Nagano

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

We try out the delicious, fluffy milk bread featured in the Japanese anime movie Your Name

Even though it didn’t cause us to swap bodies, it was every bit as creamy and tasty as we imagined it to be.

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Funeral home in Japan offers drive-through funeral services

When you want to mourn the loss of someone and wish them eternal happiness in the afterlife without getting out of the car.

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The wasabi you eat probably isn’t wasabi, according to new video from Japan

With beautiful images of pristine Japanese countryside, this clip explains why real wasabi is hard to find.

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New attraction lets you relive the thrill of Japan’s deadly log-riding festival

It’s known as one of the nation’s top three most bizarre festivals and has resulted in deaths when it’s held every six years, but now you can experience the ride first-hand at any time of year!

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Crazy convenience store photo shows the secret ingredient powering ancient Japanese festival

Tradition and community are great, but there’s one more thing this Nagano celebration gets a boost from.

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Energetic schoolgirl’s “Pension dance” commercial for Nagano bank isn’t easy to forget

This dance and and its accompanying catchy little jingle, nicknamed the “brainwashing song,” are currently stuck in people’s heads around Japan.

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