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Matsumoto Frog Festival

Matsumoto Frog Festival

Bridget Ye

Matsumoto's Frog Festival only happens two days every year. Make sure to catch it while it's here!

Nawate Street Jun 22nd - Jun 23rd 7 Free

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Places to stay in Nagano

Nojiri Lake Resort 8

Nojiri Lake Resort

Sherilyn Siy

For a change of pace, head to Nagano, and for a moment, you will feel like you have stepped into Switzerland. And for the best accommodation..

Hotel M Matsumoto

Hotel M Matsumoto

Peter Sidell

In Matsumoto in central Japan's Nagano prefecture, Hotel M is a conveniently located, inexpensive hotel, mainly with capsules..


Tangram 6


Sherilyn Siy

Tangram is known as a ski resort, so what happens between April to November when there's no snow? The slopes that are perf..

Starry Nights in Japan: Achi Village

Starry Nights in Japan: Achi Village


Achi Village was once recognized as the best place to see shining stars in in the Japan night skies by the Ministry of the Environment...


About Nagano

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chubu
Island Honshu
Capital Nagano
Population 2,152,449
Area 13,561.56 sq. km

The mountainous prefecture of Nagano is the perfect summer resort to avoid the heat, with the town of Karuizawa being one of the most popular summer getaway spots in Japan.

Take advantage of the relatively cool weather to explore the famous Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's oldest shrines in Suwa Taisha, and Zenko-ji, a major pilgrimage site. Nagano's many tall mountains serve as challenging but beautiful hiking trails, especially those of Kamikochi.

That being said, Nagano is also a great destination in the winter, and it was the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. The prefecture's mountains are some of the largest ski resorts in Japan, most notably Shika Kogen and Mount Hakuba. After being out in the cold, seek warmth in one of Nagano's many famous hot springs.

Things to Do in Nagano