For over a millennium, Nagano has been a place of pilgrimage. To this day, people still flock here to seek the legendary, ‘key to paradise’ said to offer salvation to anyone who finds it hidden in the town’s atmospheric Buddhist temple. They’re joined by visitors who tumble in from the countryside: winter-sports fans in search of perfect powder on nearby snow-swaddled peaks, wildlife lovers hoping to see the famous snow monkeys lazing in thermal pools, and history enthusiasts seeking that enduring essence of rural Japan in time-warp villages.
Of course, it’s entirely possible to linger in the Nagano area with no loftier goal than to kick back in an authentic Japanese ryokan inn spending happy hours soaking in hot-spring waters while admiring the mountain scenery. Or grazing through a traditional meal of remarkable freshness and delicate flavour in the name of pursuing wellness.
Find your ideal combination of activity and relaxation on a trip to Nagano with the help of our Japan gurus, the key to connecting you with suitable expert guides.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.
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