Nagano

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.

Nagano Map

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 station was rebuilt for the Olympics and has two sides ? East and Zenko-ji. Take the latter for the city centre and Zenko-ji temple.

Nagano makes a great base for day trips to Matsumo castle, as well as visiting the famous snow monkeys in Yudanaka Onsen.

Recommended Accommodation in Nagano

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Nagano.

Experiences in Nagano

Nagano offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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