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.
Side Trips from Nagano
Hotels around Nagano
Hotel Metropolitan Nagano
Centrally located and conveniently located steps away from JR Nagano Station.
An authentic onsen ryokan, a famous writer Shimazaki Touson’s regular hotel. Located in Komoro, 45min to Nagano city by train. Experience Japanese nostalgia.