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Nagano(Matsumoto)

Matsumoto castle is located in the Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture, where the Winter Olympic was held in 1998. The city is also renowned by a famous orchestra named “Saito Kinen Orchestra” and the home town of its festival. Matsumoto castle is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. In Japan only 4 castles are listed as National Treasure, which are Himeji Castle, Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle and the Matsumoto Castle. Matsumoto...

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Apple Season in Nagano

Apple Season in Nagano


Posted By on Nov 3, 2015

From the United States to Japan, many people associate certain foods with autumn. As autumn begins, persimmons come to supermarkets and restaurant dishes throughout Japan. In the US, people look forward to pumpkin-flavored cakes, cookies, drinks and everything in between. Apples, it seems, are a shared interest among many countries. While convenience stores and grocery stores make it easy to purchase apples for cooking or enjoying as...

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One Day in: Iida

One Day in: Iida


Posted By on Sep 23, 2015

24 hours on the clock. Welcome to Iida, Nagano. Hidden in the mountains, deep in the Tenryu River valley, lies the sprawling city of Iida, Nagano. From elevated scenic views to rolling fields of rice, Iida is home to beautiful nature, people, and culture. Reaching Iida by car is the most convenient way; buses are also available from Tokyo which take about 5 hours. While a visit to Iida is slower and more relaxed than one to a major...

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Jigokudani Monkey Park is becoming increasingly famous as a tourist destination in Japan. Photos of monkeys bathing in hot springs circulate the internet and magazines, so more and more tourists are flocking to Yamanouchi in Nagoya to witness this phenomenon. The name Jigokudani, or “Hell’s Valley”, comes from the steam and boiling water that bubbles out of the crevices in the ground. The Monkey Park is made up of a series of natural...

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Back in the 1800s Japan, during the Edo Period, there was a long trade route that went from Edo (present day Tokyo) to Kyoto, called Nakasendou (中山道). This route passed straight through the center of Japan’s mainland and went through 69 different post towns, which were sort of like rest stops for the weary traveler. Today, you can still visit many of these post towns and most of them are still preserved exactly as they were in the...

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Located in the isolated western Nagano Prefecture, Kamikochi (上高地) is a popular resort area in the northern part of the Japanese Alps. Part of Chubu Sangaku National Park, it has been designated as one of Japan’s National Cultural Assets. Even though Kamikochi is considered a “resort” it is far from what Americans would think of. The whole area is roughly 15 kilometers, but most of it is still untouched nature. There is only moderate...

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