Declaration of Farming Community for International Youth Exchange

November 1st, 2011

Declaration of Farming Community for International Youth Exchange

Nagano Prefecture held a panel discussion with Governor Abe, administration officials and advisors on the subject of rediscovering attraction of farming communities, and collaborating farming and tourism. 


At the end of the panel discussion, “Declaration of Farming Community for International Youth Exchange” was officially announced.  Based on the declaration, Nagano Prefecture will accept the youth from around the world for hands-on agricultural experiences, and strive to “create the world’s greatest farming community” for youth exchange where the youth from all of the countries and regions meet.


Declaration of Farming Community for International Youth Exchange(PDF: 1,420KB)

The Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency sent us a message to celebrate the announcement of the declaration. 

The message from the Commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency (PDF: 86KB)

July 29th, 2011

Report of Radiation Levels in Air at Major Tourist Areas in Nagano Prefecture

The following is the list of radiation levels in air at major tourist areas in Nagano Prefecture that are especially popular among visitors.  It shows that NONE of the radiation levels at these places is hazardous to your health.  Please be assured of safety of Nagano, and come visit us!



Radiation Level

Date of Monitoring

Place of Monitoring


Karuizawa Town

Karuizawa Heights


Nov 07, 2011

Karuizawa Town Hall

Nagano City

Zenkoji Temple



Nov 08 ,2011 

Nagano City Hall

Yamanouchi Town

Shiga Heights


Jul 27, 2011

Shiga Heights

Hakuba Village

Hakuba Foothills


Nov 15, 2011 

Hakuba Village Hall

Omachi City

Kurobe DamOgisawa


Jul 08, 2011

Ogisawa Station Parking

Azumino City



Nov 11, 2011 

Azumino City Hall

Matsumoto City




Jul 29, 2011

Matsumoto Regional office

Matsumoto City

Matsumoto Castle



Jul 29, 2011

Matsumoto Regional office

Chino CityTateshina Town

Lake Shirakaba


Jul 07, 2011

Tateshina Town

Lake Shirakaba Water Park

Chino City



Jul 07, 2011

Lake Tateshina Leisure Land Parking

Radiation Levels in Air in Nagano Prefecture

Please refer to 

 Dose of Radiation in the World  JNTO announcement






Let’s Keep It Up, Japan! Declaration of Revitalizing Shinshu(Nagano)

April 25th, 2011

~A Revitalized Shinshu will support the reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas~

Now Japan faces an unprecedented hardship caused by the worst disaster we have ever known. Sakae Village in Northern Nagano was one of the areas hit by the strong earthquakes, and suffered damages. The Tohoku region lost many industrial bases, which is affecting the whole nation. Economically, the whole nation, including the Tokyo Metropolitan area which bears the burden of rolling blackouts, looks as if it had been struck by the huge tsunami.

Considering the current situation, what should we do? Shouldn’t we actively advance economic activities for the sake of the affected areas and the whole nation? It is important to be considerate of the victims. However, if this consideration weakens the economy of the nation, it will cause unintentional adverse effects. A liquor shop owner in the Tohoku region said he didn’t want us to refrain from having cherry blossom viewing parties out of consideration for them. Rather, he wants us to enjoy the cherry blossoms while drinking sake from Tohoku. So our mission is not to be considerate and hold back economic activities, but to revitalize the economy by, say, intentionally purchasing products made in Sakae Village and Tohoku, or by visiting their less affected tourist attractions.

The tourist destinations in Nagano are doing fine, and do not have any problems welcoming visitors. Most of our tourist attractions were not affected by the earthquakes and none of them have rolling blackouts. There is no threat of radiation. Our air, water and food are all confirmed to be safe. Tourism has the power to revitalize people. Nagano, as a prominent tourist destination, would like to welcome many people, including the earthquake victims, and revitalize the affected regions with that power.

Last month’s disaster teaches each of us to do whatever we can do for the reconstruction of the affected regions, wherever we stand. Our strength is insignificant by itself, but when we get together, our strength becomes greater, spreading to the whole nation. Let’s revitalize Shinshu! And a revitalized Shinshu will support the reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas.

Shuichi Abe
Governor of Nagano Prefecture

Shinshu Campaign October 1 to December 31

August 12th, 2010

The Shinshu Campaign is a large-scale tourism campaign running for the three months from October 1 to December 31, 2010. In addition to all six JR companies, Nagano Prefecture and various tourism organizations are sponsoring this campaign. The campaign activities include introducing Shinshu’s many attractions to people throughout Japan as well as holding various events to enhance the experience people have when visiting Shinshu.

Shinshu Campaign

Save your time and money: A special railway free pass to be on sale!

July 21st, 2010

Save your time and money: A special railway free pass to be on sale!

The JR EAST PASS SPECIAL, the limited-period version of JR EAST PASS issued exclusively for tourists from overseas by JR East, is to be sold.

Holders of the “JR EAST PASS SPECIAL” can travel free of charge for any three days in the three-month period from September 1 through November 30, 2010 on the following lines: All JR East lines, Nagano Dentetsu Line, Matsumoto Electric Railway, Ueda Dentetsu Line and Shinano Railway. (Bus rates are not applicable regardless of company.)

zagat Nagano Foreign tourists can get a free copy of “ZAGAT NAGANO” English Edition at the JR EAST Travel Service Centers!
The centers at Narita International Airport Station and Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station will present copies to the first 2000 persons/groups to require reserved-car tickets for the Nagano Shinkansen “Asama” Super Express.

For further details, please refer to the official website of JR East.

Main sightseeing spots along the applicable railway systems are listed below. The nearest stations to the spots are also indicated in the parentheses. (※)
※ Please note that other transportation means, such as bus and taxi, may be required to reach sightseeing spots from the indicated stations.

JR Nagano Shinkansen Super Express (長野新幹線)
  Karuizawa (Karuizawa), Zenkoji Temple (Nagano), Ueda Castle Site (Ueda), Saku (Sakudaira)

Nagano ShinkansenkaruizawaZenkoji

◆JR Koumi Line (小海線)
 Nobeyama Highland (Nobeyama), Komoro Castle Remains (Komoro)

JR Koumi LineKomoro Kaikoen

◆JR Chuo Line (中央線)
  Matsumoto Castle Site (Matsumoto), Lake Suwa and Kamisuwa Hot Springs (Kamisuwa), Tateshina Highland and Lake Shirakaba (Chino), Suwa Taisha Shrine(Shimosuwa), Kikyogahara Highland (Shiojiri)

 ※This unlimited-ride railway pass does not apply to the areas between Shiojiri and Nagoya. Please purchase separate tickets to get to Narai-juku (Narai,) Kisofukushima (Kisofukushima), and Tsumago-juku (Nagiso).

JR Chuo Line Super AzusaMatsumoto CastleTateshina Heights 

JR Oito Line (大糸線)
Daio Wasabi Farm (Hotaka), Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route※(Omachi), Hakuba (Hakuba), Tsugaike Highland (Minami-Otari) ※Additional fares apply.
Wasabi FarmHakubaTsugaike heights

JR Iiyama Line(飯山線)
  Nozawa Hot Springs (Togari-Nozawa Onsen), Iiyama (Iiyama)

JR Iiyama LineNozawa Onsen

◆JR Shin-Etsu Line(信越本線)
  Lake Nojiri and Madarao Highland (Kurohime)

Kurohime HeightsMadarao Heights

Nagano Dentetsu Line (長野電鉄)
  Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park (Yudanaka), Yudanaka-Shibu Hot Springs (Yudanaka), Shiga Kogen (Yudanaka), Obuse (Obuse), Shinshu-Takayama Hot Spring Village (Suzaka), Zenkoji Temple (Nagano)

Nagano Dentestu LineOnsen MonkeyShinshu Takayama Onsen

Matsumoto Electric Railway (松本電気鉄道)
 Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto)、 Kamikochi (Shin Shimashima)、The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (Oba)

Matsumoto Dentetsu LineKamikochi Kappa BridgeKamikochi

Ueda Dentetsu Bessho Line (上田電鉄別所線)
 Bessho Hot Springs (Bessho Onsen), Ueda Castle Site (Ueda)

Ueda Dentetsu LineBessho Onsen

Shinano Railway (しなの鉄道)
 Komoro Castle Remain Park (Komoro), Unno-juku (Oya), Togura-Kamiyamada Hot Springs (Togura), Ueda Castle Site (Ueda)

Unno Post TownKomoro KaikoenKaruizawa

Nagano Prefecture Traffic Access Map


Presenting “Nagano Perspectives Photo Exhibit: Enjoying Nagano!”

May 26th, 2010

Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) of the JET Programme here in Nagano are presenting a photo exhibit to introduce to others the parts of Nagano they find most appealing. The photos will also be posted on this site.

Exhibit Period: Until May 28, 2010

Place: Nagano Prefectural Office Lobby

Photo Theme: “Enjoying Nagano”
What do foreign residents of Nagano enjoy about its culture, nature, lifestyles, and sights? This exhibit has gathered photos taken by such people to show what they find to be interesting in Nagano.


December 25th, 2009

Japan Nagano ski , snowboard , snow Resorts Infomation

Japan Nagano & Niigata ( Hakuba , ShigaKogen , NozawaOnsen , MyokoKogen ) ski , snowboard , snow Resorts Infomation