One of the main attractions in Nagano is Zenkō-ji, a colorful 7th-century Buddhist temple with proud architecture and a humbling presence. The compound contains lovely gardens, a treasure house, sacred statues and a massive incense burner. Kids will love the “ancient” appeal of the Chausuyama Dinosaur Park, adjacent to the Nagano Chausuyama Zoo. Test your stealth skills at the Chibikko Ninja Village, then reward your hard work with a tasting tour at the Nishi-no-Mon sake brewery.
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4.5 based on 469 reviews
The shrine itself is nothing special but combined with the walk/climb it is an interesting and rewarding experience. One passes through a path lined with gigantic cedar trees and some smaller shrines. The last part of the climb is doable but not easy.
Good for a walk in the fresh air among the Japanese.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This temple dates from the 1700's and is well preserved...it is said this is the place Buddhism arrived into Japan from Korea in 522. The arrival predated the religious splits in Japanese Buddhism, and the temple site was the historical location of several major battles of the Japanese feudal clan wars.The main hall is very large and designated a national treasure. It is the home to a very sacred Buddhist statue (which is never displayed). Down from the main hall are six roku-jizo (enlightened beings) who postponed Buddahood to save living beings from 6 different realms: hell, starvation, beasts, carnage, human beings and heavenly beings. he Roku-Jizu -their are six. They are enlightened beings who save human beings from the six realms; beasts, starvation, carnage, other humans and from other heavenly beings. We had a volunteer English-speaking guide (but he had a lot of difficulty finding the words to explain things) to show us around, but would forgo that and just read the signs.
4 based on 179 reviews
We went during winter, so okusha was not available by bus. Chusha has a small waterfall next to it, and an area that sells local charms and other religious goods. The trees that surround the temple look hundreds and thousands of years old, and are an amazing sight to look at. Try uzuraya (best soba restaurant in the area) after visit, it's right next to the entrance to the temple.
4 based on 132 reviews
We didn't get a perfect day ... but the fog made it very mystical. It's easy to picture just how magical it would be on perfect Autumn day ... you'd probably have to beat the crowds, though!
4 based on 79 reviews
Matsushiro was possibly more popular than it usually is when we visited it, thanks to the NHK drama 'Sanada Maru', currently airing on TV. The exhibition at the museum was in relation to the drama. The museum had some great artefacts on display, especially the three armour sets we got to see. Sadly, only the labels and the introductory panel were translated into English, so you were stuck understanding what the artefacts were in relation to if you knew nothing of the history. It was only that we'd previously read up on the history of Yukimura Sanada that we had some idea, my average Japanese skills were failing me when I was trying to read the interpretation panels.
You can buy a discount pass that includes entry to Sanada House and the Literary School which makes it a worthwhile couple of hours of sightseeing.
4.5 based on 99 reviews
Higashiyama Kaii Gallery is temporarily closed for renovation from May 31th 2017. Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum is also closed for reconstruction from October 1st 2017.
I visited this museum to join a special exhibition on Peter Drucker collection on Japanese art. The collection consists of great master pieces of Japanese paintings in 15- 20th century, which we all loved.
The booklet of this special exhibition captures well this great collection and it certainly worth buying.
This museum stands just next to Zenkoji. I highly recommend visiting this place together with your Zenkoji visit. Their regular and permanent exhibition for Higashiyama Kaii is definitely worth viewing. His great pieces of paintings on the nature of Nagano will impress you for sure.
4.5 based on 67 reviews
Secret doors with varying means of opening them, a hidden tilted room and mazes with sliding panels - each segment of the ninja house challenges your perception and your ability to think rationally, and also think outside the box. Took me about 20 minutes to get through (though I was making sure I hadn't missed anything).
The museum is less interesting, just a collection of artefacts with little explanation. There are better folk museums elsewhere in Japan (e.g. Hida-Takayama)
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4 based on 71 reviews
This shopping centre is linked to the railway station. You can buy local specialities and also enter the metropolitan hotel without going outside. Try the apple pie at Ringonoki.
4 based on 62 reviews
Sanada house is in wonderful condition, and unlike a number of other old Japanese houses, it did have a small amount of furnishings in some of the rooms to give an idea of how the rooms were used. As always the Gardens were a highlight, especially as it was a lovely sunny day.
The NHK exhibition showing some of the costumes and concept art from Sanada Maru makes this place possibly a bit more interesting that it would normally be. The exhibition runs through till the end of the year. All in all we spent less than 30 minutes here.
Be sure to get a discount pass with entry to the museum and Literary school. The price of entry for this place alone might not feel quite worth it.
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