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


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


Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter Vol. 1, 2015
August 18 , 2015
Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,
Nagano Prefecture


You received this email newsletter because we exchanged our business cards with you.
Hello, everyone!
Thank you very much for reading the summer issue of our official email newsletter.
In today’s newsletter, please find Nagano’s delicious fall foods.

Walking on the historical Nakasendo way is very popular among visitors from overseas.
Post towns on Nakasendo, such as Narai and Tsumago, have been designated the Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the government, still preserving the ambiance of the past.
Also in the Kiso area where the Nakasendo way goes through, there are various tasty food prepared using special local products. Especially in the fall, you can enjoy blessings from the mountains you can eat only in the Kiso area.
Time-travel to the Edo Period in Japan, and enjoy fall gourmet food, thinking back on the travelers who trod on the same path in the past!

The fall season is for tasty food, sports and sightseeing. What are you going to enjoy in Nagano?
Please read today’s issue of our email newsletter, and enjoy Nagano under the fall skies~♪

■□ Special Features・・・〵・・・Taste of autumn will be here. Please enjoy!・・・〳・・・
     「Nagano’s original cuisine,
autumn fruit, apple and grape picking, season’s newly harvested soba noodles・・・・」

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇Food and Travel in Kiso◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
・・・・・Everlasting mountains and rivers in Kiso. Make a detour, and enjoy a sentimental and delicious journey.

 =*=Sweetfish・Char・Tanabira Trout=*=
Wild fish grown in the clear streams in Kiso taste pure and simple. Please enjoy them char-grilled with salt, or in the sweet stewed Kanroni style.
=*=Gohei Mochi Rice Cakes=*=
Gohei Mochi is one of the most famous foods in Kiso, made of rice skewered, grilled and coated with mixture of chestnuts, soy sauce, sugar, sesame, etc. Please enjoy the aroma of burned sauce.
=*=Soba Manju Buns=*=
In these buckwheat buns, flavorful buckwheat and sweet red beans are in wonderful harmony. Enjoy its simple taste that is not too sweet.
=*=Red Turnips=*=
These are turnips grown in Kiso, passed on to us long time ago at the foot of Mt. Ontake. They are bright red in color, and have tender flesh and a thick petiole.
=*=Local Sake in Kiso=*=
The Kiso area with fresh water and air is home to excellent sake breweries. Many of them are in Suhara, Kiso Fukushima and Yabuhara. Their original flavors have been attracting sake lovers from all over Japan.
Please see below for more information:
Kiso Town Tourism Association
   (English/Japanese/Korean/Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇ Shinshu Soba Noodles in the Fall ◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
・・・・・・Shinshu Soba is one of the most famous foods in Nagano. Please enjoy Nagano’s newly harvested soba noodles made from local flavorful buckwheat flower grown under a large temperature difference between day and night.
Location:Matsumoto Information Sheet
Location:Matsumoto Castle Soba Festival
Location:Yamanouchi Town Soba Festival (September 12-13)
Information Sheet
Location:Yamanouchi Town Sugakawa Soba Harvest Festival (October 24~25)
Information Sheet

✣❤✣✣❤◆◇Fruit Picking in the Fall◆◇❤✣✣❤✣
== Apples ==
★☆★Azumino Tourist Orchard★☆★  Late July~Late November
    ・・・・They speak Chinese! Peaches and blueberries are available in summer too.
        Over 30 varieties of apples and 15 varieties of peaches.
  http://www.azm.janis.or.jp/~azumino3/ (in Japanese)

Location:Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet (Mid-September~Mid-November)
Location:Shiozaki Farm (Iiyama 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

★☆★☆★Don’t Miss This Valuable Information!⁀⁀*⁀⁀**⁀⁀*⁀⁀*⁀⁀*⁀⁀**⁀⁀*⁀⁀*⁀⁀*⁀⁀**⁀⁀*⁀⁀*⁀⁀*⁀⁀*
【1】Tourist’s Application “Unique Nagano”

  ■”Unique Nagano” is an application for visitors to Nagano to search activities (soba making, river boat rides, sake brewery tours), accommodations, restaurants, etc. in Nagano. You can search shops and facilities by area, category, photo or current position!
  Please see below for more information:
  http://machiaruki.net/unique_nagano/ (English)
【2】Marugotera Bus Tours in the Hot Spring Village
   ■Fall Foliage Tour: October 16~23
   ■Apple Tour: October 24日~November 3
To Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet
【3】Fall Foliage in the Japanese Alps
■During the peak season, the entire mountains are covered with fabulous splendor of fall colors. The Azusagawa Ravine literally becomes fall brocade.
The vast highlands overlooking Mt. Norikura are covered with breathtaking beauty of autumn leaves.
Kamikochi’s larch woods glow in brilliant gold in the fall. The sky is high, the air is clear. The golden leaves look stunning against the clear distant autumn sky.
To Matsumoto Information Sheet
 ■In early October, mountain ash, Erman’s birch, maple, mizu nara oak and urushi lacquer trees in the Shiga Highlands start to turn. In mid-October, you can enjoy magnificent fall leaves resembling full-color Ukiyoe prints.
To Yamanouchi Town Information Sheet

