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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Enjoy Duty-Free Shopping in Nagano!

March 17th, 2015

 Now you can purchase all merchandise duty-free in Japan, including consumables such as sweets, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and drugs. There are 88 duty-free shops in Nagano, where you can enjoy duty-free shopping.

Please visit the following JTA websites for more details.

 

Shopping Guide Brochure:

http://tax-freeshop.jnto.go.jp/docs/Taxfree-Leaflet-Rakugan.pdf 

 

Japan Tax-free Shopping Guide:

http://tax-freeshop.jnto.go.jp/eng/shopping-guide.php 

 

Tax-free Shop List: http://tax-freeshop.jnto.go.jp/eng/shop-list.php?location=20&lat=&lng=&keyword=&=%E3%82%AF%E3%82%A8%E3%83%AA%E9%80%81%E4%BF%A1 

 

 

Duty-Free Shop Signs

Look for these signs for duty-free shops, and enjoy duty-free shopping!  

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Beloved Items of Oshōnin-Sama

February 16th, 2015

 Zenkōji Gokaichō Commemoration Event

 (Zenkōji Gokaichō: 5 April 2015― 31 May)

 

Zenkōji’s 121st “Takatsukasa Seigyoku Shōnin” is respectfully and fondly known by many as “Oshōnin-Sama”.  Zenkōji Shōnin, the abbess of Daihongan, carries on the traditions of Daihongan, which shares its foundation and history with Zenkōji. Various items associated with the house of Takatsukasa which have been donated to Suzaka City by Oshōnin-Sama will be shown during the Zenkōji Gokaichō event.

 

From 14 March 2015 → 31 May

Suzaka Classic Museum

Open every day during the event period.

 

Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission:  ¥300 (20% discount for groups of 20 or more visitors)

Free for children 15 and younger.

 

15 min. via Nagano Dentetsu express train from JR Nagano Station.

5 min. walk from Suzaka Station.

 

A shuttle bus service will be provided during the period of the Zenkōji Gokaichōevent to transport visitors between Zenkōji and Suzaka / Obuse.

 

Contact: Suzaka Tourist Association, TEL 026-215-2225

Sponsor: Executive Committee of the Beloved Items of Oshōnin-Sama

In Cooperation With: Daihonzan Zenkōji Daihongan

 

http://www.city.suzaka.nagano.jp/contents/event/event.php?p=b&id=10258&joho=oshi

 

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【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Enjoy spring in Nagano!

January 29th, 2015

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     Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Mail Magazine Vol. 3

                     January 29, 2015

           Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,

                    Nagano Prefecture

 

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Happy New Year! I would appreciate your continued interest in Nagano Prefecture in this new year.

 

Hello, how are you?

Nagano is in the height of winter sports season right now. Today I would like to bring spring recommendations to you from March to May!

In the spring, cherry and many other blossoms and flowers will be waiting for your visit, blooming in many colors,

Some ski resorts are open until early May. Please enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the mountains, and viewing cherry blossoms in the town, thus experiencing both winter and spring during one trip in Japan!

I have other spring highlights too. Please don’t miss them!

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 Table of Contents 

 

 1 Blossoms and Flowers in Nagano

 

 2 Ski Resorts and Snow Experiences in Spring

 

 3 Spring Events

 

 4 New Shinkansen Station Opens! Iiyama Station and the Surrounding

       Areas

 

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         ★1★ Blossoms and Flowers in Nagano

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━━━◆◇ Cherry Blossoms ◆◇━━━

 □■□Takato Historic Castle Site□■□ Mid-April

Takato’s cherry blossoms are smaller and rosier than common species, and called ”the cherry blossoms in the whole country.” Many people from both inside and outside Japan visit Takato to enjoy cherry blossoms on 1,500 trees.

http://takato-inacity.jp/h27/ (in English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

 □■□Matsumoto Castle□■□ Mid- to late April

Matsumoto Castle was built in pitch black during the Warring States period. You can enjoy the contrast between Its dark and stately outline and soft, pinkish cherry blossoms only in Matsumoto, including the view of the Northern Alps still capped with remaining snow in the background. At night the castle and blossoms are illuminated by light, and look dreamily beautiful.

http://youkoso.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/spot/?page_id=341 (in Japanese only)

http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/contents03+index.id+3.htm (in English, French, German, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian)

 

 □■□Garyu Park□■□ Mid- to late April

Garyu Park has been chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. The blossoms reflected on the pond in the park are also a glorious sight.

