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長野市 · Nagano City
Downtown Nagano

Location of Nagano in Nagano Prefecture
Nagano is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°38′N 138°11′E / 36.633°N 138.183°E / 36.633; 138.183
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
 - Mayor Shōichi Washizawa
 - Total 737.86 km2 (284.9 sq mi)
(July 1, 2006)
Website City of Nagano
Phone number 26-226-4911

1613 Midori-chō, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken

Nagano (長野市 Nagano-shi ?), the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, is located in the northern part of the prefecture near the confluence of the Chikuma and the Sai rivers, on the main Japanese island of Honshū.

As of July 1 2006 the city had an estimated population of 378,059. The total land area is 737.86 km².



Nagano is most famous for Zenkō-ji, a 7th century Buddhist temple which overlooks the city. A million tourists visit Nagano annually, the gateway to a variety of sightseeing spots. Nagano was originally a small town in Kamiminochi District built around the hilltop temple, the largest wooden building in eastern Japan, but the city now encompasses locations that were within Sarashina, Hanishina, and Kamitakai districts as well.

The prefecture of Nagano is in a hilly area.



Surrounding municipalities

All but the city of Myōkō are within Nagano Prefecture.


  • The city is located within Minuchi (水内郡), Takai (高井), Sarashina (更級郡), and Hanishina (埴科郡) Districts in the ancient Shinano Province.
  • Zenkō-ji relocated from the current city of Iida. (642). Afterwards, the town of Monzen becomes one of the motel towns of Hokkoku Kaidō.
  • The Battles of Kawanakajima were held, where Shigen Takeda (武田信玄) and Kenshin Uesugi (上杉謙信) fought.
  • Inu-no-Mansui (戌の満水 or 千曲川大洪水) (1742), the water level reached at 6.4m(21ft) at Akanuma (near the border with the former town Toyono)
  • Due to Zenko-ji Earthquake (May 8, 1847), nearly 10,000 people died (including the other disasters in Iiyama)
  • Gained city status (1897)
  • The Matsushiro Underground Imperial Headquarters (松代大本営) was built (Started in 1944, but cancelled in 1945 due to the end of war)
  • Biggest mergers of the Showa Era I (1954)
  • Due to the flooding of Chikuma River (1959), 71 people are dead or missing and 20,000 homes were flooded
  • Biggest mergers of the Showa Era II (1966)
  • Matsushiro Earthquake (松代群発地震)
  • Due to Landslides (地附山地すべり災害)(1985), 26 people died and 60 homes were destroyed or near-destroyed
  • Hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics and the 1998 Winter Paralympics (1998)
  • Became a core city (1999)
  • Due to the Biggest Mergers in Heisei Era, the city absorbed the municipalities of the town of Toyono, and the village of Togakushi, and Kinasa (from Kamiminochi District), and the village of Ōoka (from Sarashina District).
  • Hosted the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Municipal timeline

  • April 1, 1897 - The first city of Nagano was founded. (Nagano became the first city founded in Nagano Prefecture and the 43rd city in Japan).
  • October 16, 1966 - The current and the second city of Nagano was founded by merging with 8 municipalities, including the original city itself.
  • January 1, 2005 - The city absorbed the municipalities from Kamiminochi District (Toyono, Togakushi, and Kinasa) and Sarashina District (Ooka).

1998 Winter Olympics

In 1998, Nagano hosted the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, the second Winter Olympics ever held in Japan and the first since 1972 when the XI Olympic Winter Games were held in Sapporo, Hokkaidō also the site of the first Winter Olympics ever held in Japan and Asia.


Zenkō-ji, ancient temple in Nagano

The historic site of the Battles of Kawanakajima has been retained as parkland, with a municipal museum of the history of the Zenkoji plain.

Matsushiro, the former castle town of the Sanada clan, is located in the southern part of the city. The town retains an historical atmosphere, preserving many old samurai residences, temples, and gardens of the feudal period, including the remains of the castle and mansion of feudal lord Sanada Jumangoku.

