Travelog

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

Gaze upon the Japan Alps while bathing in the hot springs of Shoho

Gaze upon the Japan Alps while bathing in the hot springs of Shoho

Onsen, or hot springs, are a huge part of Japanese culture and one of the best ways to completely relax. That’s why so many people prefer to stay at a so-called onsen ryokan (Japanese-style inn with hot spring facilities) during the holidays. As one of the best onsen ryokan in Japan, Shoho is famous for its various wonderful hot springs. There are as many as 7 types of baths for you to enjoy during your stay!

Travel to World Heritage Sites with the Three-Star Route Ticket

Travel to World Heritage Sites with the Three-Star Route Ticket

Some of you might have heard about the “Golden Route” of Japan before, but have you ever heard about the amazing “Three-Star Route”? The Three-Star Route is a sightseeing route that takes you through exceptional parts of Japan to breathtaking sceneries, authentic places filled with history and culture and renowned World Heritage sites, which have been awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide to Japan.

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!)

Winter Trekking in Kamikochi

Winter Trekking in Kamikochi

Kamikochi is known to be closed during winter. Well, it is not completely true. Closing period (Nov. 16 – Apr. 16) means that all the shops and hotels inside Kamikochi are closed and the bus service to Kamikochi is not operated. If you wish to see Kamikochi in winter, the only way to do so is to walk or snowshoe to Kamikochi by yourself.