Hakuba Valley Introduces All-in-One Ticket System for 2016-17 Ski Season

June 15th, 2016



The Hakuba Valley has announced a new all-in-one ticket and gate system for their 11 ski resorts*. This will allow skiers and snowboarders to move freely between resorts on the same ticket, and with more shuttle buses operating throughout the valley, guests can visit several on the same day with little to no hassle. Tickets can also be recharged via an online web shop, so powder hounds can bypass ticket lines and get on the slopes earlier than ever!

See the Hakuba Valley’s Press Release for more information.

*During the 2016-17 season, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, and Hakuba Norikura will use the all-in-one ticketing system. Cortina, Hakuba Sanosaka, Jiigatake, Yanaba and Kashimayari are scheduled to implement the system after the 2017-18 season.

Plant Trees with Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Ebizo

June 3rd, 2016

With today’s climate worries, it’s more important than ever to give back to the environment. This June in Nagano, the Abmori project will be planting trees in the Shigakogen area of Yamanouchi. In their first two events, they planted over 18500 trees with 2100 participants. If you’re free, consider giving them a hand and get a chance to meet one of Japan’s famous Kabuki actors! Read the Abmori project’s message below for more information:

Ichikawa Ebizo, founder of the Abmori project, diligently planting trees in Yamanouchi.

With a theme of growing “Life-preserving Forests,” Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo will be planting trees in the Yamanouchi Shigakogen area this June. Participation is free, so why not join him and plant trees together? After tree-planting, you can enjoy locally-produced 100% apple juices and curry made with Shigakogen’s own Nemagari bamboo shoots (a small fee may apply).

Nagano prefecture remains unaffected by the Kumamoto earthquakes

April 19th, 2016

The Nagano area has not been affected by the series of earthquakes centered in Kumamoto prefecture. Shinkansen and local trains between the Nagano and Osaka-Nagoya areas are operating on schedule, and highways conditions are normal. You can still safely enjoy travel throughout Nagano prefecture and visit our many sightseeing spots and facilities.

For access information, see this page of our website.

The Japanese National Travel Organization (JNTO) is providing information about the effects of the Kumamoto earthquake on transportation and sightseeing areas. For more information, please see JNTO’s official website.

【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Summer fun in Nagano!

April 5th, 2016

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April.5 2016

Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
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In this issue, please find our recommendations for Nagano’s summer specials (from June to September).
Lingering fog in early morning, whispers of evening cicadas in late afternoon, and stars falling from the sky at night… At such times of the day In summer in Nagano, you can feel time goes by more mystically, and how fresh and cool it is even in the summer. During the day, please also enjoy out-of-the-ordinary under the blue sky with mushrooming white storm cloud and the glaring sun.

Please read this month’s email newsletter, and come to Nagano to enjoy cool winds. Enjoy “cool summer funs” in the great nature of Nagano, and you will not be able to remember the heat in the big city anymore. The nature in Nagano is a treasure trove of activities. Please enjoy the great nature in Nagano. ♪

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・・・〵・・・〵・・・Come to Refreshing Nagano to Cool Off・・・〳・・・〳・・・

Enchanted by Mountains: Journey to Nagano to Experience Mountains・・・・
✣❤✣✣❤ Summer Activities to Enjoy Mountains in Nagano ❤✣✣❤✣

◆◇◆ VISIT Active Shinshu

http://nagano.visit-town.com/active (Japanese)

◆◇◆ goat, Nagano Outdoor Activity Guide

http://nagano-outdoor.com/ (Japanese)

◆◇ Let’s Enjoy Cycling

♪Cycling events to feel the great nature with your five senses: Please see the information sheet for details.

♪Lake Nojiri Cycling Course: Lake Nojiri used to be called Lake Shinano-jiri (End of Shinano=Nagano), and was later shortened. It is also known as Lake Confederate Rose because of its shape. Please see the information sheet for details.

◆◇ Let’s Enjoy Trekking

Hear the birds sing and winds blow, and you will be comforted. Take one big breath, and every part of your body will be filled with the fresh scent of the forest.

♪Shiga Highlands Guided Trekking Tours: Please see the information sheet for details.

♪Trekking on Therapy Roads in Shinano Town: Please see the information sheet for details.

♪Come to see Skunk Cabbage Festival at Tsugaike Nature Park via gondola and ropeway. You can also enjoy the landscape of the Northern Alps, pretty alpine flowers and trekking. Please see the information sheet for details.

♪Recommended trekking courses to beginners and children, where you can also enjoy alpine flowers in each season: Please see the information sheet for details.

