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Popular things to do in Nagano

Zenko-ji Temple
Religious Site
Zenko-ji Temple
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Religious Site
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Snow Monkey Resorts
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Snow Monkey Resorts
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Landmark
Togakushi Shrine Chusha
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines. Once a temple city centered around an ancient Buddhist temple, Nagano evolved into a modern prefectural capital with all the facilities one would expect from a major hub. Sightseeing in Nagano usually includes the central temple, which houses the first ever Buddhist statue brought to Japan in the sixth century, as well as a sake brewery and a prime arts museum. You can also see the site of a famous 16th-century battle between two clans, which has been turned into park featuring a museum, or tour the Olympic facilities that once housed 1998 winter games. The city, which turns into a well-loved ski spot during winter, is famous for its soba noodles. Use our custom trip planner: Nagano and all its delights await.

Side trips from Nagano

Yubatake ©
Hot Spring
Yubatake Kusatsu-machi
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Matsumoto Castle ©
Castle
Matsumoto Castle Matsumoto
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ueda Castle ©
Castle
Ueda Castle Ueda
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Wildlife Area
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park Yamanouchi-machi
4.4
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Nagano

Togakushi Ski Area
Ski Area
Togakushi Ski Area
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Religious Site
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Matsushiro Castle ©
Castle
Matsushiro Castle
3.4
Duration: 1 hour
Zenko-ji Post Office
Architectural Building
Zenko-ji Post Office
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Nagano

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Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum ©
History Museum
Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Sanada Treasure Museum
Specialty Museum
Sanada Treasure Museum
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
Mizuno Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Mizuno Museum
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Nagano

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Matsushiro ©
Historic Site
Matsushiro
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Sanada House
Historic Site
Sanada House
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha ©
Religious Site
Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple
Religious Site
Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Winter Sports in Nagano

Iizuna Kogen Ski Area
Ski Area
Iizuna Kogen Ski Area
4.0
Duration: 1 hour

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