Other Sightseeing Spots in Nagano Area

  • Tsumago-juku
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma 2159-2
    One of the Nakasendo (old route from Tokyo to Kyoto) post towns which still retains the appearance of a post town from the Edo period. Tsumago-juku is known as the first post town in Japan to preserve its old town atmosphere and it has been designated as an important architectural preservation site and a regional conservation area. The town is full of places to see such as Koi-iwa (Carp rock), one of the three famous rocks, the Waki-Honjin Okuya (a National Important Cultural Property), Nagiso Museum of History with displays on the history of Nagiso Town and the Kisoji Road, and the preservation of Tsumago-juku.
  • Venus Line
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    Chino, Nagano Prefecture - Matsumoto-shi
    This is a sightseeing road and popular free driving course connecting Nagano Prefecture’s Chino City and Ueda City Utsukushigahara Highlands. The road is dotted with Shinshu highland resorts including Tateshina Highland, Yatsugatake Sanroku, Lake Shirakaba and Mt. Kirigamine, and the interweaving mountains and greenery stretch endlessly into the distance. Along the way is Yashimagahara Shitsugen (marsh land), designated a National Natural Monument and home to 400 varieties of sub-highland plant. If the weather is good one can see all the way from final stop of Utskushigahara Highland to Mt. Fuji.
  • Kyukaru Ginza (Kyu-Karuizawa Ginza Street)
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    This is the main shopping district of Karuizawa located along the old Kyu Nakasendo. It has over 400 years of history, and the area boasts a row of long-established shops such as a bakery, boutiques of imported fashion, and various new and established shops. The area is bustling with many tourists in the summer months.
  • Unno-Juku
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    Nagano Pref. Toumishi Motounno
    In the early Edo period, the “Unno-Juku” was established as a post town on the important Hokkoku Kaido Highway that connected the Nakasendo and Hokurikudo roads. It prospered through sankinkotai (samurai taking turns to move to the city of Edo) and for the transport of gold from Sado. It is a quiet lodging town rich in history where the inn buildings of the Edo period and the Meiji period serene atmosphere of daily life of the sturdy sericulture buildings since remain.
  • Otsumago
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Aduma
    "A section of Kiso Town, Kiso County, Nagano Prefecture situated along the old Nakasendo Highway now designated as the Tsumago Post Town Preservation District. The road is lined with many old homes built in the ""dashibari-zukuri"" style with ""sode-udatsu"" short pillars supporting the roof. Japanese-style bed and breakfasts are also located nearby, and the area is enwrapped in a tranquil, rural atmosphere. As the Nakasendo continues towards Magome-juku and goes beyond Kudaritani, human dwellings peter out, and the highway turns into a mountain road."
  • Nawate-dori Street
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-3-21
    This is a shopping area between the southern moat of Matsumoto Castle and the Metoba River, named Nawate-dori Street since it has a long bank much like a rope. It is the reimagining of an Edo period castle town, with 50 shops lined up selling items like antiques and cheap sweets. The area is dotted with stone statues of the Nawate-dori Street symbolic frog, and it is a popular shopping spot just to walk around for both adults and children.
  • Mt. Takagari Observation Deck
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    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Yasaka Mount Falcon
    A scenic overlook on the top of Mt. Takagari in Yasaka, Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture which offers a spectacular view of many of the Hida Mountains. A convenient 20 minutes by car from Shinano-Omachi Station, the overlook is a popular destination for enjoying beautiful and picturesque scenery. Here you can get a 360 degree panorama, from Mt. Shirouma to Mt. Jonen; the view at dusk, in particular, will take your breath away. Also a well-known date spot, the overlook has also been selected as a mecca for couples.
  • Nakamachi Street
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    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-2-14
    White wall and black namako (raised plaster) storehouses stand side-by-side along Nakamachi Street, making it fun to walk down and peruse the many individual general stores, souvenir shops, cafes, sweet shops and restaurants. The symbolic former brewery Nakamachi Kurassic-kan is a distinctive building with a teahouse looking onto a courtyard, a hand pump water well, and atrium beams. Visitors will enjoy the enjoyable, atmospheric townscape.
  • Tateshina Kogen BARAKURA English Garden
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    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama Kuripaira 5047
    An English garden located in Chino City, Nagano Prefecture, created entirely by a British specialist based on a uniform design by the owner. Inside the park’s 10,000 square meter grounds, visitors are greeted by over 5,000 varieties of plants, including flowers imported directly from the UK such as old roses. There’s also a café where you can enjoy afternoon tea, a bakery famed for its apple pies, a gardening shop, boutique, and more. A flower show is also held in June when the old roses come into bloom.
