Now is the best time to see the autumn leaves in their prime at Kozenji Temple and in the Komagane-Kogen area. The Central Alps (part of the Japan Alps), are also visible from...
Nagano is located in the central part of Japan. 2.1 million people live in a good natural environment surrounded by mountains. It is a 1 and half hour distance from Tokyo by bullet train. Its capital city,
Nagano city, is famous for having hosted the 1998 winter Olympic games. It has long been a tourist spot and used to be a temple town of Zenko-ji, but nowadays it is more of a mecca of outdoor sports throughout the year.
The Hakuba and Shiga-kogen ski resorts are popular among foreign visitors, while Nagano also has historical sites such as Zenkou-ji, Matsumoto castle or Togakushi-jinjya.
Karuizawa is well known as a cool resort in the summer. There is a huge outlet shopping mall and also you can enjoy outdoor sports such as climbing, trecking or skiing in the mountain area. Hot springs are also located close to the mountain area.
Let's try and enjoy the Japanese style noodle known as the "Soba".
Other than that, vegetables and fruits grown in this wonderful environment, seasonal mushrooms, river fish and Shinshu beef raised on apples are all local specialities.