WHILE IN NAGANO, VISIT THE FOLLOWING:
Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto
One of only four castles recognised as a National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle stands among the oldest and most famous in the country, with more than 400 years of history. With its unique white and black exteriors, it is
(烏城). also fondly known as the ‘Crow Castle’ The most strikingly elegant castle I ever seen.
Zenkoji Temple, Nagano
Dating back to the seventh century with over 1,400 years of history, Zenkoiji Temple is one of the great Buddhist temples in Japan. Also designated a National Treasure, it is one of the most visited temples and truly earned the saying that “one must visit Zenkoji, once in a lifetime.”
Daio Wasabi, Azumino
Daio Wasabi Farm is the largest wasabi (horseradish) farm in Japan and was established in 1915. Situated in Azumino, the spring water from the Northern Alps and cool sunny climate provide perfect conditions for high-quality wasabi cultivation. Standing on the pretty wooden bridge across the stream, one can see endless rows of planted wasabi as far as the eye can see.
Shiraito Falls, Karuizawa
The Shiraito Falls is located up north in the mountains of scenic Karuizawa, a popular mountain resort in Nagano. Measuring 3m-tall tall across an arch that’s 70m wide, the waterfall offers an enthralling sight with its cascading streams of water (aptly named Shiraito, meaning ‘white threads’ in Japanese) against lush foliage.
Ishii Miso, Matsumoto
Founded in 1868, Ishii Miso is a renowned producer of kome (rice-malt) miso made with traditional methods. It is famous for the use of cedar wooden barrels for fermentation and natural three-year ageing process for its miso. If you are lucky, you might meet the affable Mr Kosuke Ishii, the sixth-generation owner who will gladly provide a presentation and a brief tour of the brewery.