View in spring in Takato Joshi Park in Nagano, Japan


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Nagano Prefecture is known all over the world because of the 1998 Winter Olympics that were held here. Nagano boasts prime winter sports locations because of the abundance of mountain ranges and cold winter temperatures. Needless to say, the prefecture is one of Japan’s most popular destinations for skiing and other winter sports. This travel guide will help you decide what to see in Nagano!

The snow monkeys are another highlight here because the sight of Japanese macaques enjoying the hot springs never fails to impress. Hiking is another popular activity in Nagano, and during off-season many head to the prefecture to enjoy lower temperatures and abundant nature. It may not be a coincidence that Japan’s highest life expectancies are in Nagano with such a healthy climate.