1. Visit Zenko-ji Temple

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

    Zenko-ji is a historic temple that dates back to the 7th century. It is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. Visitors can explore the temple complex, see the famous statue of Amida Buddha, and participate in religious ceremonies.

  2. Take a dip in the Shibu Onsen hot springs

    Address: 〒381-0401 Nagano, Shimotakai District, Yamanouchi, Hirao, 2229

    Shibu Onsen is a charming hot spring town that has been popular with visitors for centuries. There are nine public baths in the town, each with its own unique character and healing properties. Visitors can also enjoy strolling the town's picturesque streets and sampling local cuisine.

  3. Explore the Snow Monkey Park

    Address: 〒381-0401 Nagano, Shimotakai District, Yamanouchi, Kanbayashi Onsen, 6845-1

    The Snow Monkey Park is home to a troop of Japanese macaques who are famous for their habit of taking long soaks in the hot springs. Visitors can observe the monkeys up close and learn about their behavior and habitat. The park is also surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains.

  4. Go skiing or snowboarding at Shiga Kogen

    Address: 〒381-0401 Nagano, Shimotakai District, Yamanouchi, Hirao, 7149−1

    Shiga Kogen is one of Japan's largest ski resorts, with dozens of runs and plenty of off-piste terrain. The resort is especially popular with advanced skiers and snowboarders, but there are also plenty of beginner-friendly slopes. The resort is also known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

  5. Visit the Matsumoto Castle

    Address: 〒390-0873 Nagano, Matsumoto, Marunouchi, 4−1

    Matsumoto Castle is a beautifully preserved feudal castle that dates back to the 16th century. Visitors can explore the castle's interior and climb to the top of the main keep for panoramic views of the city. The castle is also surrounded by a moat and beautiful gardens.

  6. Hike the Togakushi Shrine trail

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

    Togakushi Shrine is a complex of five shrines that are located on a mountainside in the Nagano countryside. Visitors can hike the trail that connects the shrines, passing through beautiful forests and past serene ponds. The shrines themselves are also stunning, with intricate carvings and beautiful architecture.

  7. Visit the Hakuba Olympic Village

    Address: 〒399-9211 Nagano, Kitaazumi District, Hakuba, Hokujo

    Hakuba was the site of several events during the 1998 Winter Olympics, and the Olympic Village has been preserved as a tourist attraction. Visitors can see the athletes' dormitories, dining halls, and training facilities, as well as learn about the history of the Olympics in Nagano.

  8. Explore the Daio Wasabi Farm

    Address: 〒389-0602 Nagano, Azumino, Hotaka, 3640

    Daio Wasabi Farm is one of the largest wasabi farms in Japan, and visitors can explore the fields and sample wasabi in various forms (including ice cream!). The farm is also surrounded by beautiful scenery, with the Northern Alps visible in the distance.

  9. Take a scenic train ride on the Shinano Railway

    Address: 〒381-0013 Nagano, Nagano, Minaminagano, 3500

    The Shinano Railway is a scenic train line that runs through the Nagano countryside, passing through tunnels and over bridges with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The train stops at several small towns and villages along the way, allowing visitors to explore the local culture and cuisine.

  10. Visit the Zenkoku-ji Temple

    Address: 〒381-0033 Nagano, Nagano, Suehirocho, 491

    Zenkoku-ji is a historic temple that was founded in the 7th century. The temple is famous for its beautiful gardens, which are especially stunning in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Visitors can also see the temple's main hall, which dates back to the 16th century.