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Introducing Nagano Prefecture

Formerly known as Shinshū and often referred to as the 'Roof of Japan', Nagano Prefecture is a wonderful place to visit for its regal mountains, rich cultural history, fine architecture and cuisine.

In addition to a hefty chunk of the Japan Alps National Park, Nagano boasts several quasi-national parks that attract skiers, mountaineers and onsen aficionados.

Of its two main cities, Nagano, the prefectural capital and past host of the Olympic Games is home to Zenkō-ji, a spectacular temple of national significance. Ever-lovable Matsumoto makes the most of its wonderful geography, vibrant city centre and photogenic original castle.