Currency Exchange Booths Have Opened in Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort!

December 16th, 2014

On December 15, 2014, foreign currency exchange booths opened in Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. Please have even more fun in Nozawa Onsen with 100% natural powder!

 

Available currencies:

US dollar (USD)

Australian dollar (AUD)

Euro (EUR)

Singapore dollar (SGD)

Chinese yuan (CNY)

New Taiwan dollar (TWD)

 

Locations:

Ticket counter at Nagasaka Gondola Station

Nozawa Onsen Tourism Association Information Center

 

Please note:

Please bring your passport.

Exchange is done only from foreign currencies to Japanese yen. Please understand that they do not exchange Japanese yen to other currencies.

One transaction for one person must remain under 100,000 yen.

Please check the exchange rate of the day at the exchange booths.

The exchange rate is updated each day at 12:00 noon on weekdays.

The exchange booths will close at the end of March 2015.

 

Please visit the Nozawa Onsen Tourism Association site below for more details:

http://nozawakanko.jp/english/news/2014/12/notification-of-sterting-foreign-currency-exchange-service.php 

Full-blown ski season is here!

December 8th, 2014

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           Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Extra Issue

                                               December 22, 2014

                  Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,

Nagano Prefecture

 

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All-out ski season has finally come to Nagano!

An earthquake hit the northern part of Nagano on Saturday, November 22, but at all ski areas in Hakuba Village, Otari Village and Omachi City near the epicenter, visual and mechanical inspections have been done, and none of the ski runs have any problems.

It started snowing on December 4, and many ski resorts in Nagano have already opened or pre-opened.

Let’s enjoy the winter in Nagano!

 

Ski resort information: http://www.snowlove.net/japan/

 

The ski areas in Hakuba Valley are planning to open as listed below:

Sanosaka Snow Resort (+81-261-75-2452): Open.

 http://www.sanosaka.com/english/index.html

Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort (+81-261-75-2101): Open.

 http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter/foreign/english.html

Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park (+81-261-75-3533): Open.

 http://www.hakuba47.co.jp/winter/en/

Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort (+81-261-72-3066): Open.

 http://www.happo-one.jp/english/

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field (+81-261-72-2474): Open.

 http://www.hakuba.jp/iwatake/en/

Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort (+81-261-83-2515): Open.

 http://www.tsugaike.gr.jp/english/

Hakuba Norikura Ski Resort (+81-261-82-3187): Open.

 http://www.hakubanorikura.jp/ (mostly in Japanese)

Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (+81-261-82-2236): Open.

 http://www.hgp.co.jp/cortina/ski/ (in Japanese only)

Jigatake Ski Resort (+81-261-22-0551): Open.

 http://www.jiigatake.com/ (in Japanese only)

Kashimayari Ski Resort (+81- 261-23-1231): Open.

 http://snow.gnavi.co.jp/guide/htm/r0196ens.htm

YANABA Snowpark (+81-261-23-1123): Open.

 http://www.yanaba.co.jp/ (in Japanese only)

 

Traffic Information

  Road conditions: All major roads including Rt. 148 are open for traffic.

 ・Railway conditions: Operating normally.

 

Please check the updated information on GO! Nagano.

http://www.go-nagano.net/  

 

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Earthquake Information

November 25th, 2014

Situations about Ski Areas in the Hakuba Valley

 

 Since the earthquake on November 22, the Hakuba Village Office has finished inspecting all of the following ski areas in the HAKUBA VALLEY, and confirmed that the damage was limited. The opening schedules of the ski resorts are as follows:

 

 

Sanosaka Snow Resort (+81-261-75-2452): Open.

http://www.sanosaka.com/english/index.html

 

 

Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort (+81-261-75-2101): Open. http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter/foreign/english.html

 

 

Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park (+81-261-75-3533): Open. http://www.hakuba47.co.jp/winter/en/

 

 

Hakuba Happo-One Snow Resort (+81-261-72-3066): Open.

http://www.happo-one.jp/english/

 

 

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field (+81-261-72-2474): Open..

http://www.hakuba.jp/iwatake/en/

 

 

Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort (+81-261-83-2515): Open.

