[Nagano Prefecture Mail Magazine] Delivering Information about Autumn!

August 12th, 2016

Nagano Prefectural Tourism Official Mail Magazine

August 12th, 2016

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!

We would like to thank all of you for taking the time to read the Summer Edition of our Nagano Prefecture Official Mail Magazine. Now we bring you our Autumn Edition, featuring beautiful seasonal colors and delicious local soba.

As the days grow shorter and the weather cools, the verdant splendor of summer gradually fades and gives way to brilliant shades of red, yellow and gold. Stalks of rice in the fields sway gently in the evening breeze under the light of the harvest moon.

Now is the perfect time to enjoy aromatic, fresh soba, one of autumn’s seasonal delights. Nagano, long from north to south, is home to a variety of soba culture, where each region has its own special ingredients and styles of eating. From place to place, you find that each style of soba is deeply influenced by local history and customs. One of the best ways to learn more about Nagano’s many regions is to eat them; the delicious soba you can only find in Nagano.

With this mail magazine as your guide, enjoy the best of Nagano’s autumn foods and scenery.


Table of Contents

Special Feature: A tour of Nagano’s Autumn Colors and Local Soba


There’s nothing quite like taking a walk through colorful forests on a brisk, autumn day.
Nagano’s natural sightseeing spots have plentiful walking paths and trekking courses, so people at all levels of fitness can enjoy basking in the great outdoors.

Learn more about local flora and fauna with tour programs featuring nature guides.

  • Tsugaike Kogen Autumn Leaves Festival

    One of the earliest places to see autumn colors, Tsugaike Kogen welcomes the fall season in mid-September. From October, birchs leaves turn a glittering gold, and the combination with red rowans and green firs looks like something out of an impressionist oil painting.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Enjoying Kaikoen’s Autumn Leaves by Rickshaw

    Komoro Castle Ruins Park, one of Japan’s 100 famous castles, is renowned for both its cherry blossoms and autumn colors, which contrast brilliantly with the worn, mossy stone walls of the historical fortress. Enjoy the view from the comfortable seat of a traditional rickshaw.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Nabekura Kogen’s Forest of Yellow Leaves

    The birch forest which spreads over the whole of Mt. Nabekura is proud to be ranked No. 1 among the prefecture’s selection of 100 natural spots.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Shigakogen Guide Trekking

    Enjoy a revitalizing tour among the pure mountain air and fiery autumn colors of Shigakogen.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Okushigakogen Autumn Leaf Festival

    Shigakogen’s range of 2000m-high mountains is home to a variety of deciduous trees which come alive with color in autumn. Surrounded by red and golden leaves, the festival will feature plenty of events, food stalls and specialty products.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Yudanaka Marugotera Bus Tours

    In Yudanaka Shibu Onsen, October brings a chorus of warm color to the 2000m-high mountains that surround the quaint hot spring town. One of the most special autumnal views is from a 1300-year-old hot spring bath, loved by great figures such as the poet Issa Kobayashi, artist Katsushika Hokusai, and writer Fumiko Hayashi. The nearby Jigokudani Snow Monkey park is another great scenic spot this season, and you can enjoy the view while watching wild monkeys bath in onsen baths.
    See the information sheet for more details.

One with the Autumn Wind


Become one with the refreshing winds that blow through Nagano while on a roadside cycling tour.

  • Welcome to Furusato Cycling (Iiyama City)

    Starting from Hokuriku Shinkansen Iiyama Station, cycle through Iiyama’s temple town and idyllic fields, shaped by the snow country lifestyle of Northern Nagano.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Kayanodaira Autumn Leaf MTB Tour (Nozawa Onsen Village)

    Beginning in late September and reaching peak season in early October, Kayanodaira’s autumn leaves are especially beautiful due to the cool, high altitude climate.
    See the information sheet for more details.

Moon-watching in Autumn


Crisp clear autumn nights are perfect for viewing the Harvest Moon.