◆◇ Let’s Enjoy Wide Open Sky

Trekking is one way to enjoy summer mountains, but how about casual sky walking on a ropeway that takes you to the mountaintop sky-high that you have always dreamed of?

♪World’s Largest Ropeway and SORA Terrace’s Magnificent Scenery Above the Clouds: Please see the information sheet for details.
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♪Senjojiki Cirque and Mt. Komagatake

Ride the Chuo Alps Komagatake Ropeway, and visit Senjojiki Cirque 2,600m above sea level, where 150 kinds of alpine flowers are in full bloom in July and August. We recommend the one-hour-long walking trail, where you can see Mt. Hokendake right in front of you, and have distant views of the Southern Alps and Mt. Fuji. If you would like to be active and challenge the 2-hour trip to Mt. Komagatake (one-way), please ask for a local mountain guide.

http://www.chuo-alps.com/

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◆◇ Lured by the Night Forest, Let’s Reach the Stars in the Sky

♪ Go into the silent, peaceful night. Enjoy a night hike in Takamine Highlands under the skyful of twinkling stars.

Please see the information sheet for details.

♪ Take the gondola, and join Japan’s best Starry Night Tour.

http://sva.jp/vixen/ (Japanese)

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Visit a Fruit Farm, and Pick Delicious Taste of Summer

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Nagano is home to diverse vegetables and fruit throughout the year. Why don’t you visit a verdant farm full of sunshine, and enjoy fruit picking?

【1】Cherries   ☆★Mid-June ~ Mid-July

Location: Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet

【2】Blueberries  ☆★Early July ~ Early September

Location: Matsui Farm Information Sheet

Location: Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet

Location: Shinanomachi Town Information Sheet

Location: Sonosato Blueberry Farm Information Sheet

【3】Grapes   ☆★Late August ~ Late October

Location: Shiozaki Farm, Iiyama City, Information Sheet

【4】Apples   ☆★Early August ~ Early December

Location: Matsui Farm Information Sheet

Location: Shiozaki Farm, Iiyama City, Information Sheet

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Let’s Enjoy a Midsummer Night!

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Your trip in Nagano will end with the season’s fireworks shot from the riverside, painting the summer night sky and river water with bright colors, and echoing throughout the surrounding mountains. The sound of clattering wooden sandals stirs nostalgia of summer in Japan.
【1】During the Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival on August 15 each year, over 40,000 flowers of fire bloom and light up the evening sky and the lake. All Japan New Fireworks Competition is also held in Suwa every year on the first Saturday of September, where fireworks artists from all over Japan gather to display their unconventional and original ideas and skills. Apart from these two large-scale events, 800 fireworks are launched every night from late July to the end of August on Lake Suwa.

http://www.suwakanko.jp/ (Japanese)

http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (English)

【2】Mikoshi Carrying at Komoro City Festival

See Information Sheet

【3】Lake Nojiri Floating Lanterns and Fireworks Festival

See Information Sheet

【4】Iiyama Lantern Festival

See Information Sheet

【5】Shibu Onsen Summer Festival

See Information Sheet

【6】Komoro Dokansho Festival

See Information Sheet

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Today I sent information about Nagano’s various summer activities. I hope you enjoyed it.
I would like to say this again: Nagano’s summer is SO refreshing. It does not get muggy, since there is no humidity. During the morning walk by the stream, you will feel the air so clear, and hear the stream murmur in the morning stillness. What luxury! And the water coming out of the faucet is cold even in the summer. Please feel the blessings of nature throughout your body!
I have lived in Nagano for 25 years now. In the summer, my neighbors leave fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants and other fresh vegetables at the entrance of our home. On my way home from a bicycle ride with my child, I met a friend, who gave me sweet-smelling peaches. Such a relationship is so rare in big cities, and makes me feel so comforted.
As I provide you with Nagano’s tourism info, I come to find more beauties of Nagano each time, and there is a lot more in Nagano. I almost wish I could keep all information to myself, since Nagano is so comforting, but I know it is not fair. I will continue to share the blessings of the great nature of Nagano with all of you!

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Launch of our renewed website!

March 31st, 2016

Nagano Prefecture’s official foreign language tourism website, Go-Nagano, is proud to announce the launch of our renewed website. The new site features an expanded number of area descriptions in the Highlights section as well as event and seasonal (cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn) information. We hope the new site will make it even easier to plan your visit to Nagano.

Bus Timetables Now Available on Go! Nagano

February 3rd, 2016
Timetables for many popular tourism destinations are already available.

Timetables for many popular tourism destinations are already available.

