Nagano Prefecture

Magome to Tsumago: Walking the Nakasendo Way

Jun 29, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

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 Mark Guthrie

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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Hiking, Walking and Biking Nagano: Nagano City

Jun 19, 2014 By

Mystical Forests, Ninja Adventures, WWII Tunnels and Mountains Galore Many Japanese associate Nagano City with the iconic Zenkoji Temple, home to the oldest Buddha image in Japan. For non-Japanese, this...[ Click to read more ]

Summer Camping in Nagano, Shiga, and Gifu Prefectures

Aug 29, 2013 By First Admin

You might not think it, but there are opportunities for hiking, climbing and camping around Nagoya. In fact, near by Nagano, Shiga, and Gifu Prefectures offer some of the best...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiking and Hot Springs: Highlights of a Weekend in Nagano

Apr 16, 2013 By Ray Proper

Guest post from Peter Ninnes, author of Nagano Onsen Guide: The Top 100 Day-Use Hot Springs Hiking, Walking and Biking Nagano: 16 Tours in Ueda City and Environs Hiking, Walking...[ Click to read more ]