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!