Go! Nagano Bus Timetables

A new section has been added to Go! Nagano’s Useful Trip Information to include bus timetables throughout the prefecture. Currently there are timetables for major sights in Northern, Eastern, Central Nagano and the Kiso Valley, and areas of Suwa and Southern Nagano will be soon to follow.

Bus timetables change periodically and sometimes for each season, so be sure that the timetable’s dates match your itinerary! Full timetables for areas such as Kamikochi can be seen by clicking the link provided to the Original Japanese timetables.

If you can’t find a bus for your destination or have suggestions for our timetables page, please let us know at go-nagano@pref.nagano.lg.jp

【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Winter fun in Nagano!

January 21st, 2016

Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 3
         January 20, 2016
    Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office, Nagano Prefecture

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Hello, everyone!

Thank you so much for reading Nagano’s official email newsletters.
In this issue, please find our recommendations for Nagano’s spring specials (from March to May).

The ski season has finally started in Nagano, and many people are enjoying it right now. When spring comes, snow melts and trees start to bud. In around mid-March, you start to hear flower reports one by one. Pheasant’s-eyes that put their little heads through the snow, and eranthis pinnatifidas (Setsubun-sou, “end of winter flower,” in Japanese) herald the arrival of long-awaited spring. After mid-April, the sun starts to get stronger day by day, and the Cherry Blossom Front, which was in the southern tip of Japan, quickly moves up northward, covering Nagano with cherry colors. It is a true joy of Nagano to see plum, cherry, peach blossoms as well as canolas and daffodils bloom all at once against the backdrop of blue skies and ridgelines of mountains capped with white snow. In Nagano, you can also ski in some ski grounds in spring. Only in Nagano you can enjoy spring flowers and mountain snow at the same time!

Please read this month’s email newsletter, and enjoy spring in Nagano feeling spring breeze on your cheeks. I am sure many wonderful people will be waiting for you in Nagano!

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・・・〵・・・〵・・・Spring Journey in Blooming Flowers・・・〳・・・〳・・・   
“Flower Festivals, Spring Festivals… Enjoy Cherry blossoms and snow at the same time!”

✣❤✣✣❤ Colorful Spring Flowers, Spring Festivals with Nostalgic History ❤✣✣❤✣

◆◇ Cherry Blossom Festival
♪Iida City is home to historic cherry trees over 300 years old, and many great cherry trees noted for their beautiful shapes. Some earlier ones start to bloom in late March.
Please see the information sheet for details

♪Takato Castle Park is well-known as one of the three greatest cherry blossom sites in Japan. The whole park site is covered with pink colors during the peak time, visited by many tourists from all over Japan.
Please see the information sheet for details

♪Historic Komoro Castle site Kaikoen Garden is “the castle in Komoro” described in Toson Shimazaki’s poem “Song of a Traveler by the Chikuma River,” and also one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites.
Please see the information sheet for details

♪One thousand cherry trees bloom at Ueda Castle, a great castle from the Warring State Period, covering the whole area. Please enjoy beautiful views of cherry blossoms, against the backdrop of the castle and the water in the moats.
Please see the information sheet for details

♪Garyu Park in Suzaka is famous for its beautiful cherry blossoms, chosen one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites. There are 160 cherry trees around the Ryugaike Lake, and 600 of them in the whole park.
Please see the information sheet for details

♪Yamanouchi is dotted with famous cherry trees including Chitose Cherry Tree over 850 years old. The tree is also called the Ancient Cherry Tree in Uki, and a Cherry Blossom Festival is held during its blooming season.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Rose Festival
♪Rose Festival at Takato Shingwa-no-Oka Rose Garden
Enjoy a variety of roses including hybrid Floribundas in red, yellow, white and peach, and Shukei.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Daffodil Festival
♪Daffodil Festival at Nagano International Music Village
Nagano International Music Village is located on the rolling hills by the Chikuma River. Please enjoy 100,000 bright yellow daffodils.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Azalea Festival
♪Nagiso Mitsuba Azalea Festival in Bright Pink Shades
The whole area of Tempaku Park in Nagiso is covered with beautiful pink colors of 400 Mitsuba azaleas in six varieties.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Ombashira Festival in Iida
♪When you hear the Ombashira Festival, you may think of Suwa City, where the Suwa Grand Shrine is located. However, several districts in Iida City also hold this festival.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Tokimata Hatsuuma Hadaka Festival
♪Please enjoy seeing the spectacular Shinto ritual, where half-naked men carry portable shrines in the shapes of a horse, sake barrel, etc., excitedly crossing the Tenryu River in its icy-cold water.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Iida Oneri Procession Festival
♪This 350-year festival is called Oneri (Procession) Festival because many people come out to downtown Iida and march in procession.
Please see the information sheet for details

