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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/

Public Bath House Alps Onsen, Nagano City 長野市のアルプス温泉(銭湯)



Alps Onsen is about a 10 minute walk from Nagano Station's Zenkoji Exit. Although it is not a natural hot spring, this bath house provides a quiet place to warm yourself during the cold Nagano winter. The facility itself is quite old, but the staff are friendly and the changing and bathing areas are clean.

The cost to enter is 380 yen, and towel rentals are free. Payment is made via cash only to the older woman who oversees both the male and female bathing areas (She is able to view both the men's and women's sides).

Unlike at some older hot spring facilities, you will find shoe lockers and lockers for valuables. Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap are not included, so you will need to bring your own or purchase some available on site. Other amenities such as razors are also available for purchase. You can use the hair dryer there for 20 yen.

The bath water is kept very hot in order to help kill bacteria. There are faucets to add cold water, but be sure to try and ask any other bathers first before turning on a faucet. Older bathers especially may become upset that cold water is being added.

Typically you rinse off before entering the bath briefly to warm your body. After this you can then proceed to wash your hair etc. If you are not used to bathing in such hot water, do not remain in for extended periods of time as you may become light-headed.

2:00pm - 10:30pm
Closed Mondays (Open on national public holidays)

1481 Shinden-cho, Minaminagano, Ooaza, Nagano City

10 minutes walking from Nagano Station. 17 minutes walking from Zenkoji Temple. The building is located along a narrow side street next to Monzen Plaza (the Tomato Supermarket Building).

You can take the local city bus "Gururin-go" for 150 yen from any stop on the line and get off at Showadori 昭和通り. The last Gururin-go bus bound for Nagano Station picks up from Showadori at 7:51pm.  https://www.alpico.co.jp/access/nagano/gururin/

Nagaden and Alpico buses bound for Gondo 権堂 also drop-off and pick-up at Showadori. Times vary between weekdays and weekends.



Riding the Nagano Dentetsu Railway a.k.a the Nagaden


Making Your Way to Nagaden Nagano Station from JR Nagano Station

Once you exit the JR Nagano shinkansen or local train ticket gates, head to the Zenkoji Exit (West Exit). Going down the escalator, you will come to another set of escalators that will take you down to the basement level.

An elevetor is located a little further on near the number 5 bus stop.

Nagaden Escalator Access

Midori EntranceElevator Access

Nagaden Elevator Access

Purchasing Your Tickets




Ticket machine


For the local train, the ticket costs 1160 yen (one way).

To go all the way to the Yudanaka Station in Yamanouchi, you will need to transfer once at Shinshu-Nakano Station. Simply get off the train and board the train bound for Yudanaka from the same platform. You do not need to exit the ticket gates.

Total Cost Round Trip: 2,320 yen


Limited Express

To take the limited express, buy a regular fare ticket from the machine for 1160 yen (one way).

You will then buy an additional 100 yen express ticket from the machine as well. English is available.

Buying an express train ticket

Buying an express train ticket 2

Total Cost Round Trip: 2,520 yen

Prices for Main Stops

Prices for main stops

Please see the bulletin board next to the ticket window for updates posted in English.

Nagaden Snow Monkey Pass Winter 2016 English

Special Tickets

2-DAY Nagaden All-You-Can-Ride-Pass

Covers Nagaden trains (including express) and buses within the region.

Adult: 3,200 yen

Child: 1,600 yen

If going to the Snow Monkey Park (Winter Season Only):

It may be more economical to buy a one-day pass which allows you unlimited use of the trains and express and local buses running to the park AND covers the park entry fee. These passes need to be purchased at the ticket window.

Tentative Sale Period: 12/03/2016 - 03/31/2017

Adult: 3,200 yen

Child: 1,600 yen

Staying at Maguse Onsen


Staying at Maguse Onsen

Maguse valley.jpg

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.

Kijimadaira.jpgBus stop 3.jpg

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

A Brief Guide to the Snow Monkey Park in Yudanaka 湯田中地獄谷スノーモンキー公園簡単な案内


20160331084058-0001.jpgIf you are planning on seeing the snow monkeys in the Jigokudani Valley in the Yudanaka area, you can buy a 1-day pass that includes unlimited use of the Nagano Dentetsu train line, express bus, and local bus (restrictions apply) as well as entry to the Snow Monkey Park. Once your pass has been stamped, you must use the pass on that day. These passes can be purchased from the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Station located underground. To board the bus take the underground passageway from the ticket window and go up the stairs (elevator also available) to the bus terminal. The pass can also be purchased from Hongo, Suzaka, Obuse, and Yudanaka Stations.

