When you visit Nagano prefecture where is a center of Japanese map, we strongly recommend 10 places. Maybe you think “I don’t want to visit famous sightseeing place”. However, if you don’t want to visit below 10 places, you certainly regret after finish NAGANO TRIP! Please find out why popular sightseeing places are popular !? Don’t worry, you will have a valuable and special experience.

SNOW MONKEY PARK

Snow Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) is only one spot in the world that we can look at monkeys who take an Onsen (hot spring). There is the park in Yamanouchi town in north area in Nagano prefecture.

Recently, the park is well known most popular destination for foreign tourists in winter season’s Nagano. A lot of monkeys in the onsen may wait that you come!

snow monkey at winter in yamanoushi town in nagano
ADDRESSShimotakai District, Yamanochi, Hirao, 6845
CATEGORYOnsen and Animal
BEST SEASONWinter
HOURS8:30 ~ 17:30 (April ~ October) 
9:30 ~ 16:00 (November ~ March)
CLOSEDEvery day open!
ACCESSAbout 1 hour from Yudanaka Station.
PARKINGFree

TOGAKUSHI SHRINE

Togakushi shrine in Nagano

Togakushi(戸隠) is visited about 1.5 million tourists every year, so popular destination in Nagano. The temperature in summer season is lower than metropolitan. Togakushi is well known as a cool place in the summer season. Togakusshi is at high elevation, so UV light is higher than it is at a lower elevation.

There is 5 shrines are called Togakushi Shine (Togakushi jinja) (戸隠神社). These shrines were constructed for 2000 years ago. This place is famous as a power spot. If you can all shrines, probably you will get good things.

ADDRESS3506, Togakushi, Nagano City, Nagano prefecture
CATEGORYHistoric Place
SEASONSummer ~ Autumn
PARKINGThere are both free and paid parking.
ACCESSThe city center of Nagano to Togakushi about 40 minutes by car.

ZENKOJI TEMPLE

Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Zenko-ji temple (善光寺) is one of the most famous temples in Japan. This temple’s Honzon (principal image of Buddha) is Amida Nyorai statue from China. However, this culture originally came from India. The main shrine of Zenko-ji that was built in 1707, has registered a national treasure. There are many hospices and eating establishments and souvenir shops aside from the main street to the main shrine. It is exposed to the public once every 7 years. This event is called “Gokai-Cho (御開帳)”

ADDRESS 491 Naganomotoyoshicho, Nagano, 380-0851
CATEGORY Historic Place
SEASON All Season
PARKING There are a lot of pay parking
ACCESS

BESSHO ONSEN (HOT SPRING)

Kitamuki Shrine in ueda, nagano

Situated in Ueda city. A short train ride from Ueda Station is Bessho Onsen (別所温泉). This onsen is one of the oldest hot spring in Nagano. In addition, there are some historical important monument “Anraku-Ji Temple” “Kitamuki-Kannon” and much more…

ADDRESSBessho Onsen1853-3, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture
CATEGORY Onsen (Hot Spring)
BEST SEASON All
HOURSBessho Onsen Area-All day
Kitamuki Kannon―All day
Anrakuji Temple
8:00~17:00 (March~October) 
8:00~16:00 (November~February)
PARKINGThere is a pay parking lot.
PRICEKitamuki-Kannon-Free
Anrakuji Temple-Adult:300 yen Under 15 years old:100 yen

SHIRAKOMA LAKE

SHirakoma pond in nagano

Shirakoma Lake (Shirakoma Pond) (白駒池) is located in the east area in Nagano prefecture. Recently, Shirakoma lake is well known as a represent photogenic place in Nagano. Visitor can look a sea of clouds and daylight at morning from Takami Ishi where is 40 minutes by walk from Shirakoma lake. By the way, a lot of moss grow in colonies around Shirakoma Pond. Unfortunately, access is not good from near the city center, but Shirakoma lake has a value that you drive about 1 hour from the city center of Chino town.

ADDRESSYakori, Sakuho, Minamisaku District, Nagano 384-0704
CATEGORY Nature
BEST SEASON Summer ~ Autumn
PARKING 500 yen / 1h 200 cars
ACCESS1 hour by car from the city center of Chino city

KARUIZAWA RESORT

precent in aruizawa nagano

Karuizawa (軽井沢) is one of the most popular resorts located only one hour from Tokyo. Karuizawa has been known as a somewhere cool to stay and relax since about 1886. In the present day, the new places, such as a Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza outlet mall, Hoshino resort, and the Church Street Karuizawa have come to be known.

ADDRESSKaruizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano 389-0102
CATEGORYA historic site, Resort place
SEASONAll
PARKINGThere are a lot of parking

HAKUBA MOUNTAIN RESORT

Come on a green season! Iwatake mountain is well known as a winter season resort. Today, we will report Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort (白馬岩岳) that is opened while spring to autumn.

Visitor can look a panorama view by only one gondola. There are some must-see sights! We recommend a couple and family spot!

ADDRESS Hokujo, Hakuba, Kitaazumi District, Nagano 399-9301
CATEGORYNature
OPEN HOURS8:30 ~ 17:00
OPEN PERIOD 2019 April 27th to November 10th
PARKING1,300 cars
GONDOLA FEE Adult: 1,800 yen
Child: 1.000 yen
Pet: 600 yen
GONDOLA (LAST TIME GO TO DOWN) 16: 50

MATSUMOTO CASTLE

Matsumoto-jo castle in nagano

Matsumoto-jo Castle(松本城) is a Japanese-style castle built about 400 years ago. You can take a beautiful pictures Matsumoto-jo Castle with cherry blossoms and the Northern Alps.

ADDRESS4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto, Nagano
CATEGORYHistoric site
BEST SEASONAll
PERKINGCity parking (not free)

NARAI-JUKU POST TOWN

Narai-juku Historic Post town

Narai-Juku (奈良井宿) is a Japanese traditional townscape. Samurai period(Edo (Tokyo〕 era 1603-1868), this area was one of the main ways (this way was called Nakasendo) to transport from Kyoto to Edo(Tokyo). We can look a state of remaining Japanese traditional townscape and feel a historical atmosphere.

Kiso-shikki Souvenir

If you buy a souvenir at Narai-Juku, you should buy ”Kiso lacquerware (木曽漆器)” which is a Japanese craft. There are a lot of repertories. For example, Chopsticks, Souupbowl, and much more.

ADDRESSShiojiri City
CATEGORYHistoric townscape
BEST SEASONAll
PERKINGFree parking (91 cars)

TSUMAGO-JUKU POST TOWN

Tsumago-juku post town in nagano

Tsumago-juku post town (妻籠宿) is located in Nagiso town in Nagano. During the Edo period, traveler, merchant, administrator used transport Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto. We can look a state of remaining Japanese traditional townscape and feel a historical atmosphere.

ADDRESS2159-2 Azuma Nagiso-machi,Kiso-gun, Nagano-ken
CATEGORYHistoric townscape
BEST SEASONAll
PARKINGThere is a pay parking lot (500 yen).
PRICEFree

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