[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

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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!


Table of Contents

Welcome the Multilingual Mountain Guides of Nagano Prefecture (MulMoGON)


We would like to introduce the Multilingual Mountain Guides of Nagano Prefecture, a group of mountaineering guides who have strong foreign language skills (in English, Chinese, and others). To those of you who are new to mountain climbing, are a bit rusty, or are interested in learning more about the mountains, we highly recommend them!

For details, see here.


Shinshu Rare Trails–Head to Eastern Nagano on the Shinano Railway

The Shinano Railway runs along the Chikuma River and weaves through the foothills of smokey Mt. Asama. It connects the towns of eastern Nagano to the north and has beautiful scenery year-round. The train passes through small communities and rice fields. From the windows of the train car you can see Japan’s nostalgic furusato, the simple countryside life of an earlier generation.


  • Moon-viewing at Shinshu Sarashina/Obasute (Togura Station)
    This year marks the 34th annual Shinshu Sarashina/Obasute Moon-viewing Festival and Haiku Competition, to be held from September 15th to October 12th.
    Enjoy the slowly-changing colors of Chikuma City from this panoramic viewing area.

    Phone No.: 026-275-1326 (Chikuma City Tourism Association)
    Access: 20 min. by car from Joshin’etsu Expressway Koshoku IC exit, or 20 min. by taxi from Shinano Railway Togura Station.
  • Ueda Castle Ruins Park (Ueda Station)
    Well-known for the fabulous cherry blossoms that bloom in spring, Ueda Castle Ruins Park is also a perfect place to enjoy autumn leaves. The castle ruins are covered in the reds of cherry, crimson of maple, and yellow of zelkova trees.

    Phone No.:0268-22-1274
    Access: 12 min. walk from Ueda Station
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Unno-juku (Tanaka Station)
    Enjoy the scenery of a traditional post town which retains the atmosphere of the Meiji and Edo eras. Unno-juku stretches 650m beside the Chikuma River and was part of the former Hokkoku Kaido trail.

    Phone No.:0268-62-1111 (Tomi City Tourism Association)
    Access: 10 min. walk from Tanaka Station
  • Yunomaru and Takamine Kogen (Shigeno Station)
    The recreational woods of Yunomara/Takamine Highlands sit at a height of 2,000m. Here, larch trees grow in abundance and turn beautiful shades of yellow in autumn.

    Phone No.:0268-62-1111 (Tomi City Tourism Association), 0267-22-1234 (Komoro City Tourism Association)
    Access: a 40 min. taxi ride from Shigeno Station
  • Komoro Kaikoen (Komoro Station)
    Komoro Kaikoen park sits atop the ruins of the area’s former castle, once called Hakutsuru-jo and Suigetsu-jo. Enjoy the contrast of brilliant autumn colors and the cool stone walls that have stood for over 400 years.
    The park’s autumn festival will be held from October 21st to November 19th.

    Phone No.: 0267-22-0296
    Access: a 3 min. walk from Komoro Station
  • Nunobiki Kannon (Komoro Station)
    A temple in Komoro which was the backdrop of the legend “Ushi ni Hikarete Zenko-ji Mairi (Pulled to Zenkoji by a Bull: a Pilgrimmage).” The Kannon hall standing before the steep, barren rock is very impressive.

    Phone No.: 0267-22-1234 (Komoro City Tourism Association)
    Access: 10 min. by taxi to Komoro Station
  • Hori Tatsuo Literature Museum (Shinano Oiwake Station)
    At this museum, you can interact with the literature of Hori Tatsuo, author of the book “Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises).” You can see his handwritten letters, documents, as well as cherished items.
    Phone No.: 0267-45-2050
    Access: a 5 min. taxi ride from Shinano Oiwake Station
  • Kumoba Pond (Karuizawa)
    Affectionately called “Swan Lake,” Kumoba Pond is a gathering place for wild birds and ducks. The wooded shore changes color through the seasons, from yellow-green in spring to crimson and orange in autumn. It is a must-see spot in Karuizawa.

    Phone No.: 0267-42-5538
    Access: a 4 min. taxi ride or 20 min. walk from Karuizawa Station
  • Shiraito Falls (Karuizawa)
    A waterfall in the verdant woods of Karuizawa that stands 3 meters tall in a 70-meter-long arc. Groundwater springs from the top of the falls, creating hundreds of beautiful, white threads. The autumn leaves here are also stunning.

    Phone No.: 0267-42-5538
    Access: 25 min. by bus from Karuizawa Station, then a 5 min. walk.

We also recommend visiting the other areas listed below!

  • The Autumn Colors of Seisui-ji Temple (Nagano City)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Autumn Leaves Tour (Yamanouchi)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Takato Castle Ruins Park Autumn Leaves Festival (Ina City)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Autumn Scenery from the Southern Alps Forest Road Bus (Ina City)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Autumn Colors in Yokoya Ravine (Chino City)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Autumn Leaves Tour in the Historical Areas of Kosuge and Godo (Iiyama City)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Autumn Leaves Tour through Traditional Villages in Nabekura Kogen (Iiyama City)
    More InformationInformation Sheet

Become One with the Wind and Cycle through Autumn Scenery

  • Kayanodaira Autumn Leaves Tour (Nozawa Onsen)
    More InformationInformation Sheet
  • Lake Hokuryu Mountain Biking Tour (Nozawa Onsen)
    More InformationInformation Sheet

Enjoy Golden Sunsets in Autumn


Special Feature: Enjoy Autumn at Local Wineries

In mountainous Nagano, the range of altitudes, variety of terrain, and abundance of pure water is suitable for growing a variety of grapes. Each unique combination of factors produces a unique grape which then produces a unique wine; this is otherwise known as terroir. Over each passing year, the quality of Nagano’s wines has become recognized not only domestically, but increasingly recognized internationally as well. Wineries also attract tens of thousands of tourists each year, and are part of the future of tourism. This autumn, we would like to introduce Nagano’s charming wineries, among which some offer grape-harvesting experiences.


