Nature Spots in Nagano / Togakushi / Ueda / Bessho Area

  • Sugadaira Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sugadairakougen
    "A highland sprawling at the bases of Mt. Neko and Mt. Azumaya. Situated 1,300 meters above sea level, the area's lush natural scenery and cool climate, even in summertime, has resulted in it being nicknamed the ""Davos of Japan."" There are trekking and hiking course in the area, farms, a comprehensive sports facility, the Radio Observatory, and many other facilities of interest to tourists."
  • Okususobana Nature Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Kinasa
    This nature garden is located in Nagano City. It is known as a famous spot for experiencing nature where you can see beech virgin forests and colonies of skunk cabbage at the headwaters of the Susobana River. There is a promenade in the park where you can enjoy a two to four-hour stroll. The park is open from April until around October and is closed in the winter.
  • Kagami Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Togakushi
    A pond located on the Togakushi Highland which reflects the Togakushi Mountain Range like a mirror. The pure waters of the pond reflect the seasonal beauty of the area; the autumn foliage in fall is particularly beautiful. A hiking trail lets you walk around the area while enjoying the fantastic scenery.
  • Torii Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Shiojiri-shi
  • Karasawa Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Uedashi Sugadairakougen 1223
    Located a five-minute walk away from the Haneo or Besso Iriguchi bus stops or a 25-minute drive from the Ueda Sugadaira Interchange, Karasawa Falls is at the entrance to the Sugadaira Highland, which stretches for 1300 square kilometers in the foothills of Mount Nekodake and Mount Azumaya. The falls are 15 meters high and 10 meters wide, and after a heavy rainfall or other times when the volume of water is high, the falls look like a white curtain. It is attractive for the varying beauty that it exhibits in all seasons: lush greenery in early summer, colorful leaves in the fall. Nearby is Iwakage Iseki, an archeological site from the prehistoric Jomon period.
  • Sashikiri Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Daiza Hoshi Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Shirakabadaira
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Ueda-shi Takeshi
  • Mt. Iizuna
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Nagano-shi Kamiminochi-gun Iizunamachi
  • Okususobana Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Nagano-shi Kinasa
  • Hijiri Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Higashichikuma-gun Omimura
  • Anzu no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chikumashi Mori
    It is said that you can see one hundred thousand trees in a single glance at “Anzu no Sato.”, The apricots blossom fully a little earlier that the cherry blossoms and color the area in a pale shade of pink. The “Anzu Festival” is held every year from the beginning to mid-April and visitors can also buy apricots, apricot flavored sweets and sake.
  • Inagura Rice Terraces
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Lake Hijiri
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Higashichikuma-gun Omimura O
  • YonakOdaibakufu
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Yonako
  • Takeshi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Ueda-shi
  • Kitanomataotaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suzakashi Yonako
  • Obora Takanbaru
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Ogawamura Inaoka
  • Mt.Asahi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Nagano-shi
  • Tsuma Meyama
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Nagano-shi Matsushiromachi Iwano

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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