Information Sheet

 

 □■□Kozenji□■□ Mid-April

Their famous weeping cherry blossoms are lit up at night, creating an atmosphere of subtle and profound beauty.

http://www.kankou-komagane.com/spot/inspection2.php?id=154&c_id=1&cj_id=4 (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai)

 

━━━◆◇ Canola Blossoms ◆◇━━━

 □■□Nanohana Park in Iiyama□■□ Late April to early May

Nanohana (Canola blossom) Park is covered with a brilliant yellow color of canola blossoms as far as you can see. The park is a main venue of the Canola Blossom Festival is in Iiyama, holding various enjoyable events.

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/sightseeing/2011/09/698.php (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

Information Sheet

 

━━━◆◇ Wasabi Flowers ◆◇━━━

 □■□Daio Wasabi Farm□■□ Mid-March to early May

A wasabi radish is a must-have to enjoy sushi and sashimi in Japan. Please enjoy pure white wasabi flowers raised in clear fresh water.

Information Sheet

 

━━━◆◇ Apricot Blossoms ◆◇━━━

 □■□Apricot Village in Chikuma City□■□ Early to mid-April

Apricot trees bloom in a pale pink color, just like cherry trees. Chikuma City is well-known as an Apricot Village of Japan. The legend says a princess who married into the Sanada family brought seedlings of apricot from home to remember her hometown.

Information Sheet

 

 

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      ☆2☆ Ski Resorts and Snow Experiences in Spring

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Do not give up on it this season!  Some ski resorts are still open in Nagano until early May! Those who do not care for a wintry weather can still enjoy skiing and snowboarding under the warm spring sunshine.

You don’t care for rigorous exercises? Then why don’t you go to see breathtaking snow walls?

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Ski Resorts Operating until Early May

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 ●○●Hakuba Valley●○● 

http://www.hakubavalley.jp/winter/ski.html (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

 ●○●Shiga Highlands●○● 

http://www.shigakogen-ski.com/ (in Japanese only)

http://shiga.whitesnow.jp/ebook/ebook6/_SWF_Window.html?pagecode= (in English)

 

●○●Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort●○● 

http://www.nozawaski.com/ (in English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

Search your hotel in Hakuba Valley, Shiga Highlands and Nozawa Onsen using the website below!

CLASSIC RESORTS JAPAN

http://www.snowlove.net/japan/ (in English)

 

 

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Snow Walls are a favorite snow experience for visitors from overseas!!

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 ●○●Snow Walls on Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route●○●April 16 to late June

Let’s walk through the 20m-high snow walls! We recommend you enter the route from the Toyama side, walk through the snow walls, visit Kurobe Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric dams in Japan, and exit to the Nagano side. A luggage delivery service is available from your hotel or a station to your next hotel or station.

http://www.alpen-route.com/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai)

 

 ●○●Snow Corridor on Mt. Norikura●○● Late April to late June

If you are planning to be in Matsumoto, the snow corridor on Mt. Norikura is within an easy access. Please also enjoy Kamikochi and Shirahone Hot Spring, famous for its milk white hot spring water.

http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/haruyama/ (in Japanese only)

http://www.go-nagano.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/norikura-general-info.pdf (in English)

 

 

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           ★3★ Spring Events

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 ◆◇◆Gokaicho Festival in Zenkoji Temple◆◇◆

Zenkoji’s Gokaicho Festival is an occasion of every seventh year to exhibit Maedachi Honzon, the replica of the hidden main statue, in the Main Hall. This festival is held from April 5 to May 31 of this spring in the Buddhist city of Nagano. Please come and join us to experience new blessed relationships with Buddha.

http://www.gokaicho.com/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

 ◆◇◆Kamikochi Opening Ceremony◆◇◆

Kamikochi, closed during the winter season, is planned to open for visitors on April 17 this year, and the opening ceremony is held on April 27. The ceremony starts with a Shinto ritual to pray for the safety and prosperity of the mountains, followed by the Lion Dance, drum performances and treating visitors with sake.

http://www.kamikochi.or.jp/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

 ◆◇◆Saku Hot Air Balloon Festival◆◇◆

2015 Japan Hot Air Balloon Championships will be held in Saku, with Top-notch balloon pilots gathering from all over Japan, waging hot battles against each other. There will be balloon ride opportunities and fun family events!

http://www.city.saku.nagano.jp/kankou-k/sightseen/index.html (in Japanese)

http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=17&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (in English)

 

◆◇◆One Thousand Hina 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/ (in Japanese only)

Information Sheet 

 

 ◆◇◆Strawberry Picking◆◇◆

Go Visit Miharashi Farm where you can enjoy strawberry picking from January to June. Please experience all-you-can-eat fresh strawberries, soba noodle making, tofu making, a buffet-style restaurant and a hot spring in Miharashi Farm!

http://miharashi-farm.com/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

Information Sheet 

 

 

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4New Shinkansen Station Opens! Iiyama Station and the Surrounding Areas

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The Shinkansen Line currently called Nagano Shinkansen connects Tokyo and Nagano. This line will be extended to Kanazawa on March 14, 2015, changing its name to Hokuriku Shinkansen.

