Nagano Prefecture

Skiing in Nagoya: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 24, 2022 By Bert Wishart

There’s nothing more exhilarating than standing on the top of a slope, the pure white snow stretching out below you, or that moment when you lean forward and the wind...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Tokyo: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 19, 2022 By Jason Gatewood

Most Japanese say being able to enjoy all four seasons outdoors makes Japan unique. The tourist records set over are in agreement with that statement for sure. Here in Tokyo,...[ Click to read more ]

Magome and Tsumago

Winter Wonderland on the Historical Nakasendo Trail

Nov 30, 2020 By Admin

The Nakasendo’s landscape changes with the season but it’s during winter that warmth of the locals is most noticeable. Before the invention of high-speed trains and airplanes, people had to...[ Click to read more ]

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Day Trips From Nagoya – Kamikochi, The Stunning Birthplace of Japan’s Casual Hiker

Mar 18, 2020 By Bert Wishart

Japan is a nation supremely blessed with its fair share of dramatic scenery. From the sandy beaches and deep blue oceans of Okinawa, by way of the high mountain peaks...[ Click to read more ]

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Nagano Ebisuko Fireworks Festival, Where It’s All Going off This Autumn

Sep 27, 2019 By Bert Wishart

For most of Japan, the coming of autumn marks an end to the almost nightly banging, crashing and gunpowder-scented air of the fireworks festivals. Yes, there may be a few...[ Click to read more ]

Beautiful Hiking and Walking Trails in Japan

Jul 11, 2019 By Bert Wishart

When the weather heats up, many Japanese escape the humidity that envelopes the cities and head to the countryside. Being such a mountainous country, there are many great places to...[ Click to read more ]

Magome to Tsumago: Walking the Nakasendo Way

Jun 29, 2017 By Bert Wishart

During the Edo era the Tokkaido and the Nakasendo roads were the two main routes that connected the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and the old Capital of Kyoto,...[ Click to read more ]

Japan Alps Art Festival 2017

May 19, 2017 By Bert Wishart

While the area is famous for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, when one thinks of the mountanous prefecture of Nagano, art isn't exactly the first thing that springs...[ Click to read more ]

Top 5 Spring Hiking Destinations in Japan

Mar 23, 2017 By Justin Hanus

With 73% of Japan’s land mass being mountains, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts certainly have their pick of gorgeous terrain to explore throughout the country. Of course there are some popular...[ Click to read more ]

Legendary Nagano: Folk Tales and Legends from the Roof of Japan

Dec 24, 2014 By Ray Proper

The Story of Lazy Taro is one of 23 stories in Legendary Nagano: Folk Tales and Legends from the Roof of Japan, a collection translated by Peter Ninnes and Sachiko...[ Click to read more ]

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