Top 10 things to do in Nagano

  1. Zenko-ji Temple

    Address: 〒380-0851 Nagano, Nagano, Motoyoshicho−491

    Zenko-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. Visitors can explore the temple's various halls and pagodas, and participate in rituals such as rubbing the temple's key for good luck.

  2. Nagano Olympic Stadium

    Address: 〒381-0034 Nagano, Nagano, Higashikurita, 242-3

    The Nagano Olympic Stadium was built for the 1998 Winter Olympics and is now used for various events and concerts. Visitors can take a tour of the stadium and learn about its history.

  3. Nagano City Museum

    Address: 〒380-0851 Nagano, Nagano, Motoyoshicho−485

    The Nagano City Museum features exhibits on the history and culture of Nagano, including artifacts from the Jomon period and displays on the city's role in the 1998 Winter Olympics.

  4. Togakushi Shrine

    Address: 〒381-4101 Nagano, Nagano, Togakushi, Chusha

    Togakushi Shrine is a collection of five shrines located in the mountains near Nagano. Visitors can hike through the forest to reach the shrines, which are known for their beautiful architecture and stunning views.

  5. Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Address: 〒381-0401 Nagano, Shimotakai District, Yamanouchi, Hirao, 6845

    Jigokudani Monkey Park is home to a group of wild Japanese macaques who are known for their habit of bathing in the park's hot springs. Visitors can watch the monkeys from a safe distance and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.

  6. Matsushiro Castle

    Address: 〒381-1231 Nagano, Nagano, Matsushiro, Matsushirojochuo, 1−88

    Matsushiro Castle was built in the 16th century and served as the seat of the Matsudaira clan. Visitors can explore the castle's ruins and learn about its history as a center of military and cultural power.

  7. Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum

    Address: 〒380-0801 Nagano, Nagano, Midoricho, 3106−1

    The Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum features a collection of modern and contemporary art from Japan and around the world. Visitors can enjoy works by artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami.

  8. Zenko-ji Museum

    Address: 〒380-0851 Nagano, Nagano, Motoyoshicho−491

    The Zenko-ji Museum is located within the temple complex and features exhibits on the history and culture of Buddhism in Japan. Visitors can see artifacts such as ancient sutras and Buddhist statues.

  9. Nagano City Joyama Zoo

    Address: 〒381-0023 Nagano, Nagano, Joyama, 666−1

    The Nagano City Joyama Zoo is home to a variety of animals, including lions, tigers, and bears. Visitors can watch animal feedings and learn about the zoo's conservation efforts.

  10. Sanada Treasures Museum

    Address: 〒381-0023 Nagano, Nagano, Joyama, 866−1

    The Sanada Treasures Museum features exhibits on the Sanada clan, a powerful samurai family who played a key role in the history of Nagano. Visitors can see artifacts such as swords, armor, and documents related to the clan's history.