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  • Lake Suwa
    Travel / Tourism
    Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture
    Lake Suwa, the largest lake in Shinshu, has a circumference of about 16 kilometers. Here you can enjoy lengthy walks and jogging as well as pleasure cruises and boat trips on the lake. From autumn through to winter keen anglers can fish for wakasagi (a variety of smelt). The Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival, one of Japan’s largest firework displays, is held at the lake in summer with an incredible 40,000 fireworks lighting up the night sky. The huge fireworks display unsurprisingly attracts huge numbers of people each year.
  • Suwa Taisha (Suwa Grand Shrine) Kamisha Honmiya
    431 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Nakasu 1
    Suwa Taisha (Suwa Grand Shrine) Kamisha Honmiya, one of the oldest shrines in the country and the head shrine of over 10,000 Suwa shrines throughout Japan, has no main building, but only a “heihaiden” and a “katahaiden,” a unique style known as the Suwa style. Many precious buildings remain, and six of them are registered as Important Cultural Properties. In olden times, people worshiped at Suwa Myojin to pray to the guardian deities of wind, water, and the harvest, as well as brave men. Nowadays, it is believed to house the deity that guards life and livelihood. It’s about five minutes from the Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.

    Parts of the Suwa Taisha shrine complex date back to the 7th century and possibly earlier. The shrines honour the gods of agriculture, hunting, and fertility. There are many differing legends, myths...

  • Venus Line
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kurumayama-kogen SKYPARK Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama 3413
    Because of the high altitude of this ski resort the quality of the snow is good and the slopes are always kept in prime condition. The weather is almost always good and from the top of the mountain and slopes views can be had of the Shinshu mountains. Slopes are designed so that both beginners and advanced skiers can enjoy themselves to the max. When spring comes the Natsuyama Observatory Lift starts running. You can enjoy all the wild plants and trekking on the highland plateau. The sunrise unkai (sea of clouds) lift from where you can see a sea of cloud from the summit at 1925 meters is also very popular.
  • Suwa Grand Shrine Kamisha Maemiya
    76 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Miyagawa 2030
    One of the shrine buildings on the grounds of Suwa Grand Shrine standing along National Route 152 in Miyagawa, Chino City. Suwa Grand Shrine is the head shrine of all Suwa Shrines in the country. The area where this shrine building is located is believed to be the location where the god worshipped by these shrines, Suwa Daimyojin, first took up residence, and as such can be considered the origin point of the Suwa faith.

    There are 4 shrine in Suwa city, and this is the one of the biggest shrine in those 4 suwataisha. I like the approach way to reach the main building of the old shrine, as it preserves very ancient...

  • Takabocchi Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Kataoka
    A highland situated along the Takabocchi Skyline road in Kataoka, Shiojiri City. Sprawling at the foot of 1,665-meter-tall Mt. Takabocchi, the highland is a renowned picturesque destination and offers a 360 panoramic view of the area, including Lake Suwa, Yatsugatake, Mt. Fuji, and the Akaishi Mountains.
  • Kita Yatsugatake Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama 4035-2541
    This large ropeway, able to carry 100 people, is located at the northern tip of the Yatsugatake mountain range and connects Mt. Kita Yokodake and Mt. Shimagare. It takes about seven minutes to reach Yokodake-Tsuboniwa summit station with an altitude of 2237 meters from the station at the base of the mountain with an altitude of 1771 meters. The magnificent view of the mountains seen from the gondola window is spectacular, and is especially popular among mountaineers.
  • Suwa Grand Shrine Shimosha Akimiya
    116 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suwagunshimosuwamachi 5828
    A Shinto shrine located in Shimosuwa Town, Suwa County, Nagano Prefecture. The Akimiya is one of six shrines which comprise Suwa Grand Shrine, the head shrine of some 25 thousand Suwa shrines located across the country. Worshipped for providing abundant harvests and granting bravery since ancient times, in recent times the shrine has also come to be worshipped for protecting life and livelihood. The Kagura-den hall, with an eye-catching giant rope hanging in front, and the two-storied Heihai-den (worship and offering hall) are designated Important Cultural Properties. Other shrine highlights include the Neiri no Sugi, an 800-year old Japanese cedar tree. The shrine is famous for the Ombashira Festival held every seven years, as well as the Boat Festival (Ofune Matsuri) held on August 1.


