If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo, you might want to make a side trip to one of Japan’s best kept secrets! Nagano Prefecture, besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year-old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple and the cute wild snow monkeys! Here are 10 reasons why Nagano … Continue reading NAGANO, JAPAN: Top 10 Things To Do!
This is the lake from Kimi no Na wa! While the lake is fictional in the movie, it is based on Lake Suwa, a body of water in the central region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Lake Suwa, located in the middle of the city, is one of Japan’s most famous lakes. It is known for … Continue reading SUWA, NAGANO: Guide to Nagano’s Lakeside City!
Matsumoto is famed as one of Japan’s great sightseeing spots! It’s Nagano Prefecture’s second largest city, home to the oldest and most beautiful castle in Japan and a gateway to the Japan Alps that’s known for its winter activities and hot springs. Here are the top 10 activities we recommend to complete your Matsumoto City … Continue reading MATSUMOTO CITY GUIDE: TOP 10 ACTIVITIES!
It’s Japan’s oldest castle! Matsumoto Castle is one of the five castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. It’s over 400 years old, making it the oldest castle donjon remaining in the country. Unlike many palaces in Japan, its original structure was, fortunately, not bombed during WWII. That’s why it was able to keep most of its original wooden donjons and walls intact. It … Continue reading MATSUMOTO CASTLE: Guide & Tips for Tourists!