formations, caves, and waterfalls but it is also a recommended site for viewing autumn leaves from late October to early November. The Dragon King Festival, based on the legend of the eight-headed dragon Orochi, is held on the first Sunday in August.
  • Token Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama
  • Uchiyama Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Uchiyama
  • Yokokawa Valley
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    Nagano Kamiina-gun Tatsunomachi Yokokawa
  • Okususobana Valley
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    Nagano Nagano-shi Kinasa
  • Tomoebuchi (Tomoegafuchi)
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi Hiyoshi
  • Takase Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira
    This vast canyon runs alongside Kuzu Hot Spring and the Takase, Nanakura, and Omachi dams. It is known in Nagano Prefecture as a prominent fall foliage spot. The sight of the mountains covered in an array of vibrant hues is definitely worth it. There’s a walkway, so you can enjoy trekking as well.
  • Kakizore Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Yomikaki
    Kakizore Gorge, located in Kisoji, is said to be especially beautiful with its signature emerald-green color. Proceed upstream from the “Koiji” suspension bridge and you’ll see waterfalls, chasms, and crystal-clear water for about an eight-kilometer stretch. The fall foliage is stunning as well. About 300 meters from the suspension bridge is Ushigataki Falls, the water from which flows magnificently into the main gorge.
  • Akiyamago
    Travel / Tourism
    Niigata ken Tsunan-cho Akiyama village, Nagano prefecture Nakano prefecture Sayakauchi-gun Eimura
    It is approximately 60-minutes by car from the Shiozawa-Ishiuchi Interchange or the Echigo-Kawaguchi Interchange. Akiyamago is the general name for a number of small villages settled by fleeing Heike soldiers around Nakatsugawa River, a tributary of the Shinano River. The valley area abundant with nature sits between Nagano and Niigata prefectures. There are many sights of note, author Suzuki Bokushi likened it to the garden of Eden it is so beautiful and said that the mountain villages would forever be etched in his memory. In early spring the wild growing dogtooth violets will drown the mountain villages in pink. View the autumn colors spreading throughout the valley from Maekurahashi Bridge, and the famous sightseeing location for the legendary giant serpent of Jabuchinotaki Waterfall in Oakasawa.
  • Yokoya Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Chino, Nagano Prefecture
    A gorge sprawling along the upper reached of the Shibukawa River in Kitayama, Chino City. A walking path follows the gorge and visitors can traverse it and view picturesque sights such as Otome Falls, Kirifuri Falls, and Byobuiwa Rock. The area is also renowned for its fall foliage as well as its ice cascades in winter.
  • Yokoya Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama
    A gorge created by the pure waters of the Shibu River in the Tateshina Onsen hot spring district. There are four lovely waterfalls along the gorge's six-kilometer-long length known as the Oshidori Kakushi Falls, O Falls, Kirifuri Falls, and Otome Falls. A walking path follows the gorge and the area is a popular destination for enjoying picturesque, seasonal natural scenery.
  • Matsukawa Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Takayama village in Kamikitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    A gorge located in Takayama Village, Kamitakai County, Nagano Prefecture. A deep, V-shaped gorge, Japanese maples and other deciduous trees surround the area. A famous destination for fall foliage viewing, in autumn the gorge attracts large numbers of tourists. In addition, the Yamada Onsen hot spring district and Yamada Farm are also located nearby.
  • Jigokudani Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
  • Kasuga Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Kasuga
  • YonakOdaibakufu
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Yonako

Nagano 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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