The city is located in the central part of the country and is characterized by the presence of the highest mountain ranges in Japan (Hotaka, Jari, Kiso and Akaisi), between which flow fast mountain rivers, the largest of which are Hime, Chikuma and Kiso. This unique landscape has made its impact on climatic conditions of the region. In summer it is pretty cool in Nagano, and winters are always cold and snowy.
1. Most tourists visit Nagano in winter, as well as during major religious holidays. Hotel rooms should be booked in advance for such periods. 2. The best option for active tourists would … Open
The city has always been very attractive in commercial and military terms, because it connects the eastern and western parts of the country. Due to the fact Nagano was chosen to host the Olympic Games in 1998, the city's main attractions are mainly sports facilities. These are modern hi-tech facilities, which will conquer the heart of any athlete. Of course, in Nagano you will also find several ancient temples, one of the most famous of which is Dzenkodzi founded in the 7th century. Its construction lasted until the 18th century, and it’s really hard to find another church that can conquer in terms of beauty and grandeur.
Not far away from the city is located one of the most notable historic sites - Kawanakajima field. It was the witness of five major battles. Nowadays here is installed a statue in the memory of those, who fell in these battles. The monument depicts the events of 1561 and shows the fight of samurai warriors who led the warring clans. Chubu Sangaku National Park is one of the most beautiful places is the region. On the territory of the park you can see another significant architectural structure - the old feudal castle Matsumoto, which construction took place in the 16th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In warm weather the city attracts visitors primarily by its historical monuments, while in winter Nagano turns into a beautiful ski resort. Here you will find 100 modern ski centers, 40 ice rinks, and many sports facilities.
In the vicinity of Nagano, there are many interesting natural attractions, including Lake Kagami-ike also known as Mirror Pond. The amazing feature of this pond is its crystal clear, calm water, where wave ripples are extremely rare. Togakushi mountains are reflected on the surface of the lake as in a mirror - you can admire their landscapes endlessly. It is noteworthy that the landscape may look very different depending on the season.
Nagano's main shopping street is Naka-mise. Its name can be literally translated as "shops inside the temple." On this historic street, you can find shops of various profiles, many of which … Open
Not far from the lake is Nojiri-ko Naumann Elephant Museum. It would be interesting to visit this paleontological museum for all nature enthusiasts and families with children. The basis of its exposition is petrified remains of animals that inhabited our planet more than five million years ago. One of the most valuable exhibits is the skeleton of Naumann's Elephant that died out millions of years ago. It is allowed to touch some of the exhibits of the museum, so it is especially popular among tourists with small children.
A cultural program should definitely include a visit to Sanada Treasure Museum. The museum exposition is based on personal belongings of representatives of the noble clan of Sanada. Here you can see rich antique armor and unique weapons, as well as jewelry made of precious metals. In total, the museum collection numbers more than 50,000 exhibits, one way or another related to the famous clan.
Many of Nagano's attractions are ideal for families. Chibikko Ninja Village would be a great place to have fun with kids. This amusement park provides attractions for children of any age. … Open
A beautiful traditional wooden building houses Tanaka Honke Museum. The historical building in which the museum is located was once the residence of wealthy traders of Tanaka. In this museum, visitors can see examples of goods that helped traders to multiply their wealth hundreds of years ago. Samples of cotton, rapeseed oil, grains and other goods that were worth their weight in gold are stored here. The museum also displays a very interesting collection of antique furniture, national costumes, and works of art.
All wishing to enjoy walking in picturesque places should definitely visit a flower garden, in the vicinity of Nagano. This beautiful historic garden located in Obuse was founded in the early 17th century. The best time to visit the garden is from April to December when hundreds of plant species blossom on its territory.
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