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Enjoy vegetarian food and go skiing in this scenic mountain region, explore the ancient wooden Zenkoji Temple and historic castle, and hear legends of ninja warriors.

Nagano, on Japan’s main island Honshu, is the capital city of the prefecture of the same name. The city is most famous as being the home of the Zenkoji Temple, a national treasure. Visit this important site of pilgrimage, but also be sure to make the most of the region’s other attractions. At the nearby mountains, go skiing or see macaque monkeys bathe in hot springs. Learn about the culture of the samurai warriors and view 300-year-old chestnut and beech trees in Oku Susobana Natural Park.

Visit the grand complex of the Zenkoji Temple to see one of the largest wooden temples in Japan. The main temple dates back to the seventh century and is said to house a very early Buddha statue.

Take the train to the castle town in the suburb of Matsushiro to see the legacy of a 17th-century warlord. Discover the samurai way of life at the Sanada and Yokota Residences and the Sanada Treasure Museum. Explore a bunker which hid the Emperor and government during World War II.

At the Togakure Ninpo Museum, try your hand at shuriken throwing like a ninja. Navigate mazes and secret doors and learn about Nishina Daisuke, a samurai who created his own style of ninjutsu.

Head to the nearby Joshinetsu Kogen National park and marvel at the snow monkeys in the hot springs of the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Yamanouchi. At the onsen (traditional Japanese resorts) in the area you can enjoy the thermal pools for yourself. In winter, choose from over 20 ski resorts to carve up the snow on the nearby Shiga plateau.

Nagano is about a 2-hour train journey from Tokyo. Its central transport hub provides good connections to the major attractions in and around the city. Hire a car to explore the countryside. Join mushroom and fruit-picking expeditions or visit a local miso manufacturer. Nagano has a long history of catering for Zenkoji Temple’s Buddhist monks, so vegetarians will want to linger in this scenic area.

Where to stay in Nagano

Top Hotels in Nagano

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
3.5 out of 5
1346 Minami-ishido-cho, Nagano, Nagano-ken
The price is $97 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Located in the heart of Nagano, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Zenko-ji Temple and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum. M-Wave Olympic ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Everything was fine, good room, comfortable beds, good service, good food, and clean and social distanced."…"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
Hotel Abest Nagano Ekimae
Hotel Abest Nagano Ekimae
3 out of 5
1362 Suehiro-cho, Nagano, Nagano-ken
The price is $37 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in the heart of Nagano, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Saiko-ji Temple and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Zenko-ji Temple. Saisho-in Temple and Junen-ji Temple ...

3.6/5Good! (134 reviews)
Good value

"This hotel has a great location and you can see it as you exit the train station. It has several convenience stores and restaurants nearby. You can take advantage of the 10th floor facilities to relax in massage chairs for free. The pillow in the room was very hard for my liking but they had softer ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Hotel Abest Nagano Ekimae
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Higashiguchi
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Higashiguchi
3 out of 5
Kurita 995-1, Nagano, Nagano-ken
Free Cancellation
The price is $53 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

Located in Kurita, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Saiho-ji Temple, Zenko-ji Temple, and Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum. M-Wave Olympic Memorial Arena ...

4/5Very Good! (364 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, easy to access from Nagano station. Now called Fressa inn, luckily it said this on the door as we had no notification of the name change. Good friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Nagano-Higashiguchi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Nagano

Address Nozawa
Address Nozawa
3.5 out of 5
9535 Toyosato, Shimotakai-gun, Nozawaonsen, Nagano-ken
The price is $191 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Kenmei-ji Temple and Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort. House of Oborozukiyo ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)

"Great location: very short walk from main bus station, literally next to the main street with lots of restaurants and mini mart, and a very short but uphill walk to yu-road. Booked the executive room for 5 nights and it is very spacious. Breakfast items given were not just awesome - eggs, bread, ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Address Nozawa
Happo Apartments
Happo Apartments
3 out of 5
4256 Hokujo, Hakuba, Nagano
The price is $735 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Situated in the mountains, this apartment building is steps from Happo-one Adam Gondola and Hakuba Valley Ski Area. Hakuba Mini Train Park and Hakuba Ski Jumping ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"民放のテレビが見れないのが、残念。 施設は綺麗でスタッフも愛想よく、感じが良かった。"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Happo Apartments
Hakuba Gondola Apartments
Hakuba Gondola Apartments
3.5 out of 5
4264-1 Hokujo, Hakuba, Nagano

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out apartment building in Hakuba is within a 5-minute walk of Hakuba Valley Ski Area and Happo-one Adam Gondola and ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"ウォシュレットがあると良かった"…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Hakuba Gondola Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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