Travelog

Explore the beauty of nature,
cultural heritage and interesting places in Nagano prefecture.

Top 5 Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Spots in Nagano Prefecture

Top 5 Cherry Blossom Sightseeing Spots in Nagano Prefecture

Spring is here! The temperature is picking up, the birds are singing, and lots of flowers are blooming. That also goes for the sakura or cherry blossoms, a Japanese icon that’s loved by people all over the world. The blooming of the cherry blossoms is a special event that many people look forward to and is celebrated nationwide with a so-called hanami or cherry blossom viewing party and by indulging in some of the many cherry-blossom-flavored foods and drinks that are available during this period. The transient beauty of these pink flowers is certainly the biggest reason why the cherry blossom season is one of the most popular times to visit Japan.

Take a Trip Back in Time to the Age of Samurai in Matsushiro

Take a Trip Back in Time to the Age of Samurai in Matsushiro

Samurai – Japanese warriors who were skilled in military strategy and swordsmanship. They were known for their mastery of the sword, their fearlessness in battle and their code of honor called “bushido” which dictated their way of life. Although everyone in the world has probably heard of them, many may not be able to imagine what a samurai’s house is like.

Enjoying Soba and Soba-flavored Desserts at Togakushi’s Soba Festival

Enjoying Soba and Soba-flavored Desserts at Togakushi’s Soba Festival

There are three types of noodles in Japan that most people are familiar with: ramen, udon and soba. Soba, made from buckwheat, is Nagano’s most famous local food. You can find it anywhere, but there are certain places within the prefecture that are particularly well-known for its soba. One of those places is Togakushi, near Nagano City.

Hiking the 5 shrines trail in Togakushi

Hiking the 5 shrines trail in Togakushi

Untouched by the busyness of everyday life, Togakushi is a sacred spiritual spot located on Mt. Togakushi blessed with abundant nature and a rich culture that is thousands of years old. With direct bus access from Nagano Station, you’ll get there in about an hour, which makes it the perfect daytrip. (You’ll find more details on how to get there and special ticket info at the bottom!)