  • Nozawa Sunset Tour

    Famous composer Tatsuyuki Takano, who wrote many heartwarming songs about Japan’s countryside, spent his last years in Nozawa Onsen. While looking out over the towns and rice fields, you can imagine that this is what he himself saw as he wrote “Furusato (Hometown)” and “Oborotsuki Yoru (Moonlit Night).”
    Selected as one of the 100 best sunset viewing spots, the scenery from Nozawa’s Sunset Point is stunning.
    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Visit Komoro’s Sunset Point by Electric Bicycle

    Distant mountain ranges float hazily in a crimson sky as the sun sets beneath them. Their flat, rolling shapes look just like a suibokuga ink painting. Feelings of awe for nature well up within you as you enjoy this unforgettable view.
    See the information sheet for more details.

An Explosion of Autumn Harvest Soba


Autumn is time for harvest, and now is the perfect time to enjoy aromatic, fresh soba. Nagano, long from north to south, is home to a variety of soba culture, where each region has its own special ingredients and styles of eating. From place to place, you find that each style of soba is deeply influenced by local history and customs. One of the best ways to learn more about Nagano’s many regions is to eat them; the delicious soba you can only find in Nagano.

  • Sugakawa Soba Flower Festival (Yamanouchi Town)

    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Nonstop Three-Spice Soba (Ina City)

    See the information sheet for more details.

  • Tomikura Soba (Iiyama City)

    The fibers of the Oyamabokuchi plant are used to strengthen this soba, giving it an al dente bite and smooth, aromatic flavor.
    Shinshu Iiyama Tourism Bureau:
    http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/

  • Togakushi Soba (Nagano City)

    Togakushi Soba is served in a special style called “Bocchi-mori,” where small bundles of soba are arranged in horseshoe shapes on a bamboo slotted plate.
    Togakushi Information Center:
    http://togakushi-21.jp/active/2015/08/post-186.php

  • Toji Soba (Matsumoto City & Kiso Town)

    Small servings of soba are dipped into a communal broth filled with mushrooms and seasonal vegetables. This warm dish is perfect for cool autumn and winter nights.
    Nagawa Tourism Association:
    http://www.village-nagawa.jp/nagawa-foods/
    Kiso Town Tourism Association:
    http://www.kankou-kiso.com/gourmet/index.html (English, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Korean)

  • Oshibori Soba

    Miso and spring onion are mixed into a spicy broth of grated daikon radish. While quite spicy, the unique flavor of daikon radish brings out the natural flavor of the soba.
    Chikuma Tourism Association:
    http://chikuma-kanko.com/ (English, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Korean)

  • Shinano Kiriyama Dattan Soba

    Dattan Soba (Tartary Buckwheat) contains much higher concentrations of the polyphenol Rutin than normal soba. This health food is said to help prevent high blood pressure and other lifestyle-related illnesses.
    http://dattan.main.jp/

  • Make Your Own Soba

    While Nagano is renowned for its delicious soba, none may be more delicious than the soba you make yourself. Even complete beginners can enjoy soba-making at one of the workshop centers below.


Useful Information



Today’s Tweet



One day during July, I visited the peak of Mt. Kurumayama in Kirigamine Kogen. Using two ski lifts, I leisurely headed to the top while gently swaying in the cool breeze. From the mountain peak was a 360º panoramic view of the Northern Alps, Yatsugatake and Mt. Fuji.

Excited by the splendid scenery, I walked the remainder of the downhill course at a brisk pace. Since I don’t normally do much exercise, the next day my calves were killing me! But, I was so glad that I was able to see the view of the distant mountains, rolling clouds and gently-swaying grasses in the wind. It was just like a postcard. Even though I’m not a fan of exercise, I have since sworn to myself that I’ll get out more regularly and climb mountains!

Since the ski lifts also run during the summer, there are a number of ways to enjoy trekking in Kirigamine. You can take the ski lifts up to the top and down as well if you’d like. Those looking for more of a challenge can climb their way to the peak and continue on several hours of other walking courses through fields and highland marshes.

Nagano’s mountainous landscape offers magnificent sights and experiences in all seasons.
Stay tuned next time for our Winter Edition! (November to March)


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