Nagano City is a temple town with venerable Zenkoji at its heart, and its passion inspired by the majestic peaks surrounding it. Having been attracting pilgrims for over 1400 years, Zenkoji is said to be a required visit at least once in everyone’s life. In 1998, it was the snow and mountains that beckoned the world to come, for the Winter Olympics. Not to mention Mystical Togakushi, tantalizing cuisine (eating soba noodles here is a must!), and its dramatic samurai history – a stay in Nagano City is sure to be the highlight of your trip to the Japanese countryside. And it is astonishingly convenient to reach,
thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen connection to Tokyo.