With the extension of the line, there will be a new Shinkansen station in Iiyama, Nagano, the next stop after Nagano Station. Iiyama will be only a two-hour Shinkansen ride away from Tokyo, where you can enjoy fabulous natural beauty and various experiences.

 

Recommended fun sites and experiences near Iiyama Station;

♪Iiyama Nanohana (canola blossom) Park (late April to early May)

♪Hiking on Shin’etsu Trails

♪Yoga in the woods

Sake tasting in sake breweries

♪Snowshoeing (until early April)

♪Canoeing and rafting

 

Please visit the website of the Shinshu Iiyama Tourism Bureau for more details:

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ~One last thing

In 2014 we went though many things in Nagano; a huge typhoon, eruption of Mt. Ontake, earthquake in Hakuba, which were not easy for us.

However, there are almost no effects of these disasters left in visitor’s favorite destinations in Nagano. People in the affected areas are doing well, and doing a good job welcoming visitors so that they can have a great stay in Nagano!

 

Please look forward to the next newsletter with summer information from June to August!

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    Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Guide “GO! Nagano”

      ・・・We provide tourism information for you in English,

  Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Thai!

         Visit the site for various information including

               model courses.

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   Edited by: International Tourism Promotion Office, Nagano Prefecture

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Nagano Snow Resort Pass is now available!

December 22nd, 2014

A Nagano Snow Resort Pass started last season, and it turned out very popular. This season, they have come back again!

If you plan to visit some of the popular tourist’s sites in Nagano including Hakuba, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Togakushi, Nozawa Onsen and Zenkoji, purchase this all-you-can-ride pass and save money! With this 5,000-yen Two-Day Pass (2,500 yen for children), you can get on and off anywhere on the buses and trains in the designated areas.

During your ski vacation, please also enjoy visiting hot-spring-loving monkeys, nationally treasured Zenkoji Temple, hot springs, and downtown Nagano!  

 

 

Visit the following website for more details:

http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents00/index.php?id=14 

Dear Traveler,

December 19th, 2014

Hakuba Happo-one Ski Resort opened on 5th December 2014.

We are doing alright! “GENKI DESU” Our little ski village was shaken up a month ago, some houses were badly affected and residents injured.

The Valley has two sides, on the opposing side of the ski resort to the east lies the “Nagano-ken Kamishiro Fault Line which caused the majority of damage. In some parts of the world earthquakes & volcanoes are unknown. In Japan natural disasters, earthquakes included are a part of life here. Living with the facts we cannot change local residents in Hakuba pulled together & with tremendous effort our clean up and rescue operations were able to recover and relocate those worse affected areas.

A week and a half after it snowed in Hakuba.

Our lifts, hotels and other building structures have been thoroughly checked and maintained in preparation for the season. Thank you for your messages of sympathy & support.

With the understanding and acknowledgment that Hakuba is a small ski town in a big mountain valley, we welcome 2014-2015 ski season.

Our hearts are open & we endeavor to do our best and will continue to have a positive outlook in the face of adversity.

 “HAKUBA is GENKI DESU”

Happo-one Ski Resort

Message from Mayor of Hakuba Village (English)

Message from Mayor of Hakuba Village (Japanese)

Hakuba Valley’s fantastic ski season has already come!

December 16th, 2014

First of all, we would like to say thank you for all your sincere concern about the earthquake.

Indeed, only minor part of the village was damaged by the earthquake. All the ski resorts have been inspected thoroughly after the earthquake. No apparent damage at any of the lifts or other facilities. We have successfully repaired those minor damages and confirmed the safety before the opening. It is promised to be a wonderful ski season ahead.

Due to the cold weather, regular snowfalls appeared over last week what results in plenty of fresh snow on slopes now. The upper slopes of Happo-one, Tsugaike Kogen, Goryu and Hakuba 47 ski resorts opened last weekend. It’s difficult to miss with lots of the upper slopes of the ski resorts now with a nice white dusting of a cover.

The weather outlook for the coming week is for the cold weather to continue, enabling snowmaking systems to fire and offering the chance for more slopes to open. All the ski resorts and entire slopes are expected to be opened after mid of Dec. Plenty of fresh powder on the slopes is waiting for you to come and enjoy.

Imagining yourself skiing down the slopes? Book your winter escape and grab your ski or snowboard equipment to visit Hakuba now!

Hakuba Valley is looking forward for your visit.

By Nessa Pang 


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