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Nagano 
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An earthquake hit northern Nagano Prefecture on November 22, but central Nagano City did not suffer any major damage. Read our earthquake update.

Nagano City (長野) is the capital of Nagano Prefecture. It evolved as a temple town around Zenkoji, one of Japan's most popular temples. In 1998, the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games, and some former olympic facilities can still be viewed around town.

In the forested mountains northwest of the city center lies the Togakushi area which attracts tourists with its popular shrines and as the legendary home of the Togakure Ninja School. The Togakushi Ninpo Museum and the Kids Ninja Village provide good entertainment and a glimpse of the area's ninja past.

Attractions
 1  Togakushi Shrine
Three popular shrines in the mountains.
User rating: 92/100 (17 votes)
Visited by: 42 users
 2  Zenkoji Temple
Very popular temple in the center of Nagano.
User rating: 84/100 (237 votes)
Visited by: 492 users
 3  Ninpo Museum
Entertaining museum about the local ninja.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 8 users
 4  Olympic Facilities
Remaining facilities from the 1998 Olympics.
User rating: 71/100 (79 votes)
Visited by: 178 users
 5  Kids Ninja Village
Fun theme park about the local ninja.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 14 users
 6  Shinano Art Museum
Exhibiting art related to Nagano Prefecture.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 10 users
Side Trips from Nagano
 1  Yamanouchi
Home of hot spring bathing monkeys.
User rating: 87/100 (78 votes)
Visited by: 180 users
 2  Matsumoto
City famous for its beautiful original castle.
User rating: 80/100 (423 votes)
Visited by: 909 users
 3  Obuse
Pleasant town famous for chestnuts and Hokusai.
User rating: 85/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 44 users
 4  Nozawa Onsen
Old fashioned hot spring and ski resort.
User rating: 79/100 (25 votes)
Visited by: 163 users
 5  Karuizawa
Upmarket mountain resort town.
User rating: 76/100 (242 votes)
Visited by: 665 users
 6  Bessho Onsen
Small hot spring town with beautiful temples.
User rating: 73/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 51 users

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User Rating (by 517 users):
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119.  Aomori   75/100
120.  Marugame   75/100
121.  Nagano   75/100
122.  Okayama   75/100
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22.  Sendai   1204
23.  Takayama   1128
24.  Uji   1055
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