NAGANO

Nagano (長野) is the capital of Nagano prefecture, in the Chubu district of Japan. It flourished as a temple city of Zenkō-ji, a famous temple.
…WikiTravel



Zenkōji (善光寺). This temple, first built in the 7th century, is a major pilgrimage site. Its major draw is the hibutsu (秘仏), or hidden buddha, a statue that is displayed to the public only every six years (the next time will be in 2015). A major renovation of the great inner gate finished in 2007. You can see a beautiful row of houses along the street. There are restaurants with atmosphere. You can also buy talismon as a souvenir.


Binzuru (びんずる, 賓頭盧) [2]. Nagano’s big summer festival, held on the first Saturday in August. Every year, more than 200 groups take part in this festival. They walk and dance through Chuo-dori, clacking together wooden scoops called shamoji. The festival’s name comes from the Japanese version of Indian Buddhist saint Pindola Bharadvaja, and the procession ends at Zenkoji temple where festival-goers rub a well-worn Binzuru statue for luck.


Kagai Onsen Ichiyoukan (加賀井温泉 一陽館), Matsushiro Machi Higashijo 松代町東条55 (Take route 403 south from the Nagano interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway. Turn left at the Kojinmachi intersection. Follow the road around and take the last on the right before the 90 degree right hand turn. The onsen is at the end of the road.), ☎ 026-278-2016. 8:00-20:00. This unusual onsen has separate long narrow flowing indoor baths with brown water for males and females, and two outdoor mixed baths. Bring a large towel. Adults ¥300. …WikiTravel

NAGANO NEWS

11 Dec

Police referred a 17-year-old high school student and two men to prosecutors on Tuesday over their alleged involvement in the online trading of uranium in violation of Japanese law regulating nuclear materials. (Japan Today)

7 Dec

Nagano became the first prefecture to declare a climate emergency Friday, joining a growing coalition of nations, regions and local municipalities around the world in vowing to take action that reflects the urgency of the crisis. (Japan Times)

30 Nov

In a country famous for the longevity of its inhabitants – this year Japan’s population of people age 100 or over topped 70,000 for the first time – Aomori Prefecture is an outlier. (Japan Times)

29 Nov

A man pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering a passenger and trying to kill two others in a random knife attack on a shinkansen last year. (Japan Times)

17 Nov

November is usually peak travel season in Hakone, one of the most popular resorts within easy reach of Tokyo. Visitors flock to the area in autumn to watch the leaves turn and enjoy a dip in the hot springs. (Nikkei)

7 Nov

All 10 Shinkansen bullet trains that were damaged last month by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, will be scrapped. (NHK)

24 Oct

With torrential rain, raging rivers and submerged homes, the havoc wrought by Typhoon Hagibis was a grim reminder that extreme weather may now be the new norm in this disaster-prone nation. (Japan Times)

23 Oct

The Japanese weather agency warned people in Tokyo and northern Nagano that heavy rainfall Tuesday may set off flooding and mudslides, including in areas recovering from a deadly typhoon. (Japan Today)

22 Oct

It’s been a day packed with tradition and celebration. Let’s take a look back at how it all unfolded.
(NHK)

20 Oct

The Japanese government says Typhoon Hagibis’ damage to farming, forestry and fisheries has reached 57 billion yen, or about 527 million dollars.
(NHK)

16 Oct

NHK has learned that more than 13,000 homes were flooded due to Typhon Hagibis which swept across Japan.
(NHK)

16 Oct

People in areas hit by Typhoon Hagibis are struggling to recover from flooding. NHK has learned the death toll has risen to 77. Rescuers are searching for 10 people who are still missing.
(NHK)

15 Oct

Emergency crews across Japan are racing against time to rescue over a dozen people who are still missing after Typhoon Hagibis ravaged the nation over the weekend. Authorities say the death toll stands at 58.
(NHK)

14 Oct

People in Japan are dealing with the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis. The death toll now stands at 58 as cleanup efforts are underway in many areas. (NHK)

13 Oct

Typhoon Hagibis has caused death and destruction across Japan. Three people have died, one other was found without vital signs, 17 people remain missing, and more than 90 people were injured.
(NHK)

10 Oct

Record-breaking rainfall, strong winds and severe flooding befell areas from central to northern Japan on Saturday as one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in years moved over Honshu. (Japan Times)

6 Oct

The European Union has informed the Japanese government that it will likely ease import restrictions on Japanese food products before the end of the year.
(NHK)

26 Aug

A minor eruption has occurred at Mount Asama in central Japan. The mountain straddles Nagano and Gunma prefectures.
(NHK)

8 Aug

There has been a minor eruption on Mount Asama in the central part of Japan. The eruption occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
(NHK)

2 Jun

Japan’s Olympic organizing committee has unveiled a tentative torch relay route for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that features cultural and scenic attractions around the country.
(NHK)

7 May

More than one in 10 houses in Japan don’t have anyone living in them, according to a recent survey released by the country’s central government. (stuff.co.nz)

20 Apr

The world’s smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much as an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said Friday.
(Japan Today)

7 Feb

Japan’s swine fever epidemic is spreading, with local authorities in five central and western prefectures saying Wednesday they are struggling to contain the highly contagious virus that was first reported in September.
(Japan Today)

25 Jan

Japanese weather officials say a cold air mass is bringing heavy snow to much of the Sea of Japan side of the country over the weekend.
(NHK)

2 Dec

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 17 on Saturday, enjoying her life in high school, including attending summer school at Eton College in Britain as her first overseas stay on her own. (Japan Today)