Nagano has a history stretching back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333) when it was a temple town centred around Zenko-ji temple. The temple is still Nagano's main attraction with more than 4 million visitors a year.
In the late 1990's the city came to international attention as the host of the 1998 Winter Olympics. As well as a fair amount of debt, the games left a legacy of improved transport, great English tourist information, some wonderful Olympic buildings and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Nagano makes a great base for day trips to Matsumoto castle, as well as visiting the famous snow monkeys in Yudanaka Onsen.
Weather in Nagano
The Climate Guide for Nagano, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
|Max Daytime Temperature (°C)||0||1||5||13||18||20||24||26||21||15||9||3|
|Min Night-time Temperature (°C)||-8||-8||-5||1||6||11||15||17||13||5||-1||-5|
|Hours of Sunshine (Daily)||5||5||6||6||7||5||5||6||4||5||5||5|
|Hours of Daylight (Daily)||10||11||12||13||14||15||14||14||12||11||10||10|
|Heat and Humidity Discomfort||None||None||None||None||None||None||None||Low||None||None||None||None|
|Days with some Rainfall||25||22||21||17||17||20||22||20||20||16||17||22|
|Monthly Rainfall (mm)||54||56||72||93||116||195||197||168||195||103||73||49|
|UV Index (Maximum)||2||3||5||7||9||10||10||10||8||5||3||2|
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