   http://www.tsugaike.gr.jp/english/

 

 

Hakuba Norikura Ski Resort (+81-261-82-3187): Open.

http://www.hakubanorikura.jp/

 

 

Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (+81-261-82-2236): Open.

http://www.hgp.co.jp/cortina/ski/

 

 

Jigatake Ski Resort (+81-261-22-0551): Open.

http://www.jiigatake.com/

 

 

Kashimayari Ski Resort (+81- 261-23-1231): Open.

http://snow.gnavi.co.jp/guide/htm/r0196ens.htm

 

 

YANABA Snowpark (+81-261-23-1123): Open.

http://www.yanaba.co.jp/

 

 

 Traffic Information

As of 9:00am on December 20, the traffic situation to the Hakuba area is as follows:

 

Visitors by Car

“From the Matsumoto area” (From the Azumino Exit on Nagano Expressway)

Rt. 148: Operating normally.

“From the Nagano City area” (From the Nagano Exit on Nagano Expressway)

Rt. 19 ~ Rt. 33 (Hakuba – Nagano Line): Operating normally.

“From the Niigata Prefecture (Itoigawa) area” (From the Itoigawa Exit on Hokuriku Expressway)

Rt. 148: Operating normally.

 

Visitors by Public Transportation

“From the Nagano City area”

Express Bus Nagano – Hakuba Line: Operating normally.

“From the Matsumoto area”

JR Oito Line: Operating normally.

“From the Niigata Prefecture (Itoigawa) area

JR Oito Line: Operating normally.

“From the Tokyo area”

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen (via Nagano) and Express bus Hakuba – Shinjuku Line: Operating normally.

Express bus Nagano – Hakuba Line: Operating normally.

JR Limited Express Train “Azusa”: Operating normally.

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

October 29th, 2014

 

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                Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 2

                                                 October 29, 2014

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Hello!

How are you?

Here is our winter (November ~ March) fun information from Nagano!

Don’t miss skiing and snowboarding in winter in Nagano!

After skiing, soak in the hot spring and relax.

A tranquil snowy landscape looks so fanciful.

There is a lot more fun between skiing. One of them is traditional winter festivals, which are uniquely Japanese.

Please enjoy the winter issue of our newsletter!

 

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 Table of Content 

 

 1 Ski Resort Information

 

 2 Ski/Snowboard School Conducted in Foreign Languages

 

 3 Other Winter Fun

 

 4 Opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen Iiyama Station

 

 

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           1. Ski Resort Information

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Looking for a ski resort in Nagano? Don’t miss the Big 4!

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 ●○●Hakuba Area●○●

Hakuba is a ski resort with a spectacular snowy landscape, and the one loved by the Australian skiers the most. The access is easy with a direct bus service from Narita Airport (from December 19~March 8). The ski jumps used during the 1998 Winter Olympics are open to visitors. You can take a chair lift to climb to the starting gate to see a breathtaking view the Olympic ski jumpers actually saw.

http://www.hakubavalley.jp/winter/ (English/Korean/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese)

Direct bus service from Narita Airport

 http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_narita/ (Japanese)

 http://www.alpico.co.jp/traffic/express/narita_hakuba/en/ (English)

 

 ●○●Shiga Highlands Area●○●

Closest ski resort to Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park. Please enjoy the world’s leading powder snow away from hustle and bustle. You can use your lift pass at ALL of the 19 ski areas in Shiga Highlands, and the shuttle bus connecting these ski areas are free! Stay there for a long time and enjoy whole of Shiga Highlands! The view from the top of Mt. Yokote (2,305m) is stunning on a sunny day! You can even see Mt. Fuji!

http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/season/index.html (English/Korean/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese)

 

 

 ●○●Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort●○●

Nozawa Onsen Village provides 100% natural snow because they have a large amount of snowfall. They have courses with uncompressed snow, and their snow park is fully equipped with a half pipe, kickers, boxes, etc.! Please enjoy bathing in the hot spring after skiing. Sparena is an outdoor hot spring bathhouse which opened last season. You can enjoy soaking in hot spring water in a bathing suit.

http://www.nozawaski.com/winter/ (English/Korean/Japanese/Simplified Chinese)

Sparena

http://www.nozawaski.com/winter/facilities/arena.php (Japanese only)

 

 

 ●○●Madarao Highlands Ski Resort●○●

They are known for spectacular tree runs with uncompressed snow, and there are seven of them! With an additional fee, you can also use Tangram Ski Circus next door.

http://www.madarao.jp/ski/ (English/Japanese)

 

 

Go to the website below, and search hotels at Hakuba, Shiga Highlands and Nozawa Onsen ski resorts!