  • Narai-juku (post town)
    321 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Narai
    Long ago, the Nakasendo was an important highway connecting Edo and Kyoto, and many travelers stopped at the post town of Narai-juku before or after crossing the Torii Pass following this route. The post town once prospered due to the many people moving along the highway, and the town was even described as “Narai Sen-ken” (1,000 buildings of Narai). Narai was quite large, and divided into three districts—uptown, midtown, and downtown, and today the townscape remains mostly unchanged from its heyday. In 1978, the post town was designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

    Serene small village with a row of Edo period buildings consisting shoplots, temples and houses. I arrived at 4:30pm and most shops are closed. The night view of the wooden bridge was beautiful.

  • Shirakaba Resort Family Land Ikenotaira
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakuguntateshinamachi Ashitahatsukano 1596
    Shirakaba Resort Family Land Ikenotaira is near Lake Shirakaba and features many facilities besides the theme park attractions, such as an art museum and sports activities. You can bring food and drink onto the premises, and pets are allowed with leashes and cages. There’s an adjoining hotel as well with amenities for nursing children. There’s something for everyone at this nature-surrounded facility regardless of age. It’s about 35 minutes from the Suwa Minami Interchange or Suwa Interchange on the Chuo Expressway.


  • Lake Shirakaba
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama Shirakabako
    Lake Shirakaba, with a circumference of four kilometers, was originally a pond created as a reservoir for farm use. You’ll find an amusement park, golf course, ski resort, hotels, and other facilities around this area, making it one of Shinshu’s top resort spots. Throngs of people visit every year.
  • Bungui Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shimoinagunoshikamura Kashio
    "A pass situated along the Akiha Kaido road in Haseichinose, Ina City. Located directly over the Median Tectonic Line, a large fault zone, the area is said to be a strong mystical ""power spot"" with a zero magnetic field. On weekends and holidays, the area sees many visitors, and accordingly traffic is restricted on nearby roads, requiring visitors to make use of a shuttlebus to reach it."
  • Nakamura Residence
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Narai 311
    The wood manufacturing industries such as comb manufacturing and lacquerware flourished in Narai-juku during the Edo period. The “Nakamura Residence”, which was the residence of Nakamura Rihei who ran a comb wholesalers in Narai-juku is a typical Narai-juku merchant’s style building with the feature of the second floor slightly jutting out (overhanging beam structure). It has been registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of Shiojiri City, and the residence is open to the public as a museum.


  • Nogaike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kaminagunmiyadamura
    This pond on Mt. Kisokoma is a tarn that was carved out by glacial activity along with the surrounding landscape. The scenery reflects beautifully in the surface of the water. To reach Nogaike Pond, you take the Komagatake Ropeway to Senjojiki Station. From there it's a long hike on a mountain trail. Most of it is rugged and there are places where you need to use the attached ropes to climb over bare rock.
  • Takato Castle Ruins (Takato Castle Ruins Park)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Inashi Takatomachihigashitakato
    These castle ruins are located in Higashitakato, Takato-machi, Ina City. Built on a hill surrounded by flatland, the castle was the seat of power of the Takato Clan. It would later end up in the hands of a string of success owners including Takeda, Hoshina, Torii, and Naito clans before being abandoned in 1872. It is best known for being the site of the Battle of Takato Castle between Takeda and Oda forces in 1582. Today, the castle's moat, earthen main gate, and other archeological remnants still remain. The entire area has been developed into the Takato Castle Ruins Park. Famous for its cherry blossoms, the approximately 1,500 Takato kohigan cherries which bloom in the park in the spring have been designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument.
  • Hananoya Shukuba Branch
    2 Reviews
    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Narai 738
    A 10-minute walk from Narai Station on the JR Chuo Main Line. This shop, located in Shiojiri City, specializes in wooden containers and magemono circular boxes. Magemono are made across the country, with each region's bearing a unique design; the shop's magemono have sides made with Kiso hinoki cypress and covers made with Kiso sawara cypress. All of the shop's boxes and containers are handmade, and, as they are used over the years, the lacquer on areas which are frequently touched will gradually grow brighter and change color. Sure to make a delightful souvenir or gift, Kiso magemono boxes are not only beautiful, they're practical as well - when used as a bento box, they keep rice in its optimum state, preserving the flavor and ensuring it tastes delicious even when cold.


