Welcome to Nagano Prefecture!

August 5th, 2014

Nagano Prefecture is one of the most beautiful regions in Japan and draws many visitors due to everything the area has to offer. It is surrounded by mountains and provides some of the world’s best ski conditions during the winter in addition to a variety of fantastic hiking trails with breathtaking views in the summer. Yamanouchi town in Nagano Prefecture is the perfect place for a summer getaway, whether you’re looking for relaxing nature walks or something a bit more challenging. Shiga Kogen Heights is made up of emerald green lakes and natural ponds full of aquatic life and well worth seeing. These are easily accessible due to a number of ropeways and cable cars that operate throughout the summer months. Nagano Prefecture not only offers visitors the opportunity to explore mountain marshlands through hiking and trekking but also boasts other outdoor sports and activities including horseback riding and fruit picking! Why not try out soba noodle making or bamboo crafting and get a real feel for the local culture and its hospitable people. Not to forget Jigokudani Monkey Park, the only place in the world that you will be able to see wild monkeys bathing in hot spring baths. Visit Nagano Prefecture and the incredible experiences will stay with you forever.

By Tori Aldred

Welcome to your base for the Japanese Alps and beyond ? Matsumoto!

August 5th, 2014

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto city is a bustling student city in central Nagano prefecture.

Less than three hours by train from Tokyo Shinjuku station or bus from Takayama it is well suited for those who’d like to escape the big city and enjoy some of Japan’s wonderful nature. With history, culture and outdoors combined you might be surprised by just how much you can see and do in Matsumoto.

Perhaps start with our famous castle, which has a four hundred year history and has rightly been designated a Japanese National Treasure. Matsumoto is only in recent years becoming well known internationally as the gateway to the mountains surrounding us. From the top floor of the castle (can you guess how many floors there are before entering?) you will be impressed by the panoramic views of numerous summits. The 3000m peaks of Kamikochi Natural Park are seen to the west and Utsukushigahara highland with its mountainside Sculpture Museum to the east. Matsumoto city is proud to boast that both of these mountain areas are within the city limits. They are just two of the pleasantly cool places in Matsumoto where you can refresh yourself this summer.

Brian at Matsumoto BackPackers

Matsumoto BackPackers (www.matsumotobp.com) is a centrally-located accommodations which welcomes international guests be they budding alpinists or curious travellers who wish to see more than just the major cities on their Japanese adventure.

Matsumoto BackPackers

“Cool Nagano” featured in Manga!

June 13th, 2014
© Wanderlust Japan

© Wanderlust Japan

SHINFIELD Co. Ltd. is a manga advertising firm, where they use comic strips to attract customers to promote merchandise and services. They created an article and manga on Nagano’s Kamikochi and Jigokudani Monkey Park, and put them on Wanderlust Japan, a website for world travelers who are interested in Japan. Please go visit the site and enjoy!

Declaration of Farming Community for International Youth Exchange

November 1st, 2011

Declaration of Farming Community for International Youth Exchange

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


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


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

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

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

July 29th, 2011

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

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



Radiation Level

Date of Monitoring

Place of Monitoring


Karuizawa Town

Karuizawa Heights


Nov 07, 2011

Karuizawa Town Hall

Nagano City

Zenkoji Temple



Nov 08 ,2011 

Nagano City Hall

Yamanouchi Town

Shiga Heights


Jul 27, 2011

Shiga Heights

Hakuba Village

Hakuba Foothills


Nov 15, 2011 

Hakuba Village Hall

Omachi City

Kurobe DamOgisawa


Jul 08, 2011

Ogisawa Station Parking

Azumino City



Nov 11, 2011 

Azumino City Hall

Matsumoto City




Jul 29, 2011

Matsumoto Regional office

Matsumoto City

Matsumoto Castle



Jul 29, 2011

Matsumoto Regional office

Chino CityTateshina Town

Lake Shirakaba


Jul 07, 2011

Tateshina Town

Lake Shirakaba Water Park

Chino City



Jul 07, 2011

Lake Tateshina Leisure Land Parking

Radiation Levels in Air in Nagano Prefecture

Please refer to 

 Dose of Radiation in the World  JNTO announcement