CLASSIC RESORTS JAPAN

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

 

This is a special deal only for our guests from overseas! During the winter, NAGANO SNOW RESORT PASS is available for buses and trains connecting Nagano Station, Wild Monkey Park, Yudanaka Onsen, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Togakushi Shrine. It is a money-saving, all-you-can-ride pass. We will let you know more details on GO! Nagano, Nagano’s official tourism website

 http://www.go-nagano.net/

 

 

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Reasonable Ski Resort for Beginners

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 ○●○Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort○●○

Only one hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen, and this ski resort is great for beginners.

Nagano’s largest shopping mall is right next door. Stay at the Prince Hotel, and get a great discount!

http://www.princehotels.co.jp/ski/karuizawa/ (Japanese)

http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/karuizawa/index.html (English)

 

 

 ○●○Ina Ski Resort○●○

If you are a beginner skier or snowboarder, get free lessons at Ina Ski Resort! It is best for your first experience because the slopes are gentle.

You can enjoy night skiing every day, and the restaurant caters to the needs of vegetarians.

http://inaski.com/2014/ (Japanese only)

Information Sheet: (English)

 

 

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    2. Ski/Snowboard School Conducted in Foreign Languages

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Hakuba Area

Evergreen Outdoor Center

http://www.evergreen-hakuba.com/jwinter-activities.html (English/Japanese)

 

Hakuba Happo One Ski School

http://www.hakuba-happo.or.jp/ski/ (English/Japanese)

 

Hakuba Goryu Ski School

http://www.hakubasnowdragon.com/日本語/ (Japanese /Chinese)

 

Hakuba Goryu Ski School

http://tsunokai.com/hakuba/?page_id=1850 (English/Japanese)

 

Shiga Highlands Area

 Sugiyama School・・・Oku Shiga Highlands Ski Resort, Shiga Highlands Yakebitai Ski Resort

  http://www.sugiyama-ski.com/ (English/Japanese)

 

 

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 ◆◇◆Snow Mobile Ride◆◇◆

Ride a snow mobile, and enjoy snowy fields and winds!

Hakuba47

http://hakuba.lion-adventure.com/snowmobile/ (English/Japanese)

 

Shiga Highlands Mt. Yakebitai Ski Area

http://hakuba.lion-adventure.com/shigakogen/ (English/Japanese)

 

Tangram Ski Circus

http://www.tangram.jp/ski/ (Japanese)

Information Sheet: (English)

 

 

 ◆◇◆Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park◆◇◆

Come visit the world’s only monkeys bathing in a hot spring bath! They look so cute relaxing in the outdoor bath surrounded by a snowy landscape.

http://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/ (English/Japanese)

 

 ◆◇◆Nozawa Dosojin Fire Festival◆◇◆

One of Japan’s Top Three Fire Festivals, this intense event is held every year on January 15th. One squad of villagers tries to set a fire on the massive tower, and the other tries to protect it. The view is overwhelming. The event climaxes when the tower catches fire.

http://www.nozawakanko.jp/spot/dousozin.php (Japanese)

http://nozawakanko.jp/english/news/2012/11/dosojin-fuestival-is-held-on-january-15.php (English)

 

 ◆◇◆Iiyama Kamakura Snow Hut Restaurant◆◇◆

Kamakura is a small hut made with snow. It is surprisingly warm inside, and you can enjoy piping hot pot of soup there.

At night, the snow huts are lit up, creating a romantic atmosphere. 

