Nagano Prefecture

Home to the highest mountain ranges in the country, Nagano is so aptly named the "roof of Japan". The prefecture's excellent snowfall makes it an outdoor sports mecca for powder enthusiasts, having even famously hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Discover world-class ski resorts, quaint onsen baths, and rustic samurai-era villages all in one place!
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  • Hakuba
    Winter sports Olympians and hobbyists alike are drawn to Hakuba, thanks to the area's heavy snowfall every year. With a total of 11 resorts, 146 lifts, and over 200 runs scattered across, it's the top destination for powder enthusiasts of all experience levels from around the world. 

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  • Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
    Located right next to the laid-back Nozawa Onsen village, the resort's expansive ski courses cement its place as one of Japan's most significant winter sports venues. After a day of fun at the slopes, hop right over to the village to experience its amazing nightlife and maybe even warm up with a dip in the hot springs.

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  • Oyaki
    Oyaki is flour buns with pickle, veggie, or even red bean filling, a healthy and delicious traditional snack central to Nagano food culture for thousands of years. Try your hand at making the buns at Ogawa-mura near Nagano city. 

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