◆◇ Ueda Sanada Festival
♪Yukimura Sanada was known as the greatest warrior in Japan, and will be the protagonist of Sanada-maru, NHK’s historical drama series for 2016. Ueda Sanada Festival is a historical reenactment depicting the Sanada Family’s success against the backdrop of their residence, Ueda Castle.
Please see the information sheet for details

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Ski Grounds and Snow Experiences You Can Enjoy Until Spring
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【1】Asama 2000 Park Ski Resort
Please see the information sheet for details
【2】Mt. Takamine Snow Trekking
Please see the information sheet for details 
【3】Spring Skiing at Shiga Highlands and Kita Shiga Highlands
Please see the information sheet for details

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Let’s pick strawberries and enjoy them in season!
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【1】Strawberry Picking in Karuizawa Highlands
Please see the information sheet for details
【2】Strawberry Picking at Komoro Nunobiki Strawberry Farm
Please see the information sheet for details
【3】Strawberry picking is available from January to May at Shiga Agri Park.
Please see the information sheet for details

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In this issue, I introduced flower and spring festivals in Nagano. I hope you liked it!

Of all seasons, I love spring the best. I love spring landscapes, clear air, blue skies, and rain. Spring rain reminds me of my childhood adventures into the forest behind my elementary school. I used to explore it on a rainy day holding an umbrella in my hand. The sound of rain, raindrops gathered on leaves, rain falling from the roof, and falling rain dancing on the river… everything was refreshing and exciting for me. When the rain stopped, the whole world was a new creation. The earth was full of infinite lives. Probably I love Nagano because I found my childhood memories here. Nagano, though simple and rustic, is full of abundant nature, and home of my heart.

Why don’t you experience Nagano with all of your senses too?
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Feel Japan! Nagano 駅すぽ(EXPO) 2016

December 21st, 2015

kacchuFeel Japan! Nagano 駅すぽ(EXPO) 2016 will be held at Nagano station.
You can experience Nagano traditional culture like Shodo, Karate, Shishimai, Kenbu etc.
Here is a detail below.

1. Event name
Feel Japan! Nagano 駅すぽ(EXPO)2016

2.Sponsorship
Nagano Prefectural Government(Nagano regional office)

3.Schedule
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4.Venue
Nagano station

Brochure can be downloaded here.

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【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Winter fun in Nagano!

October 30th, 2015

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Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter vol. 2
October 30, 2015
Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,
Nagano Prefecture

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Hello, every one!
Thank you so much for reading the fall issue of Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter!
Today we will send you great tourism information about the winter season (from December of February) in Nagano.

In Nagano, some mountain tops had the first snowfall in early October, sending us signs of winter. Winter is definitely Nagano’s attraction. We have different winter weather from place to place, because Nagano is 212km long from North to South. For example, Nagano City in the Northern Nagano may be covered with heavy snow on the day Matsumoto in the center of Nagano has cloudy skies and Ina in Southern Nagano has clear, blue skies with warm sunshine. This is what Nagano’s weather is like, with totally different winter facades.
Please read our email newsletter and enjoy Nagano in the winter wonderland~♪。
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・・・〵・・・〵・・・Ski Resorts in Nagano・・・〳・・・〳・・・   
             「Have fun in the winter wonderland How to enjoy winter・・・・」

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 Hakuba Valley is a collection of ski resorts with beautiful snow-covered mountains, and the most popular destination for Australians. Direct bus services are available from Nagano International Airport from December 19~March 8. Visit the Ski Jumping Stadium used during the Nagano Winter Olympics, go up to the start point and share the excitement of the world-class jumpers.
Tourism Commission Of Hakuba Village
http://vill.hakuba.nagano.jp/index2.html (Japanese)
http://www.hakubavalley.com/ (English)
http://www.hakubavalley.com/ko/ (Korean)

Direct bus service from Narita Airport
 http://www.alpico.co.jp/traffic/express/narita_hakuba/en/ (English)

Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort Information Sheet

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Shiga Highlands・Kita Shiga Highlands Areas ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
Shiga Highlands and Kita Shiga Highlands are the ski resorts closest to the Snow Monkey Park, where you can enjoy one of the world’s best powder snow. Their multi-resort lift pass usable at all 19 ski grounds in Shiga Highlands is great for a long stay! From the top of Mt. Yokote (2,307m), you will have a breathtaking view on a clear day, including a distant view of Mt. Fuji.
Shiga Highlands Area •Kita Shiga Highlands Areas (19ski grounds)
Information Sheet
Ryuo Ski Park Information Sheet