Sporting venues built for the Winter Olympics include the M-Wave speed-skating arena (with the world's largest wooden suspension roof), Big Hat arena, and the Aqua Wing Arena.

To north of the city is the village of Iizuna. A popular destination in both summer and winter, it includes an Olympic ski resort, campsite, onsen, 10 ponds, and a mountain slide ride.

Northeast of the city is Japan's largest ski resort, Shiga Kogen, with the nearby Jigokudani Monkey Park, famous for the wild Japanese Snow Monkeys often found bathing in its hot springs.

Just south of the downtown core, in Shinano, Mt. Chausu hosts the Nagano Chausuyama Zoo, an outdoor dinosaur park, botanical garden, and a museum of natural history.


The city's main railway hub, Nagano Station, and the smaller Shinonoi Station, were expanded for the 1998 Winter Olympics. The Hokuriku Shinkansen opened in 1997, connecting Nagano to Takasaki, Gunma. Nagano Station also serves the Shinano Railway Line, Shin'etsu Main Line, and Iiyama Line. The JR Chūō Main Line connects Nagano to the major city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture.

The Nagano Electric Railway also runs the Nagano Line to major sites around Nagano City and its suburbs.

The city is connected by rail south to Matsumoto via the Shinonoi Line, which terminates at Shinonoi Station.

Buses for Kawanaka-jima Bus and the Nagano Dentetsu Bus Co. service the city, and depart both Nagano Station and the Nagano Bus Terminal just west of the station.

The city's nearest domestic airport is Matsumoto Airport, connected via a 70-minute express bus from Nagano City.


Elementary Schools

Junior High Schools

High Schools

Nagano Nihon University High School has one of the most well-known sports programs in Nagano prefecture. Its track and field club has taken part in a national interscholastic meet. The long distance running team took part in the national high school Ekiden championships in 2003 for the first time. Since then, the team has taken part in the national Ekiden twice, in 2004 and 2005.

College of Technology

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Nagano (長野) is the capital of Nagano prefecture, in the Chubu district of Japan.It flourished as a temple city of Zenkouzi.Zenkouzi is a famous temple.

Nagano Station
Nagano Station


Nagano hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Many of the Olympic facilities remain open - like the M-Wave speedskating arena and the Aqua-Wing arena - making Nagano a popular destination for indoor and outdoor sports enthusiasts. It's also a key launching point for trips to onsen and ski resorts in the nearby mountains, which are often referred to as "the Japanese Alps".

Get in

By train

It takes about 1 hour half from Tokyo station by bullet train.The Hokuriku Shinkansen, also known as the Nagano Shinkansen, or by the name Asama (あさま), was completed in time for the 1998 Winter Olympics. There are approximately 2-3 departures per hour from Tokyo Station, taking approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours to make the journey at a cost of ¥7970 each way. You can breathe easy, as smoking was banned on all Asama trains as of December, 2005.

The Wide View Shinano limited express train runs hourly from Nagoya to Nagano. Taking about three hours, and at a cost of ¥7130 each way, this is the best method of reaching Nagano by train from Kyoto, Osaka, and elsewhere in western Japan; simply take the Shinkansen and change to the "Shinano" in Nagoya.

By bus

Highway buses from Tokyo depart from the terminal in Shinjuku, and from the Sunshine City Prince Hotel in Ikebukuro. The trip takes around three and a half hours, and the fare is ¥4000 one-way. The ¥7200 round trip fare is about half the cost of the Shinkansen.

Hankyu and Nankai buses also make a few daytime and nighttime runs from Osaka and Kyoto to Nagano. The day runs take about seven hours, and the night runs, nine hours. Expect to pay in the range of ¥6200 one-way, ¥10000 round trip from Osaka, and ¥5300 one-way, ¥9500 round-trip from Kyoto.

Get around

You can use a bus.It is called Gururingou.

