Discover Japan #1: Nagano (THE EAST Campaign in Association with Japan National Tourist Organization London Office)

Nagano Prefecture is the treasure house of nature, history and culture. Situated in the center of Japan, it is home to the Northern, Central and Southern Alps, and so is often referred to as the “Roof of Japan.”
Its 13,585 square kilometers play host to four national parks that offer year – round recreational activities, from hiking and camping in spring, summer and autumn, to skiing and skating in winter. The innumerable peaks naturally provide a challenge to mountain climbers of all calibers.
Summer is refreshingly cool, spring and autumn are invigorating, and winter is a snowy wonderland. The many mountains have also ensured a good supply of healthful hot spring spas, patronized by residents and visitors alike. The apples, grapes, pears and peaches cultivated here are renowned throughout Japan, as are the vegetables grown in the highlands. The clear water and clean air have attracted the growing interest of the precision and electronics industries, which have been erecting a number of factories in the area. There are also many cultural attractions in Nagano.There are local arts and crafts museums, modern art collections carrying both domestic and overseas exhibitions. Music lovers will not be disappointed with the many concerts featuring classical, jazz and rock music. With such a variety of activities to choose from, it is no wonder that this great Prefecture of magnificent, unspoiled nature is popular with visitors throughout all the four seasons.

In 1998, the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in the various regions of Nagano Prefecture; during this time Nagano was able to impress the people of the world. The eyes of not only Japan but those of the whole world focused on our Prefecture as a winter sports region operating in harmony with nature and modern transportation developments.


By Air
Throughout the year, there is a daily roundtrip flight from Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo to Matsumoto.

By Rail
To reach Nagano City, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo (1hr. 35min.). From Osaka, take the Shinkansen to Nagoya (1hr.) and transfer to the Chuo Honsen Line limited express (2hr. 50min.). To Matsumoto City and environs, take JR Chuo Honsen Line limited express from Shinjuku Station, Tokyo (2hr. 30min.). From Osaka, take the Shinkansen to Nagoya (1hr.) and transfer the Chuo Honsen Line limited express (2hr.). There is a JR Shinjuku-wide excursion ticket that can be both convenient and economical; contact JR ticket windows at major stations or travel agents.

For more infomation please contact: Nagano Perfecture Tourism Information

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