"Nagano-ken, a mountainous region" Nagano-ken by tompt

Nagano-ken Travel Guide: 264 reviews and 833 photos

Nagano-ken is situated in the center of Japan and is home to the Japanese Alps. There are 16 mountains of 3000m or higher in Nagano-ken. It is 13,584 square kilometers big. There are 67 towns / villages in Nagano-ken. 8 prefectures are neighbouring Nagano-ken: Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Toyama and Niigata.

Next to the natural beauty there are also many cultural attractions in Nagano. You will find local arts and crafts museums but also modern art collections. And ofcourse there is Matsumoto castle, a national treasure.

We have visited Nagano-ken twice (in 2001 and 2003), both times for only a short stay. We are sure we come back to this great prefecture once...


One of the most wellknown things in Nagano-ken is Matsumoto castle.

Matsumoto Castle is one of the few great Japanese castles of the feudal era to survive into the present day in its original form. The donjon has five stories and six floors, and is the oldest surviving donjon in Japan. Attached to the main donjon are two additional turrets. The central structure, as it stands today, was built over a period of years between l592 and 1614 by the Ishikawa clan.


In Takato, a small village tucked away in the mountains south of Matsumato, one can enjoy the
beautifull pink color of the cherryblossom. 1500 trees bloom at the same time in this village.

More info on Nagano-ken:

- Tourism Division, Nagano Prefecture Government
692-2 Habashita,
Minami -Nagano, Nagano-City

- http://www.nagano-tabi.net/English/ (tourism in Nagano-ken)

- http://www.pref.nagano.jp/english/indexe.htm(off. prefect. website)

More about the cherryblossom on our Takato page.

  • Last visit to Nagano-ken: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 27, 2005
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  • yumiyun's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2003 at 4:35 AM

    You found lakes behind dams to be a great spot? Those are places I hate the most! But Nagano is definitely a beautiful place!

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2003 at 9:26 PM

    I had been wondering... I might have just been a Japanese in my last life ;-)


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