Other Natural Terrain Spots in Nagano Area

  • Inagura Rice Terraces
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    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Tonoshiro
    "An area of terraced rice fields sprawling at the foot of mountains in the Tonoshiro area in Ueda City. The fields were cultivated between the Genroku and Meiji periods (1688-1912). After being selected as one of the 100 most beautiful rice terrace areas in Japan, conservation activities were initiated to preserve the fields. School extracurricular activity programs are conducted in the area as well as programs such as the ""Terrace Rice Owner System"" and ""Sake Rice Owner System"" which allow regular people to experience the entire rice production process from planting to harvesting and receive a bag of rice they made, or a bottle of sake created from the rice they harvested."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Akanuta Pheasant’s Eye Patch
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    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Akanuta
  • Himekawa Headwaters Nature Exploration Park
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    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro
    In this stretch of land, you’ll find the Hime River, which runs from Itoigawa City to the Japan Sea. You’ll find colonies of Aohanagoke and water crowfoot plants, as well as dogtooth violet and anemone flaccida plants after the snow melts.
  • Ichinosawa
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    Azumino City Nagano Prefecture
    A woodland path located at the Mt. Jonen trailhead in Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture. Visitors can enjoy trekking and spectacular views of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps). The view of the ravine during the fall foliage period is particularly popular. A motorhome campground as well as the Chogatake Onsen hot spring district are also located nearby, and the area is a frequent destination not only for tourists but also mountain climbers.
  • Ogisawa
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    Nagano Omachi-shi
  • Ichinosawa
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    Nagano Azumino-shi
  • Ushibushigawa France Shikikaidanko
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Uchida
  • Shinanokoishi
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    Nagano Pref. Shimoinaguntenryumura Nagashima
  • Katagiri Matsukawa Valley
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Matsukawamachi Ojima
  • Ochizawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Nebamura
  • Komukuzawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Omukuzawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Omatsuzawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Kawarazawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Shirasawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Okandairazawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Furoyazawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Hirayamura
  • Oshimasawa
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    Nagano Shimoina-gun Urugimura

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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