Bus Timetables Now Available on Go! Nagano

February 3rd, 2016
Timetables for many popular tourism destinations are already available.

Timetables for many popular tourism destinations are already available.

Go! Nagano Bus Timetables

A new section has been added to Go! Nagano’s Useful Trip Information to include bus timetables throughout the prefecture. Currently there are timetables for major sights in Northern, Eastern, Central Nagano and the Kiso Valley, and areas of Suwa and Southern Nagano will be soon to follow.

Bus timetables change periodically and sometimes for each season, so be sure that the timetable’s dates match your itinerary! Full timetables for areas such as Kamikochi can be seen by clicking the link provided to the Original Japanese timetables.

If you can’t find a bus for your destination or have suggestions for our timetables page, please let us know at go-nagano@pref.nagano.lg.jp

【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!”

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◆◇ 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

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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

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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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Feel Japan! Nagano 駅すぽ(EXPO) 2016

December 21st, 2015

kacchuFeel Japan! Nagano 駅すぽ(EXPO) 2016 will be held at Nagano station.
You can experience Nagano traditional culture like Shodo, Karate, Shishimai, Kenbu etc.
Here is a detail below.

1. Event name
Feel Japan! Nagano 駅すぽ(EXPO)2016

2.Sponsorship
Nagano Prefectural Government(Nagano regional office)

3.Schedule
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4.Venue
Nagano station

Brochure can be downloaded here.

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【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Winter fun in Nagano!

October 30th, 2015

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Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter vol. 2
October 30, 2015
Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,
Nagano Prefecture

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Hello, every one!
Thank you so much for reading the fall issue of Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter!
Today we will send you great tourism information about the winter season (from December of February) in Nagano.

In Nagano, some mountain tops had the first snowfall in early October, sending us signs of winter. Winter is definitely Nagano’s attraction. We have different winter weather from place to place, because Nagano is 212km long from North to South. For example, Nagano City in the Northern Nagano may be covered with heavy snow on the day Matsumoto in the center of Nagano has cloudy skies and Ina in Southern Nagano has clear, blue skies with warm sunshine. This is what Nagano’s weather is like, with totally different winter facades.
Please read our email newsletter and enjoy Nagano in the winter wonderland~♪。
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■□ Special Coverage 
・・・〵・・・〵・・・Ski Resorts in Nagano・・・〳・・・〳・・・   
             「Have fun in the winter wonderland How to enjoy winter・・・・」

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Hakuba Valley ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
 Hakuba Valley is a collection of ski resorts with beautiful snow-covered mountains, and the most popular destination for Australians. Direct bus services are available from Nagano International Airport from December 19~March 8. Visit the Ski Jumping Stadium used during the Nagano Winter Olympics, go up to the start point and share the excitement of the world-class jumpers.
Tourism Commission Of Hakuba Village
http://vill.hakuba.nagano.jp/index2.html (Japanese)
http://www.hakubavalley.com/ (English)
http://www.hakubavalley.com/ko/ (Korean)

Direct bus service from Narita Airport
 http://www.alpico.co.jp/traffic/express/narita_hakuba/en/ (English)

Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort Information Sheet

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Shiga Highlands・Kita Shiga Highlands Areas ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
Shiga Highlands and Kita Shiga Highlands are the ski resorts closest to the Snow Monkey Park, where you can enjoy one of the world’s best powder snow. Their multi-resort lift pass usable at all 19 ski grounds in Shiga Highlands is great for a long stay! From the top of Mt. Yokote (2,307m), you will have a breathtaking view on a clear day, including a distant view of Mt. Fuji.
Shiga Highlands Area •Kita Shiga Highlands Areas (19ski grounds)
Information Sheet
Ryuo Ski Park Information Sheet

Shiga Highlands
http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp.e.qn.hp.transer.com/ (English)

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Ski Resorts for Beginners ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
・・☆★Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resorts
Ride on a Shinkansen and enjoy many ski runs for beginners at Karuizawa Prince Hotel Snow Resorts. Nagano’s largest outlet mall is right next to the resort. Stay at Karuizawa Prince Hotel, and save money!
Information Sheet

・・☆★Ina Ski Resort 
Best ski resort for ski and snowboard beginners, with free lessons for beginners on gentle slopes.
The resort is open at night every day, and a vegetarian menu is available at the restaurant.
Information Sheet

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※Visit the website below, and search hotels Hakuba, Shiga Highlands and Nozawa Onsen areas!
●CLASSIC RESORTS JAPAN●
http://www.snowlove.net/japan/ (English)

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In winter, we have many festivals so fierce and heated that we forget the cold weather. We also have gorgeous festivals surrounded with bright lights. As we wait for arrival of Spring, why don’t we go out and enjoy winter festivals in Nagano, following the lights lighted in many places in the winter wonderland?