  • Fontana del Vino
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Shiojirishi Daimonhachibanchou 9-10
    This casual wine bar located very close to JR Shiojiri Station carries more than 40 types of Shiojiri wine. It features a wine dispenser in which one can pour the brand of wine they want to drink, and part of the appeal is that guests can easily sample small amounts of 30 cubic centimeters. Comparing the tastes of various wines makes it easy to discover one’s favorite brand. Their food menu features an extensive range of items from a la carte dishes to pizza and pasta, and they serve authentic Italian food that uses ingredients produced in Shiojiri as well as other parts of Nagano. Their popular pasta lunch offers excellent value.


  • Maihime Co., Ltd.
    18 Reviews
    Nagano Pref. Suwashi Suwa 2-9-25
    This brewer that was founded in 1894 in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture manufactures and sells sake and liqueurs. Their representative brands are “Shinshu Maihime” and “Suiro.” Using the cool underground water in Kirigamine and carefully selected rice suitable for sake brewing, it continues to make amazing sake bursting with flavor and highly aromatic. Most of the products manufactured by the company line the shop located in a refurbished warehouse, and you can choose your favorite sake while sampling different kinds.

    JR上諏訪駅から徒歩圏内に、諏訪の酒蔵が道路沿いに固まってあり、駅方面から舞姫、麗人、本金、横笛、真澄の酒造五蔵巡りが出来ます。訪問時はあいにく二蔵がお休みでしたが、各蔵自慢のお酒を試飲しながら巡りました。 酒器を販売していたり、ギャラリーや立派な松のある庭を見学できるので、ゆっくり散策することをお勧めします。2000円を出すと、専用の巾着袋とグラスを頂きながら試飲できます。強い人なら相当楽しめる...

  • Manji no Sekubutsu (Stone Buddha)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Suwagunshimosuwamachi Yashiro
    This is a stone Buddhist statue close to Suwataisha Shrine Shimosha Harumiya in Suwa Town, Suwa County, Nagano Prefecture, and since the torso was carved in 1660—the third year of the Manji period—it has become known as Manji. It is said that this statue came about due to a stonemason who wanted to offer a stone Otorii gate to Suwa-taisha Shrine Shimosha Harumiya. When he started to hit a large boulder with a chisel, blood was seen running from the rock. Filled with surprise and fear, the stonemason carved the rock into an image of Amida Nyorai (the Amitabha Buddha). The large stone torso and small head is unusual for a stone Buddhist statue, and is famous for earning high praise from the likes of artist Taro Okamoto.
  • Kobushi-no-yu open-air hot spring
    30 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Komaganeshi Akaho 23-170
    This is a day trip hot spring facility inside the Komagane Kogen Alpine Hill Family Vacation Village in Hayataro Hot Spring, with water from Komagane Highland in Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture. There is a famous rotemburo open-air bath in which bathers can immerse themselves while looking out over the 3,000-meter-high Southern Alps (Akaishi Mountains). There are also rock pools and two types of Japanese cypress baths in perfect harmony with nature, and one can be healed of tiredness while watching magnolia in full bloom in spring or the snowy landscape in winter. It is also equipped with a light meal and rest corner.

    I went here late at night with my friends. Having used the Komagane ropeway, our ticket stub gave us a 50 yen discount into the bath. Its quite a simple onsen, with one inside bath, 2 outside...

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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