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Nagano
Travel Guide

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Enjoy vegetarian food and go skiing in this scenic mountain region, explore the ancient wooden Zenkoji Temple and historic castle, and hear legends of ninja warriors.

Nagano, on Japan’s main island Honshu, is the capital city of the prefecture of the same name. The city is most famous as being the home of the Zenkoji Temple, a national treasure. Visit this important site of pilgrimage, but also be sure to make the most of the region’s other attractions. At the nearby mountains, go skiing or see macaque monkeys bathe in hot springs. Learn about the culture of the samurai warriors and view 300-year-old chestnut and beech trees in Oku Susobana Natural Park.

Visit the grand complex of the Zenkoji Temple to see one of the largest wooden temples in Japan. The main temple dates back to the seventh century and is said to house a very early Buddha statue.

Take the train to the castle town in the suburb of Matsushiro to see the legacy of a 17th-century warlord. Discover the samurai way of life at the Sanada and Yokota Residences and the Sanada Treasure Museum. Explore a bunker which hid the Emperor and government during World War II.

At the Togakure Ninpo Museum, try your hand at shuriken throwing like a ninja. Navigate mazes and secret doors and learn about Nishina Daisuke, a samurai who created his own style of ninjutsu.

Head to the nearby Joshinetsu Kogen National park and marvel at the snow monkeys in the hot springs of the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Yamanouchi. At the onsen (traditional Japanese resorts) in the area you can enjoy the thermal pools for yourself. In winter, choose from over 20 ski resorts to carve up the snow on the nearby Shiga plateau.

Nagano is about a 2-hour train journey from Tokyo. Its central transport hub provides good connections to the major attractions in and around the city. Hire a car to explore the countryside. Join mushroom and fruit-picking expeditions or visit a local miso manufacturer. Nagano has a long history of catering for Zenkoji Temple’s Buddhist monks, so vegetarians will want to linger in this scenic area.

Where to stay in Nagano

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
3.5 out of 5
1346 Minami-ishido-cho, Nagano, Nagano-ken
The price is Rs4,122 per night from 6 Jun to 6 Jun
Located in the heart of Nagano, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Zenko-ji Temple and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum. M-Wave Olympic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"I didn’t stay long but it was comfortable and very close to train station."

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Zenkojiguchi (former Hotel Sunroute Nagano)
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Zenkojiguchi (former Hotel Sunroute Nagano)
3 out of 5
1356 Suehiro-cho, Nagano, Nagano
The price is Rs4,612 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in the heart of Nagano, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Saiho-ji Temple and Zenko-ji Temple. M-Wave Olympic Memorial Arena and Nagano Olympic Stadium ...
4.2/5Excellent! (472 reviews)
"Room was clean and staff very attentive"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Zenkojiguchi (former Hotel Sunroute Nagano)
Mielparque Nagano Hotel
Mielparque Nagano Hotel
3.5 out of 5
752-8, Tsurugatakahata, Nagano, Nagano-ken
The price is Rs5,347 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Kurita, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Saiko-ji Temple and within 3 miles (5 km) of Zenko-ji Temple and M-Wave Olympic Memorial Arena. Saisho-in ...
4.2/5Very Good! (75 reviews)
"Traditional Japanese rooms at its best. Place is a bit dated but well kept. Nice to experience the Japanese lifestyle. Beautiful onsen on the 10th floor - complimentary for guests. Hotel is only a 5 min walk from Nagano Station."

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Mielparque Nagano Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Powdersuites
Powdersuites
4 out of 5
27066-13 Kamishiro, Hakuba, Nagano-ken
The price is Rs25,089 per night from 15 May to 15 May
Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Hakuba cottage is situated in the mountains within 2 miles (3 km) of Hakuba Valley Ski Area, Hakuba Goryu Ski ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
"The communications were clear and prompt. We were picked up from the bus station despite arriving at Hakuba around 10.30pm. The property is also equipped with amenities that one can reasonably expect."

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2019

Powdersuites
Mizuho Chalet
Mizuho Chalet
3 out of 5
3393, Hokujyo, Hakuba, Nagano
The price is Rs24,262 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Situated in Hakuba, this chalet is within a 15-minute walk of Hakuba Valley Ski Area and Happo-one Adam Gondola. Hakuba Saegusa Art Museum and Hakuba Olympic ...
Mizuho Chalet
The Ridge Hotel & Apartments
The Ridge Hotel & Apartments
4 out of 5
4608 Oaza Hokujoh, Kitaazumi-gun, Hakuba-mura, Hakuba, Nagano-ken
Located near the slopes, this Hakuba aparthotel is situated in the mountains and within 1 mile (2 km) of Hakuba Mini Train Park, Hakuba Valley Ski Area and Happo-one ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Nice clean large rooms with large windows with nice views of surrounding forest and Happo-One. Right across the street from ski rental shop (Rhythm) and very short drive to ski lifts. Staff very helpful and courteous. The only downside was the closed hotel restaurant during my stay due to COVID-19 ..."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

The Ridge Hotel & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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