【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Summer fun in Nagano



Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 4
May12, 2015
Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,
Nagano Prefecture

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Hello, how are you?
The sunshine is getting warmer and warmer here in Nagano, and we are enjoying beautiful spring days. In April, beautiful flowers start to bloom everywhere, including famous cherry blossoms. You can enjoy the last part of skiing season in the warm sunshine until early May too.
Now I am writing to you today with the summer information from June to September. Please do not miss our recommendations!
In Nagano, unlike modern cities like Tokyo, you can enjoy various activities in the beautiful nature. Trekking in the mountains, water activities on the river, picking fresh fruits in an orchard; they are all only one to two hours away from Tokyo by the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Please come to Nagano to refresh yourself!

■ Table of Contents ■

 ★1★ Outdoor Activities in Summer

 ☆2☆ Fruit Picking

 ★3★ Other Summer Recommendations

           1  Outdoor Activities in Summer
━━━◆◇ Trekking ◆◇━━━
 △▲△ Kamikochi △▲△
The period from mid-June to early July has the most varieties of flowers in the year. The woods in Kamikochi are suddenly full of life with the arrival of migratory birds then. In Kamikochi, the temperature is around 25 degrees even during the midsummer. Creeks with cool water and fresh winds in the air will soothe your hot summer days.
http://www.kamikochi.or.jp/ (English/Japanese/Korean/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese)
http://www.kamikochi.org/ (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=2&junleid=1&indexid=4&kubuncode=1 (Thai)

 △▲△ Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest △▲△
The Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest is a natural forest with over 300-year-old hinoki cypress trees. This is the birthplace of forest therapy, and also counted as one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan. As you walk along their eight natural trails, you can rest your mind and body, seeing Iwana char fish in the streams and delicate small flowers in the grass. Hearing refreshing running water and singing birds on the trees are soothing.
http://www.town.agematsu.nagano.jp/kankou/index.html (English/Japanese/Korean/Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=68&junleid=5&indexid=3&kubuncode=2 (Thai)

 △▲△ Senjojiki Cirque・Mt. Komagatake △▲△
Take the ropeway up Mt. Komagatake in the Chuo Alps and enjoy 150 kinds of alpine flowers from July to August in the Senjojiki Cirque 2,600m above sea level! From the one-hour-long walking trail, you can see Mt. Hokendake rising right in front of you, and the Southern Alps and Mt. Fuji can be seen in the distance. If you want to be more active and decide to do a two-hour climb (one way) to Mt. Komagatake, please contact us for a local mountain guide.
http://www.chuo-alps.com/ (English/Japanese/Korean/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=10&junleid=1&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Thai)

 △▲△ Shin’etsu Trail △▲△
The Shin’etsu Trail stretches as far as 80km in the total length, divided into six sections. Since each section has a different distance and a vertical drop, everyone, from a full-fledged alpinist to a beginner, can find the right course for his/her strength and experience. Why don’t you go hiking in the beautiful satoyama area experiencing the unspoiled nature?
http://www.s-trail.net/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.s-trail.net/english/index.html (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=13&junleid=5&indexid=1&kubuncode=2 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=13&junleid=5&indexid=1&kubuncode=2 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=13&junleid=5&indexid=1&kubuncode=2 (Korean)

 △▲△ Happo-Oné Nature Study Trail & Lake Happo-ike △▲△
The hiking route leading to Lake Happoike is dotted with splendid vista points commanding a view of eleven out of 100 Best Mountains of Japan. You can see Mt. Fuji from the First Cairn on a sunny day with limpid air. The trail is enjoyable even for families and women’s groups who may not be experienced in mountain climbing.
Information Sheet

 △▲△ Shiga Highlands △▲△
The Shiga Highlands are located in the center of Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park, and designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The trekking course around lakes is popular among visitors, where they can visit the Shijuhachi-ike (Forty-eight lakes) Marshlands including Lake Onuma, in the highlands surrounded by 2,000m mountains.
http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/season/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Thai)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=107&junleid=5&indexid=2&kubuncode=2 (Korean)

━━━◆◇ Fun on the River ◆◇━━━
 △▲△ Canoeing △▲△
Even if you might be a beginner, canoe touring is a fun and relaxing activity providing a dynamic view of mountain ranges and seasonal landscapes. We guarantee that you will safely have fun on the river with instructions by a tour guide.
Information Sheet

△▲△ Rafting △▲△
Rafting is an especially popular water sport on the river. Everybody goes down the limpid stream flowing from the Northern Alps on the large rubber raft, working together steering the raft with a paddle. It is a lot of fun to go through different sections of the river, such as a thrilling rapid stream where you barely miss a large rock, and a more quiet section where you can float enjoying a relaxing murmur of the brook. Don’t worry about safety even if you are a beginner, because a professional tour guide will lead your way.
http://hakuba.lion-adventure.com/saigawarafting/ (English/Japanese/Korean/Traditional Chinese/ Simplified Chinese)
http://www.evergreen-hakuba.com/tours/jrafting.html (English/Japanese)

△▲△ Clear Bottom Boat △▲△
After visiting Daio Wasabi Farm, why don’t you enjoy floating on the river on a clear bottom boat? You can enjoy the limpid stream of spring water which goes through the Azumino Wasabi Farm Springs Zone, which was chosen one of the 100 best springs in Japan. Don’t worry about getting wet. You can ride the clear boat as you are. Good for all ages, and for both men and women.
http://www.azuminokisen.com/?page_id=24 (Japanese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Thai)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=89&junleid=2&indexid=6&kubuncode=1 (Korean)

           2 Fruit Picking
Nagano Prefecture is a fruit paradise where safe and delicious fruits are grown thanks to long hours of sunlight, large temperature difference between day and night and determined hard work by the producers. At the farms introduced in this issue, you can pick fruits directly from the trees and enjoy them fresh right there. Please don’t miss Shinano Sweet apples and Nagano Purple grapes, Nagano’s original products!