スノーモンキーに行く予定でしたら、一日中使用できる長野鉄道・高速バス・路線バス乗り放題券と入苑券セットのパスを購入することができます。 発売当日限り有効です。地下である長野駅の長野電鉄窓口から販売します。バス乗り場は地下の廊下を通って階段に登ると(エレベーターもあり)バス停があります。電鉄権堂駅・須坂駅・小布施・湯田中駅でも発売します。

The following is an example of the timetable of the trains and buses that is printed inside the 1-day pass. The times have now been changed. Please see the most recent timetable for up-to-date times. 


Things to be aware of before entering the park:


1. Wear appropriate shoes! Waterproof boots can be rented at the park entrance for ¥500, but sizes and stock cannot be guaranteed. It is about a 25 minute walk to the heart of the park, with many travelers visiting the park throughout the day. The path is narrow and can become very muddy due to melting snow and numerous people walking along the path.


2. You're clothes or baggage might get dirty.


Monkey grab.jpgThe monkeys are not shy and may grab onto your clothes or bags. Do not keep straps or other items dangling from your person or belongings.



Nagano Dentetsu Line English Guidebook

2016年3月 2日

New guidebook in English detailing things to do around major Nagaden train stops in northern Nagano.NagadenBookletFront.jpg


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





Take advantage of the nice weather by stopping by the square in front of TOIGO across from Monzen Plaza/Tomato Supermarket. From 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. (4/5~5/31), you can enjoy Nagano hospitality via an onsen foot bath (circulating fresh hot spring water only) as well as freshly whisked green tea (matcha) and Japanese sweets!天気が良いのを幸いにもんぜんぷら座・トマト館の向かいにTOIGO広場に立ち寄りませんか?4月5日~5月31日の11時から16時まで足湯(100%かけ流し)や抹茶と和菓子より、長野のおもてなしが感じられます!


"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。
http://www.nao-magazine.jp/cp/online/kura/index_main.htmlThrough Foreign Eyes.png

Visiting the Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani (Hell Valley) 地獄谷でスノーモンキーと出会う


SnowMonkeyPark2Despite its name, Jigokudani is a picturesque place to visit. I highly recommend paying the park a visit. The monkeys were quite comfortable having people around snapping pictures of them. That being said, it is important to not make sudden movements or loud noises, especially around the mothers with their young.



The park is accessible by both the Nagano Dentetsu Express Snow Monkey Train and Nagano Dentetsu Express bus from Nagano Station. I took an express bus from Nagano Station to Kanbayashi Onsen. The bus boarding point was bus stop number 4 at Nagano Station's East Exit. The schedule from March 14th is available here http://www.nagadenbus.co.jp/robus/2014fuyu/shigawin2.htm. Bus fare is 1,400 yen one-way.


SnowMonkeyPark5From the Kanbayashi Onsen stop it was about a 40 minute walk with signs indicating the way to the monkeys.  Warm clothes and shoes designed for walking over snow and ice are highly recommended. The path can be narrow and slushy depending on the weather. Before beginning the trek into the valley it is possible to rent outerwear such as coats and boots for 500 yen. There is a cafe to eat at just outside of the park, but the closest ATM is at Yudanaka Station.



Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 野沢温泉の道祖神祭り


I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival last week. Held every January 15th, this festival is truly awe-inspiring. The 25-year-olds protect the base while the 42-year-olds protect the top as the rest of the villagers try to set fire to the platform. I recommend grabbing a space at the back as the front gets particularly crowded, and there is actually an incline which allows for a decent view from a distance.

If you do have a chance to go, please be respectful and attentive to instructions from staff. The increased rowdiness of the crowd over the years has drawn heavy criticism and may lead to limited viewing opportunities in the future.








◎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

Public Bath House Alps Onsen, Nagano City 長野市のアルプス温泉(銭湯)

Riding the Nagano Dentetsu Railway a.k.a the Nagaden

Staying at Maguse Onsen

A Brief Guide to the Snow Monkey Park in Yudanaka 湯田中地獄谷スノーモンキー公園簡単な案内


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Culture and Art(文化芸術)





Onsens(Hot Springs)(温泉)

Outdoor Activities(アウトドア)

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長野のいいねを教えください ナガラボ 長野の魅力発見隊 長野市地域おこし協力隊 長野の名水 ふるさとNAGANO応援団 私たちも長野市大好き