Zenkōji Temple
Zenkōji Temple
  • Zenkōji (善光寺) temple, first built in the 7th century, is a major pilgrimage site. Its major draw is the hibutsu (秘仏), or hidden buddha, a statue that is displayed to the public only every six years (the next time will be in 2015). The major renovation of the great inner gate finished in 2007.A lot of people visit this temple.You can see a beautiful row of houses along the street.There are restaurants with atmosphere.You can also buy talismon as a souvenir.
  • Nishi-no-Mon, southwest of Zenkoji main gate. A sake brewery with attached restaurant and shops, all housed in traditional buildings. The brewery has a small free museum, though it consists of little more than some historic photographs and a view of the stainless-steel brewing equipment.
  • Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum [1], just east of Zenkoji. The prefecture's premier art museum. The museum's Higashiyama Kaii Gallery showcases the tranquil landscapes (depicting Northern Europe as well as Japan) of one of the masters of nihon-ga (traditional "Japanese-style painting").
  • Binzuru (びんずる, 賓頭盧) [2]. Nagano's big summer festival, held on the first Saturday in August. Every year, more than 200 groups take part in this festival. They walk and dance through Chuo-dori, clacking together wooden scoops called shamoji. The festival's name comes from the Japanese version of Indian Buddhist saint Pindola Bharadvaja, and the procession ends at Zenkoji temple where festival-goers rub a well-worn Binzuru statue for luck.

There are many shops.You should go to the main street if you want to buy something.Especially,there are a lot of shops of clothes and sundry goods.

  • Yawataya Isogoro, Daimonm-cho 83, just south of Zenkoji main gate. A 280-year-old store specializing in shichimi ("seven flavors"), a condiment consisting of ground chili peppers, sesame, citrus, and other spices, commonly sprinkled on soba noodle soup. Yawataya's distinctive tin containers are a fixture in soba shops throughout Japan.
  • oyaki Oyaki is very delicious and cheap. There are some tastes.You should try to eat it.
  • Sakura, in the Nishi-no-Mon brewery (above). Most of the items on the menu feature miso (fermented bean-paste) which is made with sake by-products. (For an exotic dessert, try miso ice cream.)
  • Hungry Caterpillar Cafe, Daimon 56-1, Nagano (On main street south from Zenkoji, 100m south of Daimon intersection), 026-233-5510. 11:00-18:00. Great sandwiches. Many of the foods enjoyed by the Very Hungry Caterpillar can be found on the menu. Many other nice cafes and restaurants in charming courtyard at rear.Shinsyu soba is famous in Japan.It is very healthy and delicious.Besides,it is not so expensive.So,you can eat it for cheap price.  edit
  • Bluebird, 1418 Minami Ishidocyo, Daito Building 3F, 5 minute walk rom Nagano Station, take the West Exit, cross street near Starbucks and go up the narrow street. Bluebird is at the end, overlooking the street across from Again department store., Phone: 02-6226-3945.. Western-style pool/dart bar. Hip Hop nights and the occasional tattoo show.
  • High-Five, Phone: 090-1868-5815. 5 minute walk from Nagano Station, take the West Exit, it's in the alley between Hotel Ikemon and Hotel Nagano. Small, central nighclub.
  • Shiga-Kogen Brewery, in Yudanaka on the way to the monkey park, Phone: 0269-33-2155, [3]. A 200 year old sake brewery that has just opened a microbrewery. Free sake and beer tasting on site and excellent locally made beers.
  • Zenkoji Kyoujuin, [4]. Housed in a former temple building a few blocks from Zenkoji. Owner speaks basic English, and is more than happy to use it. Shared room with futon, ¥3360; private room, ¥4000.  edit
  • Go-Honjin Fujiya (御本陳藤屋) [5], Daimon-cho 80, just south of Zenkoji main gate. An elegant old traditional inn, founded in 1661 as a stage along the Northern Country road. Its current form was built in 1923 and is a superb example of Taisho-era Western-style architecture.
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Nagano (Japanese 長野市) is a city in Japan and the capital of Nagano prefecture (長野県). Nagano Prefecture is located in the center of Japan and is surrounded on all four sides by 3000-meter tall mountains. This is called the “Roof of Japan”. Nagano’s population is 2,182,190 (as of Oct 1, 2007).


  • 1998 - The Olympic Games were held in Nagano.


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