 ●○● Cherries ●○● Mid-June ~ mid-July
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 

 ●○● Blueberries ●○● Early July ~ early August
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 
Location:Mori no Hatake (Suzaka City) Information Sheet
Location:Sonosato Blueberry Farm (Suzaka City) Information Sheet
Location:Matsui Farm (Komoro City) Information Sheet

 ●○● Grapes ●○● Early August ~ late October
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama City) Information Sheet
Location:Suzaka City Information Sheet

 ●○● Apples ●○● Mid-August ~ early December
Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet 
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama City) Information Sheet
Location:Matsui Farm (Komoro City) Information Sheet

           3 Other Summer Recommendations
 ◆◇◆ Tsumago Post Town ◆◇◆
The Tsumago Post Town flourished during the Edo Era as a post town on the Nakasendo Road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto. Designated one of Japan’s historic buildings preservation district, it still gives you the sentiment of living in the old times. Hiking on the Nakasendo Road between Magome and Tsumago is popular.
http://www.tumago.jp/ (Japanese)
http://www.tumago.jp/english/ (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Korean)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=69&junleid=3&indexid=1&kubuncode=1 (Thai)

 ◆◇◆ Narai Post Town ◆◇◆
Narai is a post town in the very middle of the Nakasendo Road, being the 34th post town from both Tokyo and Kyoto. It is at the highest elevation of all eleven post towns in the Kiso area. It flourished with many travelers who went over the Torii Pass nearby, one of the most difficult section of the road. It is designated one of Japan’s historic buildings preservation district, along with the Tsumago Post Town.
Information Sheet

 ◆◇◆ Firefly Festival in Tatsuno ◆◇◆
In this age when destruction of the nature continues, Tatsuno Town still preserves one of the best natural environments in the nation, where you can see fireflies dance. Many visitors flock to the town during the firefly season in mid-June each year to enjoy mysterious beauty of fireflies.

◆◇◆ Grand Festival of Mikoshi Makuri at Suimu Shrine ◆◇◆
This festival at Suimu Shrine is one of the greatest summer events in Kiso Fukushima. The festival is rough and spectacular with the villagers throwing and rolling the portable shrine on the ground, finally destroying it at the end. Please experience the excitement of the festival first hand, while enjoying cool, fresh evening winds on your skin.
Information sheet

 ◆◇◆ Fireworks in Suwa ◆◇◆
During the Lake Suwa Fireworks Festival on August 15 each year, over 40,000 flowers of fire bloom and light up the evening sky and the lake. All Japan New Fireworks Competition is also held in Suwa every year on the first Saturday of September, where fireworks artists from all over Japan gather to display their unconventional and original ideas and skills. Apart from these two large-scale events, 800 fireworks are launched every night from late July to the end of August on Lake Suwa.
http://www.suwakanko.jp/fire/index.html (Japanese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (English)
http://www.go-nagano.net/tw/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Traditional Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/cn/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Simplified Chinese)
http://www.go-nagano.net/th/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Thai)
http://www.go-nagano.net/ko/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=6&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (Korean)

 ◆◇◆ Lake Nojiri Floating Lantern Fireworks Festival ◆◇◆
Please enjoy the fireworks display held on 650m above sea level with a different theme each year. The sound of fireworks echoes in Lake Nojiri, creating powerful sound effects. The lights of lanterns floating on the lake generate a fantastic world.
Information sheet

※Inbound Trade Show in Tokyo
Members of tourism industry in Nagano, including hotels and transportation companies will hold a trade show in Tokyo on Thursday, May 28, for the travel agents selling tours to Japan. If you are interested in tours to Nagano, please do not miss it.
Time & Date: 3:30~5:40pm, Thursday, May 28, 2015
Venue: 2-4-1 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
AP Hamamatsu-cho
How to Apply: Send an e-mail to go-nagano@pref.nagano.lg.jp and let us know your company name, participants’ names and contact information.

※About promotional video clips of tourism in Nagano
Nagano Prefecture produced some video clips to portray Nagano’s beauties for the travelers overseas. The first clips are filled with winter funs in Nagano, and they are posted on Youtube. Please check them out and enjoy! “Exciting snow activities ver.” is for serious skiers, while “Fun in the snow activities ver.” is for families who would like to ski and play in the snow.

We are also preparing another video illustrating four seasons in Nagano. We will let you know about it as soon as it is ready.

NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver

NAGANO Winter Digest ver

(Traditional Chinese)
NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

(Simplified Chinese)
NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

NAGANO Winter Digest ver.

NAGANO Exciting snow activities ver.

NAGANO Fun in the snow ver.

 ~One last thing~
How did you like this issue’s information about lots of activities in Nagano? I am happy if you can feel Nagano’s fresh cool summer days from this newsletter.
As of April 1, there were some personnel changes at International Tourism Promotion Office of the Nagano Prefectural government. We are all looking forward to meeting you soon. Thank you for your continued interest in tourism in Nagano Prefecture this fiscal year!

I will write to you again with the information about the fall (from September to November)!

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