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Happy New Year from Shinano

2019 has started with a bang and huge dumps of fresh snow in Shinano town. These are some recent pictures in and around Shinano. Many people enjoy winter sports during the New Year’s holidays, while others visit the town simply to take photos of the breathtaking winer beauty, and enjoy the warm hospitality of the most beautiful towns in Northern Nagano. Please enjoy the latest photos of Shinano!! Mount Madarao Mount Madarao is the place to be for powder snow lovers. The Mount Madarao ski resort consists of 2 areas, Tangram Ski Circus and Madarao Kogen Ski resort. Both areas have lots of off piste courses and tree run areas.. Kurohime Kogen Snow Park Kurohime Kogen Snow Park is well …

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Winter is coming ♪

What is your plan for Christmas and New Year’s holidays? Shinano town, located in the north Nagano,  has also been hit by the cold wave this time. The winter of  one of the most snowy area in Japan is about to come without a doubt. Although there are lots of hardships for living in the snowy area, such as snow shoveling and the prevention of the freezing of water pipe, there are  much more fun things in the life of the snowy country! I would like to introduce you those fun things and the beautiful landscapes which you can see only in the cold winter. Deep powder snow! The town for all snow lovers! Tangram Ski Circus, which is located …

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Autumn in Shinano

  In Shinano town, located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, the autumn is coming much earlier than Tokyo and Osaka. The autumn colors starting from the top of the mountain at the end of September, then coming down to the middle to the bottom of the mountain step by step. From the end of October to the beginning of November, the forests around Lake Nojiri also become amazing autumn color. The cosmos garden in Kurohime highland have its peak during September. In addition, there are rice fields with shining golden color and buckwheat fields with white flowers all over. The autumn of Shinano town is a breathtaking beauty. Hiking and Cycling in the beautiful autumn season in Shinano …

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Shinetsu 5 mountains Trail Running Race

Shinetsu 5 mountains Trail Running Race 2018 was held in Shinetsu Highlands in Shinano town, Myoko City, Iiyama City, and Nagano City , from September 15th to September 17th 2018. A spectacular trail running race which is competed in two divisions of 100 miles (160 km) and 110 km course distance around Shinetsu 5 mountains range. The majority of Shinetsu highland, which is a convention area, is designated as Myoko Togakushi renzan National Park and holds a magnificent and very valuable natural ecosystem. It is a competition considering the natural environment in various ways such as limit the number of participants, maintaining the trail before and after the competition, and using part of the participation fee to support local organizations …

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Lake Nojiri Fireworks Festival

Lake Nojiri Fireworks Festival has been held in lake Nojiri, Nagano prefecture ,as a traditional event to color Lake Nojiri in summer, since the early 1900’s. This year’s event is the 95th times of it.  About 2,000 fireworks are shot off and some are dropped one by one from the motor boat. Underwater fireworks are spreading in a semicircle shape and approaching the audience. The sound of the fireworks reverberating on the lake surface echoes the mountains,it’s powerful and unique. In addition to the fireworks , various events such as grabbing fish event and the show of Noto Yayaka drums etc. were held around the venue. Please enjoy the atmosphere of the day with the photograph.   Grabbing fish event,even …