  • Kasatori Pass Pine Trees
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakuguntateshinamachi Ashida
    Kasatori Avenue of Pines is about a 30-minute drive from the Saku Interchange or 60 minutes from the Suwa Interchange, running from about 1 kilometer west of the old Ashidajuku post station on the Nakayama Road (one of the five great roads of the Edo period) to Kasatori Pass. The Avenue of Pines is about 2 kilometers long with about 60 pines. It is said that in 1602, the shogunate distributed 753 pine seedlings to the Komoro clan and that they were planted in the surrounding villages. The pines are anywhere from 150 to more than 300 years old, and even now, one can appreciate that classic scenery. The Avenue of Pines has been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument, and it is being protected and enhanced as part of Matsu Namiki Park.
  • Aoyagi-juku Post Town
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    Nagano Pref. Higashichikumagunchikuhokumura Sakakita
    "This former site of a post town is located in Aoyagi, Chikuhoku Village, Higashichikuma County. It was originally built during as a samurai town during Japan's feudal period by the Aoyagi Clan, which ruled the area at the time. It would later be developed as a post town on the Zenkoji Highway by Ishikawa Yasunaga, the lord of Matsumoto Castle. Even now, visitors can see the traces of the district's days as a post town in its stone walls, the aqueducts that run below them, and the hanging lanterns? that are lit at night. A reenactment of a ""Kitsune no Yomeiri"" (fox's wedding procession) parades through the district's streets once every seven years during the annual festival of Satoboinari Shrine."
  • Mt. Nagamine Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Azumino Akashina Nakagawa Te 6805-184
    An observatory situated on top of 933-meter-high Mt. Nagamine in Nakagawate, Akashina, Azumino City. Built using local lumber, from the observatory visitors can enjoy a panoramic view encompassing the Northern Japan Alps and rural scenery of Azumino.
  • Mochizuki-shuku
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Mochizuki
    "This area was once the 25th station counting from Edo of the 69 stations of the old Nakasendo Road. ""Mochizuki"" is an old term which refers to the 15th day of the lunar month, a name it gained because the area made many gifts of horses on the harvest moon during the Nara and Heian periods. During the Edo period, the area was a post station town bustling with travelers and possessed an official honjin government inn, waki-honjin sub-inn, taverns, and wholesalers, and even today traces of this time can be found at every turn. The Mochizuki History Folklore Archives was opened on the site of the former honjin and here visitors can learn about the history and culture of the Mochizuki area. The Sanayama House, an inn and wholesaler's at the time, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property."
  • 2307 Mt. YOKOTE Manten View Terrace
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen Yokote
  • Wasabi Field Path
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Azumino Hotaka 3640 Daio WASABI Nojo
  • Narai Kiso Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Narai 1346-3
    A traditional Japanese arched bridge spanning the clear Narai River in Narai-juku, Shiojiri City. The beautiful bridge is made entirely of hinoki cypress and is one of the largest of its kind not using bridge piers in Japan. Today, the bridge connects National Route 19 (the Nakasendo Road) and Narai-juku. The complex structure of the arching bridge pairs well with the surrounding townscape, which still looks much as it did in the Edo period. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, a lush riverside park and expansive grass lawn park are also located nearby. The bridge is lit up at night from early April to late November, enabling visitors to enjoy a fairytale-like aspect of the bridge which contrasts with its daytime majesty.
  • Kisohirasawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Kisohirasawa
    This town, located in the center of Nagano Prefecture, developed on the large curve of the Narai River's flood plain in the south-central part of what is now Shiojiri City crisscrossed by the river and the Nakasendo Road. People have lived in the region since ancient times, but it began being maintained as a part of the Nakasendo Road by the Tokugawa shogunate government in 1602. The many highly distinctive buildings in the area speak of its history as a center for lacquer work. The town's main street is occupied by many store buildings and is connected directly to the Kinsai-cho neighborhood where artisans gathered, resulting in a townscape deeply colored by a history as a location where the entire lacquer work process, from production to sale, was conducted.
  • Nozoki
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen Yokoteyama
    An observatory and parking area located a 50-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. Situated part way up Mt. Yokote, the Yokoteyama Skylator and Yokoteyama Lift operating just beyond the parking area can be used to reach the top of the mountain. The observatory is the perfect place from which to take in the abundant natural beauty and seasonal scenery of the Shiga Highlands. In fall, vivid autumn foliage delights the eyes of the many tourists who come here. The observatory is closed in winter but visitors can enjoy snowy landscapes if snow happens to accumulate in the area before this time.
  • Goriyaku Walking Course
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao
  • Tsuboniwa Nature Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Chino-shi Kitayama 4035-2541

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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