Snow Monkey Park’s Kanbayashi Route Reopened

October 31st, 2017

Due to the damage of Typhoon No. 21, the Kanbayashi Route to the Snow Monkey Park was closed on October 23. Today, repairs on the route have been completed and it has been opened again to the public. Areas of the route may be wet or muddy, so please be careful as you journey to the park.

Snow Monkey Park Closed Until Further Notice

October 23rd, 2017

Due to the typhoon that hit Japan this weekend, the walkway to the Snow Monkey Park has been damaged. The Snow Monkey Park will be closed for the next two to three days until the walkway is repaired. Check the Go! Nagano website or Facebook page for updates.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

[Nagano Prefecture Mail Magazine] Introducing Nagano’s Autumn Wonders!

October 6th, 2017

Nagano Prefectural Tourism Official Mail Magazine

October 6th, 2017
Published by Nagano Prefecture Tourism Department Tourism Promotions Division
International Tourism Promotions Office

We send this mail magazine to those who have exchanged business cards with members of our office.

Good day everyone,

Thank you very much for reading our 2017 summer edition of the Nagano prefecture official mail magazine. Now, we bring you the tidings of autumn along with new ways to enjoy this magical season.

The forested landscape is gradually turning shades of red and gold as autumn begins. The once-green rice fields grow more yellow, the evenings come sooner, and the winds blow more briskly by the day.

Let this edition of the Nagano prefecture mail magazine be your guide to autumn!

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Nagano Multilingual Call Center For Traveler Support

June 29th, 2017

To all international visitors to Nagano Prefecture:

The “NAGANO Multilingual Call Center For Traveler Support” is available from July 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018 with the purpose of providing international travelers with a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

Feel free to call us! We look forward to helping you!

Domestic Calls (toll free): 0120-691-792
International Calls: +81-92-687-5289 (international telephone charges may apply)

You can download a detailed flyer about the Call Center by clicking on the image below or here.

Click on the image to download the full PDF

Nagano Prefecture Seeking Ideas for Regulatory Reform

June 29th, 2017

In order to enhance the local economy and maintain, or even improve, our well-being in daily life, Nagano Prefecture has placed a Suggestion Box for Regulatory Reform to welcome ideas from residents about regulatory reform.

Is there a regulation that interferes with your ambition to start a new business? Or are you concerned about a regulation because it needs to be reformed?

We welcome diverse ideas regarding Nagano Prefecture’s current regulations. Ideas may be submitted through Thursday, August 31st, 2017.

Please see this page on the Nagano Prefecture homepage for details.

Welcome to a World-Class Resort! Introducing the Charms of Mountainous Nagano!

June 28th, 2017

The Great Outdoors will Change Your Life

Nagano prefecture is Japan’s No. 1 mountain resort with 15 mountains at heights of over 3,000m, five national parks and 3 quasi-national parks. Highlands expand under the bright blue sky, sunlight shines through the deep forests, mountains float above the clouds, and limitless stars paint the night sky.

This July to September, Nagano prefecture will be the target of one of the nation’s largest tourism campaigns. During this “Destination Campaign,” we would like to suggest four ways of enjoying a trip to Nagano that may change your life.

We hope that foreign visitors of Japan will also take note of Nagano, which has also received a lot of attention as a tourism destination domestically. The peoples and regions of Nagano Prefecture have come together to share Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) with all of our guests.


We’re now providing the convenient Nagano Navi application which puts Nagano’s sightseeing and transportation information at your fingertips. Please use it during your trip to Nagano!

Four Great Ways to Enjoy Nagano

1. Healing

No. 1 in Japan for forest therapy courses and day-use hot spring facilities, Nagano is full of places that promote relaxation and healing. In moments of relief, your tired mind can re-energize and focus on what’s truly important.

Places of Healing in Nagano:

  • Akasawa Natural Recreation Park
    The Akasawa Natural Recreation Park is the origin of forest therapy in Japan. Enjoy trails along clear streams and through the beautiful woods of the Kiso Valley.
  • The Wooded Shrines of Togakushi
    Togakushi is located on a plateau above Nagano City and is home to five shrines that dot the wooded landscape. One of the most popular, the Okusha shrine, is a 30 minute hike from the main road and features a lane of 400-year-old cryptomeria trees.
  • Go! Nagano’s Hot Springs Page
    Soak away your worries in some of Nagano’s 100% natural mineral hot springs and enjoy the traditional atmosphere of an onsen town.
  • Go! Nagano’s Guide to Using Onsen Hot Springs
    Never been to a hot spring in Japan? Brush up on your onsen knowledge and find beginner-friendly hot spring facilities.
  • Kamikochi
    Kamikochi is the undisputed jewel of the Northern Japanese Alps. Enjoy virgin forests, clear streams, and majestic mountain views from its gentle walking trails.
  • Nabekura Kogen Beech Tree Forest Therapy
    The beech tree forest of Nabekura Kogen is a certified forest therapy area and offers well-maintained, flat walking paths for people of all ages to enjoy.

