Day Trip to Nagano City

Day Trip to Nagano City
2019-02-22 Yohei Onishi

Nagano City, which developed around the Zenkoji temple where about 6 million visitors come from across the country, is also the gateway to Togakushi, Shiga Kogen, and Obuse located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture. You can enjoy walking streets for such as Shinshu gourmet and souvenir shops extended from Nagano station to Zenkoji temple. In addition, the famous gourmet of Nagano prefecture, Shinshu-soba is also very popular.

Content

  1. 1. Spot Ranking
  2. 5th Jouyama Park
  3. 4th Saihouji
  4. 3rd Mizuno Musium
  5. 2nd Nakamise Street
  6. 1st Zenkoji Temple
  7. 2. Getting in
  8. 3. Other Area List

1. Spot ranking in Nagano City area

5th. Jouyama Park

Jouyama Park is next to the east side of Zenkoji. In 1900, it was established as Emperor Taisho’s wedding anniversary and it is the oldest park in Nagano city. In addition, the park area is also the most famous place to see cherry blossom in the city, and a temporary tea house called Hanami Chaya stands in cherry blossom season every year and you might see many parties going on until the night. There are also zoos and a juvenile science center in the park.
 
In addition, there are two facilities in the park which are closed for a long period of time. It is Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum and Higashiyama Kaii Gallery. Higashiyama Kaii Gallery is aiming for resumption in 2019, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Main Building in 2021, pleas

Access

After getting off at Nagano station, it takes 5 minutes on foot from the bus stop, Zenkoji-kita.

 

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4th. Saihoji Temple

Saihoji was founded in 1199. The only Tibetan Buddha statue in Japan was produced by Tibetan Buddhist monks, and in 2010 Dalai Lama opened up. Issa Kobayashi, one of the writers of haikai poems who is representative of the Edo period, also leaves the phrase “散る花や 月いる方は 西方寺” (scattered flowers and the moondown are in Saihoji), it can be said that it is a temple that has been known for a long time.
 
Unlike Zenkoji, it is a temple where you can feel tranquility. In addition, the admission fee is free, the worshiping time is from 8:00 to 17:00 (those who wish guidance need reservation) with no regular closing day.

Access

After getting off at Nagano station, it takes 3 minutes on foot from the bus stop, Zenkoji Daimon.

 

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3rd. Mizuno art Museum

The Mizuno Museum is a Japanese art museum dedicated to Japanese art, opened in 2002, based on Japanese paintings collected by Nagano Prefecture’s businessman, Mr. Masayuki Mizuno. Characterized by the stunning appearance that imagined the Japanese warehouse, you can enjoy the flowers of the four seasons in the Japanese garden of about 2300 ㎡ set in front of the museum.
 
The collection is mainly focused on the works of the Japanese painters such as Gaho Hashimoto, Yokoyama Taikan, Kanzan Shimomura and Hishida Shunsō since the Meiji period (Meiji period 1868-1912) and you can see the trace of Japanese paintings from modern to today.
 
Admission fee for individual is 800 yen for general, 600 yen for junior high school student, 300 yen for primary school student. In the case of a group (more than 20 people), it is 700 yen for general, 500 yen for junior high school student, 200 yen for primary school student. Also, special exhibition entrance fee will be different for each exhibition.
 
Opening hours are from April to October 9:30 to 17:30 (the entrance is until 17:00), from November to March 9:30 to 17:00 (the entrance is until 16:30). The closing day is Monday (if it is a national holiday, the next day is closed). Other closing days are exhibition changing day, January 1, and there is a long term closing on December.

Access

Take the Nagano Electric Railroad bus “To Nisseki / Mizuno Museum” from the bus station at Nagano station east exit (exit the gate and go left) and get off at “Mizuno Art Museum” to get there.
 

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2nd. Nakamise Street

Nakamise street leading to the gate of Zenkoji is known as a lively gourmet area with many shops and perfect to enjoy gourmet and sweets unique to Nagano. You can also enjoy looking for good souvenirs. Opening hours, closing hours and fees vary depending on the shop.

Access

It is located on the right after entering the Niomon gate of Zenkoji.

 

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1st. Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji is a temple with a history of about 1400 years, and about 6 million people visit each year. Zenkoji is known as a non-sectarian and is known as a temple that has existed before the formation of Japanese Buddhist sects, and has been actively opening the door to women since the time when there were many temple shrines prohibited for women. Also, a famous event at Zenkoji is O-ASAJI, and it is a strict Buddhist service that all monks of Zenkoji serve as sunrise. This event has been held for 365 days without taking a break and famous for being able to attend general attendance.
 
Although the admission fee is free for observation in the precincts, the ticket for the inner temple is 500 yen (innerier worship, ordination platform tour and Zenkoji museum). Common ticket is 1000 yen (inner ticket + Sanno worship + scripture house worship). In addition, worshiping time varies depending on facilities. It has no closing days.

Access

It is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop Zenkoji Daimon after access to Nagano station.

 

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2. Getting to Zenkoji from Nagano station

It is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop Zenkoji Daimon after access to Nagano station.

 

Getting to Nagano Station from Tokyo Station


 

3. Other Area List

Karuizawa


 

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Bessho Onsen


 

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Ueda


 

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Nagano City

 

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Togakushi

 

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Obuse


 

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Shigakogen


 

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Nozawa Onsen


 

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Tateshina – Venus Line


 

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Lake Suwa, Kami-Suwa Onsen and Shimo-Suwa Onsen


 

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Azumino

 

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Hakuba

 

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Matsumoto


 

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Kamikochi


 

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Norikura


 

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