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/news/2014/09/2144.php (Japanese)

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/en/special/kamakura/ (English)

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/lang/special/kamakura/index_k.php (Korean)

 

 ◆◇◆Matsumoto Castle Ice Sculpture Festival◆◇◆

Enjoy Matsumoto Castle in the winter! Ice sculptors gather from all over Japan to participate in “All Japan Ice Sculpture Contest”. A jumbo ice slide is set up for your enjoyment, and the ice sculptures lit up at night look so beautiful.

http://www.mtlabs.co.jp/shinshu/event/koori.htm (Japanese)

http://www.go-nagano.net/?p=3884 (English)

 

◆◇◆Nagano Tomyo Votive Light Festival◆◇◆

Nagano Votive Light Festival started commemorating Nagano Winter Olympics. Expressing our prayer for the world peace, Zenkoji Temple is lit up with five Olympic colors, and many lanterns are placed on the approach to the Main Hall. Shojin Buddhist vegetarian cuisine and tea with sweets are served at some temple lodgings.

http://www.nagano-toumyou.com/ (Japanese)

http://www.nagano-cvb.or.jp/nagano/sightseeing/E324/05_02_01a_index.html (English)

 

◆◇◆Hina Doll Festival – 1,000 dolls on 30 steps◆◇◆

In Japan, families display traditionally dressed hina dolls at home on March 3 to pray for healthy growth for girls in the family. In Suzaka, you can meet 6,000 hina dolls from January to April, loved by girls from the Edo to Heisei periods.

http://www.culture-suzaka.or.jp/hinamatsuri/ (Japanese)

Information Sheet: (English)

 

 ◆◇◆Strawberry Picking◆◇◆

At Miharashi Farm, you can enjoy strawberry picking from January to June. You can eat fresh strawberries as much as you want!

You can also experience soba noodle making and tofu making. Enjoy their all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, and hot spring bath.

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

Information Sheet: (English)

 

 ◆◇◆Wakasagi Fishing◆◇◆

Enjoy Wakasagi smelt fishing on Lake Nojiri on a heated and covered fishing boat, or on Lake Reisenji on the ice through a whole made in the ice. You can rent fishing equipment at both places.

Lake Nojiri: http://www.nojiriko-gyokyo.com/?page_id=19 (Japanese)

Lake Nojiri Information Sheet: (English)

Lake Reisenji: http://www.organic-resort.co.jp/nature/reisenjiko/fishing.php (Japanese)

Lake Reisenji Information Sheet: (English)

 

 ◆◇◆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. Director Hayao Miyazaki was inspired by this festival and created the movie Spirited Away.

 http://tohyamago.com/simotuki/okori/ (Japanese)

 

 ◆◇◆Ebisuko Firework Festival◆◇◆

This is a large firework event held on November 23. Leading firework craftsmen and craftswomen gather from all over Japan to display their craftsmanship at the last firework event of the year. Starmines are spectacular, and large, single fireworks also look beautiful against the clear autumn night sky.

http://www.nagano-cci.or.jp/ebisukou/index.html (Japanese)

 

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Try this winter sport called “Chess on the Ice” at Karuizawa Ice Park! You can rent all equipment, and you can have an instructor too.

http://kazakoshi-park.jp/ice-park/ (Japanese)

 

 

 

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       4. Opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen Iiyama Station

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Right now, Nagano Shinkansen is connecting Tokyo and Nagano, but on March 14, 2015, it will be extended to Kanazawa, changing its name to Hokuriku Shinkansen.

Nagano will have another Shinkansen station in Iiyama, the one after Nagano Station to go to Kanazawa. Iiyama station is getting ready to welcome tourists from overseas with a visitor center, free Wi-Fi and a free cell phone charging service. Please come and visit Iiyama!

 

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 ~One last thing

It’s been getting cooler and cooler in Nagano, especially in the morning and at night. This means that leaves are turning all over Nagano! There are over 160 places in Nagano, where you can enjoy autumn leaves!

After those pretty leaves fall, the winter sports season comes. I can’t wait! I get up early even on my days off to enjoy the powder first thing in the morning!

In the next spring issue for March to June, I will give you more detailed information about extended Hokuriku Shinkansen, new Iiyama Station and tourist sites around the new station. Don’t miss it!

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Announcement About the Eruption of Mt. Ontake, Nagano, Japan

October 2nd, 2014

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Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter 【Extra Edition

October 2, 2014

Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,

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As you may have already heard on the news, Mt. Ontake, located on the border of Nagano and Gifu Prefectures, erupted on September 27. 

Right now, entry to the mountain is restricted in an area up to 4km around the crater.

The main transportation in the area, including JR Chuo Line West, Chuo Expressway, Rt. 19, is operating normally.

The tourist sites in the Kiso Valley, including Tsumago and Narai Post Towns, are not affected by the eruption, and you can enjoy visiting them. Also, none of the other popular sites in Nagano, including Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Hakuba, Suwa, Karuizawa, Nagano and Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park are affected by the eruption. 

Please visit “GO! Nagano” for updates as new information becomes available.

We have been receiving many inquiries about falling volcanic ash.  The areas which are affected by volcanic ash are limited. Please visit the Japan Meteorological Agency website for the information:

http://www.data.jma.go.jp/svd/vois/data/tokyo/STOCK/kouhai/kouhai.html

Unfortunately, this information is not in English right now. Please click the top link from the list of 10 recent updates about volcanic ash (御嶽山に関する降灰予報). The red areas on the maps are predicted to have falling volcanic ash at the designated times. 

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JR Hokuriku Shinkansen Bullet Train Service Begins between Nagano and Kanazawa on Saturday, March 14, 2015!

September 8th, 2014

Japan Railways announced that they will start the Hokuriku Shinkansen services between Nagano and Kanazawa on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

After the service begins, a trip to Kanazawa, Toyama and Myoko will be much easier from Nagano.

In Nagano, there will be a new Shinkansen station in Iiyama, to the north of Nagano Station. The access from Tokyo to Iiyama City, Madarao Highlands and Nozawa Onsen Village will be much more convenient.

 ◇Opening Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015

 ◇Number of Train Services

   ・Kagayaki (Tokyo-Kanazawa, with the fewest stops) 10 round trips

   ・Hakutaka (Tokyo-Kanazawa, with more stops) 14 round trips

   ・Hakutaka (Nagano-Kanazawa, with more stops) 1 round trip

   ・Tsurugi (Toyoma-Kanazawa, all-station shuttle services) 18 round trips

   ・Asama (Tokyo-Nagano, same as current Nagano Shinkansen) 16 round trips

 ◇Train Models

   E7 series and W7 series (12 passenger cars)

     ※Some of the Asama trains will be E2 series with 8 passenger cars

 ◇Travel Times

    ・Tokyo-Kanazawa: 2 hours 28 minutes with the fewest stops

    ・Tokyo-Toyama: 2 hours 8 minutes with the fewest stops

Hakuba – a Must Visit Place – All Year Round

September 1st, 2014

Yamano Hotel

Hakuba is the best place for outdoor sports lovers, for romantic getaways in nature and for families with kids little explorers. In summer and autumn Hakuba will challenge you with its extensive busy outdoor activities like mountain biking and cycling which has seen it popularity increased, canyoning and shower climbing, rafting, tandem paragliding, hiking, forest adventure or trail running, one of the fast growing activities in Hakuba.

In winter, Hakuba is a Mecca for every ski&snowboarder enthusiast offering 11 ski resorts with 137 km of piste and more than 200 courses. After enjoying Hakuba’s highlights please come and relax at our hotel, Yamano Hotel, soak in our onsen and eat delicious Western or Japanese meals. Just being here will give you an exhilarating sense of freedom and adventure.

by Monica Muto

Happo Pond

Enjoying kimono

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

August 12th, 2014

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Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 1 

August 12, 2014

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Hi, how are you? 

 

We decided to send out email newsletters to you to let you know Nagano’s exciting

tourism.

 

This is our very first newsletter, and we are very happy to present you our autumn

issue (September – November)! 

 

When you visit Nagano in autumn (September – November), you cannot miss our

spectacular fall foliage and delicious apples. 

In Nagano, there are over 50 famous spots to view fall foliage!  We chose some special

vista points as our recommendations.

 

Some apple farmers in Nagano speak some foreign languages!  Please come visit

these orchards to pick delicious, juicy apples right from the trees!  They are grown

by friendly local apple farmers with great care. 

 

We have collected many beautiful photos of the areas.  Please visit our website and

enjoy beautiful landscapes!

 

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■ Table of Contents ■

 

 ★1★ Tourism App “Unique Nagano”・・・Experience authentic activities in

Nagano

 

 ☆2☆ New Outlet Stores& the Prince Villa in Karuizawa

 

 

 ★3★ Fall Foliage・・・・・・・Nagano is hot and cool!  The climate creates

brilliant fall colors.

 

 ☆4☆ Apple Picking・・・・・・Apple farmers who speak foreign languages

 

 

 

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           1 Tourism App “Unique Nagano”

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 ■Use this tourism application, and find out 101 authentic activities including

buckwheat noodle making, white water boating, sake brewery visits, etc. 

  You can search various stores and facilities by Map, Category, Photo and Area. 

  Please visit the site below for more details:

  http://machiaruki.net/unique_nagano/ (English)

 

 

 

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           2 New Outlet Stores in Karuizawa

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 ♪♪Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza Scale-Up Bargain♪♪

    ・・・・Tory Burch, Star Jewelry, Michael Kors, iittala… 33 new stores will

   join the shopping mall, and there will be a total of 240 stores by the fall!

            http://www.karuizawa-psp.jp/page/ (English, Japanese and Simplified Chinese)

 

 

 ♪♪Grand Opening of The Prince Villa Karuizawa♪♪

    ・・・・New accommodations opened in Karuizawa where you can enjoy both the

privacy of a villa and the convenience of a hotel.

This is a perfect place for a long stay with spacious and comfortable beds, cooking

appliances and a large refrigerator.

They also offer a catering service which sends a chef to your villa to cook. 

You have a choice of villas with a hot spring bath too. 

     http://www.princehotels.com/en/villa-karuizawa/ (English, Japanese, Korean,

Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

 

 

 

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            3 Fall Foliage

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 ◆◇Senjojiki Cirque in the Central Alps◆◇◆  From mid-September to late October

    ・・・・Take the ropeways and directly ascend to the highlands 2,600m high, while

                             admiring fall colors from the sky. 

             After you have enjoyed the fall foliage, satisfy your stomach with Komagane’s

            famous Sauce Katsu-don (breaded, deep fried pork cutlet rice bowl with

            sauce). 

http://www.chuo-alps.com/en/index.html (Japanese)

http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=10&junleid=1&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (English)

 

 

 ◆◇◆Tri-Colored Autumn Landscape in Hakuba◆◇◆  Late October

    ・・・・Hakuba is a famous tourist site with its scenic beauty in each season. 

        A galette made with Shinshu Salmon, Hakuba Pork and Hakuba buckwheat

                            are out of the world!

  Click for more info on Tri-Colored Autumn Landscapes in Hakuba

  Click for more info on Hakuba Galettes

 

 

 ◆◇◆Kiso (Mt. Ontake, Kiso Koma Highlands, Karasawa Falls, Kaida Highlands”◆◇◆

    ・・・・Mt. Ontake: From late September to early October

        Other locations in Kiso: Best from mid-to late October

  Click for more info

 

 

 ◆◇◆Fall Foliage Festival at Kaikoen Garden◆◇◆  From mid-October to mid-                                                                                                                                 November

    ・・・・One of Japan’s Top 100 Castles

    The fall foliage looks especially beautiful against the stone walls of the castle,

              attracting all of the visitors. 

http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=8&junleid=13&indexid=3&kubuncode=7 (English)

 

 

 ◆◇◆Tatami Daira in Norikura Highlands◆◇◆  From late September to late October

    ・・・・There is a “Sunrise Bus” service till the end of September.

        There are three celebrated waterfalls nearby, and you can

                            also visit Matsumoto Castle (National Treasure) in urban Matsumoto. 

  Click for more info

  Please visit the following websites for information about Matsumoto Castle:

  http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/contents03+index.id+3.htm (English)

 

 

 ◆◇◆Yonago Great Falls◆◇◆  Mid-October

    ・・・・See a spectacular view of two water falls side by side!

        In October, take the shuttle bus to the falls from nearby one-day hot spring

                            resort Yukkuland.

  Click for more info on Yonago Great Falls

  Click for more info on Yukkuland

 

 

 

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            4 Apple Picking

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 ●○●Crown Farm●○●  From early October to early December

    ・・・・They speak English and German!  Absolutely no chemical fertilizers added!

                             Only a 5-minute drive from Togura Kamiyamada Hot Spring.  You can also

                             pick grapes from early September to late October.   

            500 yen for all-you-can-pick-and-eat in the orchard, plus one piece to take

                             home!

  http://www.sky.hi-ho.ne.jp/crown-farm/access.html (Japanese)

  http://machiaruki.net/unique_nagano/detail.php?id=28 (English)

 

 

 ●○●Azumino Tourist Farm●○●  From late July to late November

    ・・・・They speak Chinese!  They also have peaches and blueberries in the summer.

        They grow numerous kinds of fruit — over 30 varieties of apples and 15

                            varieties of peaches!

  http://www.azm.janis.or.jp/~azumino3/ (Japanese)

 

 

 ●○●Matsui Farm●○●  From mid-August to early December

    ・・・・They have 2,000 organic apple trees grown with only a small

                            amount of chemicals.

        You can also come empty-handed, and enjoy outdoor BBQ!

        Blueberry picking is also available from early July to early September. 

  http://www.matsui-farm.co.jp/ringo.html (Japanese)

  Click for more info

 

 

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 ~One last thing

 

How did you like our first issue of Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter? 

I hope you got to know wonderful features of Nagano in the fall.  Thank you for reading it

to the end! 

 

In our next issue, we will let you know about our winter attractions (DecemberMarch),

including ski resorts and winter events!  

 

I am ready to give it my best shot because I am a snowboarder myself.  I hope you will like it!

 

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

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

Simplified Chinese, Thai and Traditional Chinese!

 

         Visit the site for various information including model courses

for travelers.

                              http://www.go-nagano.net/                                                                                             ☆

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    Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter (Published quarterly)

      Edited by: International Tourism Promotion Office, Nagano Prefecture

      TEL+81-26-235-7252  FAX+81-26-235-7257

      E-mailgo-nagano@pref.nagano.lg.jp

      URL: http://www.go-nagano.net/

Hakuba Valley exclusively provides you an in-depth look into Japanese culture!

August 12th, 2014

Otari Taiko Performance & Taiko Trial 

Taiko drum is an indigenous part of Japanese culture dating back more than 1400 years. You not only have chance to experience the awe-inspiring sound of local taiko drum performed by local professional team, but also play the taiko drum together with the team. Let’s enjoy making music and receiving a good physical workout at the same time!

Yoga at Happo One Mountain 

Want to refresh your body & mind with a unique yoga? Look no further our yoga class which offers you an exclusive yoga experience with a breathtaking view of Japan Northern Alps. After stretching out your body and enjoy a tasty light lunch with views of the surrounding mountain peaks, you may hike on peaceful trails to the beautiful Happo-ike Pond. This is one of must-do things in summer.

Yukata Experience & Tea Ceremony 

It is a unique experience to wear Japanese traditional summer clothe, called Yukata. Local staffs are willing to teach you how to wear it. Tea Ceremony is one of the Japanese sophisticated cultures and not only to drink matcha (green tea) but also to learn about the Japanese spirit of hospitality. Share the colorful photos to your facebook and twitter and let your family or friends know this unique fun.

Zazen & Calligraphy Experience at a temple in Nagano 

Zazen (sitting meditation) has been being in the limelight in the world recently. Make yourself sit upright in a traditional temple in Nagano. Let your mind be spacious and your heart be kind and soft. The art of Zazen is simple but not always easy. It allows you a natural refreshing and purifying experience.【Calligraphy writing】Chanting and copying of Buddhist scriptures, called sutra, in a limited time. After you finished calligraphy writing, you can feel accomplishment with your smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Nessa Pang

Experience the Real Japan at Hakuba Sanroku Tours! 

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