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【1】Karuizawa Winter Festival
■ Karuizawa is one of the most famous summer resorts in Japan, but winter is also attractive in this stylish resort town. Events are held in many places in town, and colorful illuminations light up your special time during the Christmas and Valentine’s.
Karuizawa Information Sheet
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【2】Matsumoto Ice Sculpture Festival
■ Visit Matsumoto Castle in the winter, and enjoy ice events including Japan Ice Sculpture Contest and a giant ice slide. The sculptures are illuminated beautifully at night.
https://www.nagano-cvb.or.jp/nagano/sightseeing/E324/05_02_01a_index.html (Japanese/English)
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【3】Iiyama Kamakura Restaurant
■ Kamakura is a small hut made with snow. It is surprisingly warm in the snow hut, and you can enjoy warm dinner inside including hot-pot soup with vegetables and meat.
There are many snow huts on the site, and they look very fantastic when illuminated at night.
Iiyama Information Sheet
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【4】Nozawa Dosojin Fire Festival
■ Nozawa Dosojin Festival is one Japan’s most famous fire festivals, held on January 15 every year. It is a spectacular event where a heated battle is fought between the villagers trying to burn down the makeshift shrine and the defenders. When the shrine catches fire, the festival reaches the climax.
http://www.nozawakanko.jp/spot/dousozin.php (Japanese)
http://nozawakanko.jp/english/event/ (English)
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【5】Eastern Nagano Snowball Fight, Saku Event
■A snowball fight is a sport both adults and children can be crazy about. Winner is decided by a tactical moment during these thrilling games.
Saku Information Sheet
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【6】Nagano Lantern Festival
■ Nagano Lantern Festival started to commemorate Nagano Winter Olympic Games. Zenkoji Temple will be illuminated in five Olympic colors, and many lanterns line the approach to the temple. Please enjoy Buddhist’s vegetarian cuisine and tea and sweets at Shukubo guesthouses run by temples for pilgrims.
https://www.nagano-cvb.or.jp/nagano/sightseeing/E324/05_02_01a_index.html  (Japanese/English)
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【7】Hina Doll Festival with One Thousand Dolls on Thirty Steps
■ March 3 is a special day for girls in Japan, when we display hina dolls dressed in traditional kimono to pray healthy growth of girls. Please visit Suzaka between January and April, where you can meet 6,000 hina dolls made between the Edo era (17~19 centuries) and now.
http://www.culture-suzaka.or.jp/hinamatsuri/ (Japanese)
Information Sheet
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【8】Shimotsuki Festival
■ Shimotsuki Festival is an impressive Shinto event preserved in Toyamago in Southern Nagano. Villagers portraying myriads of gods dance around a huge pot of boiling water, and splash the boiling water barehanded. It is designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. http://tohyamago.com/simotuki/okori/  (Japanese)

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 During the “Silver Week” in September, when we have many holidays, I visited my sister in Saitama for the first time in eight years. I was very surprised to see that even at 12 midnight, there were so many vehicles and people on the streets, and that 24-hour restaurants were packed with guests. I was even more surprised that a bunch of grapes from Nagano was sold for 4,000 yen there! I realized how blessing it is to live in Nagano rich with nature. In September, our mornings and evenings started to be very cool. In our yard we can smell sweet aroma of fragrant olives. We can see grasshoppers hop during the day, and at night, clear, peaceful sounds of bell crickets give us such peaceful moments, and gently surround us until we forget how much time has passed. Nagano’s “nostalgic” beauty never stops fascinating us.
In the next email newsletter, I will send you some Spring information about March to May. Please don’t miss it!

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October 28th, 2015

Thank you for using our webpage Go! Nagano.
Due to a system error, the guest book function has been out of service
Since Sep.25 th. We have fixed now the error and it is available from today.
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Come and Enjoy a Parade from the Edo Era!

October 1st, 2015

Walking around the post town Narai-juku makes one feel as if they’ve traveled back to the Edo period. It is one of many towns along the Nakasendo trail that was used by merchants, shogun and princesses. Here we are hosting a parade for Kazunomiya, an Imperial princess who marries into the Tokugawa family.

The parade will be held at two towns along the Nakasendo trail, first at Yabuhara-juku (Kiso) and then in Narai-juku (Shiojiri).