2. The Outdoors

Nagano is an outdoor paradise where you can enjoy a range of activities in mountains, lakes, and rivers. Push your limits in the wilds and discover the power of survival in yourself. Experiencing the outdoors helps children find this power too!

Outdoor Activities in Nagano:

3. History and Culture

From the Jomon Period, “Shinshu” (a former name of Nagano) was said to be the center of Japan. It was also here were many military commanders and clans fought for survival during turbulent times, such as the Sanada clan. By learning about Shinshu’s past—or rather, from its past—you may find some hints for the future.

Historical/Cultural Sites in Nagano:

  • The Nakasendo Trail
    Established during the Edo Period, the Nakasendo trail connects Kyoto and modern-day Tokyo. 69 post towns were developed to accommodate travelers, and several of them remain in the Kiso Valley. The townscapes look much as they did 200 years ago and offer a glimpse into Japan’s past.
  • Matsumoto Castle
    Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan’s five national treasure castles. Built over 400 years ago, it still stands proudly in front of the Japanese Alps.
  • Zenko-ji Temple
    Zenko-ji Temple has over 1400 years of history and is the center of Buddhist faith in Eastern Japan.
  • Suwa Taisha Shrine
    The four shrines of the Suwa area form the Suwa Taisha Shrine, and it is renowned for the Onbashira Festival which is celebrated once every six years.
  • Obuse Chestnut Path
    Obuse is a beautiful, small town surrounded by farms and chestnut orchards. It was loved by Katsushika Hokusai, arguably Japan’s most famous artists, and he spent many years there in his old age. You can see a beautiful original painting of Hokusai’s at Gansho-in Temple, as well as a collection of his works at the Hokusai-kan museum.

4. Food

The people of Nagano Prefecture have the longest average lifespan in all of Japan, and food plays an important part in that. Using plentiful Nagano-grown ingredients, Nagano aims to introduce health-conscious cuisine, named “Shinshu Yama-Gohan” (Shinshu mountain food), to wider audiences. You can enjoy Shinshu yama-gohan at accommodations and restaurants throughout Nagano. Adopt aspects of Nagano’s traditional food culture in your own life and live healthily!

All about Nagano’s Food:

For more information, please see the official Shinshu Destination Campaign website here (Japanese only).

The Japan Alps Arts Festival in Omachi

June 7th, 2017

The first Japan Alps Arts Festival will be held from June 4th to July 30th, 2017 in Omachi!

Artists from around the world share their works around Omachi’s varied landscape of woodlands, lakes, and the majestic Japanese Alps. Enjoy beautiful indoor and outdoor artworks while taking in the mountain air and scenery.

Learn more about the event on the official event homepage:

[Nagano Prefecture Mail Magazine] Sharing the Joys of Summer!

April 21st, 2017

Nagano Prefectural Tourism Official Mail Magazine

April 21st, 2017
Published by Nagano Prefecture Tourism Department Tourism Promotions Division
International Tourism Promotions Office

We send this mail magazine to those who have exchanged business cards with members of our office.

How are you today?

Thank you very much for reading the spring edition of our official mail magazine. Now, we bring you our summer edition, from June to August, which is full of our recommended sightseeing information.

Early morning mists, evenings when the frogs begin to chirp, and night skies filled with shooting stars. In these moments, more so than daytime, you can personally experience the mysterious passage of time, and enjoy the coolness characteristic of Nagano’s summers.

May this issue’s mail magazine be your guide to Nagano in summer, and allow you to enjoy to the fullest the season and all it has to offer. This summer, enjoy a wealth of refreshing activities in Nagano’s great outdoors.

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Nagano Navi, Nagano’s New Sightseeing App

April 21st, 2017

Many travelers to Japan have expressed frustrations that finding information for public transportation is quite difficult. In Nagano, it is sometimes necessary to travel by bus or taxi to one’s destination. While we have bus timetables and other public transportation information on our website, it can be difficult for travelers to access this on the road.

But now, we are happy to release a new, free application for Apple and Android devices which makes it easier than ever to travel around Nagano: the Nagano Navi! It features a wealth of sightseeing spot, train, bus and taxi information so that travelers can easily and conveniently move around Nagano.

Sights, taxi and bus stands, and other public facilities can be searched by area and viewed on a map. A route search feature allows you to plot a course between your current position and desired location, or between any two locations of your choice. Other useful information such as digital pamphlets, medical facilities, and volunteer guides are available as well.

The application launches in six languages: Japanese, English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Thai language.

Read the QR code on the right of our homepage to download it for yourself!