+-…+-…++-…♪♪Today’s Tweet♪♪+-…++-…+-…++-…+-…♪♪+-…++-…+-…++-…+-…++♪♪+-…++
 My name is Megumi Moriyama. I have been in charge of the newsletters since April. I was born and grew up in China, where my father is from. It’s been already 30 years since I moved to Japan, where my mother is from. Are you wondering how old I am? (It’s a secret!) My mother is not from Nagano, but from Nagoya, Nagano’s neighbor. I have been there only once.
Guided by a strange destiny, I came to live in Nagano, and it’s been already 24 years. Nagano is full of rich nature and full of wonderful places. I would like to introduce all of them to you, but the space is limited! I have been in agony these days…
I will try to send you as much information as possible.
Please continue to get to know Nagano through my newsletter.
Next time, I will send you another newsletter with a winter issue (from November to March). Don’t miss it!

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Information for the Visitors to Mt. Asama


At 3:30pm on Thursday, June 11, 2015, Japan Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert level of Mt. Asama from 1 (normal) to 2 (no entry to the crater zone).


They also announced that at 9:30am, Tuesday June 16, a very small amount of volcanic ash was observed 4km north of Mt. Asama, indicating small-scale eruptions.


To the Visitors to Mt. Asama/Saku areas

Due to the raised alert level, the entry to the 2km-radius of the crater is now prohibited. Part of trekking paths is also closed.


 There are no tourist facilities in the no-go zone, and all facilities for tourists in the area are open and operating normally, including all transportation systems.


We will continue to update the information about Mt. Asama on this website.


Please see the map below for the locations of Mt. Asama and the no-go zone.





The trekking paths in the 2km-radius circle (indicated in red) are currently closed.


【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

You received this email newsletter because we exchanged our business cards with you.

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)!

    ■Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Guide “GO! Nagano”
      ・・・We provide tourism information for you in English,
Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Thai!
          Visit the site for various information including model courses.
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      Edited by: International Tourism Promotion Office, Nagano Prefecture
      TEL:+81-26-235-7252  FAX:+81-26-235-7257
      URL : http://www.go-nagano.net/

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Enjoy Duty-Free Shopping in Nagano!


 Now you can purchase all merchandise duty-free in Japan, including consumables such as sweets, alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and drugs. There are 88 duty-free shops in Nagano, where you can enjoy duty-free shopping.

Please visit the following JTA websites for more details.


Shopping Guide Brochure:



Japan Tax-free Shopping Guide:



Tax-free Shop List: http://tax-freeshop.jnto.go.jp/eng/shop-list.php?location=20&lat=&lng=&keyword=&=%E3%82%AF%E3%82%A8%E3%83%AA%E9%80%81%E4%BF%A1 



Duty-Free Shop Signs

Look for these signs for duty-free shops, and enjoy duty-free shopping!  


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【Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Email Newsletter】Enjoy spring in Nagano!




     Nagano Prefecture’s Official Tourism Mail Magazine Vol. 3

                     January 29, 2015

           Issued by: International Tourism Promotion Office,

                    Nagano Prefecture




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Happy New Year! I would appreciate your continued interest in Nagano Prefecture in this new year.


Hello, how are you?

Nagano is in the height of winter sports season right now. Today I would like to bring spring recommendations to you from March to May!

In the spring, cherry and many other blossoms and flowers will be waiting for your visit, blooming in many colors,

Some ski resorts are open until early May. Please enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the mountains, and viewing cherry blossoms in the town, thus experiencing both winter and spring during one trip in Japan!

I have other spring highlights too. Please don’t miss them!



