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Follow in the Secret Footsteps of Nagano’s Silent Ninjas
The Togakure-ryu School and other Ninjas evolved from the hermits who lived deep in Nagano’s mountains. Come explore, and experience ninjutsu in Nagano!
48 Hours in Nagano City
In 1998, Nagano City hosted the Winter Olympic Games and introduced the world to the Japanese Alps, the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and glorious Japanese powder (or, “japow”). But that isn’t all that the area has to offer. With beautiful Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the heart of Japan’s mountains, Nagano City is a hub of spiritual sites and natural splendor. Take a model 2-day trip around Nagano City and enjoy another side of Japan!
From Buddhist Souvenirs to Eclectic Antiques, and with All Kinds of Eateries In-between, Zenkoji Temple’s Naka-mise is a Shopper’s Paradise.
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Zazen Meditation and Sutra Copying at Zenkoji’s Daikanjin Temple
At Daikanjin Temple, one of the two temples that overseer...
Togakushi Okusha Shrine and Forest Reserve
Togakushi is considered to be a spiritual mountain with ...