Northern Nagano

  • Takayashiro Farm
    In Nakano City, known as the Japan’s premier Kyoho grape-growing region, the Takayashiro farm produces world-class wine thanks to its four orchard specialists.

    Address: Nakano-shi Takehara 1609-7
    Phone No.: 0269-24-7650
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese, English)
  • St. Cousair Winery
    Atop a hill in Nagano’s northern region of Iizuna, the winery overlooks beautiful countryside scenery. Enjoy the leisurely atmosphere and the natural scenery in each season.

    Address: Kamiminochi-gun Iizuna-machi Imogawa 1260
    Phone No.: 026-253-7002
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese, English)
  • Obuse Winery
    Obuse Winery only uses wine grapes grown in their own vineyard. This winery stands inconspicuously, surrounded tranquil fields and quaint farmhouse scenery.

    Address: Kamitakai-gun Obuse-machi Oshiha 571
    Phone No.: 026-247-2050
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • Kusunoki Winery
    Kusunoki Winery is among the fields of Hitakihara in Suzaka and enjoys views of Mt. Myokaku. They cultivate merlot, cabernet, shiraz, and pinot noir grapes.

    Address: Nagano-ken Suzaka-shi Kamekura 123-1
    Phone No.: 026-214-8568
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • The Scenic Yukemuri Express
    More InformationInformation Sheet

Eastern Nagano

  • Manns Wine Komoro Winery
    Grape fields, lanes of zelkova trees, and Japanese gardens fill this winery. Take a tour and enjoy the lovely scenery.

    Address: Komoro-shi Moro 375
    Phone No.: 0267-22-6341
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese, English)
  • Hasumi Farm
    Hasumi Farm is located in Tomi City, about an hour from Tokyo by shinkansen. Nearby is Unno-juku, a post town which retains the traditional scenery of the Edo period.

    Address: Tomi-shi Netsu 413
    Phone No.: 0268-64-5550
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • Villadest Garden Farm and Winery
    Drink wine produced in the very fields around you and enjoy cuisine made with produce from the farm’s garden.

    Address: Tomi-shi Kano 6027
    Phone No.: 0268-63-7373
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • The Maruttomi Sightseeing Bus
    More InformationInformation Sheet
    Tomi City Tourism Association Website: http://tomikan.jp/bus/ (Japanese)
  • Karuizawa Free Pass
    More InformationInformation Sheet

Central Nagano

  • Azumino Winery
    This winery is amidst the Japanese Alps, with magnificent views of the Northern Alps to the west.

    Address: Azumino-shi Misato Ogura 6687-5
    Phone No.: 0263-77-7700
    Website: http://www.ch-azumino.com/ (Japanese)
  • Huggy Wine Shiga Winery
    The environmental conditions of this winery are perfect for the cultivation of grapes. It stands at a high altitude of 720m, has a steep south-facing slope, features large diurnal temperature variation, and has mineral-rich soil.

    Address: Matsumoto-shi Sorimachi 640-1
    Phone No.: 0263-64-4255
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • Shinshu Azumino Swiss-Mura Winery
    This winery uses grapes produced in Japan’s most beautiful vineyards of Aokihara, Azumino, and prides itself on its small-scale, careful wine production.

    Address: Azumino-shi Toyoshina Minami Hotaka 5567-5
    Phone No.: 0263-73-5532
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • Shiojiri Winery Festival
    At the Shiojiri Winery Festival, hop between the wineries of the Kikyogahara area and taste local wines from an original lacquered wine glass.
    Enjoy a festival of unique wineries held in one of Nagano’s greatest grape-growing regions, Shiojiri.

    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)

Southern Nagano

  • Hombo Shuzo Shinshu Factory (Whiskey distillery)
    Using the snowmelt from the Central Japanese Alps, this is the highest-altitude distillery in Japan. Distillery tours are free of charge.

    Address: Kami-ina-gun Miyada-mura 4752-31
    Phone No.: 0265-85-4633
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)
  • Shinshu Mashino Wine
    A small winery surrounded by apple orchards in the shadow of the Southern Japanese Alps. In the fertile valleys of Ina a variety of fruits grow and are used to produce juices and wines.

    Address: Shimo-ina-gun Matsukawa-machi Ojima 3272
    Phone No.: 0265-36-3013
    More InformationHomepage (Japanese)

Useful Information


Workshops/ Experiences

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Cuisine


Today’s Tweet


During autumn, it’s not uncommon to receive peaches, apples, and other fruits from your neighbors.

In Nagano, there is as much fun to be had as there are varieties of apples (which is a lot!). Long hours of sunlight and large swings in temperature variation between day and night make apples both crisp and incredibly sweet. Thanks to the suitable climate, Nagano also ranks second nationwide in terms of apple production and area of apple orchards.

In the early season from mid-August, you can get your hands on Tsugaru apples. From late September, the Nagano originals Akibae, Shinano Sweet, and Shinano Gold appear on the shelves. And finally in November, Fuji, the king of apples, are shipped out from local farms to be enjoyed around the country.

But apples taste best picked straight from the tree, and in Nagano you can visit apple orchards and choose from hundreds of delicious, fully-ripened fruit!

Thank you for reading our autumn edition of the Nagano Prefecture Mail Magazine. Next time we will bring you our winter edition (November to March). Until then!


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