 Table of Contents 


 1 Blossoms and Flowers in Nagano


 2 Ski Resorts and Snow Experiences in Spring


 3 Spring Events


 4 New Shinkansen Station Opens! Iiyama Station and the Surrounding




         ★1★ Blossoms and Flowers in Nagano


━━━◆◇ Cherry Blossoms ◆◇━━━

 □■□Takato Historic Castle Site□■□ Mid-April

Takato’s cherry blossoms are smaller and rosier than common species, and called ”the cherry blossoms in the whole country.” Many people from both inside and outside Japan visit Takato to enjoy cherry blossoms on 1,500 trees.

http://takato-inacity.jp/h27/ (in English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)


 □■□Matsumoto Castle□■□ Mid- to late April

Matsumoto Castle was built in pitch black during the Warring States period. You can enjoy the contrast between Its dark and stately outline and soft, pinkish cherry blossoms only in Matsumoto, including the view of the Northern Alps still capped with remaining snow in the background. At night the castle and blossoms are illuminated by light, and look dreamily beautiful.

http://youkoso.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/spot/?page_id=341 (in Japanese only)

http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/contents03+index.id+3.htm (in English, French, German, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian)


 □■□Garyu Park□■□ Mid- to late April

Garyu Park has been chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. The blossoms reflected on the pond in the park are also a glorious sight.

Information Sheet


 □■□Kozenji□■□ Mid-April

Their famous weeping cherry blossoms are lit up at night, creating an atmosphere of subtle and profound beauty.

http://www.kankou-komagane.com/spot/inspection2.php?id=154&c_id=1&cj_id=4 (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai)


━━━◆◇ Canola Blossoms ◆◇━━━

 □■□Nanohana Park in Iiyama□■□ Late April to early May

Nanohana (Canola blossom) Park is covered with a brilliant yellow color of canola blossoms as far as you can see. The park is a main venue of the Canola Blossom Festival is in Iiyama, holding various enjoyable events.

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/sightseeing/2011/09/698.php (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

Information Sheet


━━━◆◇ Wasabi Flowers ◆◇━━━

 □■□Daio Wasabi Farm□■□ Mid-March to early May

A wasabi radish is a must-have to enjoy sushi and sashimi in Japan. Please enjoy pure white wasabi flowers raised in clear fresh water.

Information Sheet


━━━◆◇ Apricot Blossoms ◆◇━━━

 □■□Apricot Village in Chikuma City□■□ Early to mid-April

Apricot trees bloom in a pale pink color, just like cherry trees. Chikuma City is well-known as an Apricot Village of Japan. The legend says a princess who married into the Sanada family brought seedlings of apricot from home to remember her hometown.

Information Sheet




      ☆2☆ Ski Resorts and Snow Experiences in Spring


Do not give up on it this season!  Some ski resorts are still open in Nagano until early May! Those who do not care for a wintry weather can still enjoy skiing and snowboarding under the warm spring sunshine.

You don’t care for rigorous exercises? Then why don’t you go to see breathtaking snow walls?


Ski Resorts Operating until Early May


 ●○●Hakuba Valley●○● 

http://www.hakubavalley.jp/winter/ski.html (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)


 ●○●Shiga Highlands●○● 

http://www.shigakogen-ski.com/ (in Japanese only)

http://shiga.whitesnow.jp/ebook/ebook6/_SWF_Window.html?pagecode= (in English)


●○●Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort●○● 

http://www.nozawaski.com/ (in English, Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)


Search your hotel in Hakuba Valley, Shiga Highlands and Nozawa Onsen using the website below!


http://www.snowlove.net/japan/ (in English)




Snow Walls are a favorite snow experience for visitors from overseas!!


 ●○●Snow Walls on Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route●○●April 16 to late June

Let’s walk through the 20m-high snow walls! We recommend you enter the route from the Toyama side, walk through the snow walls, visit Kurobe Dam, one of the largest hydroelectric dams in Japan, and exit to the Nagano side. A luggage delivery service is available from your hotel or a station to your next hotel or station.

http://www.alpen-route.com/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai)


 ●○●Snow Corridor on Mt. Norikura●○● Late April to late June

If you are planning to be in Matsumoto, the snow corridor on Mt. Norikura is within an easy access. Please also enjoy Kamikochi and Shirahone Hot Spring, famous for its milk white hot spring water.

http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/haruyama/ (in Japanese only)

http://www.go-nagano.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/norikura-general-info.pdf (in English)




           ★3★ Spring Events


 ◆◇◆Gokaicho Festival in Zenkoji Temple◆◇◆

Zenkoji’s Gokaicho Festival is an occasion of every seventh year to exhibit Maedachi Honzon, the replica of the hidden main statue, in the Main Hall. This festival is held from April 5 to May 31 of this spring in the Buddhist city of Nagano. Please come and join us to experience new blessed relationships with Buddha.

http://www.gokaicho.com/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)