Shiga Highlands
http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp.e.qn.hp.transer.com/ (English)

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Ski Resorts for Beginners ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
・・☆★Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resorts
Ride on a Shinkansen and enjoy many ski runs for beginners at Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resorts. Nagano’s largest outlet mall is right next to the resort. Stay at Karuizawa Prince Hotel, and save money!
Information Sheet

・・☆★Ina Ski Resort 
Best ski resort for ski and snowboard beginners, with free lessons for beginners on gentle slopes.
The resort is open at night every day, and a vegetarian menu is available at the restaurant.
Information Sheet

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※Visit the website below, and search hotels Hakuba, Shiga Highlands and Nozawa Onsen areas!
●CLASSIC RESORTS JAPAN●
http://www.snowlove.net/japan/ (English)

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In winter, we have many festivals so fierce and heated that we forget the cold weather. We also have gorgeous festivals surrounded with bright lights. As we wait for arrival of Spring, why don’t we go out and enjoy winter festivals in Nagano, following the lights lighted in many places in the winter wonderland?

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【1】Karuizawa Winter Festival
■ Karuizawa is one of the most famous summer resorts in Japan, but winter is also attractive in this stylish resort town. Events are held in many places in town, and colorful illuminations light up your special time during the Christmas and Valentine’s.
Karuizawa Information Sheet
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【2】Matsumoto Ice Sculpture Festival
■ Visit Matsumoto Castle in the winter, and enjoy ice events including Japan Ice Sculpture Contest and a giant ice slide. The sculptures are illuminated beautifully at night.
https://www.nagano-cvb.or.jp/nagano/sightseeing/E324/05_02_01a_index.html (Japanese/English)
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【3】Iiyama Kamakura Restaurant
■ Kamakura is a small hut made with snow. It is surprisingly warm in the snow hut, and you can enjoy warm dinner inside including hot-pot soup with vegetables and meat.
There are many snow huts on the site, and they look very fantastic when illuminated at night.
Iiyama Information Sheet
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【4】Nozawa Dosojin Fire Festival
■ Nozawa Dosojin Festival is one Japan’s most famous fire festivals, held on January 15 every year. It is a spectacular event where a heated battle is fought between the villagers trying to burn down the makeshift shrine and the defenders. When the shrine catches fire, the festival reaches the climax.
http://www.nozawakanko.jp/spot/dousozin.php (Japanese)
http://nozawakanko.jp/english/event/ (English)
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【5】Eastern Nagano Snowball Fight, Saku Event
■A snowball fight is a sport both adults and children can be crazy about. Winner is decided by a tactical moment during these thrilling games.
Saku Information Sheet
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【6】Nagano Lantern Festival
■ Nagano Lantern Festival started to commemorate Nagano Winter Olympic Games. Zenkoji Temple will be illuminated in five Olympic colors, and many lanterns line the approach to the temple. Please enjoy Buddhist’s vegetarian cuisine and tea and sweets at Shukubo guesthouses run by temples for pilgrims.
https://www.nagano-cvb.or.jp/nagano/sightseeing/E324/05_02_01a_index.html  (Japanese/English)
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【7】Hina Doll Festival with One Thousand Dolls on Thirty Steps
■ March 3 is a special day for girls in Japan, when we display hina dolls dressed in traditional kimono to pray healthy growth of girls. Please visit Suzaka between January and April, where you can meet 6,000 hina dolls made between the Edo era (17~19 centuries) and now.
http://www.culture-suzaka.or.jp/hinamatsuri/ (Japanese)
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【8】Shimotsuki Festival
■ Shimotsuki Festival is an impressive Shinto event preserved in Toyamago in Southern Nagano. Villagers portraying myriads of gods dance around a huge pot of boiling water, and splash the boiling water barehanded. It is designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. http://tohyamago.com/simotuki/okori/  (Japanese)

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 During the “Silver Week” in September, when we have many holidays, I visited my sister in Saitama for the first time in eight years. I was very surprised to see that even at 12 midnight, there were so many vehicles and people on the streets, and that 24-hour restaurants were packed with guests. I was even more surprised that a bunch of grapes from Nagano was sold for 4,000 yen there! I realized how blessing it is to live in Nagano rich with nature. In September, our mornings and evenings started to be very cool. In our yard we can smell sweet aroma of fragrant olives. We can see grasshoppers hop during the day, and at night, clear, peaceful sounds of bell crickets give us such peaceful moments, and gently surround us until we forget how much time has passed. Nagano’s “nostalgic” beauty never stops fascinating us.
In the next email newsletter, I will send you some Spring information about March to May. Please don’t miss it!

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October 28th, 2015

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