Nagano

Why does Japan’s most famous ocean legend end at this temple in the middle of the mountains?

Urashima Taro spent centuries at the sea dragon’s palace at the bottom of the ocean, but this Nagano temple says it’s where the story ends.

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Wasp larvae bento: a traditional delicacy in the Japanese mountains

A local specialty best eaten with a side of courage.

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One of Japan’s coolest castles looks even cooler this winter with laser mapping art event【Video】

There’s never a bad time to take a look at the Crow Castle, but this winter is an especially good one.

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The leaves aren’t the only things changing in this beautiful series of photos from Nagano

Family photos show the cycle of the seasons and a new beginning.

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Come camp with us on Mt. Jinbagata, the best view you can get without breaking a sweat【SoraCamp】

You bring the marshmallows, we’ll bring the pics.

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Only 30 percent of Japanese drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, survey says

Although the results are an improvement on previous years, a worrying number of drivers aren’t stopping at pedestrian crossings.

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This hotel in the mountains of Japan has an awesome hi-tech ski/snowboard simulator【Videos】

Family-run Nagano inn that’s been in business for more than 50 years has a very modern, very cool amenity.

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It’s like the samurai era never ended at this beautiful Japanese mountain town

Nagano village was once a major stop on the Kyoto-Edo route, and the neighborhood looks much the same centuries later.

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Mark your calendars for the return of Japan’s popular cherry blossom-inspired beer

One of the first glimmers of spring is the appearance of this seasonal beverage that uses real cherry blossom petals and leaves.

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Drinking wine made from the only train station platform vineyard in Japan

This Shiojiri Station Merlot has a terroir as unique as its taste. 

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This amazing photo of the Japan Alps only gets more beautiful the higher you look

Site of the Winter Olympics shows off multiple seasons’ splendor in one shot.

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Become a bear and ‘hibernate’ in the woods with this private hammock tent

Who says hammocks have to be restricted to summer time fun?

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Feast and plan adventures like a real fantasy guild member at Y.barn dining bar in Nagano【Pics】

Gather round and listen to a tasty tale.

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Japanese train station grows wine grapes on the platform

Wait for your train under the shade of Japan’s only train station platform vineyard.

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New Japanese-style Starbucks set to open in Nagano prefecture【Photos】

If you’re as big of a fan of Starbucks as you are of traditional Japanese aesthetics, mark your maps.

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Japan Travel: What it’s like to go on a solo journey on a Japanese restaurant train

Who needs company when you’ve got a Japanese kaiseki feast laid out in front of you? 

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Saying a prayer can open a passage between men’s and women’s baths at this Japanese hot spring

Love can start in the tub at this romantic onsen that puts the power in ladies’ hands.

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A private onsen bath with a karaoke machine is two of Japan’s best things with zero embarrassment

Go beyond singing in the shower by singing in the hot spring.

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Japan’s “eternally 17-years-old” anime voice actress offers fans hot spring resort trip with her

Latest Kikuko Inoue project is like an anime hot spring episode come true.

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Experience the moment the local gods cross a frozen Lake Suwa【Video】

Lake Suwa in Nagano Prefecture is the scene of a curious natural phenomenon which results in ridges of ice erupting out of the frozen surface. Read More

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