Nagano Prefecture is situated in the central part of the Japanese main island of Honshu. Nagano has the majority of the highest mountains in Japan, and it is known for its wonderful landscapes. In Nagano Prefecture you will find mountain and ski resorts, hot springs and exquisite landmarks in the midst of the stunning views.
The capital of the same name, Nagano, is a favoured destination for sport enthusiasts looking to enjoy facilities of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, which was hosted in the city.
Matsumoto is one of the most visited cities in the prefecture, at the edge of the Japanese Alps. Here you will find Matsumoto Castle, one of the most impressive original castles in Japan. In Matsumoto there are scenic spots such as in Kappa Bridge, set in a beautiful highland valley.
Population: over 2 million inhabitants
Other major cities: Matsumoto, Tomi, Chino, Komagane, lida, Saku, Achi
Main attractions: Zenkō-ji Buddhist temple, Omine Castle, Togakushi Shrine, Togakushi Ninja Museum, Matsumoto Castle, Tsumago-juku (historic town),
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Hakuba Happoone Winter Resort, Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, Taisho Pond, Karuizawa Shiraito Falls, Nakasendo Trail
Nearest Airports: Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO - 中部国際空港)