Nagano 長野

Nagano Station in Nagano City

Nagano Prefecture is located in the center of Japan's main island Honshu in the Chubu Region. The prefectural capital is Nagano City with a population of about 375,000 people. The mountainous region became world known after hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 1998. Nagano prefecture is landloacked and the prefecture with most neighboring prefectures around its borders out of all prefectures in Japan.

Things to see in Nagano

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Nagano.

  1. Yamanouchi - Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Japanese snow monkeys enjoying a hot spring bath at Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Yamanouchi is located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture and is home to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where visitors can see wild monkeys that bath in the park's hot springs. The name Jigokudani translates to "hell valley" and is a common name for volcanic valleys in Japan. The park is best visited during winter when snow and the cold encourages the monkeys to bath.

    How to get there

    Take a bus to "Snow Monkey Park" bus stop from Yudanaka Station for 10-15 minutes or Nagano Station for about 40 minutes. Buses on the Yudanaka-Kanbayashi Line only stop at Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop, from where the park is a 30-40 minute walk away.

  2. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

    Shiga Kogen Ski Resort in Nagano

    Located in the northern parts of Nagano prefecture, Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is a group of several ski resorts that have joined together to form the largest combined ski area in Japan. The large ski resort is all covered by a single lift ticket, allowing access to over 52 lifts, ropeways and even shuttle buses in the resort area. Many of the slopes were used during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

    How to get there

    During the ski season, express buses runs from Nagano Station to Shiga Kogen about once every hour. The ride takes about 70 minutes depending on which part of the resort you are first heading for.