You can’t miss it!!!
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Place :
Nakasendo Yabuhara-juku (Kiso, Nagano)  ⇒ Narai-juku (Shiojiri, Nagano)

Time schedule :
11:00 ~ 12:00 Yabuhara-juku
14:00 ~ 15:00 Narai-juku

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See the brochure

YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN A PHOTO-SHOOOT OF THE EDO ERA.

August 31st, 2015

Shiojiri-city(塩尻市) offer you a nice event in which you can wear costume of Edo Era.
If you have any interest please be in touch the contact person below.

Contact:Yukiko Shinozaki
(Mobile phone)090-6023-4003
Shiojiri-shi Kannkoukyoukai

○Details
Apply from : Aug 1st Sat. until Sep. 4th Fri.
EVENT DATE: Oct.18th.Sun.
FEE: Free. (costume, lunch and drink are provided)

Participants are required
● To be in rehearsal on Oct.17th .
● To be at Naraijuku on Oct.18th from 7:00am to 4:30pm.
(We can refer you to accommodations)

Role                   Participants         Role               Participants
Flag-bearer               3 men            Military Officer          2 people
Drummers                2 men            Nobles                4 people
Forerunners               2 people          Niwada Tsuguko         1 woman
Bodyguard samurai          6 people          Great Umbrella bearer    1 man
Attendant Samurai          6 people          Palanquin-bearers        8 men
Bugyou Magistrates          2 people           Court Woman          20 women
Jyourou Noble woman        1 woman         Tokugawa Iemochi       1 man
Kasamochi Umbrella bearer   1 man

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Please see the brochure below.

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【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Autumn fun in Nagano

August 18th, 2015

【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Autumn fun in Nagano

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Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 1, 2015
August 18 , 2015
Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,
Nagano Prefecture

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Hello, everyone!
Thank you very much for reading the summer issue of our official email newsletter.
In today’s newsletter, please find Nagano’s delicious fall foods.

Walking on the historical Nakasendo way is very popular among visitors from overseas.
Post towns on Nakasendo, such as Narai and Tsumago, have been designated the Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the government, still preserving the ambiance of the past.
Also in the Kiso area where the Nakasendo way goes through, there are various tasty food prepared using special local products. Especially in the fall, you can enjoy blessings from the mountains you can eat only in the Kiso area.
Time-travel to the Edo Period in Japan, and enjoy fall gourmet food, thinking back on the travelers who trod on the same path in the past!

The fall season is for tasty food, sports and sightseeing. What are you going to enjoy in Nagano?
Please read today’s issue of our email newsletter, and enjoy Nagano under the fall skies~♪
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■□ Special Features・・・〵・・・Taste of autumn will be here. Please enjoy!・・・〳・・・
     「Nagano’s original cuisine,
autumn fruit, apple and grape picking, season’s newly harvested soba noodles・・・・」

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇Food and Travel in Kiso◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
・・・・・Everlasting mountains and rivers in Kiso. Make a detour, and enjoy a sentimental and delicious journey.

 =*=Sweetfish・Char・Tanabira Trout=*=
Wild fish grown in the clear streams in Kiso taste pure and simple. Please enjoy them char-grilled with salt, or in the sweet stewed Kanroni style.
=*=Gohei Mochi Rice Cakes=*=
Gohei Mochi is one of the most famous foods in Kiso, made of rice skewered, grilled and coated with mixture of chestnuts, soy sauce, sugar, sesame, etc. Please enjoy the aroma of burned sauce.
=*=Soba Manju Buns=*=
In these buckwheat buns, flavorful buckwheat and sweet red beans are in wonderful harmony. Enjoy its simple taste that is not too sweet.
=*=Red Turnips=*=
These are turnips grown in Kiso, passed on to us long time ago at the foot of Mt. Ontake. They are bright red in color, and have tender flesh and a thick petiole.
=*=Local Sake in Kiso=*=
The Kiso area with fresh water and air is home to excellent sake breweries. Many of them are in Suhara, Kiso Fukushima and Yabuhara. Their original flavors have been attracting sake lovers from all over Japan.
Please see below for more information:
Kiso Town Tourism Association
http://www.kankou-kiso.com/index.html
   (English/Japanese/Korean/Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Shinshu Soba Noodles in the Fall ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
・・・・・・Shinshu Soba is one of the most famous foods in Nagano. Please enjoy Nagano’s newly harvested soba noodles made from local flavorful buckwheat flower grown under a large temperature difference between day and night.
Location:Matsumoto Information Sheet
Location:Matsumoto Castle Soba Festival
Location:Yamanouchi Town Soba Festival (September 12-13)
Information Sheet
Location:Yamanouchi Town Sugakawa Soba Harvest Festival (October 24~25)
Information Sheet

