With many skiing grounds like Hakuba and Shiga Kogen, winter sports are very popular in Nagano. It is a venue of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. High altitude of the mountainous prefecture is making it a popular place of summering, too. You can enjoy many historic areas and sites such as the Matsumoto Castile (a National Treasure), Tsumagojuku (a busy post town in the Edo Period), and Naraijuku where old-time townscape back to the Edo Period is remaining to this day. Hot springs are also very popular in Nagano. From famous ones to small local ones, it is said that there are more than 600 hot spring sites in Nagano. With the launch of the Nagano Shinkansen, you can reach Nagano in just 90 minutes from Tokyo.
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