Reasons to Choose Japan

Life in Japan by Specific Areas



With the vast mountains of the Japanese Alps, Nagano Prefecture was the venue for the 1998 Winter Olympics. Many people come from outside the prefecture to enjoy mountain climbing in the summer and winter sports in the winter.

nagano *This map does not include topographical features and island areas and does not cover the entire area of Japan.

Famous places / spots recommended by locals



A pond with a beautiful view that looks like a picture. The scenery reflected on the surface of the water like a mirror is also popular as a photo spot.

Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

A rare spot in the world where you can see Japanese monkeys entering the hot springs in winter. People from all over the world gather to see this cute figure at a glance.

Foods recommended by locals

  • Oyaki


    Vegetables such as Nozawana and red bean paste are wrapped in skin and grilled, making it a famous local gourmet food in Nagano Prefecture.

  • Shinshu-soba


    In Nagano prefecture, there is a vast soba field, and Shinshu soba made from this high-quality soba and the clean water of the Alps is famous. There are famous soba stores all over Nagano prefecture.

Climate (temperature / precipitation)

Temperature (°C)

Temperature (°C) (Source: Japan Metrogical Agency)

Precipitation (mm)

Precipitation (mm) (Source: Japan Metrogical Agency)

Due to the complexity of the region in Nagano prefecture, the altitude and temperature vary from region to region. The climate characteristic here is large annual temperature range. Winter protection measures are indispensable.

Cost of living

Rent is based on the research by the national rental management system business assosiation, and others are based on the statistical data by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication.

  • Rent


    43,312 yen

  • Electricity


    3,591 yen

  • Water


    2,633 yen

  • Ramen
    (Eating out)

    Ramen(Eating out)

    567 yen

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