Nagano 2

Exploring Nagano with Mio:


  1. Kappa Bridge:
    Mio visited Kappa Bridge, a famous suspension bridge with stunning views of the Azusa River and surrounding mountains. “The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking, especially with the clear river and towering peaks,” she said.
  2. Taisho Pond:
    Mio admired Taisho Pond, known for its picturesque reflections of the Hotaka Mountains. “The reflections in the pond are mesmerizing, making it a perfect spot for photos,” she noted.
  3. Myojin Pond:
    Mio explored Myojin Pond, a serene pond with a Shinto shrine nearby. “The tranquility of the pond and the beauty of the surrounding nature are very calming,” she commented.

Nozawa Onsen

  1. Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort:
    Mio enjoyed skiing and snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort, known for its excellent powder snow. “The snow conditions are fantastic, and the runs are diverse and fun,” she remarked.
  2. Oyu Public Bath:
    Mio relaxed at Oyu, one of the oldest public baths in Nozawa Onsen. “The onsen has a traditional atmosphere and is perfect for warming up after a day on the slopes,” she said.
  3. Dosojin Fire Festival:
    Mio experienced the Dosojin Fire Festival, a unique and vibrant local festival. “The festival is exciting and offers a glimpse into the local culture and traditions,” she noted.

Shiga Kogen

  1. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort:
    Mio hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, one of Japan’s largest ski areas. “The resort offers a wide variety of trails and stunning views,” she commented.
  2. Jigokudani Monkey Park:
    Mio visited Jigokudani Monkey Park, famous for its wild Japanese macaques that bathe in hot springs. “Watching the monkeys enjoy the hot springs is both amusing and fascinating,” she said.
  3. Shiga Kogen Highlands:
    Mio explored the Shiga Kogen Highlands, known for their beautiful alpine scenery. “The highlands are perfect for hiking and enjoying nature,” she remarked.


  1. Tsumago-juku:
    Mio visited Tsumago-juku, a well-preserved post town on the Nakasendo Trail. “Walking through the town feels like stepping back in time, with its traditional buildings and atmosphere,” she said.
  2. Nakasendo Trail:
    Mio hiked a portion of the Nakasendo Trail between Tsumago and Magome. “The trail is beautiful and offers a peaceful walk through the countryside,” she noted.
  3. Waki-honjin Okuya:
    Mio explored Waki-honjin Okuya, a historic inn that served travelers on the Nakasendo. “The inn provides a fascinating look into the history and lifestyle of Edo-period travelers,” she commented.


  1. Hokusai Museum:
    Mio visited the Hokusai Museum, dedicated to the works of the famous ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. “The museum’s collection is impressive and showcases Hokusai’s incredible talent,” she said.
  2. Chestnut Path:
    Mio strolled along the Chestnut Path, lined with chestnut trees and traditional houses. “The path is charming and offers a taste of Obuse’s unique culture,” she noted.
  3. Gansho-in Temple:
    Mio explored Gansho-in Temple, known for its ceiling painting by Hokusai. “The temple’s atmosphere is serene, and the artwork is stunning,” she remarked.
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