Best Places to Visit in February in Japan 2020

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During the winter, many people visit Nagano, which is one of the most beautiful places in Japan. In this article, we’ll introduce below 4 places where we strongly recommend you go to in February Nagano, Japan.

There are beautiful views and Japanese traditional culture. You may want to come to Nagano and Japan after reading this article!

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park|Japan’s February ContentⅠ

Jigokudani(地獄谷) is the valley located in the North area in Nagano. In this valley, there are sheer cliffs and much smokes. So people have called this valley Jigoku (Jigoku means hell) Dani(It means Valley). 

The good point in this area is that you can see Japanese monkeys. These monkeys charm point is a pink face. Not only you can see wild monkeys but you can do Wild monkeys taking a hot spring! They are cute because of a pink face. You can also watch more pretty monkeys since their faces are turning red while they are taking a hot spring. 


To go to Jigokudani by bus, It takes 40 minutes from Nagano station. 


Lake Suwa|Japan’s February ContentⅡ

Lake Suwa

Leke Suwa(諏訪湖) is the lake located in Suwa city where the city is a south area in Nagano. In this lake, beautiful scenery is seen as a sea. Lake Suwa is 13.3 k㎡, which is famous for “Kimiinonawa”, Japanese anime movie. So many people want to come to this lake. 

During February, there is a fantastic phenomenon in Lake Suwa. Because of shrinking and enlarging, the surface of Ice is broken and crack starts to arise. This straight crack road is named ”Omiwatari(御神渡り)”. This road is beautiful and fantastic. If you can see Omiwatari, you are so lucky because Omiwatari has occurred about once in three years. 

You can go to Lake Suwa in 40 minutes by train from Matsumoto station.


Emuwave Arena|Japan’s February ContentⅢ


Emuwave(エムウェーブ) is one of the biggest arenas in Nagano. In 1998, the Olympic was held in this arena and many foreign athletes used Emuwave. Many people come to Emuwave to enjoy playing skate.  It’s impressed to play skate in the former Olympic location.

Emuwave is located in Nagano city(a big city in Nagano). So you can go easily.

→Let’s Take a Look at The Venue Where the Nagano Olympics (長野オリンピック) Was Held in Winter!

Kamakura no Sato, Igloo Snowhouse Festival|Japan’s February Content Ⅳ

Snow festival in Iiyama city, Nagano

Kamakura no Sato(かまくらの里) is in Iiyama city which is a north area in Nagano. Kamakura is a Japanese traditional dome made from snow. Temperature is very low in winter but it is warmer in a dome unless the materials of Kamakura are snow. 

In Kamakuranosato, there are many domes with candles and lights. You can eat food in the domes and enjoy fantastic Kamakura with candles.

Nozawa Onsen|Japan’s February Content Ⅴ

Nozawa Onsen(野沢温泉) is well renowned in Japan. Nozawa Onsen is located at the foot of Kenashi mountain which has a resource (gensen) at its center. Nozawa Onsen is a popular hot spring health. There are 13 atmospheric public bathhouses called Soto-yu in the Onsen district.

→The Best 11 Things To Do in Nozawa Onsen

→Where to go in January in Nagano-Onsen & Illumination & Skiing!-

You want to see beautiful views in Japan?

We are happy for you to want to visit Japan. There are so many enjoyable places in Japan. You want to know more about Nagano, the following articles are helpful.

→The best things to do in Nagano in the Winter


The characteristic points of Nagano prefecture are a fusion between affluent nature and Japanese traditional lifestyle. Nagano is constructed in many town and village, where have originality. These regions have a different history, different culture, different nature, we can feel a side of Nagano as a treasure box.

Northern Alps in Nagano


”NAGANO TRIP” is sightseeing contents site to offer tourist information about Nagano prefecture in Japan. People who are interested in Nagano can learn and know about sightseeing contents before visit Nagano. In addition, visitor can learn and enjoy while traveling and after the trip.

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