 ◆◇◆Kamikochi Opening Ceremony◆◇◆

Kamikochi, closed during the winter season, is planned to open for visitors on April 17 this year, and the opening ceremony is held on April 27. The ceremony starts with a Shinto ritual to pray for the safety and prosperity of the mountains, followed by the Lion Dance, drum performances and treating visitors with sake.

http://www.kamikochi.or.jp/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)


 ◆◇◆Saku Hot Air Balloon Festival◆◇◆

2015 Japan Hot Air Balloon Championships will be held in Saku, with Top-notch balloon pilots gathering from all over Japan, waging hot battles against each other. There will be balloon ride opportunities and fun family events!

http://www.city.saku.nagano.jp/kankou-k/sightseen/index.html (in Japanese)

http://www.go-nagano.net/modules/contents07/index.php?id=1&mode=disdetailsisetu&cityid=17&junleid=13&indexid=5&kubuncode=7 (in English)


◆◇◆One Thousand Hina Dolls on Thirty Steps◆◇◆

March 3 is a special day for girls in Japan, when we display hina dolls dressed in traditional kimono to pray healthy growth of girls. Please visit Suzaka between January and April, where you can meet 6,000 hina dolls made between the Edo era (17~19 centuries) and now.

http://www.culture-suzaka.or.jp/hinamatsuri/ (in Japanese only)

Information Sheet 


 ◆◇◆Strawberry Picking◆◇◆

Go Visit Miharashi Farm where you can enjoy strawberry picking from January to June. Please experience all-you-can-eat fresh strawberries, soba noodle making, tofu making, a buffet-style restaurant and a hot spring in Miharashi Farm!

http://miharashi-farm.com/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)

Information Sheet 




4New Shinkansen Station Opens! Iiyama Station and the Surrounding Areas


The Shinkansen Line currently called Nagano Shinkansen connects Tokyo and Nagano. This line will be extended to Kanazawa on March 14, 2015, changing its name to Hokuriku Shinkansen.

With the extension of the line, there will be a new Shinkansen station in Iiyama, Nagano, the next stop after Nagano Station. Iiyama will be only a two-hour Shinkansen ride away from Tokyo, where you can enjoy fabulous natural beauty and various experiences.


Recommended fun sites and experiences near Iiyama Station;

♪Iiyama Nanohana (canola blossom) Park (late April to early May)

♪Hiking on Shin’etsu Trails

♪Yoga in the woods

Sake tasting in sake breweries

♪Snowshoeing (until early April)

♪Canoeing and rafting


Please visit the website of the Shinshu Iiyama Tourism Bureau for more details:

http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/ (in English, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese)


+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ~One last thing

In 2014 we went though many things in Nagano; a huge typhoon, eruption of Mt. Ontake, earthquake in Hakuba, which were not easy for us.

However, there are almost no effects of these disasters left in visitor’s favorite destinations in Nagano. People in the affected areas are doing well, and doing a good job welcoming visitors so that they can have a great stay in Nagano!


Please look forward to the next newsletter with summer information from June to August!




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Nagano Snow Resort Pass is now available!


A Nagano Snow Resort Pass started last season, and it turned out very popular. This season, they have come back again!

If you plan to visit some of the popular tourist’s sites in Nagano including Hakuba, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Togakushi, Nozawa Onsen and Zenkoji, purchase this all-you-can-ride pass and save money! With this 5,000-yen Two-Day Pass (2,500 yen for children), you can get on and off anywhere on the buses and trains in the designated areas.

During your ski vacation, please also enjoy visiting hot-spring-loving monkeys, nationally treasured Zenkoji Temple, hot springs, and downtown Nagano!  



Visit the following website for more details:


Currency Exchange Booths Have Opened in Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort!


On December 15, 2014, foreign currency exchange booths opened in Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. Please have even more fun in Nozawa Onsen with 100% natural powder!


Available currencies:

US dollar (USD)

Australian dollar (AUD)

Euro (EUR)

Singapore dollar (SGD)

Chinese yuan (CNY)

New Taiwan dollar (TWD)



Ticket counter at Nagasaka Gondola Station

Nozawa Onsen Tourism Association Information Center


Please note:

Please bring your passport.

Exchange is done only from foreign currencies to Japanese yen. Please understand that they do not exchange Japanese yen to other currencies.

One transaction for one person must remain under 100,000 yen.

Please check the exchange rate of the day at the exchange booths.

The exchange rate is updated each day at 12:00 noon on weekdays.

The exchange booths will close at the end of March 2015.


Please visit the Nozawa Onsen Tourism Association site below for more details: