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

April 25th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Shuichi Abe
Governor of Nagano Prefecture

Shinshu Campaign October 1 to December 31

August 12th, 2010

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

Shinshu Campaign

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

July 21st, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nagano ShinkansenkaruizawaZenkoji

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

JR Koumi LineKomoro Kaikoen

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

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

JR Chuo Line Super AzusaMatsumoto CastleTateshina Heights 

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

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

JR Iiyama LineNozawa Onsen

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

Kurohime HeightsMadarao Heights

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

Nagano Dentestu LineOnsen MonkeyShinshu Takayama Onsen

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

Matsumoto Dentetsu LineKamikochi Kappa BridgeKamikochi

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

Ueda Dentetsu LineBessho Onsen

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

Unno Post TownKomoro KaikoenKaruizawa

Nagano Prefecture Traffic Access Map


Presenting “Nagano Perspectives Photo Exhibit: Enjoying Nagano!”

May 26th, 2010

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

Exhibit Period: Until May 28, 2010

Place: Nagano Prefectural Office Lobby

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


December 25th, 2009

Japan Nagano ski , snowboard , snow Resorts Infomation

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

Free publication for independent tourists issued!

December 4th, 2009

A tourist information guidebook to help you enjoy traveling around Nagano Prefecture has been published!
In addition to the typical tourist spots of Nagano Prefecture, information on the food and sweets available
in Karuizawa, Suwa, Chino, Nagano and Matsumoto has been compiled so that you can enjoy walking around
these cities.
This guidebook is available for free of charge at the tourist bureaus in Taiwan / Korea / Hong Kong listed below.
(This guidebook will be given first come first serve basis as of November 15, 2009. Come get your copy while supplies last.)
We hope you will have a wonderful time traveling in Nagano with your friends or family and this free guide in your hand.
We look forward to welcoming you here!

star travel
South East Travel Service Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong
JAL Satellite Travel Co., Ltd.
Jebsen Travel Ltd
Hong Thai Travel Services Limited
EGL Tours Company Limited
Sunflower Travel Service Limited

HANA TOUR Service Inc,
Japan National Tourist Organization

Welcome to the Nagano Prefecture Tourism Official English Website!

April 1st, 2009

Hello there!

Welcome to the Nagano Prefecture Tourism Official English Website!

We are very happy to introduce you to our new website, which has been totally revised to cater to visitors’ various interests while presenting accurate information about Nagano.

We have launched a blog community as well to provide tips to help you plan a fantastic trip to Nagano. All the contributors are local foreign residents giving their perspectives and the hottest information to be shared with you.

We are sure you will enjoy visiting our website for lots of info, and will love exploring the charms of Nagano Prefecture yourself by visiting the wonderful destinations we have to offer.
We thoroughly look forward to welcoming you to Nagano Prefecture!

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