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Revalue Nippon No.30

Nagano

A mountain range made up of 2000 to 3000 m high mountains runs through the area, with a number of basins such as Nagano Basin, Matsumoto Basin and Ueda Basin nestled in between. The temperature difference between winter and summer, and night and day is significant. The amount of precipitation is low with inland (continental) climate. ”Nagano Olympics” was held in 1998, and the beautiful Japanese scenery was shared around the world.

The roof of Japan!? Largest number of mountains over 3000 meters high
Of the 23 mountains over 3000 meters nationwide, 15 are located in Nagano. (12 of which are situated on the border between two prefectures.) Mt. Okuhodaka-dake, Mt. Yariga-take, Mt. Akaishi-dake, Mt. Karasawa-dake, Mt. Kitahodaka-dake, Mt. Obami-dake, Mt. Maehodaka-dake, Mt. Naka-dake, Mt. Arakawa-dake (Mae-dake), Mt. Ontakesan, Mt. Shiomi-dake, Mt. Senjoga-take, Mt. Minami-dake, Mt. Norikura-dake, Mt. Hijiri-dake. These mountains are the symbol of Nagano known as the ”Roof of Japan.”
Traditional craftsmanship influencing music the world over
There are numerous great guitar makers in Nagano. Various types of guitars are produced from the abundant resources in the forests, the dry climate suitable for woodwork, and excellent woodworking techniques stemming from traditional crafts.
Enjoy local ”Shinshu-soba” , prepared using the region’s unique method
”Toji-soba” is a local specialty of the Nakawa district in Matsumoto. ”Soba” is put into a small basket called ”toji-kago”, and the ”soba” is dipped into a stewed sauce with local ingredients. ”Takato-soba” is a standard dish of Ina. It is a local favorite served with ”karatsuyu” broth prepared using ”yaki miso”, grated ”daikon” and seasonings.

Other place of visit

SAKE

Izutsu Wine Co., Ltd.
Won a gold medal at an international contest with wine made from local merlot grapes grown in Nagano. Produces high-quality wine certified by ”Nagano Appellation Control”.
1298-187 Soga Kikyogahara, Shiojiri-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.izutsuwine.co.jp/
Tomono Shuzo Company
Produces premium ”sake”, ”Sawa-no-hana” fostered by the natural surroundings of Shinshu-saku area.
123 Nozawa, Saku-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.sawanohana.com/
Sakunohana Brewery
Well-renowned sake made from the combination of rice, water and people, ”Sakunohana” is deeply rooted in Shinshu.
620 Shimogoe, Saku-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Villa d’Est Gardenfarm and Winery
A winery opened by essayist and artist Toyoo Tamamura. Guests enjoy great food, wine, and views of the vineyard from the adjacent café.
6027 Kanou, Tomi-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.villadest.com/
Obuse Winery
100% of the grapes for the wine are produced on the company vineyard. The flavor is a good pairing with Japanese cuisine, and quality control is strictly managed. Nakata was pleasantly surprised with the high quality of the grape juice produced at this winery.
571 Oaza Oshiha, Obuse-machi, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
http://obusewinery.com/

SHRINES & TEMPLES

Naraijuku
Naraijuku was one of the most prospering post-station towns in Kisoji along the Nakasendo Road. The beautiful streets extend over a 1km range, and is a tourist site reminiscent of Japan during the Edo era.
Togakushi Shrine
Reminiscent of ”shugendo”, the shrine honors the gods of water and good harvest.
Togakushi, Nagano-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.togakushi-jinja.jp/

FOOD

Izumiya Shoten
Nakata had high praise for the apple ’miso’ and ’miso-senbei’ at this brewery.
789-2 Iwamurada, Saku-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.izumikura.com/
Uzuraya
Well-known Togakushi-soba shop that carries on the tradition of Japanese cuisine in the Togakushi district.
3356 Chusha, Nagano-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www2.odn.ne.jp/~uzuraya/
Rice farmers, Yoichiro and Kaori Ito
”A farmer’s daily visit to the paddy is the best fertilizer for the rice.” says Yoichiro Ito who practices ”Aigamo-noho” with loving care.
2254 Niiyama-nishishita, Tomigata, Ina City Nagano Prefecture
Kitaya Miso Co.
”Yukimusume-miso” - homemade ”miso” without additives is the roots of home cooking in Shinshu.
2-3-3 Tenryu-cho, Okaya-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.kitayamiso.com/
Aozora-Yatai-no-Ouchi
A place to enjoy the simple life! Savor the excellent curry full of natural ingredients.
9068 Miasa, Omachi-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Le sans a plus
A french restaurant in a rural area where you can enjoy the bounties of nature. *Reservations and referrals only. Thank you for your understanding.
Saku City, Nagano Prefecture
Imokawa Koji Limited
”Miso” from Kitashinano in Shinshu, made by ”Artisan of Shinshu-miso.” It is moist, with a robust aroma and smooth flavor.
215 Oaza Ushiide, Nakano-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.kitashinanomiso.com/
Farmer Kazuo Suzuki
Rice nurtured by the blessings of Chikuma River draws attention from gourmets around the nation.
3599 Tokiwa, Iyama-shi, Nagano Prefecture
En Boca Karuizawa
Popular restaurant in a forest where you can enjoy delicious smoked foods and pizza.
1277-1 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.enboca.jp/karuizawa/karuizawa_2.html
Soba Sekizawa
Homemade ”soba” made from only homegrown ”soba” grains or ”soba” from contracted farms.
872-9 Nakamatsu, Obuse-cho, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
http://soba-sekizawa.com/

JAPANESE STYLE INN

Seni Onsen Kasenan Iwa No Yu
”Onsen” inn with comforting ambience offering various types of baths such as the grand bath situated in a cave.
3159 Oaza Nirei, Suzaka-shi, Nagano Prefecture
Auberge de Shezmari
Relish the surroundings of Central Tateshina Highlands. A Japanese style inn which hosts only four groups a day.
Karamatsudaira, Central Tateshina Highlands, Chino-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.shezmari.com/
Masuichi Kyakuden
An elegant Japanese style inn combining a traditional storehouse and wooden house structure with modern interior.
815 Obuse-machi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.kyakuden.jp/english/index.html
Tobira Onsen Myojinkan
A relaxing Japanese style inn situated in Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen Quasi National Park
8967 Iriyamabe, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture
https://www.relaischateaux.com/us/japan/myojinkan-nagano-matsumoto-shi
Chikuma-no-yu Shigenoya
100% natural hot spring without any filtration or additives and luxurious hospitality of seasonal Japanese cuisine.
3055 Oaza Togura-onsen, Chikuma-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.shigenoya.co.jp/
Tateshina-indigo
A Japanese style inn where you can experience indigo dyeing workshop and immerse yourself in the joy of Shinshu gourmet.
Yokoyakyo, Tateshina-kogen, Chino-shi, Nagano Prefecture
http://www.tateshina-ai.co.jp/en/
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