New English Guides for Northern Nagano

March 12th, 2013 by
Category: Information, Onsens (Hot Springs)

Two towns in northern Nagano Prefecture have recently produced English-language brochures: Suzaka City and Takayama Town.

Suzaka’s brochure promotes the ‘kura’ earthen-walled storehouse district and Tanaka Honke Museum in the town’s center as well as the city’s natural attractions of the Yonago twin waterfalls and the Minenohara ski resort.

Takayama’s features the town’s many onsens, spectacular waterfalls and distinctive singular cherry trees.

Komiyama-san, the designer of the two new brochures, came by Kamesei Ryokan to show them to me.  Overall, they are very useful. One reason is that the English text isn’t simply a translation from Japanese, but a local American living in Suzaka wrote it all in native English.

Suzaka City recently saw “Guesthouse Kura” open, so English-speaking backpackers now have a place to stay. And also in Suzaka is Horakuan Temple whose monk is a German lady that offers zazen meditation as well as Buddhist studying and counseling in English and German.

Nagano’s tourism is becoming more and more international!

須坂市 Suzaka City

高山村 Takayama Village

Guesthouse 蔵 Kura

豊樂庵 Horakuan Temple

5 Responses to “New English Guides for Northern Nagano

  1. Hello, great to have found this blog. Where can I find more info on Togakushi?

    * Can one get there with public transportation from Tokyo?
    * Accomodation options
    * X-country ski rental

    Thank you

  2. Josh-san, Thanks for your inquiry about Togakushi. To answer your questions:

    Togakushi brochure in English: http://togakushi-21.jp/data/pamphlet_e.pdf

    From Tokyo, take Nagano Shinkansen bullet train or highway bus to Nagano Station. From there, Alpico runs approx. a dozen buses a day up to Togakushi (approx. 1 hour one way) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/nagano/togakushi/

    For accommodation, there is a youth hostel, a few ‘shukubo’ temple lodging, some ryokans, and some ‘pensions’. The proprietress at Tsuji Ryokan speaks some English: http://www.tgk.janis.or.jp/~oumeitei/

    For ski rental, the dudes at Togakure Base speak English: http://togakurebase.naganoblog.jp/

    If any other questions, just post it here. (I am a huge Togakushi fan and would love to help out!)

  3. Hello, Tyler!
    I want to visit Togakushi but I believe I am too late for today.
    now i am on shinkansen to nagano. i should arrive nagano station at around 1pm., is it already too late for togakushi? please help! :'(

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