Nakajo - The Natural Side of Nagano 自然が豊かな長野にある中条


On the outskirts of Nagano City and enroute to Hakuba, you'll find Nakajo.

Nakajo Nanohana.jpgNakajo offers numerous picturesque views of the Japan Alps, which are still covered in snow even in May. They are also running an Artist-in-Residence Program NAGAIR: https://www.city.nagano.nagano.jp/soshiki/geijutsu/131533.html.


Map 1.jpgMap 2.jpgThere are plenty of historic places to see within Nakajo itself. You can even stay in a renovated farmhouse. The traditional, thatched-roof building offers modern amenities amidst the atmosphere of a different time period. Even if you aren't staying, you can still enjoy a meal and view the traditional fire place where the baked oyaki dumplings are prepared. http://yakimochiya.jp/


If you're just passing through, you can find many local goods at the Michi-no-eki Rest Area: http://nakajyo-actio.jp/

The Heidi Special ハイジ・スペシャル

2017年4月 4日

Behold "The Heidi Special"! 「ハイジ・スペシャル」をご覧ください!



This lunch dish is offered at the restaurant Alpen Dining Yanagiran next to Lift No. 6 at the Togakushi Ski Resort. The dish comes from Switzerland, hence the lunch special is named after the fictional character, Heidi. The cheese, which is called "raclette", is eaten after it is melted and scraped off.

このランチは戸隠スキー場の6番リフトの隣にあるAlpen Dining Yanagiranというレストランで提供されています。この料理はスイスの料理で、スイスの物語であるキャラクターのハイジに因みランチスペシャルの名前になりました。ラクレットというチーズを溶かしてそぎ落としてから食べます。



The Togakushi Ski Resort is now closed for the season, but you may find the Alpen Dining Yanagiran chefs and staff at the Togakushi Camp Grounds this summer!
You can find more information on their facebook page at

今シーズンは戸隠スキー場の営業が終了しましたが、この夏にAlpen Dining Yanagiranのシェフやスタッフは戸隠キャンプ場にいるかもしれません!
https://www.facebook.com/togakushishokudo/?fref=ts をアクセスすると、フェースブックページで詳しい情報を見ることができます。

The Togakushi Camp Grounds offer various summer activities and accomodations.
Please visit their official website for reservations and other information.


Togakushi: A Year Round Experience


Explore a mysterious hidden area that is home to the Togakure School of Ninja

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The Ninja's Way of Life

American Ninja Warrior (a spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke), Ninja Turtles, Naruto  the image of the ninja is a popular one, but one that is often portrayed in a fantastical light with little historical accuracy.

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One type of Shuriken, the Shaken, or "throwing star".

In Togakushi, you'll find a ninja theme park which includes shuriken throwing, obstacle courses, and other things that you might expect to see in a ninja themed park. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the Kids Ninja Village or チビッ子忍者村 Chibiko Ninja Mura.

But you will also discover the deeper mysteries of the Ninja legacy that have been preserved here for hundreds of years.

Ninja pictures

 What were the lives of ninja really like? Take a look at the lifestyle and techniques of real ninja. You can even study techniques with actively practicing ninja. If you are interested in martial arts or techniques that can be used in self defense, Togakushi Ninja are waiting to train you! Visit the Togakushi Folk Museum, the Togakushi Ninja, Museum, and the Ninja Trick Mansion .

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You can also enjoy delicious Ninja Soba (buckwheat noodles). Soba meal 1Soba meal 2Soba house water wheel

Where to Stay

Aside from hotels and hostels available in the city center, a number of temple lodgings or Shukubo ― once used to house priests and offer travelers a place to  stay and pray   are available near the Togakushi Shrines.

Nagano City Hotels, Hostels, and Ryokans by Area in English

Togakushi Area (Primarily in Japanese, but please see below for an English translation of selections at the top of the page can be used to narrow your search results. Some of the lodgings' websites do offer English.)

エリアで絞り込むNarrow results by area

すべて選択 Select all         越水地区Koshimizu Area           中社地区Middle Shrine Area            宝光社地区 Hokosha Shrine Area           豊岡地区 Toyooka Area            その他Other

 カテゴリーで絞り込むNarrow results by category

すべて選択 Select all    民宿 Japanese-style bed and breakfasts   旅館 Japanese Inn            ホテル Hotel     ペンション Pension



Buses run regularly from Nagano City's JR Nagano Station. For bus times and fares please visit the Alpico Nagano-Togakushi Bus Route web page. Round trip fare from the station to the Hokosha Shrine (the lower shrine) is 2,100 and fare to the Middle Shrine is 2,250. The upper shrine is only accessible on foot from the Okusha Parking Lot.  


It is also possible to rent cars at a number of places around Nagano Station. You may be able to get discounts by booking online or if you intend to book train tickets in addition to an online car reservation. You can rent a car with 4WD for half a day with prices starting at around 5,000 yen. If you're visiting in the winter, snow tires are automatically included in your rental, but the upper shrine is inaccessible by vehicle during the winter months (around mid-November to late-April).   

There are two main routes leading to Togakushi. One takes you past the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track.

A detailed blog article with information about things to do in English is provided by Myoko-Nagano: Explore the Heart of Japan here. Please verify dates and prices for specific venues or activities as some information may have changed.


Hotel Breakfast Special Now Until March 31, 2017

2016年7月 5日

Staying in Nagano City at one of these three hotels? Choose from 3 buffet style breakfasts and enjoy a morning stroll through the streets surrounding Zenkoji temple.

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Staying at Maguse Onsen


Staying at Maguse Onsen

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Looking out over the valley, Maguse Onsen offers a peaceful, relaxing getaway.

