【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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■□ Special Features 
・・・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

★☆★☆★  Useful Info ①  

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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

★☆★☆★  Useful Info ②  

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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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