Tokyo, the national capital, is situated 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Nakanojo, while Yokohama lies 90 miles (145 kilometers) to the southeast.
There is no need to limit yourself to the points of interest in Nakanojo because the entire region has been blessed with a treasure-trove of captivating cities, attractions and landscapes. Places within a relatively short distance of Nakanojo are Takasaki, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northwest, and Karuizawa, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast.
About 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the west of Nakanojo is Nagano, a regional city where you go see Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Happoone Ski Area and Shiga Kogen Ski Area. Zenkoji, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum and Togakushi Shrine are also worth investigating while you are in Nagano.
Savvy travelers know that the best way to get the most out of any holiday is to prepare a few relevant words in the native tongue. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" ("Would you like to dance with me?") is a good one to know. Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
The 23rd of December is Birthday of Emperor Akihito, so if you're visiting at this time, keep in mind that banks, business and some attractions may have irregular opening hours as the country celebrates.
When the time comes to leave Nakanojo, use your last yen on last minute keepsakes for the folks at home and bid a fond Sayōnara (farewell).