Maguse dinner.jpgLunch and dinner are available at the restaurant located within the onsen.

Maguse kotatsu.jpgAs the room is equipped with a kitchenette and space for 4 people, it's perfect for a stay with friends or family.


By taxi: About 25min from Iiyama Station - 3,500 JPY

By bus: From Iiyama Station, board the #9 bus bound for Kijimadaira and transfer to a shuttle. Free on weekends, a shuttle bus picks up from this bus stop at the Kijimadaira Tourist Center.

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For shuttle routes, times, and fare chart please click here.

2016 Togakushi's The Beso 2016年戸隠のTheべ~そ

2016年3月 7日

ChushaAll you can drink Shinshu sake and wine and non-alcoholic drinks with the purchase of a 300円 Beso cup plus free refills on soup curry.

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Japanese drum performance and fire dancing!


Fire dancingWarm hospitality and great service at the Miyazawa Inn located just down the road from the middle shrine Togakushi Chusha.



☆Shinkansen (Bullet Train) Stamp Rally☆北陸新幹線沿線県アンテナショップキャンペーン開催


A stamp rally is being held in commemoration of the 1 year anniversary of the completion of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line to Kanazawa. Antenna shops or branch stores from the prefectures connected by the Hokuriku Shinkansen are located in Tokyo. There are six shops representing Nagano, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui Prefecture, which will also be accessible via the Hokuriku line in the future.

Maps of locations:
Nagano - http://www.ginza-nagano.jp/en
Niigata - http://www2.nico.or.jp/nespace/access.html
Toyama - http://toyamakan.jp/?page_id=16
Ishikawa - http://100mangokushop.jp/access
Fukui - http://fukui.291ma.jp/store/index.html and

The stamp rally will run from Friday, February 12 until Monday, March 21.
Gold: Up to 5 people who obtain 5 stamps will each receive ¥30,000 vouchers which can be used at designated hotels in the participating prefectures.
Silver: Up to 25 people who obtain 5 stamps will each receive ¥10,000 (¥2,000 for each prefecture) in vouchers.
Bronze: Up to 100 people who obtain 3 stamps will each receive ¥2,000 in vouchers that can be used at the antenna shops.
The first 1,250 applicants will receive a prize.

Regular products will also be on sale at discounted prices. Customers who spend ¥500 or more will be entered into a raffle to win:
Gold: ¥5,000 worth of goods - 5 customers
Silver: ¥1,000 worth of goods - 25 customers
Bronze: One of the antenna shops recommended products - 50 customers











Hokuriku Stamp Rally

Exploring Togakushi 戸隠の散策

2016年2月 9日

Famous for shrines, soba, and even ninja, Togakushi is also accessible in the winter for skiing and snowboarding as well! In order to leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy your time there, why not try staying in one of the many Japanese style inns located in the vicinity of the shrines?

The Alpico Group provides regular bus service to all of the above areas. English information is also available here. Discount round trip tickets and ski resort discount passes can also be purchased from Nagano Bus Terminal or the Bus Information Counter located in front of the number 7 bus stop. 



Let's Visit Nakajyo! 中条へ行こう!


Tucked away in the mountains is the serene Nakajyo. There, you'll find one of Nagano Prefecture's natural monuments, a cedar tree that's estimated to be around 2,000 years old, and temples and shrines full of history.

Locally grown produce allows visitors to indulge in fresh, hearty, and delicious cooking, such as the meals served at Mura-no-eki Tsukushi http://www.naganojoho.jp/food/02/002500.php. You can also try large Oyaki in a Japanese traditional style house, the Yakimochiya http://yakimochiya.jp/


tsukushi lunch.jpgOyaki The music hall there boasts a Bosendorfer Grand Piano and a large Japanese drum. 中条にある音楽堂はベーゼンドルファー グランドピアノと大きい太鼓が自慢です。http://yakimochiya.jp/ongakudo/.

Nakajyo pianoLate April/May offers you a picturesque view of the Northern Alps still covered in snow.4月下旬・5月に雪が被っている北アルプスの景勝地が見えます。

Even if you're just passing through, be sure to take a rest and check out the local goods at Nagano-shi Michi-no-eki Nakajyo http://nakajyo-actio.jp/. その辺に通っているだけでも、是非長野市道の駅中条に寄って休みを取りながら地元のグッズをご覧ください。


浮世絵が見られる温泉宿The Hot Springs Inn Featuring Traditional Japanese Paintings "Ukiyoe"


Located in Chikuma City, this traditional Japanese style hot springs inn also displays Japanese paintings "Ukiyoe".Ukiyoe2.png



"NAGANO Through Foreign Eyes" 「外国人がみた信州見聞録」


To learn more about Nagano or to get a foreigner's perspective on living in Nagano, check out KURA Magazine's Extra Volume "Nagano Through Foreign Eyes". A copy is also available to read in the International Relations Section on the 6th floor of Monzen Plaza in Nagano City (the same building as the International Exchange Corner).
長野についてもっとよくしるため又は長野に関しての外国籍の方の印象に興味がある方は、KURAくら別冊「外国人がみた信州見聞録」を是非読んでみてくだ さい。読みたい方は長野市のもんぜんぷら座(国際交流コーナーもあるビル)6F国際室に一冊置いてあるので、そちらでも読むことができます。
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◎Issaka Layla(イサカ・レイラ)

【国際交流員(Coordinator for International Relations)】


【国際交流専門員 外国人みんなのお姉さん(外国人的知心姐姐)】



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Nakajo - The Natural Side of Nagano 自然が豊かな長野にある中条

The Heidi Special ハイジ・スペシャル

Togakushi: A Year Round Experience

Hotel Breakfast Special Now Until March 31, 2017

Staying at Maguse Onsen


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