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇Fruit Picking in the Fall◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
== Apples ==
★☆★Azumino Tourist Orchard★☆★  Late July~Late November
    ・・・・They speak Chinese! Peaches and blueberries are available in summer too.
        Over 30 varieties of apples and 15 varieties of peaches.
  http://www.azm.janis.or.jp/~azumino3/ (in Japanese)

Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet (Mid-September~Mid-November)
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama City) Information Sheet
Location:Matsui Farm (Komoro City) Information Sheet

== Grapes == (Early August~Late October)
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama City) Information Sheet
Location:Suzaka City Information Sheet

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【1】Tourist’s Application “Unique Nagano”

  ■”Unique Nagano” is an application for visitors to Nagano to search activities (soba making, river boat rides, sake brewery tours), accommodations, restaurants, etc. in Nagano. You can search shops and facilities by area, category, photo or current position!
  Please see below for more information:
  http://machiaruki.net/unique_nagano/ (English)
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【2】Marugotera Bus Tours in the Hot Spring Village
   ■Fall Foliage Tour: October 16~23
   ■Apple Tour: October 24日~November 3
To Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet

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【3】Fall Foliage in the Japanese Alps
■During the peak season, the entire mountains are covered with fabulous splendor of fall colors. The Azusagawa Gorge literally becomes fall brocade.
The vast highlands overlooking Mt. Norikura are covered with breathtaking beauty of autumn leaves.
Kamikochi’s larch woods glow in brilliant gold in the fall. The sky is high, the air is clear. The golden leaves look stunning against the clear distant autumn sky.
To Matsumoto Information Sheet
 ■In early October, mountain ash, Erman’s birch, maple, mizu nara oak and urushi lacquer trees in the Shiga Highlands start to turn. In mid-October, you can enjoy magnificent fall leaves resembling full-color Ukiyoe prints.
To Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet

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Information for the Visitors to Mt. Asama

June 16th, 2015

At 3:30pm on Thursday, June 11, 2015, Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert level of Mt. Asama from 1 (normal) to 2 (no entry to the crater zone).

 

They also announced that at 9:30am, Tuesday June 16, a very small amount of volcanic ash was observed 4km north of Mt. Asama, indicating small-scale eruptions.

 

To the Visitors to Mt. Asama/Saku areas

Due to the raised alert level, the entry to the 2km-radius of the crater is now prohibited. Part of trekking paths is also closed.

 

 There are no tourist facilities in the no-go zone, and all facilities for tourists in the area are open and operating normally, including all transportation systems.

 

We will continue to update the information about Mt. Asama on this website.

 

Please see the map below for the locations of Mt. Asama and the no-go zone.

 

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The trekking paths in the 2km-radius circle (indicated in red) are currently closed.

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【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Summer fun in Nagano

May 12th, 2015

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Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 4
May12, 2015
Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,
Nagano Prefecture

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Hello, how are you?
The sunshine is getting warmer and warmer here in Nagano, and we are enjoying beautiful spring days. In April, beautiful flowers start to bloom everywhere, including famous cherry blossoms. You can enjoy the last part of skiing season in the warm sunshine until early May too.
Now I am writing to you today with the summer information from June to September. Please do not miss our recommendations!
In Nagano, unlike modern cities like Tokyo, you can enjoy various activities in the beautiful nature. Trekking in the mountains, water activities on the river, picking fresh fruits in an orchard; they are all only one to two hours away from Tokyo by the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Please come to Nagano to refresh yourself!
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■ Table of Contents ■

 ★1★ Outdoor Activities in Summer

 ☆2☆ Fruit Picking

 ★3★ Other Summer Recommendations

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           1  Outdoor Activities in Summer
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━━━◆◇ Trekking ◆◇━━━
 △▲△ Kamikochi △▲△
The period from mid-June to early July has the most varieties of flowers in the year. The woods in Kamikochi are suddenly full of life with the arrival of migratory birds then. In Kamikochi, the temperature is around 25 degrees even during the midsummer. Creeks with cool water and fresh winds in the air will soothe your hot summer days.
http://www.kamikochi.or.jp/ (English/Japanese/Korean/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese)
http://www.kamikochi.org/ (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=2&junleid=1&indexid=4&kubuncode=1 (Thai)

 △▲△ Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest △▲△
The Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest is a natural forest with over 300-year-old hinoki cypress trees. This is the birthplace of forest therapy, and also counted as one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan. As you walk along their eight natural trails, you can rest your mind and body, seeing Iwana char fish in the streams and delicate small flowers in the grass. Hearing refreshing running water and singing birds on the trees are soothing.
http://www.town.agematsu.nagano.jp/kankou/index.html (English/Japanese/Korean/Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=68&junleid=5&indexid=3&kubuncode=2 (Thai)

 △▲△ Senjojiki Cirque・Mt. Komagatake △▲△
Take the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake in the Chuo Alps and enjoy 150 kinds of alpine flowers from July to August in the Senjojiki Cirque 2,600m above sea level! From the one-hour-long walking trail, you can see Mt. Hokendake rising right in front of you, and the Southern Alps and Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance. If you want to be more active and decide to do a two-hour climb (one way) to Mt. Komagatake, please contact us for a local mountain guide.
http://www.chuo-alps.com/ (English/Japanese/Korean/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=10&junleid=1&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Thai)

 △▲△ Shin’etsu Trail △▲△
The Shin’etsu Trail stretches as far as 80km in the total length, divided into six sections. Since each section has a different distance and a vertical drop, everyone, from a full-fledged alpinist to a beginner, can find the right course for his/her strength and experience. Why don’t you go hiking in the beautiful satoyama area experiencing the unspoiled nature?
http://www.s-trail.net/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.s-trail.net/english/index.html (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=13&junleid=5&indexid=1&kubuncode=2 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=13&junleid=5&indexid=1&kubuncode=2 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=13&junleid=5&indexid=1&kubuncode=2 (Korean)

 △▲△ Happo-Oné Nature Study Trail & Lake Happo-ike △▲△
The hiking route leading to Lake Happoike is dotted with splendid vista points commanding a view of eleven out of 100 Best Mountains of Japan. You can see Mt. Fuji from the First Cairn on a sunny day with limpid air. The trail is enjoyable even for families and women’s groups who may not be experienced in mountain climbing.
Information sheet

 △▲△ Shiga Highlands △▲△
The Shiga Highlands are located in the center of Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park, and designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The trekking course around lakes is popular among visitors, where they can visit the Shijuhachi-ike (Forty-eight lakes) Marshlands including Lake Onuma, in the highlands surrounded by 2,000m mountains.
http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/season/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Thai)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Korean)

━━━◆◇ Fun on the River ◆◇━━━
 △▲△ Canoeing △▲△
Even if you might be a beginner, canoe touring is a fun and relaxing activity providing a dynamic view of mountain ranges and seasonal landscapes. We guarantee that you will safely have fun on the river with instructions by a tour guide.
Information Sheet

△▲△ Rafting △▲△
Rafting is an especially popular water sport on the river. Everybody goes down the limpid stream flowing from the Northern Alps on the large rubber raft, working together steering the raft with a paddle. It is a lot of fun to go through different sections of the river, such as a thrilling rapid stream where you barely miss a large rock, and a more quiet section where you can float enjoying a relaxing murmur of the brook. Don’t worry about safety even if you are a beginner, because a professional tour guide will lead your way.
http://hakuba.lion-adventure.com/saigawarafting/ (English/Japanese/Korean/Traditional Chinese/ Simplified Chinese)
http://www.evergreen-hakuba.com/tours/jrafting.html (English/Japanese)

△▲△ Clear Bottom Boat △▲△
After visiting Daio Wasabi Farm, why don’t you enjoy floating on the river on a clear bottom boat? You can enjoy the limpid stream of spring water which goes through the Azumino Wasabi Farm Springs Zone, which was chosen one of the 100 best springs in Japan. Don’t worry about getting wet. You can ride the clear boat as you are. Good for all ages, and for both men and women.
http://www.azuminokisen.com/?page_id=24 (Japanese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Thai)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Korean)

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           2 Fruit Picking
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Nagano Prefecture is a fruit paradise where safe and delicious fruits are grown thanks to long hours of sunlight, large temperature difference between day and night and determined hard work by the producers. At the farms introduced in this issue, you can pick fruits directly from the trees and enjoy them fresh right there. Please don’t miss Shinano Sweet apples and Nagano Purple grapes, Nagano’s original products!

 ●○● Cherries ●○● Mid-June ~ mid-July
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 

 ●○● Blueberries ●○● Early July ~ early August
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 
Location:Mori no Hatake (Suzaka City) Information Sheet
Location:Sonosato Blueberry Farm (Suzaka City) Information Sheet
Location:Matsui Farm (Komoro City) Information Sheet

 ●○● Grapes ●○● Early August ~ late October
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama City) Information Sheet
Location:Suzaka City Information Sheet

 ●○● Apples ●○● Mid-August ~ early December
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama City) Information Sheet
Location:Matsui Farm (Komoro City) Information Sheet

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           3 Other Summer Recommendations
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 ◆◇◆ Tsumago Post Town ◆◇◆
The Tsumago Post Town flourished during the Edo Era as a post town on the Nakasendo Road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto. Designated one of Japan’s historic buildings preservation district, it still gives you the sentiment of living in the old times. Hiking on the Nakasendo Road between Magome and Tsumago is popular.
http://www.tumago.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.tumago.jp/english/ (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Korean)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Thai)

 ◆◇◆ Narai Post Town ◆◇◆
Narai is a post town in the very middle of the Nakasendo Road, being the 34th post town from both Tokyo and Kyoto. It is at the highest elevation of all eleven post towns in the Kiso area. It flourished with many travelers who went over the Torii Pass nearby, one of the most difficult section of the road. It is designated one of Japan’s historic buildings preservation district, along with the Tsumago Post Town.
Information Sheet

 ◆◇◆ Firefly Festival in Tatsuno ◆◇◆
In this age when destruction of the nature continues, Tatsuno Town still preserves one of the best natural environments in the nation, where you can see fireflies dance. Many visitors flock to the town during the firefly season in mid-June each year to enjoy mysterious beauty of fireflies.

◆◇◆ Grand Festival of Mikoshi Makuri at Suimu Shrine ◆◇◆
This festival at Suimu Shrine is one of the greatest summer events in Kiso Fukushima. The festival is rough and spectacular with the villagers throwing and rolling the portable shrine on the ground, finally destroying it at the end. Please experience the excitement of the festival first hand, while enjoying cool, fresh evening winds on your skin.
Information sheet

 ◆◇◆ Fireworks in Suwa ◆◇◆
During the Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival on August 15 each year, over 40,000 flowers of fire bloom and light up the evening sky and the lake. All Japan New Fireworks Competition is also held in Suwa every year on the first Saturday of September, where fireworks artists from all over Japan gather to display their unconventional and original ideas and skills. Apart from these two large-scale events, 800 fireworks are launched every night from late July to the end of August on Lake Suwa.
http://www.suwakanko.jp/fire/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Thai)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Korean)

 ◆◇◆ Lake Nojiri Floating Lantern Fireworks Festival ◆◇◆
Please enjoy the fireworks display held on 650m above sea level with a different theme each year. The sound of fireworks echoes in Lake Nojiri, creating powerful sound effects. The lights of lanterns floating on the lake generate a fantastic world.
Information sheet

※Inbound Trade Show in Tokyo
Members of tourism industry in Nagano, including hotels and transportation companies will hold a trade show in Tokyo on Thursday, May 28, for the travel agents selling tours to Japan. If you are interested in tours to Nagano, please do not miss it.
Time & Date: 3:30~5:40pm, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Venue: 2-4-1 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
AP Hamamatsu-cho
How to Apply: Send an e-mail to go-nagano@pref.nagano.lg.jp and let us know your company name, participants’ names and contact information.

※About promotional video clips of tourism in Nagano
Nagano Prefecture produced some video clips to portray Nagano’s beauties for the travelers overseas. The first clips are filled with winter funs in Nagano, and they are posted on Youtube. Please check them out and enjoy! “Exciting snow activities ver.” is for serious skiers, while “Fun in the snow activities ver.” is for families who would like to ski and play in the snow.

We are also preparing another video illustrating four seasons in Nagano. We will let you know about it as soon as it is ready.

(English)
NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver

NAGANO Winter Digest ver

(Traditional Chinese)
NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

(Simplified Chinese)
NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

(Korean)
NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

(Thai)
NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

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 ~One last thing~
How did you like this issue’s information about lots of activities in Nagano? I am happy if you can feel Nagano’s fresh cool summer days from this newsletter.
As of April 1, there were some personnel changes at International Tourism Promotion Office of the Nagano Prefectural government. We are all looking forward to meeting you soon. Thank you for your continued interest in tourism in Nagano Prefecture this fiscal year!

I will write to you again with the information about the fall (from September to November)!
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Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Thai!
          Visit the site for various information including model courses.
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