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Surrounded on all four sides by 3000+ meter tall mountains, Nagano prefecture is called the “Roof of Japan.” The 1998 Winter Olympics and Paralympics were hosted in this world-class snow resort area. Hakuba, Shiga Kogen Heights, and Nozawa Onsen have continued to attract winter sports enthusiasts every year since. Approximately 20% of Nagano is Natural Park land. But Nagano is not only popular for skiing and winter sports, Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park is the only place in the world where you can see wild monkeys bathing in an onsen (hot spring) in the winter months. In summer, Karuizawa is one of Japan’s most popular resort towns. A trip to the Edo-era post town of Tsumago-juku gives you the feeling of having stepped back in time, and, of course, visiting the national treasure Matsumoto Castle is a must. The mix of history, inspiring nature, adventure, and relaxation make Nagano the perfect destination for creating lifelong memories.

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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle, a recognized National Treasure, is the oldest castle in Japan.Read more

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Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in northern Nagano is famous for its wild monkeys bathing in hot springs during the cold winter.Read more

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Karuizawa Ginza

This main street of Karuizawa, Nagano, is generally called Kyu-karu Ginza or Karuizawa Ginza.Read more

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Ogama Hot Spring

Ogama is the hottest hot spring in Nozawa Onsen, with a temperature of about 90 degrees Celsius. Although it is too hot to bathe in, visitors can c...Read more

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Nawate-dori Shopping Street

Lined with traditional craft, confection, and antique shops, Nawate-dori is a shopping street near Matsumoto Castle. Here, visitors can find plenty...Read more

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Mampei Hotel

This hotel was founded in 1894 and has been hosting famous people ever since it opened. From diplomats to prime ministers and musicians, some of it...Read more

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